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On Monday 13th May, a group of 2nd year students took part in the Access Office Orientation Day. This day is designed to introduce students who may be the first in their families to attend university the chance to experience what third level life is like.

Students had a science workshop showcasing the latest equipment in wood and materials technology. They then listened to Professor Eoin Devereux who introduced them to Sociology where they learned a lot about social media, research and how they were all free employees of Facebook!!

Lunch in the Stables was followed by a visit to the Analog Devices Bernal Research Institute. Here students had an interactive tour of the facility, learning about chemical composition and manufacture of specialist materials for the aeronautical and other industries. They also learned about the nature of research, which is always trying to improve and innovate, requiring many trial and error experiments along the way.

The day finished with a tour of the campus which was a real pleasure on such a sunny day. Our students were very impressed with the size and scope of UL and with all the opportunities it presents, especially through its commitment to equality of access.

We would like to thank everyone involved, most especially Sorcha Prendergast, second level Access co-ordinator, for a very informative and interesting day.