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€5,000 good reasons to study science

SHANNON pharmacist, Séadn Hillery of has called for more incentives to study sciences at third level. Mr Hillery said that there is a need to encourage young people to pursue careers in the sciences and that’s why he and his pharmacist wife, Valerie Normoyle, from Ennis, initiated the annual €5,000 scholarship programme. The bursary will be expended over the duration of undergraduate studies and students are required to pass college exams each year. Valerie Normoyle “It is important for us to encourage and support participation in the study of science and to dispel beliefs that science is either too difficult or points in science subjects are too hard to achieve. Science is a universal qualification. It opens up many opportunities for students and has a practical application in the real world.” Mr Hillery suggested that increased incentives to study the sciences at third level would address a shortfall in sought after science skills, slow down the brain drain and aid …

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