Demand for SUSI student grants expected to be high

Demand for SUSI student grants expected to be high

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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…
NUI Galway to pilot Creative Arts Scholarship Scheme

NUI Galway to pilot Creative Arts Scholarship Scheme

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NUI Galway is to make available a limited number of places in the creative arts for students of exceptional achievements under its novel Creative Arts Scholarship Scheme – the first…
Student-staff ratio poses serious funding problem

Student-staff ratio poses serious funding problem

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Data released by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) reveals that since 2008, the core staff numbers at universities have dropped by 12 per cent. Student numbers, on the other hand,…
College enrollments rise while state funding falls

College enrollments rise while state funding falls

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Last week, we reported that the number of college applications arriving at the Central Applications Office was the highest ever. In all likelihood, we can expect the figure to grow…
That SUSI, still breaking student’s hearts

That SUSI, still breaking student’s hearts

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It was a promise that students could hardly refuse. Apply for your grant online, get it processed in double-quick time, pay your college fees, and continue your upward trajectory. Like…
SUSI grant system delivers on time, this time

SUSI grant system delivers on time, this time

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The good news for students who have applied for third-level grants this year is that almost two-thirds of them have already been awarded. This is according to Student Universal Support…
Demand for college places to exceed supply by 2015

Demand for college places to exceed supply by 2015

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According to the Higher Education Authority’s Chief Executive Tom Boland, this year’s crop of Leaving Certificate students may be the last to avail of the approximate equality between the number…
CAO to extend its services

CAO to extend its services

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The CAO recently announced (in its Strategic Plan 2013-2017) aims to extend its services to cover applications to all courses in further and higher education, including all post-secondary part-time programmes.…
Grants go down as value of education goes up

Grants go down as value of education goes up

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Getting to college has always been a commendable achievement in an academic sense, but the funding challenges faced by students now makes it a financial one too. The value of…
Transition to third-level education set to ease

Transition to third-level education set to ease

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So the CAO system is to receive its first-ever shake up. The proposed reforms of Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, are still a little shy of detail, but they have…
Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

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News last week that 300 million euro in funding would be invested in research here over the next six years is something that should be generally greeted with a healthy…
CAO Course Changes

CAO Course Changes

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Readers should take note that the CAO has recently listed some course changes. Some have not been included in the 2013 Handbook, while others that appeared in the Handbook have…
Disabled Students

Disabled Students

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Every year thousands of students with disabilities enter third level education. In this section we will seek to keep you up to date with the latest information on the facilities…