Members of DCU’s students’ union campaign to prevent the deportation of student Shepherd Machaya.

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News, views and opinions from Student Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

Conradh na Gaeilge wants appointment of a senior minister with responsibility for Irish and the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Additional funding outlined in Budget 2019 is welcome but well below hoped-for €9m

Conradh na Gaeilge protesting outside the GPO in August to ensure An Post will not end services through Irish in Gaeltacht areas as part of the current redundancy process. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish language groups bring pre-budget campaign to Dublin with ‘Clinic na Gaeilge’

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Soft skills such as communication skills, understanding, initiative and enterprise are capabilities that artificial intelligence will have trouble replicating. Photograph: iStock

Team-working, creativity and problem-solving are in demand among hiring managers

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The Student Hub at the Higher Options conference at the RDS today.

Representatives of universities and third-level colleges and institutions that cater for all levels are present

Higher Options can be busy at times so it is a good idea to come prepared. Photograph: Alan Betson

Handy tips to help you make the most of all that is on offer at Higher Options

Higher Options 2018 will take place at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, on September 12th, 13th and 14th, from 9am-3pm each day. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s important for students to prepare before visiting the expo in order to make the most of the opportunity

Engineering, teaching  and nursing saw some of the biggest points increases in this year’s round one offers

Over 740 students receive offer of first preference course in latest CAO third-level round

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A selection of questions put to our guidance counsellors about the 2018 CAO offers

News, analysis and expert advice on the CAO’s first round offers for 2018

Adult learners get their results at Pearse College, Crumlin, August 2018: Gordon Elder, Liam Kieran, Lee Cummins, Michael Barry and Jonathan Lumsden. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What steps you should take as you prepare for the next stage of your education

A selection of questions put to our helpdesk about the 2018 Leaving Cert results and next week’s CAO first round offers

Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett, both members of the Institute of Guidance Councillors (IGC), are operating the helpdesk and will be on hand to answer questions on Friday and early next week.

A selection of questions put to our guidance counsellors about the 2018 Leaving Cert results

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara from Co Kilkenny and Lynn Fenton (left) from Rathangan Co Wicklow getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Leaving Certificate results

A selection of questions put to our guidance counsellors about the 2018 Leaving Cert results

Parents should show their anxious teenage children that, no matter what the results, they have your support. Photograph: iStock

Not achieving the hoped-for results does not spell disaster – you have options

Students at Manor House School, Raheny, Dublin on the first day of their leaving cert exam in June. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Results will be available from schools and online by Wednesday morning

’I love the national persona in Ireland. There is so much pride and magic in the country.” Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

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DCU students protesting outside the Dáil earlier this year over student  rent increases in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Are you scrambling to find a place to live for the coming academic year? Are rental price hikes making it harder than ever to make(...)

Dublin’s docklands area has become a hub for business and innovation.

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While applications received after July 12th will be accepted, those submitted before the deadline will be prioritised for processing. Photograph: iStockphoto

Leaving certificate students do not need to wait for their results before applying for grant aid

“Coping with the aftermath of critical incidents has become a challenging but necessary task for a number of schools.” Photograph: iStock

Two staff from each postprimary school to be trained in ‘alertness’ programme

The Academic performing on stage at Croke Park ahead of the Rolling Stones concert. Photograph: Collins

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Applications to physical sciences, including chemistry and physics, down 33 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Drop in applications comes despite initiatives to attract more students to the sector

Successful applicants will also receive a paper offer notice by post, an email and a text message (if they have selected this option) with details of their offer. Photograph: iStock

Initial CAO round concerns mature applicants, mature nursing/midwifery applicants, and deferred applicants

Jim Miley, Irish Universities Association director general. Photograph: Frank Miller

Serious quality issues at third-level exist from decades of underfunding, IUA says

The children featured in the report experienced frequent school absences attributed to poor diet, inadequate rest and poor living conditions. Photograph: iStock

Group says families should be given supports to uphold their children’s right to education

Programmes measured on personal development, educational experience, and career development

Applicants are urged to think carefully before making changes to their order of preference. Photograph: iStock

Students encouraged to use genuine preference over peers’ plans ahead of Sunday deadline

Pádraig Schäler with family and friends  visited Cape Cod,   where he was injured as a cyclist five years ago, to raise awareness of road safety. Photograph: Courtesy Reinhard Schäler.

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Pádraig Schäler with family and friends aim to raise awareness of road safety in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he was injured as a cyclist five years ago.

Pádraig Schäler visits Cape Cod five years after being involved in collision that changed his life

President Michael D Higgins hosted a garden party to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of Douglas Hyde on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells.

Higgins says it is a sign of hope that newly arrived immigrants engage with language

Teachers’ unions are seeking an increase in the rates of pay that apply for correcting exams. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘It is worrying that you would have people who are not teachers correcting exams’

US first lady Melania Trump walks from her to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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Lorde knows: Melodrama effortlessly captures the specific nuances of love in the Instagram generation.

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Students were asked to answer questions on a passage about a canal clean-up. Photograph: iStockphoto

Examination paper highlighted the importance of learning basic French vocabulary

The year-long celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the start of the Irish language revival movement was among the topics presented to students on the Leaving Cert Irish paper one examination. Here Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Joe McHugh Minister of State for the Irish Language, with students from Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail Choir, Movill, Donegal at Government Buildings for the launch of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 last December. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Teachers broadly pleased as Bliain na Gaeilge, economy and environment appear

Mixed response to higher level paper which featured ‘a lot of lead in to questions’

Volcano Fuego during an eruptive pulse in El Rodeo, Guatemala on June 3, 2018. Students were asked about volcano activity in the Junior Cert Geography exam. HO/AFP/Getty Images

Students interested in current affairs would have benefited from the inclusion of topics related to world events

Students were asked about a text taken from An Lamborghini Buí, a novel by Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí. Photograph: iStockphoto.

Vocabulary generally associated with higher level found on ‘interesting and engaging’ second paper

The two-hour paper is broken into three sections. Photograph: iStockphoto

Most happy with paper while reaction to listening comprehension section was mixed

File photograph showing members of the Irish Coastguard (Howth/Skerries Division) taking part in a rescue exercise on the Liffey. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Exam paper would have rewarded students who have engaged in current affairs

Students were asked to complete 9 questions in total and were tested on reading and writing with competence; understanding characters and responding imaginatively to texts.

Second exam under new curriculum brings some surprises but leaves students happy

The examinations run until Wednesday 20th June for Junior Certificate/Cycle subjects and Friday 22nd June for Leaving Certificate subjects.

Exam fortnight starts with English paper as Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert exams get under way

Brooklyn band The National opened their European tour in Cork last year.

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Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor,  Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel, Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, and Minister for Education Richard Bruton at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Mark Stedman

New development made possible after largest private donation in history of the State

Journalist Sarah McInerney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

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Prof Damian Mc Manus reading a copy of a 14th century Brehon manuscript in the Long Room of Trinity College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Precious manuscripts extend across 1,000 years of our Irish literature and learning

An Coimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, at the launch of Annual Report 2017 in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin. From left: Caoimhín Ó hEadhra, An Foras Patrúnachta, Bláthnaid Ní Ghreacháin, príomhfheidhmeanach Gaeloideachas and Prof. Teresa O’Doherty, president Marino Institute of Education. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coimisinéir Teanga commends Department of Education for move to address demand for Irish language schooling

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton, TD announcing reform of school admissions, at Government Buildings, last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Decision takes account of ‘strong level of parental demand’ in Drumcondra and Marino area

Irish-medium schools tend to be oversubscribed and students often end up having to travel greater distances to schools located in other districts or are forced to attend English-medium schools when the option of Irish-medium education is not available to them. Above: Schoolchildren from Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna during a protest outside Leinster House in 2017. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rule change to place greater emphasis on meeting significant parental demand for Gaelscoileanna

Students queue up to register to vote at Trinity College Dublin following a registration drive by USI.

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INMO says 57% of soon to be graduates offered work abroad, while HSE has approached 18%. Photograph: iStockphoto

News, views and opinions from Student Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

 Pupils from Scoil Mobhí highlight the impact the proposed MetroLink construction site will have on their school.  Pictured (holding sign) is Isobel Ní Ragallaigh and classmates. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Glasnevin phase of Metrolink rail project would see requisition of school lands

 Members of Na Fianna GAA Club visited the public information session for Metrolink hosted by TII en mass last month. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dáil told transport authority and TII should find an ‘alternative option’

The Union of Students in Ireland said it “cautiously” welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is “off the table” while the current Government is in office. File photograph: Getty Images

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Members of Na Fianna GAA Club attend a recent public information session hosted by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) about the proposed Metrolink project.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Proposals include plan to requisition lands used by CLG Na Fianna and two Irish medium schools

One of Dr Barry’s ‘golden rules’ is to try and get everyone who’s depressed to exercise for 30 minutes a day

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Dean Afolabi (11) with his mother,  Tomi Matuluko at the Beo festival in Dublin. Dean is fluent in Irish and attends Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa, near their home in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Every community expresses its basic values in the way in which it treats a language, President Higgins tells rally

Thousands are expected to participate in Saturday’s Beo, Gaelach & Bródúil rally. Archive photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Saturday’s ‘Beo, Gaelach & Bródúil’ is billed as one of the main events of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018

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The new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

News, views and opinions fromStudent Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

News, views and opinions fromStudent Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

Prof Brian MacCraith president of DCU: DCU is ‘acutely aware of the financial pressures that are placed on students and their families’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

University president criticises ‘escalating and uncontrolled pricing’ of student housing

Seán Delaney, Marino Institute; Treasa Kirk, Department of Education; Minister for Education Richard Bruton; David O’Sullivan, OGP, and Aodán Mac Suibhne,  Marino Institute.

Two programmes announced in effort to address shortage of Irish teachers

The decision was announced to cheering students during a lunchtime protest organised by the #TakeBackTrinity campaign.

Move follows campaign led by students, which said the proposal was unfair and undemocratic

The safety of online private data has come into focus this week following revelations that Cambridge Analytica had siphoned data from some 50 million Facebook users as it built a election-consulting company that boasted it could sway voters in contests all over the world. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

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New dictionary described as a defining moment for gender identity and gender expression in Ireland

The CSO’s baby name checker does not return results for names with  the síneadh fada. Photograph: iStock

CSO says it does not regard names with fadas as different names

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The students are demanding that proposed supplemental examination fees be scrapped; affordable rental options be introduced and that student fees not be increased. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Provost posts tweet saying ‘alternative proposals’ would be considered by TCD board

A photograph taken inside the Dining Hall where occupying  students are preparing posters and banners.

Vice-Provost holds talks with student leaders to discuss demands over supplemental feesK

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a memorial following a school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida. Photograph: Thom Baur/Reuters

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Noel McGrath, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and James Patrice at the launch of Seachtain Na Gaeilge le Energia which runs from  March 1st - 17th. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

‘You don’t have to be fluent’ the message of two-week celebration of Irish language

Isabel Cooke speaking during The Irish Times Debate on the subject ‘This House believes that post-Brexit Ireland would be better served by aligning with London rather than with Brussels’ on Monday at Dublin Business School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Times Debate 2017-2018 semi-finalists battle it out for place at finals in Belfast

The next step: applicants who do not process their application in advance of the February 1st deadline can submit a late application at an increased fee. Photograph: iStockphoto

Applicants who do not process their application on time can submit a late application at an increased fee

A still from a TG4 interview with the late Dolores O’Riordan who was a student at Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ where Irish is the medium of instruction.

Over 1,500 hours of news material recorded between 1996-2004 digitally archived in joint TG4/BAI project

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar tweeted his support for the online #TrasnaNadTonnta initiative. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Online drive encourages use of Irish on social media with #TrasnaNadTonnta hashtag

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Joe McHugh Minister of State for the Irish Language, with students from Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail Choir, Movill, Donegal at Government Buildings for the launch of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Varadkar announces extension of celebrations to include Government departments

The band is named after Dúlamán which is the Irish for channelled wrack, a strain of yellow seaweed found on the Irish coast.

Music and dance group to perform as Gaeilge in front of expected 9m TV viewers

College progression rates are lower in more disadvantaged areas of Dublin such as Ballyfermot, Finglas and Clondalkin compared with wealthier parts of the city.

Figures illustrate socio-economic inequality in progression rates to college and university

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fee-paying schools account for half of top 20 sending most students to college

The report, published by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung philanthropic group, says Ireland spends the smallest amount of money in the EU on pre-primary education. File photograph: Getty Images

Findings ‘cannot be accepted as an accurate portrayal’, claims Department of Education

Students join 24-hour Irish speaking challenge taking place in 320 schools across Ireland

It is a good idea to ask the same questions during each visit to get as measured an understanding of each institution as is possible. Photograph: iStock

Find out how to make the best use of open days and when you can visit your top choices

The committee proposed  exchange programmes should take place between Gaeltacht and Irish medium schools. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Funding for Irish-language youth groups ‘should match funding for English language groups’

The 1975 arrangement between the State and Bus Éireann has come under international scrutiny in recent years following complaints from the private sector.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus Éireann got more State money for free school buses than it needed in 2010-2014

Pictured at an education innovation conference organised by the Trinity Access 21 project in Google’s EMEA HQ is Stacey Torres with her classmates from Mercy Secondary School Inchicore. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Trinity study highlights importance of roles models in boosting third-level participation

Before you even have a hope of getting an interview, it’s important to have standout CV that sets you apart from all the other applicants. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Today’s job market is very competitive. Here are some key tips and suggestions to help you find success

tudents visiting The Irish Times Higher Options stand in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Representatives of universities and third-level colleges and institutions that cater for all levels are present

A total of 61,654 students who sat the Junior Cycle examinations in June can collect their results from their schools this morning and through the online examination results service on examinations.ie from 4pm. File photograph: Getty Images

Majority of subjects record a drop in the number of As awarded at Higher Level

While this year’s figures show greater participation across most higher level Junior Cert subjects, the number of students getting As is down significantly. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 61,500 candidates sat English under new Junior Cycle reform framework

The Health Service Executive has suggested parents participate in the celebration this year by organising alcohol-free events. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Parents urged to run Junior Cert events to keep students safe from alcohol harm

The Student Hub at the Higher Options conference at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Important for students to prepare before visting expo in order to make the most of the opportunity

Ryan Bell, student of Oatlands College, Stillorgan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ryan Bell should be ‘straight eight’ student once revised results confirmed by SEC

Uninest New Mill in Dublin 8, which opens this month, is an example of the new breed of high-spec student accommodation being built in the capital.

Thousands of purpose-built students beds are coming onstream – for €1,000 or more a month

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