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# College

This month
September 2023
Millions transferred through money mule accounts in first half of year
The figure is an increase of 50% on the same period in 2022.
This year
Harris announces €40 million for third level institutions to improve college campuses
Seven universities, five Technological Universities, two Institutes of Technology and six other colleges are benefitting from the grant.
With the rise of ChatGPT, how are universities planning on assessing students this year?
The software can produce essays on almost any topic in seconds, causing worry among colleges about academic integrity.
Last year
Over 57,000 people offered place in CAO Round One, up more than 2,000 on last year
CAO ‘points’ dropped very slightly but remained close to last year’s levels.
All time
There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.
Pop-up Covid vaccination clinics open as thousands of students start college
The clinics will open at over 15 campuses today.
Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren't worn in class
It’s just one of a number of approaches taken by universities as doors have reopened.
University College Cork has said lecturers will ask campus security to remove those who refuse requests to wear a mask, Stephen McDermott writes.
College says classes may also be cancelled and will not be repeated if security are unable to attend.
Nearly 1,500 students receive first higher education offer in second CAO round
The CAO released its second round of offers to applicants this morning.
Pop-up vaccination centres to open on college campuses
Paul Reid said that hospital numbers beginning to fall but intensive care numbers are rising.
Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see students staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation
The Taoiseach said a “close eye” will be kept on colleges and what they charge in for rent.
Over 55,000 people offered place in CAO Round One - points rise in teaching, business and health
This afternoon’s Round One offers is official confirmation of whether students got their preferred course.
This afternoon’s Round One offers is official confirmation of whether students got their preferred course.
Round One offers must be accepted online by 3pm on Monday 13 September.
Four courses have now reached 625 points.
'Inevitable' that points for most courses will increase due to record-breaking Leaving Cert results
Simon Harris: It's time to end the Leaving Cert points race in Ireland
Occupancy limits and sanitation: Higher education announces plans for 'safe return' to campuses
Colleges will implement sanitation and ventilation measures, as well as occupancy limits in certain locations.
Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester
There has been a significant increase in demand for college places this year.
Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses
Testing will involve volunteers providing saliva samples twice weekly.
Students to get back on campus as college reopening plans to be signed off by Cabinet
Cabinet will also consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland.
Over 20% increase in people applying to study nursing, CAO figures show
There was a large increase in applications for medicine, too, with 4,031 first preferences.
CAO surge sees thousands more apply for third-level courses than in previous years
The CAO has received 66,457 applications to date.
Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
The Cabinet is also due to be updated on the progress to date of the Government’s new task force on the delivery of vaccines.
Opinion: We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies
Trinity professor Ciaran O’Neill says it’s time for Irish universities to address their own dark imperial past as students now seek real change.
6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result
The results of the review were announced this evening by the Department of Education.
Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade errors may have to defer college course, Foley says
It’s understood 800 to 900 students may have lost out on a college place due to the situation.
Some students with reduced campus hours backtrack on decision to live away from home
One NUIG student is trying to leave his accommodation partly due to rising cases in Galway.
No fall in student rent prices over the past year, report says
The latest report shows rents have remained largely unchanged across the country for students.
WIT president defends decision to charge full student fees as almost all classes move online
All classes and lectures in the upcoming academic year will be held online.
Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister
Simon Harris also defended the fact that college fees would remain the same, even as courses move online.
'Unprecedented situation' could see students renting on campus a few days a week
This academic year will be vastly different to previous years for third-level students.
College might once have offered an escape for vulnerable students - Covid-19 has changed that
With lectures moving largely online, students with a tough home life may find themselves with few good options.
Third level students will need to maintain two-metre social distance while on campus
The guidance was issued for third level students ahead of the upcoming academic year.
Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives
Employers will be given incentives to hire apprentices and young, unemployed workers.
Not all third-level students will be able to be accommodated on campus in the autumn
The minister said international students can come to the country to study as long as they self-isolate.
Universities face huge losses as thousands of international students delay accepting course offers
Some universities are offering online only study options but others will require the students to move to Ireland for their course.
'Not at the moment': Universities don't plan to refund fees for this or the next academic year
NUI Galway is offering students a reduced rent rate next year due to the ‘hybrid’ way universities are expected to operate.
Students most worried about families' health and work uncertainty amid crisis
More than 700 university students answered a new survey about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Plans to modernise chaplaincies at third level institutions have stagnated, despite major review
A 2015 review found several institutions had no public appointment or tendering procedure for the employment of chaplains.
LIT and AIT want to join up to create a River Shannon-linked technological university
The goal is to create a new unique, disruptive technological university.
As vaping-linked injuries and deaths rise in the US, some Irish colleges are moving towards an all-out ban
18 deaths and 1080 injuries in the US have been linked to vaping.
Students should be 'vigilant' in the search for accommodation, student unions warn
Thousands of students are now on the hunt for accommodation.
CAO issues thousands of 'Round Zero' offers today - here's what happens next
Round Zero offers must be accepted by 7 August at 5.15pm.
Over 5,700 applicants receive CAO Round A offers today - here's what happens next
Round A offers must be accepted by Wednesday 10 July at 5.15pm.
Want to change your CAO form? The deadline is Monday
People who have applied to go to college or university can add, remove or change the order of their course choices.