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# Third Level

All time
CAO deadline: 'It's easy to forget about other options outside of this one, points-driven route to education'
Apprenticeships and traineeships must no longer be thought of as an alternative to traditional education, rather they must be viewed as viable and vibrant options within Ireland’s education system, writes Elisha Collier O’Brien.
Career coach: 'Why over 70% of students drop out of first year in some courses'
Making career decisions can be a difficult process and academia is not for everyone, writes Dearbhla Kelly.
# sponsored by nci
6 facts about AI that will actually blow your mind
Artificial intelligence? Let’s just say robot butlers are closer than you think.
# Change generation
What one tip would you give students to make the most of college?
Getting the balance right in college can be tough. We asked students how to manage being happy AND productive.
# Third Level
More than 2,500 second round CAO offers are out today
Accepting the new offer will automatically cancel a previous acceptance.
# Explainer
The CAO offers are out now - What happens next?
Here’s all you need to know
# factcheck
FactCheck: Do Irish students really pay some of the highest fees in the world?
As tens of thousands await CAO offers, FactCheck examines how the financial burden awaiting them compares with students in other countries.
# college costs
Here's what Ireland's top universities are making from student contributions
The burden on students has gone up and up over the last six years.
# Place your bets
College students tell stories of gambling their rent money and losing at Cheltenham
Student Unions are warning about an increase in problem gambling.
# Third Level
Collingwood Cup holders UCC sent packing by Maynooth after penalty shootout
UCD, UL and Trinity make up this year’s semi-finals.
# Third Level
Glory for Oisin McConville on the management front in Belfast today
Dundalk IT defeated Waterford IT to claim the Trench Cup for the first time.
# Third Level
Garda College and GMIT claim victories in Sigerson Cup clashes
Garda College saw off Cork IT while GMIT defeated St Pat’s.
# green green grass of home
Four charts that show how Irish students are feeling much more confident about Ireland
It’s all change from four years ago.
# Asylum seeker
Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer
The minister for education has intervened in the matter.
# no susi - no!
If you get this email about student grants, don't click the link... It's a scam
The students grants body says a number of people have received the email.
# College
The next step: Charts show financial strain Irish parents face as their child goes to college
It’s more saving and more debt.
# doing well
Ireland has some of the most educated people in Europe
We place third when it comes to our share of third level graduates.
It's change of mind time for the CAO – but do students really know what they're getting into?
What makes one student successful when another fails? In answering this question, we’re not using one valuable resource: data.
What value are we putting on higher education?
Demand for education expanded during the crisis and it looks set to grow further. We must respond proactively.
Higher education is leaving us over-qualified but under-skilled
There should be ways that we can learn and earn at the same time.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you glad you chose the college course you did?
More than 74,000 people have applied for courses through the CAO. How did that work out for you?
Postgraduate SUSI applicant? Let’s hope you were never hardworking or homeless
I worked full-time during my full-time undergraduate degree; in 2007 my mother and I became homeless. Yet I am not deemed eligible for a full postgraduate grant.
Opinion: Are we devaluing degrees?
Our exploding education sector is a good thing in many ways – but it also has significant drawbacks.
# briseadh na rialacha
'Irish language for third-level entry shouldn't be a rule', universities told
Only for Irish language courses according to a task group report.
Opinion: I had to leave home and become independent at 18 – but SUSI won't recognise that
The grant is supposed to be there for people like me – people who can’t survive in college without it. But I don’t fit into SUSI’s picture of what a student is.
# College Fees
Heading to college just got even more expensive
The student contribution charge has been hiked by an extra €250.
# university challenges
'No ifs, no buts, no education cuts' - thousands of students march on Leinster House
Student leaders will meet the Education Minister tomorrow…after they’ve dried off.
# Flying High
Fancy yourself as the next Michael O'Leary? New third-level courses could be for you
DCU and the DAA have joined up to establish the Dublin Aviation Institute.
Opinion: Shouldn't we give freshers more time to make life-changing decisions?
In a two to three week period we expect our young people to make massive life decisions – we could make the whole process much easier.
Opinion: New technology is opening access to education, but also presenting new challenges
Open, flexible and accessible education has the potential to open up education to those who cannot access traditional higher education courses.
Opinion: 10 things you can do if you didn't get that college place you wanted
It may not seem so right now, but the world is your oyster…
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the CAO points system fair?
Further proposals for a revamp of the Leaving Certificate have been reported this morning.
# old reliables
Ivy League dominate World University Rankings as TCD (predictably) tops Irish colleges
Eight Irish institutions made the top 1,000.
# Scrimp and Save
Are you saving for your kids' college education?
New research says that just 55% of parents are.
# 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.
# Student Travel
Irish students lean towards France and Spain for Erasmus
A record 270,000 European students travelled abroad under the programme last year.
Opinion: The CAO system can clearly be gamed, and it's perpetuating disadvantage
We believe university places should be awarded to students based on the ranking they achieved within their school, not their national ranking.
# Money Money Money
USI says 'internship culture' to blame for low graduate wages
Union president Joe O’Connor said that schemes such as JobBridge had led to “a very, very employer friendly market”.