Cog Notes: Entrepreneurial mindfulness comes to NUIG – but what is it?

Plus: this year’s Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards

NUI Galway’s reputation has suffered somewhat from recent gender equality controversies, but it’s promising to turn a new leaf.

More precisely, the university says it plans to become a “Mindful University” (capitalised no less), which is “aware of the challenges faced by its students and staff”.

As a first step “towards integrating mindfulness into the university culture”, NUIG is hosting a conference on October 9th-10th bringing together “mindfulness visionaries”, academics and students “to share the evidence-based impact of mindfulness on performance, wellbeing, entrepreneurship and society”.

Entrepreneurial mindfulness? You've got to be kidding? No, says Prof Lokesh Joshi, NUI Galway's vice-president for research.


“We want to ensure that mindfulness is brought into the university with the solid backing of scientific evidence,” he says.

"NUI Galway is also committed to promoting entrepreneurship within the university, and in addition to a very successful ecosystem for entrepreneurship for researchers, we are now investing in undergraduate entrepreneurship, one of the elements of which will be mindful entrepreneurship."


Sixth-year music students from across Ireland will battle it out for this year’s Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards on November 12th at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.

Top prize is a €3,000 bursary in an event set up by Emmet O’ Rafferty, chairman of Top Security and a former Leinster rugby player, in memory of an inspirational former teacher. Past winners have used their bursary to attend prominent music colleges, including the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris; Kronberg Academy in Germany; the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas; and the Royal Academy of Music in London.


The Centre for Research in Medical Devices (Cúram), based at NUI Galway will host a seminar promoting entrepreneurship as a career option for researchers. The seminar, Design Your Future, From a Young Researcher to a Medical Device Entrepreneur, will take place in the Biosciences Building at NUI Galway, 1pm-3.15pm on Friday, October 9th.

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University of Limerick is launching a new sports research initiative, UL Beo, on October 5th. It will by marked by the inaugural Pat Duffy Lecture in CSG01 (CSIS Building) in UL, 6.30pm-8pm, where former Ireland and Lions rugby star Keith Wood and prominent British sports administrator Sue Campbell top the bill. Tickets from


The Holocaust Education Trust is hosting its annual programme Learning from the Holocaust from October 27th to 30th. The four-day event gives teachers, students and others with a particular interest in the subject an opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow-Plaszow concentration camps, the former ghetto in Krakow, and Schindler's factory, where they will hear testimony from survivors. Cost of €595 per person sharing includes flights, hotel, seminars, lunches and tours., 01-6690593


Secondary school students who are interested in becoming nurses are invited to spend their midterm break on a two-day programme, Try Nursing, at Waterford Institute of Technology. It is the second year the event is taking place, promising an "interactive experience". Students will get an opportunity to practise a range of clinical skills in a simulated environment. It takes place on October 29th and 30th and additional dates prior to this may be considered, depending on demand. Contact Breda Walsh on 051-845567,

Joe Humphreys

Joe Humphreys

Joe Humphreys is an Assistant News Editor at The Irish Times and writer of the Unthinkable philosophy column