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Transition Year Programme 2020

Thank you for your interest in taking part in the School of Chemistry's 2020 TY Programme. This five-day programme will take place between Monday 2 March and Friday 6 March 2020. The programme is now fully subscribed and the application process has closed. All applicants have been notified of their outcome and a waiting list is in place.

Please note that there is a long waiting list of students for this programme. Therefore, if you have been offered a place on the programme and now cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to another student.

If you are offered a place on the TY programme, you will be required to submit a copy of your school's insurance that is valid until 31 March 2020. The deadline for this to be submitted is January 31st 2020 and details of this have been sent to all successful applicants. Failure to submit this information by the deadline wil result in your offer being withdrawn and your place offered to the next person on the waiting list. Places have been offered on a first-come first-served basis but, to ensure fairness and diversity, no more than two students from any school were accepted onto the programme.


Transition Year Programme Report 2019

The School of Chemistry hosted its annual Transition Year Programme from Monday 4th to Friday 8th March, 2019. Now in its tenth year, the 60 places were highly sought after. The week kicked- off with a safety lecture and a general introduction to the three main disciplines within Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical). In an action-packed next 2 days, the students carried out experiments in our state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching labs. The experiments ranged from synthetic preparations to an analytical chemistry competition but all involved team work and the application of new practical skills.

Tours of the College’s facilities, on the third day, showcased the modern TCD sports centre, and the world-class research laboratories and facilities in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and CRANN. The students got a real insight and a tangible taste of what being a student in Trinity is like.

'The tours of Trinity furthered my interest in attending this university'.

Towards the end of the week the students were treated to a number of postgraduate presentations which depicted 'A Day in My Life as a Chemistry Researcher'. These provided a sense of how research is conducted and how it contributes solutions to global challenges e.g. in energy, health and the environment. Directly after the presentations the TY students got to experience hands-on experiments which were linked to the postgraduates research and included making fluorescence slime, looking at responsive glass-technology and trying out the Kastle-Meyer test for haemoglobin.

Finally the week was wrapped up by an excellent group-presentation feedback session, a group photo, a trip to the Book of Kells and an exciting SF Chemistry Broad Curriculum finale.

students in lab

TY Group photo. Surrounding photos: TY students working in the lab and doing hands-on experiments.

Some of the comments from attendees…………

'I liked learning new things about chemistry (and also it was good to hear about what science in college is like).'

'Everything was perfect, the amount of people, the different times, the quiz we did as we got to mingle with other people and the power point as what we learned stuck in our heads! Overall I had an absolute fabulous time I'll definitely get my sister to do it next year thank you very much!'

…………….and from parents and teachers.

'My daughter thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the programme and it has given her a real incentive to work hard in the Senior Cycle in order to get to university. There have been times this year with TY that I have wondered was it worth it but I guess it is these experiences that make it worthwhile for the students.'