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# Higher Education Authority

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# Third Level
Stark contrast between Ireland's richest and poorest college students revealed by new study
The study breaks down the socio-economic composition of Ireland’s student body.
# Religion
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.
# points
The better a student does in Leaving Cert Maths and English, the more likely they are to finish college
Three-quarters of students complete their courses, with women more likely than men to finish.
# Higher Education
Number of students in higher education continues to grow as sector takes in €1.1bn in fees
New figures show that Ireland’s undergraduate population has grown by 8% over the last five years.
# Action Plan
45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance
Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the positions will be for world-class academics and are not ‘easy jobs’.
# dr love
Chief executive of Higher Education Authority resigns 'with regret' after less than 18 months in job
Dr Graham Love only took up the role in March 2017.
# scorecards
It's official - the more points you get in your Leaving the more likely you are to get through college
“Those entering with lower points are much more likely to not progress compared to those entering with higher points,” a new report claims.
# Money Money Money
One-third of students are experiencing serious financial problems
Just under half of third level students’ monthly expenditure is provided by someone other than the student, usually a parent or partner.
# job fairy
Most Irish university graduates are employed in Dublin and Cork
Concerns have been raised about the lack of graduates finding employment in regional areas.
# gender imbalance
Women urged to apply for construction courses to help "critical" graduate shortage
It is claimed that there will be a “substantial” lack of graduates in building-related sectors
Opinion: The first three years of life are crucial in influencing a child's future
We have irrefutable evidence that children’s social and family circumstances impact on their life chances, but we also know how to maximise their potential.
Opinion: The disparity in third level participation should make us angry
It is unacceptable that Dublin school leavers from affluent areas are six times more likely to continue to third level education than their counterparts.
# Education
99% of young adults in D6 go to college, just 15% in D17
A report from the Higher Education Authority says we “urgently need to tap into the deep reservoirs of disadvantage”.
# college dropout
More and more people are dropping out of college (especially men)
7,000 students from the 2010/11 academic year didn’t make it to second year.
# hierarchy
'No evidence' why The Summit treats graduates differently - HEA
The minimum grade requirement for job applicants is different depending where someone graduated.
# Education
Increase in third level entrants from wealthier backgrounds
Equal access data from the Higher Education Authority has shown that third level entrants from the top three socio-economic backgrounds continue to increase, with those from less wealthy background dropping off.
# Irish Colleges
The HEA proposes merging 39 colleges into 24
By reducing the number of institutions, the HEA believes it will improve quality, increase capacity and be better value.
# Delayed
Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications
Around 48,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed. Ruairí Quinn has said the delay is “not satisfactory”.
# Teacher Training
Quinn announces €40m upgrade for St Pat's teacher college
The Drumcondra teacher training facility is set to be upgraded over two years to accommodate 2,500 students.
# Going to College
Surge in tuition fees sees major spike in UK CAO applicants
Rising tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have seen hundreds more students apply to come to colleges here.
# Education
New rules will require colleges to merge or lose funding
Plans published by the Higher Education Authority will ask small colleges to merge with bigger ones or face the financial chop.
# Education
Exam board to address Leaving Cert 'predictability'
A report published by the Department of Education today was critical of “rote learning” and highlighted the common practice of memorising pre-packaged answers.
# Points Race
Report expected to make the case for capping places in college
Ruairí Quinn is set to receive a report outlining the need for student numbers to be capped in order to avoid the return of fees.