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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Third Level

This year
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.
Government to fund 405 beds for disadvantaged students in DCU
The Cabinet has approved €41 million to fund the accommodation.
Students urged to steer clear of ChatGPT essays as bot reopens debate on college assessment
A report by
Emer Moreau
The copy-writing software has taken social media by storm, and left some educators concerned about the future of assessment.
Last year
Third level 'needs full attention' of Harris while he takes Justice brief, say lecturers
Harris is taking the role of Minister for Justice in addition to his current job until Helen McEntee returns from maternity leave.
Here are the 2023 Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup draws
UL and NUI Galway are the reigning champions.
Government to part-fund 700 student beds to be let at reduced rates under new plans
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is proposing partially funding the construction of student accommodation for three colleges.
Ukraine's Zelenskyy will virtually address all third-level students in Ireland this Friday
Following his address, the Ukrainian president will take questions from students.
Colleges to get €3 million euro a year to support students with autism
Funding will start to be rolled out next year to approved projects.
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
Galway and Kerry players lead the way in Rising Stars Football Team of the Year
Eight counties have players on the team.
Women in academia: 'What women get is endless mentoring, instead of a focus on changing the structures'
Academia is no longer dominated by men, with women making up more than half of lecturers. But problems remain across third-level in Ireland.
All time
Apprenticeships and post-grad studies are on the rise according to a new education report
The number of teachers at primary and post-primary level went up from 61,942 in 2016 to 69,343 in 2020.
CAO opens for third level applications today
It opens at noon today.
New technological university announced for the north west
Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.
Colleges around the country say that some students are having to rely on food banks to get by
“These students are doing their best, but they’re just not able to make ends meet.”
UCC Students' Union food bank ran out of food in 50 minutes on Wednesday.
Volunteers say demand has spiked in the face of rent hikes and other living costs.
Students' representatives say it's a result of third level education being underfunded by the Government, writes Céimin Burke.
Pop-up Covid vaccination clinics open as thousands of students start college
The clinics will open at over 15 campuses today.
Pop-up vaccination centres to open on college campuses
Paul Reid said that hospital numbers beginning to fall but intensive care numbers are rising.
Opinion: If the way we live and work after Covid can be reformed, why not education too?
It’s an ideal time to reform the Irish educational system, writes Emma DeSouza.
Gardaí receiving 'daily reports' of accommodation scams in which renters lose hundreds of Euro
Gardaí are advising students to be cautious of scams ahead of the new academic year.
Online learning hub on sexual consent for third level to launch in new academic year
It will contain material for students and staff in higher level institutions.
Surge in applications for environment, education, and journalism courses
There has been a 136% increase in applications from other EU countries, and a 9% increase overall.
Return of large scale lectures ‘contingent’ on mass vaccination
Large-scale antigen testing will likely be rolled out in colleges and universities.
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.
Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said he intends to “overhaul” the CAO application form next year.
Increased funding needed to tackle sexual violence in colleges, report finds
Investigations must be “independent, trauma-informed and fair to all parties”, the new Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence report says.
Students in Direct Provision no longer have to pay PLC international fees of €3,600
The contribution fee for Irish students is €200.
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.
€300,000 allocated to colleges to support Travellers in higher education
The funding is to support Traveller students progressing to higher education and during their studies.
CAO surge sees thousands more apply for third-level courses than in previous years
The CAO has received 66,457 applications to date.
PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU
PhD researchers are not entitled to sick leave, annual leave, maternity leave or other workers’ rights.
Review of student grants to examine support for people who move out of home for college
Grants for part time students and how Ireland compares internationally will also be examined.
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.
Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions
Colleges will be required to report annual bullying and sexual harassment statistics.
Working but no workers' rights: the plight of the PhD revealed
Unpaid ‘teaching contributions’ expected in most universities and ITs but PhD candidates can’t get ‘a liveable wage’.
'Doing the housework of academia': Women and minorities hardest hit by third-level working conditions
We look at the impact of insecure work on women, people with disabilities and vulnerable groups in the sector.
On social welfare, unable to buy a house: The reality facing Ireland's academics
Analysis reveals an average of over 11,200 lecturers working in temporary and casual contracts.
'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment
Dr Ní Shúilleabháin described her ordeal in today’s Irish Times.
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.
'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.
Over 4,000 applicants to receive their Round Zero CAO offers today
This round of offers are for those not awaiting their grades for the 2020 Leaving Certificate.