Friday, 7 May 2021
St. Angela’s College, Sligo is currently exploring the option of becoming a campus of the future Technological University (TU) of the West/North West that is being established by the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) consortium of Institutes of Technology. The CUA comprises GMIT, LYIT and IT Sligo. IT Sligo together with St. Angela’s College and the Ursuline Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Data Sharing Protocol to enable a financial and legal due diligence process to commence. Following discussions with NUI Galway, the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, St. Angela’s College are now proceeding to consider the process by which it would be incorporated into IT Sligo, in the first instance, and subsequently become one of nine campuses recognised under this new TU. In welcoming the signing of the MoU, the President of St. Angela’s College, Amanda McCloat, noted that ‘this is an important milestone in the history of the College, bringing together the two highly reputable higher education institutions in Sligo, which will serve to further enhance the provision of higher education across the region’. President of IT Sligo, Brendan McCormack, adds ‘this is a significant development for both institutions as IT Sligo progresses it’s plans to become part of the new Technological University, allowing Sligo to become a strong University town’. St. Angela’s College was established by the Ursuline Order in the early 1950’s, laying the foundation of a legacy that continues almost seventy years on. Sr. Marianne O'Connor, member of the Board of Directors (St. Angela's College) notes ‘the Ursulines are supportive of the incorporation of St. Angela’s College into IT Sligo in the context of the College not only contributing to the Technological University but strengthening future developments between both institutions’. Following the due diligence process, and subject to the approval by the Minister and appropriate IR negotiations, the next stage of the incorporation process will be to consider the business transfer arrangements. Both institutions continue to work together as they strive for this common goal to make Sligo an attractive student destination and research hub in the North West.
Monday, 1 March 2021
We are currently hiring for the following position: Lecturer in Home Economics (Specific Purpose)The successful Candidate/s will primarily teach and lead modules at undergraduate and post-graduate levels within the School of Home Economics, St. Angela’s College in the discipline Home Economics. She/ he will also assess students’ work, evaluate programmes/modules, undertake research and contribute to the School of Home Economics and to the wider College.Full details
Monday, 12 April 2021
The College recently hosted the Food Product Innovation Day for the B.Applied Science (Nutrition, Food and Business Management) course. Final year student Caitlin Clauson won the Best Overall New Food Product and Presentation for her ‘Hi Fi’ potato waffles. Caitlin wanted to develop a food product that was tasty, satisfying, high in fibre yet quick and easy to prepare and so, Caitlin created a high fibre potato waffle that is high in folic acid, vitamin B12 and low in fat. Caitlin’s waffles are also gluten free, vegan and vegetarian friendly. Teresa Daly, Global Business Development Manager at Glanbia, was judging on the day alongside Stephen Walshe, Sligo Local Enterprise Office and virtually presented Caitlin with the Certificate for Best Food Product Innovation and Presentation 2021 and her prize. The Food Innovation and New Product Development module studied in year 4 of the B.Applied Science (Nutrition, Food and Business Management) degree focusses on developing innovative, healthy, value added food products over a 10 week period in the food laboratories in St. Angela’s College. Roisin Lydon, lecturer on the B.Applied Science (Nutrition, Food and Business Management) comments, “Innovation is important now more than ever to meet the ever growing demands of today’s health conscious consumer.” The students conduct sensory trials, market research and also develop a marketing plan for the product. At the end of the 10 weeks the students present their final products including packaging, labelling, costings and their marketing plans. Breda O’Mahony, lecturer on the Food Innovation and New Product Development module comments, “This module develops students’ autonomous ability to think creatively, reflect and carry out evidence-based research in order to design and develop innovative, healthy food products.” Want to learn more about this exciting course? Click
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
St. Angela’s College, Sligo is leading research in sustainable food practices and healthy eating. Amanda McCloat and Helen Maguire, Project Leads, were recently awarded funding of €298,998 under the Erasmus + Programme Call for proposals 2020 for a collaborative project in this area. The School of Home Economics, St Angela’s are working along with three other EU partner institutions, in this innovative project which will run over three years. The project entitled ‘Food for Thought’ is aimed at equipping future food industry and hospitality employees with a sound knowledge of local food systems and sustainable food practices. In conjunction with South West College (Enniskillen), Workforce Development Trust (UK) and Alexandre Dumas College (France) the project will see learners develop their knowledge in local food systems and sustainable food practices. Helen Maguire, Head of School of Home Economics, explains “Food for Thought will bring a new understanding of sustainable food production and cuisine practices by supporting the uptake of innovative learning approaches & use of innovative digital technologies via animations, vlogs & social media.” She explains “the innovative learning platforms developed through this collaborative project will promote education & behaviour change as demanded by the EU labour market and strengthen participants future employability prospects in the sector”. Learners will have access to online toolkits and activities and the focus is very much on interactive and participatory technology-led teaching and learning mediums to attract younger learners (15-18-year olds). Amanda McCloat, College President, explains “food practices have and are continuing to evolve, and we should be looking to the future with a more sustainable and environmentally acceptable attitude”. She continues “the outcome of this project will not only encompass this ethos but also support our learners future employability prospects in the sector, whilst meeting contemporary sector requirements for the next generation of “green chefs” in the catering and hospitality industry. For more on the Food for Thought project, see www.foodforthoughteu.com
Friday, 19 March 2021
The new National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics is built on a strong and solid foundation of Higher Education in Home Economics at St Angela’s College, which spans 69 years. Today in 2021, there are over 650 students of the discipline Home Economics at Honours Bachelor’s degree and Masters level – an increase of 130% in students studying Home Economics at the College since 2012, and a long way from the 12 original students who commenced study in Home Economics in 1952. These students are part of a total student population of 1,600 students including other programmes delivered across the School of Education and the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability. Speaking at the recent launch of the Centre Amanda McCloat, College President, explained “This National Centre of Excellence will provide a key platform and foundation for the future growth and development of the academic discipline Home Economics and acknowledges the historical importance and existing prominence of the discipline at St Angela’s as the College moves towards full incorporation within an ever changing higher education landscape”. With the launch of the new Centre St. Angelas College, as the sole provider of Home Economics in Higher Education in Ireland, is building on its legacy in delivering valuable life skills to students, developing quality, collaborative research and innovation projects and continuing to focus on local, regional and national community engagement initiatives. Helen Maguire, Head of School of Home Economics acknowledged “We are the only Higher Education institution in Ireland to have a significant critical mass and expertise in the discipline Home Economics, indeed we have the largest School of Home Economics in Europe with 30 academic staff involved in teaching and specialist research. It is a privilege to work with such committed and capable academics who are passionate about the capacity of Home Economics to improve the quality of life for all”. The launch of the National Centre of Excellence coincided with World Home Economics Day 2021 (21st March 2021) with this year’s focus being on home as an environment for healthy ageing. The President of the International Federation for Home Economics, Professor Gwendolyn Hustvedt took the opportunity, in her launch speech, to convey the exciting news that, following a lengthy proposal process, St. Angela’s College has won the bid to host the 25th IFHE World Congress in 2024. This is the largest, most prestigious event for Home Economics in the world and the international conference attracts up to 1500 international delegates. Planning for the event will commence imminently and the event will be support by Fáilte Ireland. The National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics was launched virtually on Friday 19th March by Minister Frank Feighan (Minister of State responsible for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drugs Strategy), with Amanda McCloat (President, St. Angela’s College) and Helen Maguire (Head of School of Home Economics) in attendance. The College were honoured to have a number of prestigious international guest speakers from the field contribute virtually. Speaking at the launch Minister Feighan noted ‘the Colleges excellent standing in the delivery of Home Economics education is recognised nationally and internationally. Minister Feighan also recognised that ‘ one of the recommendations of the Report on tackling childhood obesity published by the Joint Committee on Children and Youth affairs is to consider making Home economics a compulsory Post Primary subject and I look forward to working alongside you to achieve this’. For details of Guest Speakers and a link to the recorded event, click
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Dr John O’Callaghan, School of Education, recently participated in a round-table discussion hosted by History Ireland with fellow historians and well-known personalities. On the night of 6/7 March 1921 the Mayor of Limerick, George Clancy, and his immediate predecessor, Michael O’Callaghan, were brutally shot dead in their homes. Dubbed the ‘Curfew Murders’ because Limerick was under military curfew, they shocked the country and made headlines around the world. The British authorities blamed the IRA but we now know that the killings were committed by Crown forces. Image Courtesy Limerick Museum: the funeral of George Clancy and Michael O’Callaghan, March 1921 Interested to learn more? Listen the podcast HERE Through his research and publications, one of John's keen areas of interest is the Irish Revolution of the early twentieth century, and its impact on individuals and communities. John is also Programme Director for the Diploma in Arts (Folklore and Heritage of the North West) offered at St. Angela's College again in September 2021.
Friday, 22 January 2021
Donegal student, Megan Callaghan is in her second year at St. Angela’s College, studying Home Economics and Gaeilge Teacher Education. Her grá for Gaeilge was obvious throughout all of secondary school but living with a visual impairment meant that learning was always a challenge, often not being able to see her classroom board. But this didn’t stop her from pursuing a teaching career, something she feels privileged to do, educating and inspiring future generations. It was when she began her College journey that Megan learned about the Gerard Byrne Bursary Award, an award offered by the National Council for the Blind Ireland to only a few students each year who went through school with a visual impairment and who have overcome significant challenges. Megan explains ‘I first heard about the bursary when the Disability and Learning Support Officer, Ms Vivienne Ryan, sent me the details and encouraged me to apply’. As part of the application, Megan also submitted a 1,500-word essay outlining the challenges she encountered as well as her career aspirations. Successful candidates at this stage were then invited to interview by a panel from the NCBI. ‘This was my first ever interview and I was nervous but a week later I got the news that I was to receive the award - I burst into tears as I had never won a thing in my life, never mind something I got because of my poor sight. It felt as if everything had come full circle and all those challenging times throughout secondary school got me to this point. Mar a deireann an seanfhocal: ‘An áit a mbíonn an dólás bíonn an sólás ina aice’ agus nuair a fuair mé an glaoch gutháin sin, thuig mé brí an tseanfhocail áirithe sin láithreach’. Dr. Mairéad Conneely, one of Megan’s Gaeilge lecturers, is delighted and proud of Megan’s achievement and award. ‘Is duine díograiseach, tuisceanach agus paiseanta í Megan, agus tá mé cinnte go mbeidh sí ina heiseamláir iontach amuigh sna seomraí ranga agus sna seomraí foirne chomh maith’. As a future teacher, Megan will continue to advocate for students living with visual impairments within the Irish education system and has already formulated her strategies to achieve equality for all learners. The awards were streamed live on 3rd December 2020 and speaking at the event, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Mr Simon Harris mentioned ‘ensuring equity of access to education is a priority for the Department, and the Gerard Byrne Bursary is especially critical given the low numbers of students with visual impairment and blindness studying in higher education’. The award consists of two annual grants to the value of €1,500 per year and continues for the duration of the undergraduate programme.
Thursday, 7 January 2021
St. Angela’s College together with the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queens University Belfast, collaborated in a survey earlier this year when many countries were under some form of lockdown and used a sample of 2,360 adults across four regions - the island of Ireland; Great Britain; USA; and New Zealand. The main findings have now been published in the Nutrients journal titled “Changes in Consumers’ Food Practices during the COVID-19 Lockdown, Implications for Diet Quality and the Food System: A Cross-Continental Comparison” This specific type of research is believed to be the first published across multiple continents on changing food practices due to COVID-19. How we shop for food, cook and eat has changed significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. And positive changes such as an increase in home-cooking and cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients were recorded. However, there were also negative trends, such as a reported increase in saturated-fat intake. A spike in bulk buying - which causes pressure on already-stressed food systems and can lead to shortages, triggering further panic-buying - was also observed during the study. Overall, there were fewer changes in food behaviours in the USA compared to the other three regions and the most marked differences between regions occurred between the USA and elsewhere. For example, an increase in vegetable intake was evidenced across all regions except the USA. There was also an upturn in home-cooking and home-baking frequency in all regions except the USA. Parents cooking (and baking) with children was also found to increase in all samples except the USA (interestingly, parents who included their children in the preparation of family meals more frequently had a higher diet quality).Conversely, though, an increase in saturated-fat intake was seen everywhere except the USA. Overall, there was a decrease in the consumption of takeaway food and a rise in ‘organisational food practices’ (planning ahead, shopping with a grocery list, etc). When it came to ‘management food practices’ (preparing in advance, batch cooking, etc), however, there were no changes apparent for Ireland or New Zealand. This may be connected to the fact that Irish and NZ restrictions were stricter than in other areas, so there may have been less of a need to prepare food in advance. Amanda McCloat, St. Angela’s College President and Dr Elaine Mooney, Lecturer in the School of Home Economics at the College, provided valuable insight and a wealth of knowledge and experience as contributors to the research. “In such exceptional times it is important to focus on our own continued health and wellbeing in the face of a global pandemic and this begins at home with the fundamentals of healthy eating and a balanced diet” explains Amanda McCloat. “The evidence is clear that changes in food consumer practices and trends varied between regions which indicates a cultural shift in attitudes towards eating habits. With the likelihood of more people working from home this year we would hope to see a continuation of children being encouraged and involved more in home-cooking and home-baking”. Lead researcher on the project, Dr Fiona Lavelle from IGFS said: “These findings not only provide crucial data for how our food behaviours and systems have adapted to the pandemic but they have important implications for public health as we continue to try to manage COVID-19 with ongoing lockdowns and restrictions. “We wanted to find out what impact the pandemic and lockdowns were having on people’s health but we also wanted to try to find a way of measuring the effect on global food systems.” The full Research Project can be downloaded HERE
Monday, 14 December 2020
Dr Mary Shanahan, Director of Religious Education here at the College, recently recorded a podcast with The Religious Education Podcast. The title of her podcast is, 'The One with a Catholic' and it can be accessed here https://www.therepodcast.co.uk/post/episode-11-the-one-with-a-catholic. These podcasts are aimed at R.E. teachers and their students, which makes them perfect Christmas listening for all budding R.E. teachers at St. Angela's College and beyond!
Thursday, 3 December 2020
We are delighted to be involved with this eight country Erasmus+ funded project. Research Instruments are currently going through final piloting phase and we look forward to implementing new and innovative participatory pedagogies in second-level schools soon. The Ireland team is led by Prof. Gerry MacRuairc, Dr. Manuela Heinz and Dr. Elaine Keane from the School of Education NUI Galway in collaboration with Dr. Mary Shanahan from St. Angela’s College Sligo. For those interested, enjoy reading the LIFE TWO Newsletter
Thursday, 26 November 2020
***UPDATE*** COVID-19 Laptop Scheme There are some laptops available from the Covid-19 Laptop Scheme. If you need a laptop for your studies, please see eligilibity criteria below: If your own or your family income is up to a limit of €60,000 gross per annuum, you may apply to be considered for a laptop loan (evidence must be uploaded). If your family income has been impacted by Covid 19 restrictions, and your family are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, you may also apply for a laptop loan (evidence must be uploaded). Evidence of income for 2019 AND evidence of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (if applicable) must be supplied.Please note that if there are more applicants than there are laptops available, applications will be ranked in terms of disadvantage. For eligilility and applications, click
Thursday, 19 November 2020
We are both proud and delighted for BNSc student, Maria Isabella Shankey who has been awarded the Third Prize in National University The NUI Dr H H Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes are offered in a range of subject areas and disciplines across Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Health Sciences. Competition is rigorous from other participating NUI institutions including UCD, UCC, NUI Galway and RCSI; also included are overseas campuses linked to NUI institutions, including RCSI and UCD Malaysia Campus, RCSI Bahrain and Perdana University (RCSI). The awards in Nursing and Health Sciences are based on the submission of students’ examination materials and nominations by the College Department. Congratulations Maria on this amazing acomplishment.
Tuesday, 3 November 2020
Cooking up a Chemical Storm with Kitchen Chemistry St. Angela's College students took part in the Virtual Sligo Science Festival 2020 on Sunday 8th November with a pre-recorded Kitchen Chemistry event titled “Cooking up a Chemical Storm”. Ellen Gilheaney and Ellen Fayer in third year BAPME (Home Economics and Biology) will blow your minds with their chemical wizardry just using a few ingredients from the kitchen cupboard! You can now view this event HERE Science Week Photography Competition We are delighted to host our Photography Competition again which is open to all our students. The theme for this year's Virtual Science Week and St. Angela's Science Week photography competition is 'Choosing our Future’ focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present. The competition is open to all St Angela's students and to be in with a chance of winning please send your captioned entries (max 2 per/person) to email@example.com before 5pm Sunday 15th November 2020.This years winners will receive One4All vouchers which can be used in store or on-line in multiple stores. 1st prize: €60 voucher 2nd prize: €40 voucher 3rd prize: €15 voucher So get snapping or have a look through your photos to see if you already have a winner!Photos will be judged and winners announced the week after Science Week.(N.B. please ensure that all entries are your own work)
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Financial aid for students is known as the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) and provides financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education. The SAF is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. The Fund is intended to support students whose participation in higher education would otherwise be at risk as a direct result of financial difficulties. Applications are now open, for more click
Monday, 31 August 2020
Important Information for our College Community. The Campus will reopen on Tuesday 1st September 2020. Students and Staff will be informed by email of the national procedures and protocols that have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone. Regular updates will be communicated as they become available. For more see
Thursday, 10 September 2020
A request to make fabric face masks to protect against COVID-19 and to raise funds for the North West Hospice was initiated by pharmacist Kay Curley from Higgins Pharmacy on Teeling Street, Sligo in March of 2020. The call was answered by many volunteers from St. Angela’s College and other sewing enthusiasts in Sligo and the surrounding area. What started out as a fundraiser hoping to raise €3,000 ended up raising €10,550 and is still growing. The initiative was advertised on Facebook, in text groups, emails and by word of mouth and customers from as far as Cork, Waterford and Galway all placed their orders. The masks went on sale in Higgins Pharmacy at €10 each with all the proceeds going to the North West Hospice. A dedicated team of sewing volunteers included BAPME Home Economics students and staff from St. Angela’s College, friends of the College and sewing enthusiasts in the locality made the individually designed cotton face masks. A cheque for €10,550 was presented to representatives of the North West Hospice in June on behalf of Higgins Pharmacy and the group of volunteers. Many thanks to all those who gave their time so willingly making the masks including students Lauren Cawley and Kimberly Austin from the BA PME Home Economics Programme, staff including Ursula O’Shea, Mary Clare Conneelly, Denise Kenna, Linda Kerlin and sewing enthusiasts Bernie Brooks, Kathleen Healy, Jo Mullen, Anna O’Brien, Darrie McCoy, Maree Cooney, Leanne Moran, Mary Walsh, Laura Byrne and Mary Dunbar.