South East Technological University (SETU) is to open its doors on Thursday evening, 23 March to people interested in confirming CAO choices and exploring other education options including part-time and postgraduate courses, many with September start dates.

On Thursday, 23 March (6pm-8pm) SETU’s Cork Road Campus, Waterford will be filled with information stands, demos, and students will have the chance to explore the campus. A map of the campus, schedule of talks and booking details for ‘try’ events will be available at

Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar on SETU’s Cork Road Campus, Waterford emphasises the importance of visiting the campus for CAO applicants and their families to help confirm their choices.

“At SETU we have a ‘right student, right programme’ initiative. From open events to our popular ‘Try’ events for specific disciplines, and from our online and phone help lines we care about helping prospective students answer the question ‘is this really right for me?’.

“At this stage, many CAO applicants have a clear idea of what they want and visiting SETU during our Spring Open events will help intending students confirm that choice so they can settle into studying for the Leaving Cert without additional worry.”

Jess Lawton, Marketing & Outreach Officer says that the open evening will offer students an opportunity to attend workshops to get a feel for what they might like to study. “The School of Health Science is holding two ‘Try’ events from 5pm to 6pm in conjunction with open evening. These events give students the opportunity to Try Health Promotion and Try Sport & Performance Science.

“SETU will also open computer labs for an Hour of Code and take you into the world of business with four events from our business school. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get a feel for college life and those all-important question.” Please see for time, location and booking details.

The newly launched postgraduate quick guide will also be available for attendees. This will be of interest to CAO applicants thinking about their long-term educational goals and what they can progress onto at SETU after they finish their degree.

SETU doesn’t just offer courses for school leavers, our range of postgraduate and part-time life learning courses offers opportunities to parents, employees and others thinking of returning to education to upskill or reskill.

Across its postgraduate and part-time offering there are a range of courses that are designed to meet the needs of busy, working professionals who want to attain further skills or qualifications.

Neil Quinlan, Head of Department of Lifelong Learning on the Waterford campus explains that “The move toward flexible and blended learning facilitates adult learners who often have to juggle work, personal and study responsibilities.”

“There is a wealth of highly subsidised upskilling opportunities for adult learners available in the University. These courses are in areas of high demand in the job market. Springboard programmes are purpose designed to allow people who are working to gain a new career focused qualification "in just one year.

“Learners also have opportunities to gain a full degree or masters qualification in part-time or flexible modes at SETU.”

The event is free of charge and will give prospective students and their parents to learn about courses, college life, fees, accommodation and so much more. You can find more information on

SETU’s Carlow campus have a Spring open day on Saturday, 13 May from 10am until 2pm on the Kilkenny Road Campus, Carlow. For a full list of open events, visit