The CAO points for construction-related third-level courses are expected to rise this year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Engineering, technology, law, architecture and other construction-related courses are likely to see a significant rise in CAO points for college ent(...)

New grades: The A1, A2 system is being replaced by marks from H1 to H8 at higher level and from O1 to O8 at ordinary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pencils sharpened. Time started. You may now turn over your paper.SECTION I: COMPREHENDINGQuestion A: How many grading bands will the Leaving Certific(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the new system is about marking achievement, not rewarding failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the(...)

File photograph of Trinity College Dublin. The Student Universal Support Ireland website is now accepting applications for college financial aid for the 2015/2016 academic year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Students seeking maintenance grants and other college financial aid for the 2015/2016 academic year can now make applications on the SUSI (Student Uni(...)

Queen’s University Belfast. Northern Ireland’s  two universities, Queen’s and Ulster University, charge lower fees for Northern students than their British counterparts.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ire(...)

NUI Galway has revealed a five-year strategy to become a top 200 university in global rankings by 2020, including progress on gender equality at the college. Photograph: Getty Images/ File photo

NUI Galway (NUIG) says it plans to become one of the world’s top 200 universities in global rankings by 2020 under a new strategic plan. The fi(...)

 CAO 2015  first preference statistics show that demand for construction and engineering courses continues to rise. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

That well-worn political slogan “it’s the economy, stupid” seems to have been taken to heart by this year’s college applicants as demand continues to(...)

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. The experience of many students shows that changes are needed to the current applications system. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. Reflecting the growing number presenting(...)

If you  have been  offered a CAO place, you have a week to consider whether you wish to accept or reject the place. Any places not accepted by the September 3rd deadline will continue to be offered by the CAO to applicants over the coming six weeks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

If you did not receive a satisfactory course offer in yesterday’s second round of the CAO application process, your options in the current academic ye(...)

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As second round offers are released today to college applicants, there have been fresh calls for greater transparency in the application process. (...)