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# Third Level Education

Last month
November 2023
Students to be reimbursed €1,000 as the reduction in college fees comes into effect
Additional and future funding was also announced for students on grant schemes.
This year
Simon Harris says Leaving Cert isn't 'cruel' but there is 'an obsession with the points race'
Leaving Certificate students are to receive their results this Friday.
Last year
Donohoe announces expansion of €500 rent credit to parents of third-level students
The new €500 rental credit was announced as part of Budget 2023.
Thousands of students stage walk-out from lectures in cost of living protest
The protest aims “to remind college authorities and politicians that students aren’t an endless money pit”.
University lecturers' union to ballot members for industrial action in September
The Irish Federation of University Teachers said it will ballot all members unless an agreement is reached on pay.
No date yet for promised cut to student contribution fee, Harris says
The Higher Education Minister said the Government is firmly against “unfair” student loans.
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
All time
Sinn Féin councillors call on DCC chief Owen Keegan to resign over student housing comments
Minister of State Niall Collins has called on Owen Keegan to apologise, but not resign.
'Heartbreaking to not have enough': UCC food bank runs out of stock 50 minutes after reopening
Students’ expenses for food are estimated to be between €250 to €350 per month.
Grade inflation is soaring: Are degrees losing all meaning?
Analysis of awards from Irish third-level institutions by uncovers an upward trend in grades handed to students.
Number of non-EEA students in Ireland reaches record level: here's where they're coming from
There has been a 45% increase in students from non-EEA countries since 2013.
Open thread: What did you REALLY need to bring with you to college?
And what do you really wish you had remembered to pack?
'I was the first of my family to go to university and this week I paid off the last of my loan'
While I repaid the money they lent me, I owe my local Credit Union so much more, writes Gavin Nugent.
Poll: Do we put too much emphasis on third-level education/going to college?
New statistics show that private schools still have greater numbers of students progressing to third-level.
"We cannot take this anymore" - Thousands of students take to the streets of Dublin
Students are objecting to any consideration of the introduction of a student loan scheme in Ireland.
'The Cinderella sector' of Irish education needs extra funding just as badly as our top universities
“Even in high-tech companies you need non-graduate staff to fill a lot of roles within the company.”
Balancing work, study and a life - top tips to make it work
If you decide to return to college for further education, you had better get your ducks in a row, advises Eoghan McDermott.
CAO 2016: Where are all the applicants coming from?
There are over 80,000 people waiting to hear if they’ve landed their favoured college spot.
You can find all of the Round One CAO points right here
Do you have what you need for your preferred course?
How to pick the right postgrad course for YOU
Further education can be a worthwhile commitment – but take careers expert Eoghan McDermott’s tips on making the right choice.
What can a postgrad or masters do for me? Quite a lot, actually
Careers expert Eoghan McDermott assesses the impact of going back to college on your job prospects, pay and satisfaction levels.
Poll: Should third level education in Ireland be fee-free?
The option of introducing a student loan system is also on the table.
Two men stole a car with a child still in it, dropped the child to school, then escaped
As you do.
Academics at Irish colleges stressed over 'flex' hours contracts
Union says academics’ working hours are far greater than established norms.
Higher education is leaving us over-qualified but under-skilled
There should be ways that we can learn and earn at the same time.
There's still time to apply for 'Available Places' through CAO
Do you know about this list of courses with places still available? Get on it…
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.
Working class children are still less likely to reach third-level education
A new ESRI study says that class is still important.
Trinity College wants to triple admissions from NI and here's how they'll do it
The university said the number of students coming from the North has dropped recently – partly due to the fact that only one in eight take four A-Levels.
Opinion: The best thing I got from my master's was the chance to leave Ireland
I am one of the many thousands of students to pull up to an Irish university, deposit their money and walk away with what is – essentially – an empty qualification.
Column: For our education sector to thrive, it needs to get commercial sense
We need to construct curriculums with international relevance and figure out fairer ways of funding education in order to compete globally, writes Aaron McKenna.
College fees to get cut for children of Irish emigrants
The new rates will be in place by this September.
Can this website sum up your entire degree in just one sentence?
Whether you studied English, maths or even photography… Yes. Yes, it can.
Post-grad grants cost €14.5 million in 2012/13
Over 3,800 students received the grant, but none were eligible for maintenance support.
Students protest cuts in third-level education
Thousands of students took to the streets today demanding that the maintenance grant be protected.
SUSI 'working closely' with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints
A total of 55 cases of complaints against the grant system were accepted by the Ombudsman with 34 of them still open.
College students can pre-order week's dinners online for €10*
*The only catch is they have to cook it themselves.
Column: The Leaving Cert poorly prepares students for the realities they now face
The Leaving Cert is an outdated, crude and brutal instrument that fails to prepare young people for either the realities of third level education or modern life in general, writes Paul Rowe.
Parents provide €421 per month on average to their college-going child
Students spend the money on rent, bills, food, books and going out.
59,000 new grant applications received by SUSI ahead of deadline
SUSI said today that they are still accepting applications and that delays in processing seen last year are not expected to be repeated.