Enter the postgradireland Course of the Year 2016

On Thursday 28 April 2016, gradireland will be hosting the annual postgradireland Course of the Year Awards ceremony at The Mansion House, Dublin. We had a fantastic evening last year with over 500 guests and VIPs attending this glittering occasion, so make sure you get the date in your diary for the 2016 Awards.




We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to enter one or more of the following awards:

Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Engineering
Postgraduate Course of the Year – IT
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Science
Best New Course (open to all disciplines and sectors)
All Award categories are free to enter but we would advise you to start working on your submissions as soon as possible.

Download your Entry Form here for more information on award criteria, how to enter, as well as submission deadlines.
As ever, tables are booking up quickly so don’t miss out, book your table today by completing and returning the table booking form contained in the Entry Form booklet. Early confirmation of table bookings is advised, and these can be sent in ahead of any award submissions.

gradireland entry form

If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Make sure to visit gradireland.com/awards to get the full flavour of this great event!

Best of luck!

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Niamh Ryan, UCD Business & Law Alumnus wins Irish Tax Institute’s Hunt Scholarship 2015





The Irish Tax Institute, Ireland’s only professional body exclusively dedicated to tax, is delighted to announce that the winner of the Hunt Scholarship 2015 is Niamh Ryan, Barrister-at-Law.  Niamh is an alumnus of UCD, having completed a Bachelor of Business and Law in 2014.

The Hunt Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for recently qualified solicitors and barristers with an interest in tax to win a place on the prestigious CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser) programme. This three-part programme, delivered by lectures, small workshop tutorials and online learning, provides students with deep tax technical knowledge across all areas of tax.

For further details on the Hunt Scholarship, contact Cáit Monagher at cmonagher@taxinstitute.ie or visit http://www.careerintax.ie/getting-started/professionals/

Irish Tax Institute, Hunt Scholarship Award 2015 Winner – Niamh Ryan.
Irish Tax Institute, Hunt Scholarship Award 2015 Winner – Niamh Ryan.

Photograph: Niamh Ryan receiving her Scholarship from Mary Honohan, President of the Irish Tax Institute.

Tech competition: Win an entrepreneurial workshop prize in Budapest!

EIT Digital Competition




Put yourself in the running for EIT Digital’s ‘3-Day Workshop’ challenge! The Budapest-based workshop prize includes flights and accommodation, to give young tech entrepreneurs a taste of innovation at its best.

If you are studying computer science, maths, computer engineering or IT, this is the ideal opportunity to bounce around ideas, meet inspiring professionals and build your network!

The winner gains access to industry leading digital entrepreneurs – disrupters on the European startup scene – with this grand prize, ideating around how to turn their dreams into real, tangible solutions.

EIT Digital Competition


Competition: Be part of the National Student Challenge 2016!




Want to challenge yourself? Want to know if you are the brightest in your class? The brightest in your college? The brightest student in Ireland? Well now is your chance. Not only will you be in with the opportunity of winning up to €1,000, you could also be crowned Ireland’s brightest student, not a bad addition to your CV!

The gradireland National Student Challenge  gives you the chance to see how you compare to students from across Ireland’s top Universities. It is free to enter, it is all online and will only take 40 minutes of your time.

The online element of the Challenge will open in September and will run until February 2016. At that point the Top 60 students on the leaderboard will be invited to take part in the Final Day Event. There they will be put through six physical and mental Challenges set by our employer partners, which will determine the winner of the Challenge – further details on the Final Day Challenges will be unveiled as we approach the close of the online element!

(source – gradirleand – http://challenge.gradireland.com/about-the-competition/)


Grad Ireland 2015/16




UCD Career Development Open Day 2015






The UCD Career Development Centre Open Day held today, Wednesday September 23rd was a great success with the Centre staff meeting and speaking with over 850 students! The event sponsored by KPMG (and attended by both KPMG and Grad Ireland) set out to inform students about the Centre and all the services that it has to offer for the coming academic year.

Students received demonstrations from staff about how to use the UCD Career Connect system to book appointments, search and book events on campus, search for job vacancies and academic internships, as well as receiving an overview of online resources and the Centre’s online module Career Zone (available on Blackboard).

To finish off their visit, students were invited to enjoy a free ice cream and enter the Centre Facebook competition to win a brand new iPad.

Ice cream


Full set of photos available on the Centre Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ucdcareers

National Student Challenge 2014 winners

gradireland National Student Challenge winners 2014

gradireland National Student Challenge winners 2014Ciara Browne, a third year student from UCD, finished third in the gradireland National Student Challenge Final on Thursday 20th March – for the second year in a row!

It was a closely run race, with 60 of Ireland’s top students after a series of 6 gruelling tasks set by some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.

Ciara qualified for the Final from a pool of over 4,100 students who registered to take the National Student Challenge online. The online assessment put those students to the test, challenging their verbal reasoning; numerical reasoning; commercial competency and logical thinking. Once complete, students were ranked on a leaderboard, with only the top students qualifying to take part in the Final.

Finalists were then set a series of 6 challenges to complete during the course of the Final. Challenges were set by gradireland in collaboration with Lidl, Boston Scientific, PwC, Jameson, SAP and EY, with the help of Irish psychometric testing company cut-e, and mirrored tests used by graduate employers in assessment centres, thus helping all students develop their employability skills. Ciara and the other finalists were tested on Planning & Organising; Commercial Acumen; Persistence; Constructive teamwork; Creativity; and Innovative Problem Solving, all key attributes that top graduate employers look for when recruiting for their graduate positions.

In a tight finish, Ava Mahony (UL) just pipped Tiarnan McCaughan (Trinity College Dublin) and Ciara Browne (UCD) into second and third place respectively.

Look out for the National Student Challenge 2015 launching towards the end of this year, and keep an eye out for other competitions to enter.

Competition time!

Would you like to win a trip to the beautiful city of Berlin? Gradireland are now giving you this chance!

Beautiful Berlin

The trip includes:

 -Return flights for two people from Dublin to Berlin, Germany

-Return private transfers from the airport to the hotel

-Two nights’ accommodation at a centrally located 4 star hotel

-Breakfast in the hotel restaurant each morning for two people

-Travel insurance

Competition closes at midday on 30th April 2014.

Visit Gradireland’s facebook website to enter: https://www.facebook.com/gradireland

Got the next big technology idea?

top_tech_idea2_deloitte_ireland_1x1The Deloitte Top Technology Talent Competition, now in its fourth year, seeks innovative ideas from college students at all levels across Ireland on how technology can solve a business problem, create a business opportunity or enhance an existing service offering.

The top submissions will be invited to attend a ‘development day’ hosted in the Deloitte Academy on Thursday 20 March 2014. This is a unique opportunity for students to receive training and lectures from external speakers along with senior Deloitte management. At the end of this day candidates will present a five minute elevator pitch on their idea. On Thursday 27 March a shortlist will present their ideas to our panel of judges to determine the overall winner.

Prizes to suit you
The winner will get to choose from one of the following prizes:

  • €1,000 cash or
  • 4 weeks’ paid work experience at Deloitte.

The prize for the top entry as judged at our final event will enable the winner to further develop their idea, or to gain valuable technology and business experience with Deloitte.

The closing date for this opportunity is midnight 12th March 2014.

See http://www.deloitte.com/ie/toptech for further details.


Work with Google on their YouTube Online Safety Lab

Google: Do Cool Things That Matter

As Google’s Co-Founder Larry Page once said “We’re at maybe 1% of what is possible (…) We should be focusing on building the things that don’t exist.” This attitude is what led Google to create some of our greatest innovations in recent years like the self-driving car, Google Glass and the wonders of Project Loon!

Are you excited by the prospect of “building things that don’t exist”? YouTube would like to invite university students, aspiring social and technical innovators to gain some hands-on experience in creating a technical product and discover if their ideas can help change the world!

Not only that, but we have a tonne of prizes up for grabs including Acer C7 Chromebooks and limited edition YouTube swag!

Date: 6th March 2014
Time: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Location: Google EMEA Headquarters, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Who is eligible to apply? This event is open to ALL students, from all academic backgrounds

During the event, we will host a presentation on innovation and some of the issues surrounding online safety as well as a number of workshops by Europe’s youngest app developer Jordan Casey, BeLonG To and SpunOut.ie. The event will be designed to help encourage young innovators to network, build their own strategy, work with mentors and set the groundwork for the creation of a realistic chrome application with a view to pitch their idea to a panel of experts. The panel will decide on the application or extension that best serves the need to create a safer online experience, is the most feasible and appealing to a user. The winning group will be presented with an Acer C7 Chromebook for each team member and all participants will be able to pick up some coveted limited edition YouTube swag!
Event Objective
The aim of the event is to create an active community using social networks, where the participants will produce applications/extensions with a positive impact on the online world.
The YouTube Safety Lab will foster innovation in chrome development and encourage others to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just to try something different.

How to apply?
Please complete this form in full by the 28th of February: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/safety/

Please feel free to contact us at onlinesafetylab@google.com 

Dream it. Invent it. Build it.

SAP InnoJam competition

SAP InnoJam competition

SAP would like to invite all third level students to join us for an exciting competition at our award winning AppHaus in Citywest. The Dublin AppHaus is home to SAP’s Dublin Development team and this is your chance to be mentored by our experts at our inaugural Student InnoJam.

An SAP InnoJam is a hands-on experience, on SAP’s coolest and newest innovative technologies with on-site SAPdomain experts: learn about SAP technologies, collaborate and compete against other students to

“Build an exciting transport related app for Dublin that provides beautiful visualisations of insightful analytics on big data. “

Join us for an amazing fun filled night where you’ll engage and explore technology, ideas and all aspects of design and development. A mix of perspectives, ideas and thoughts come together in an exciting way with a common goal to create!

Morgan Stanley Student Programming Contest

Morgan Stanley Student Programming Contest

Morgan Stanley Student Programming Contest

Morgan Stanley’s Technology Division has launched the third Student Programming Contest and this season the contest has gone global.

The online programming competition has been designed internally by a team of Morgan Stanley Technologists and challenges students to implement
a set of programs that solve exciting algorithmic problems to have a chance to win some exciting prizes.

As the contest runs, the Morgan Stanley Development Team will add tasks to the site. Entrants will be able to view their status on the live leaderboard—the more problems you solve the higher your chances of winning a prize.

The overall contest winner will receive the global prize of an iMac. In addition to this, each region will reward their overall winner with a number of exciting prizes.

Deadline for registration is 24th February 2014.

Are you Ireland’s brightest and best undergraduate?

gradireland National Student Challenge

Want to challenge yourself? Want to know if you are the brightest in your class? The brightest in your college? The brightest student in Ireland? Well now is your chance. Not only will you be in with the opportunity of winning up to €1,000, you could also be crowned Ireland’s brightest student, not a bad addition to your CV!

gradireland National Student Challenge

The gradireland National Student Challenge gives you the chance to see how you compare to students from across Ireland’s top Universities. It’s free to enter, is online and will only take 40 minutes of your time.

Ciara Browne from UCD came 3rd in last year’s Challenge. Let’s see if UCD can do even better this year! Take the challenge now.

The online element of the Challenge runs until February 2014. At that point the Top 60 students on the leaderboard will be invited to take part in the Final Day Event. There they will be put through six physical and mental Challenges set by employer partners which will determine the winner of the Challenge.