LAST week Kilkenny Campus (NUI Maynooth) hosted a reception to celebrate the achievement of students who received NUI Certificates for the academic year 2009/2010. The event was in place of a Presentation of Awards Ceremony which had to be cancelled in November due to the snow.
Last year the university awarded over 70 students from the south east with Certificates in Counselling, Creative Writing for Publication, Philosophy, Psychology, Training and Continuing Education and Addiction Studies. The NUI Certificate courses are equivalent to the first year of a university degree and are generally run over one year part time. Many people who undertake a Certificate course are coming back to education after a gap or upgrading their professional skills.
Two prizes in memory of the late Prof. Thomas AF Kelly who was Head of the Philosophy Department at NUI Maynooth were awarded to students who undertook the first ever NUI Certificate in Philosophy. The prizes were awarded to Anne Harrington who attended at Maynooth and Callan woman Sarah Meagher who completed the Certificate at Kilkenny Campus.
Prof. Kelly visited the Kilkenny Campus shortly before his untimely death in January 2008 and was instrumental in setting up the Certificate in Philosophy as a way of bringing the subject to a wider audience. As a much loved and highly respected scholar in his field, Prof. Kelly said memorably about his beloved subject that ‘it was much too important not to share with everyone’. Dr. Michael Dunne, Head of the Department of Philosophy at NUI Maynooth presented the prizes on the evening.
Kilkenny Campus, based at St. Kieran’s College, is managed by the Department of Adult and Community Education at NUIM. Prof. Rowena Pecchenino Dean of the Faculty of Social Science of which that Department is a member, attended the evening and paid tribute to the achievements of the students and of the tutors, staff and local steering committee of the Campus. Two students from the Creative Writing for Publication Certificate: Michael Doran and Helena Duggan read extracts from their work to round off what was a very enjoyable and social evening at the Campus.