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# University

Last month
November 2023
Up to one million graduates could be eligible to vote under Seanad election reform plan
Currently, six members of Seanad Eireann are elected by graduates from specified universities – which has been ruled unconstitutional.
This year
2023
CAO: 60% of courses see fall in point requirements
59% of level 8 applicants for their first choice, and 85% of students got their top three
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.
Government moves to ramp up healthcare and vet college places amid staffing crisis
Minister Simon Harris said this could address the yearly ‘scramble’ for college places and give more options to students.
Opinion: Third-level lecturers are vital to the future of our country - we must value them
Sinn Féin’s Mairéad Farrell looks at the precarious work conditions that so many academics are working under in Ireland.
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.
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
2022
Extra 1,056 college places will be available in September, Harris says
There is a push taking place to increase the number of college places and apprenticeships.
Trinity apologises for suggestion that pride flags on campus could cause offence
An email sent to Trinity staff last week said that pride flags on the campus could offend some people.
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.
New technological university announced for the north west
Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.
University of Limerick appoints Professor Kerstin Mey as new president for 10-year term
Professor Mey has served as interim president of UL since 1 September 2020.
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.
Quiz: How much do you know about China?
Go on, test yourself.
Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister
Antigen testing on construction sites will begin in a matter of weeks, say sources.
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.
UL to set up test centre after rise in Covid-19 cases among students living near campus
The cases are “largely based around simple household visits”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College student: 'There's been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar'
Harry McCann says students involved in recent ‘partying’ are not representative of the majority trying to study and live within Covid guidelines.
Irish universities will have to provide breakdown of ethnic diversity among staff each year from December
From the limited data available, there is just one black female professor who is working full time.
NUIG students warned they could face expulsion if they fail to stick to Covid-19 guidelines
Students have been urged to “socialise safely and call out reckless behaviour”.
Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19
Minister Simon Harris says colleges have until February to publish their action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment.
'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.
Suspended sentence for man who lodged over €155k of university's money into own bank account
Cullen, with no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
'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.
Hong Kong: Student protesters escape police siege by climbing down ropes to waiting motorbikes
Police said they had fired three live rounds at a protest site near the university.
Universities on shutdown in Hong Kong as foreign students are encouraged to leave over violent protests
It follows five months of unrest from pro-democracy protesters.