April 2018- Students on the March for the Cara Girls Rescue Centre in Kenya

Build your Brand is a new initiative in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, implemented this year with second-year students of Forensic and Environmental Chemistry (DT203) and Chemical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry (DT299). In preparation for the workplace Dr Patricia Ennis, Dr Sarah Rawe and Dr Vanessa Murphy have developed a stepwise approach to the development of each student’s personal brand as part of a structured programme of extra-curricular activities and events. The programme is not only extracurricular but requires students to contribute to their community.

The initiative aims to prepare students for their 6-month work-placement in third-year and provides evidence of their transferable skills. An E-Portfolio, modelled on the Royal Society of Chemistry Skills Record, (USR), logs and links each activity of the programme to one of the Five Attributes of a DIT Graduate and provides evidence that can be used to illustrate competency and capability in a work environment.

As part of this initiative, this year’s students decided to raise money for their chosen charity ‘Cara Projects’ which supports young women in Kenya. Through the Cara Girls Rescue Centre (CGRC) the charity strives to promote Women’s Empowerment through Vocational training, Health Promotion, Education, Gender Equality, Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development. Orla Usher (DT203) won the prize of two tickets to the Stella in Rathmines for the individual who raised the most money through sponsorship.

The end of the college year was also celebrated with a Lunchtime Quiz and Pizza where there was a 3-way tie for first place. Well done to the organising committee, who managed the event seamlessly. The winners and runners up were eventually rewarded with vouchers for Captain Americas.

Thanks to DIT Campus Life and the DITSU for their support.