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Archive for April, 2018

Ireland’s National Workplace Wellbeing Day, April 13th 2018

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 11, 2018

National Workplace Wellbeing Day is in its fourth consecutive year, over 500 businesses got involved in 2017. Companies of all sizes and from all sectors are now planning their activities for what promises to be the biggest celebration of workplace health and wellbeing in the Irish calendar.

I encourage companies and individuals to  embrace Mindfulness – an easy way to deal with stress and promote wellbeing.  The following two exercise: Body scan and raisin exercise are guided meditations to help you create awareness of your needs and reach your full potential.

Mindfulness –  What is a body scan meditation?


Mindfulness – The raisin exercise – 12 Minute exercise

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SUSI – Grants – college students

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 11, 2018

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) – the centralised grant application scheme for college students, reopens for both new and renewal applications as of –  Thursday 5th April 2018.

Application Process

SUSI administers the student grant scheme in its entirety. Last year SUSI processed 103,000 applications with in excess of 81,000 students awarded grant funding for the 2017/18 academic year.

Who can apply

Eligible students in approved full-time, third-level education in Ireland and, in some cases, students studying outside the State can access grant funding. All types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education can apply.

Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI as soon as possible to ensure that it is processed as quickly as possible.

The priority closing dates for the 2018/19 student grant scheme are:

  • 12th July for new applicants
  • 14th June for renewals from students already in college.

Note: As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a place on a college course in order to apply for a grant. You can do this later in the process.

The student grant scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study this year. Grant applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you apply and get any supporting documents required submitted to SUSI, the earlier you will have a response on the outcome of your application to put your mind at ease when it comes to starting college.

SUSI Communications and Information Services Manager, Aoife Greene said, “We advise students to visit our website and use our Eligibility Reckoner before making their application. This will give them an indication as to their eligibility for student grant funding. We also have a number of self-help tools available on our website, including videos and detailed guidance notes for making an application.

“It is important to reiterate that students who are progressing to the next year of their course must renew their grants and we have e-mailed students in the lead up to opening to inform them of the process for renewing. The priority closing date for renewal applications is 14th June, 2018.”


For full details and online application see

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