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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Posted on July 12, 2017

Planning Permission Granted for €14 million Coonagh Campus development

LIT Welcomes An Bord Pleanala Decision to Grant Full Planning Permission for €14 million Coonagh Campus development

- First Major Piece of Infrastructure on Limerick’s Knowledge Corridor

LIT has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant full planning permission for construction of a new engineering-focussed campus at Coonagh on the Northside of the city. 

In effect, the decision has given the green light for an entirely new kind of state-of-the-art higher education campus in Limerick, and unlocks a €14 million Phase One capital investment.  The development will lead to 134 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs when fully completed.

The first students are expected to be on campus at the start of the 2018/19 academic year, with 800 staff and students on the LIT Coonagh campus by the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.  

Commenting on the decision, LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “We are delighted to be able to proceed with the development of the new campus now.  This is a critical piece of infrastructure, not just for LIT, but for Limerick and the region.

“This decision is a win for everyone, and underlines our commitment to the coherent development of Limerick city and the region through our 2030 Campus masterplan. 

“In order to strengthen the economic growth that the region has experienced in recent times, it is essential to provide the research and educational infrastructure that such growth is predicated on.  The LIT Coonagh campus does just this, and enables us to produce graduates with the very specific skills needed to sustain the region’s economic growth. 

“This project represents another step in the re-imagining of the Northside of Limerick city.  It helps to shift the gravity on this side of the city.  This is the first major piece of infrastructure on the Northern Distributor Road, now becoming Limerick’s Knowledge Corridor, with LIT Coonagh at one end and the National Technology Park at the other.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of An Bord Pleanala and Limerick City and County Council on this project, as well as the continued perseverance of LIT’s staff.

“This decision gives us the certainty we need to provide exemplary state of the art education and research space for students, staff and industry in the region.


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