Government needs to invest more in PLC courses – NAPD

Government needs to invest more in PLC courses – NAPD

Ireland’s Post-Leaving Certificate education system is a success, but the government needs to increase funding for PLC courses. That’s according to the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). NAPD welcomed the news that over three-quarters of students enrolled in a PLC course progress to employment or further or higher education. These findings come […]

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We need an educated workforce. Why are we penalising students with fees?

We need an educated workforce. Why are we penalising students with fees?

An educated workforce benefits society, but fees are a roadblock to unleashing the intellectual, creative and economic potential of the country. Education gives people have the chance to reach their career goals, and a highly educated workforce attracts international investment. This is because skilled employees make businesses more competitive and productive. Educated workers cost more […]

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DkIT launches new online information portal for students

DkIT launches new online information portal for students

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has launched of a new online portal for prospective students. The portal offers information on a number of topics. These include the CAO Change of Mind process, as well as undergraduate courses and student life at DkIT. Had a change of mind? You’re not the only one… Students have until […]

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Richard Bruton takes on private international colleges

Richard Bruton takes on private international colleges

Education Minister Richard Bruton is expected to propose new legislation to regulate third-level and private international colleges. Under the new legislation, Institutes of Technology would become designated awarding bodies. In addition, the proposed law will tackle so-called essay mills that write or provide academic papers for students. International education mark The new legislation would give […]

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Students taking higher level language exams are struggling

Students taking higher level language exams are struggling

Are you having trouble with your European language course – but still choosing to do the higher-level exam? You are not alone… but it is not the best idea. A State Examinations Commission report has looked at how students managed in key language exams last year. In Spanish, the number of students taking the higher […]

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Had a change of mind? Changing your third-level course choices

Had a change of mind? Changing your third-level course choices

Between 5 May and 1 July, third-level applicants can register to change their third-level course. The change can be done free of charge online. Although there are some restrictions, as a general rule, you can change your mind as often as you like. Hey, choosing a course can be difficult! Things to note If you […]

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Thinking of returning to education as a mature student?

Thinking of returning to education as a mature student?

Thinking of returning to education? If you did not get the chance to go to college, or would like to learn a new skill, there is no time like the present. If you are 23 years old or older, you are a mature student. This works in your favour. There are lots of options to […]

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Free lunchtime concert and lecture at the ILAC Centre

Free lunchtime concert and lecture at the ILAC Centre

There’s a free lunchtime concert and lecture taking place on Thursday 11 May at the ILAC Library, ILAC Centre on Henry Street, Dublin from 12:45 to 2:30pm. This has been arranged by Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education ‘Communiversity’ and Music Department, as well as Dublin City Libraries. The event takes place Dr Francesca […]

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USI condemns proposed student loan scheme

USI condemns proposed student loan scheme

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says that a student loan scheme is not an effective way to fund college education. They have a point. Large numbers of students in the UK and US graduate severely in debt. In addition, student leaders claim that setting up a loan scheme would be expensive. The also say […]

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Maynooth University ranks as one of the world’s Top 50 Young Universities

Maynooth University ranks as one of the world’s Top 50 Young Universities

Great news for Maynooth University! The university entered the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Top 50 Young Universities at #49. This is the highest ranking achieved by an Irish university on this listing. Maynooth University has performed well on international rankings lately. In addition to making the Young University list, it was named among the top […]

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Essay mills come under fire

Essay mills come under fire

The Department of Education is to introduce laws to prosecute essay mills – companies who write students’ essays in exchange for money. These paid-for essays are original work. However, someone other than the student writes them. As a result, cheating students can bypass a college’s plagiarism detection systems. Plagiarism detection works by comparing a student’s […]

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Could Brexit be an opportunity for Irish universities?

Could Brexit be an opportunity for Irish universities?

Global education firm EduCo International Group has claimed that Brexit offers a major opportunity for Irish universities. The company plans to set up an Irish branch to attract international students. Dwindling number of international students in the UK The number of international students applying to UK colleges is falling. However, international applications to Irish universities […]

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Demand for SUSI student grants expected to be high

Demand for SUSI student grants expected to be high

From Monday, 3 April 2017 the SUSI student grants reopens. The demand is expected to be high, particularly as maintenance grants for postgraduate students have been made available. Students in the lowest income category can apply for the postgraduate maintenance grant, worth almost €6,000. In 2012, the government stopped funding for postgrad maintenance grants. This […]

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Mostly good news on this year’s CAO points

Mostly good news on this year’s CAO points

Many students sitting the Leaving Cert spend a lot of time worrying about CAO points. The points for third-level courses can fluctuate. This makes it impossible to know how many points students will need for their first choice courses. There is mostly good news for the more than 52,000 people who received their first CAO […]

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10 Tips for Settling Into Your First Year at College

10 Tips for Settling Into Your First Year at College

Moving to college is a big step and can be nerve-wracking, but it’s also a very exciting time. Settling into a new routine and being independent doesn’t need to be difficult. There are a number of ways to help you settle in quicker and make your first year at college run smoothly. We have teamed […]

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Construction careers on the rise according to CAO figures

Construction careers on the rise according to CAO figures

New CAO figures show that students are increasingly opting to study for careers linked to the construction industry. Architecture, engineering and business courses are among the most popular for students entering college this autumn. Applications for higher degree courses linked to the built environment are expected to increase by 20 percent in the next month. […]

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Fees and performance targets for third-level funding may be on the way

Fees and performance targets for third-level funding may be on the way

Fees and performance targets for third-level funding may be on the way. Minister for Education Richard Bruton is drawing up plans that would reward or withhold additional funding for third-level colleges depending on performance. A college’s ability to train students to meet the workplace skills gap, as well as a college’s number of students from […]

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WIT launches “Study in the South East” campaign in support of Three Sisters bid

WIT launches “Study in the South East” campaign in support of Three Sisters bid

Waterford Institute of Technology is encouraging parents and CAO applicants to consider the option of studying locally. This is not only financially sensible, but will offer significant benefits should the “Three Sisters” be named one the European Capitals of Culture this July. Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford are working together as the “Three Sisters” to be […]

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Surge in interest in Polish medical colleges

Surge in interest in Polish medical colleges

Over twenty students have already been accepted to prestigious Polish medical colleges this year before the Leaving Cert has even finished. Each year more school leavers are looking to add options for their future studies. The Leaving Cert exams finish on until Friday, 24th June, and every year they cause stress to students and their […]

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New Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness from Motions Health & Fitness

New Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness from Motions Health & Fitness

Motions Health & Fitness is a training provider that offers people who are interested in health & fitness the opportunity to work at what they love. Motions run a number of university accredited courses in Dublin for anybody interested in becoming a fitness professional. Personal fitness is now the most popular form of physical activity […]

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