Number of CAO courses to face cut

Number of CAO courses to face cut

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  It looks as though the long-mooted shake-up of the Leaving Cert points system may happen after all. According to Minister of Education Ruairi Quinn, the plan is to gradually…
Two Irish universities to keep an eye on

Two Irish universities to keep an eye on

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Though not the be-all-and-end-all measure of academic performance, the world university rankings from the Times Higher Education are taken very seriously by colleges, organisations and students around the world. Making…
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…
The digital sector – learning to be social

The digital sector – learning to be social

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  So you’ve been caught looking at Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and Pinterest trends on your smartphone in class. This means trouble, right? Actually, no, it doesn’t. Quite the opposite…
Students urged to consider their college choices

Students urged to consider their college choices

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According to the EU Skills Panorama, when it comes to skills imbalance, Ireland ranks joint third out of 26 countries surveyed. Naturally, this is a major cause for concern for…
Private Renting

Private Renting

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  Renting private accommodation can be the most risky of the accommodation options, as well as the most attractive to students craving independence and responsibility. Students looking at possible flats…
Student Housing

Student Housing

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  Student dedicated accommodation, or student villages, comprise of apartments or housing available to students only. These residences can be on- or off-campus and are run by the college or…
Lodging/Digs

Lodging/Digs

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  This form of accommodation encompasses a number of different living arrangements. These include a self-catering arrangement with a rented room in the landlord’s house, or living ‘in digs’ with…
Accommodation

Accommodation

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Securing affordable and comfortable accommodation is a vital aspect of preparing for college life. If the location of your intended college makes living at home impossible, then you should start…
Why Further Education?

Why Further Education?

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  Further Education Colleges, or PLC Colleges as they used to be known, are a relatively new concept in Ireland, emerging from the traditional post leaving courses in existence for…
Learning at third level

Learning at third level

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  The transition from school to college is rather like one of those nature documentaries where an orphaned and bewildered bear or monkey is released from the care of doting…
Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job

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  The stereotype of the college student, cocooned within the comforting sanctuary of higher education and divorced from the hardships of ‘real’ working life, could not be further from the…
College Jargon Buster

College Jargon Buster

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  When you begin college you’ll hear a lot of terms and phrases thrown around. People will think you’re strange, simple or slow if you tell them you’re already wearing…
Registration Week

Registration Week

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  Going to the Registration (or Orientation) Week at your college is the best way of ensuring that you’ll find out all the ins and outs that you need to…