DARE & HEAR Advice & Information Sessions for Leaving Cert. Students applying to the schemes running nationwide on Saturday January 11th 2014
In advance of the February 1st CAO application deadline 3rd level Colleges participating in the DARE and HEAR schemes will run application advice clinics around the country this Saturday January 11th 2014.
The 9 information sessions nationwide are open to leaving cert students, their parents or guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors. Students who are considering making an application to either scheme can drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm on January 11th for one-to-one guidance and support on applying to the HEAR and DARE Schemes.
Advisors will offer guidance on how to make a completed application to either or both schemes. The aim of the advice clinics is to reduce the number of incomplete applications received by directly explaining to applicants and their families the supporting documentation required and answering any queries they may have.
Students and parents can get more information on the schemes on www.accesscollege.ie including step by step application advice videos and contact details for DARE and HEAR advisors at all participating colleges.
On Saturday January 11th, from 10am to 2pm clinics will be held at the following locations:
Cork: University College Cork - DeVere Hall, Student Centre Dublin: DIT, Aungier St - Courtyard Café Donegal: Ballybofey, Jackson’s Hotel Galway: NUI Galway - Arts Millennium Building
Kildare: NUI Maynooth - Phoenix Building, North Campus
Kilkenny: NUI Maynooth Kilkenny Campus, College Road, Kilkenny - Collier Room,
Limerick: University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School
Monaghan: Castleblaney, Glencarn Hotel
Westmeath: Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone - Coffee Dock, Main Building
To cover as much of the country as possible additional HEAR and DARE clinics will be held in Kerry, Sligo, Waterford and Wexford on the following dates:
- Waterford 13th 7-9pm Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road
- Sligo 14th 6.30-8.30pm The Glasshouse Hotel, Swan Point
- Kerry 16th 7-9pm Carlton Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee
- Wexford 16th 3-8pm Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford
More information including directions to all clinics can be found on www.accesscollege.ie
Qualifax will be exhibiting at the following upcoming events:
Higher Options: 18th, 19th & 20th September 2013.
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm daily
Location: RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Stand: 69 (next to Europass) opposite the Inspire Cafe
Event Website: www.irishtimes.com/higher-options
Qualifax will have an exhibition stand at this popular event. The Irish Times Higher Options event help Leaving Cert., Transition Year & 5th Year students make decisions about their study & career options. Qualifax can help you make informed choices by providing comprehensive information on further and higher education and training. Ask for a demonstration or just come along for the chat. Check out the Points Calculator or Interest Assessment Test. If you are thinking about subject choices, why not browse out our Minimum Subject Requirement Module. For information on Open Days view our online Calendar of Career Events and lots more......
2013 National Ploughing Championships: 24th, 25th & 26th September, 2013.
Location: Ratheniska, Co Laois.
Event Website: www.npa.ie
One of Europe's largest Outdoor Exhibitions and Agricultural Trade Shows attracting on average 189,000 visitors.
Visit the Qualifax indoor exhibition stand in the Tented Trade Village which caters for every element of rural life including Education, Business, Craft Village, Food Fair, Health, Lifestyles, Home & Garden, Sports & Leisure and Fashion.
Erasmus Ambassadors 2013
“I now know about Erasmus and it’s an option.” Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co Wicklow, Erasmus Ambassadors 2012
Erasmus is an EU programme that allows students at third-level to spend time studying or on work placement in another EU country. Erasmus Ambassadors can give second-level students a first-hand account the experience and why they should think of following in the footsteps of the 32,000 other Irish students who have spent time abroad on Erasmus.
Erasmus Ambassadors can:
Inform parents and students of the study-abroad option on Careers’ night.
“It adds to the cv and distinguishes you from other students” Loreto Abbey Secondary School Dalkey, 2012
Give a first-hand account to Language students of living and studying in a foreign language
“Through Erasmus you can immerse yourself in the culture and have a better understanding of language”. Scoil Mhuire, Convent of Mercy, Longford, 2012
Be a resource for Transition Year or CSPE projects on a European experience.
“A great experience of another culture and the wide world” Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Domhnach Míde, Baile Átha Cliath, 2012
How to arrange a visit:
- The school can then arrange a mutually convenient time and date with the speaker.
- As with other outside visits, the visit by an Erasmus Ambassador should support the work of the curriculum. It is a matter for each school authority to decide on the suitability of any proposed visitors and to determine the suitability of the support materials and resources to be used. At no time should the speaker be left in an unsupervised capacity withthe student group and the school should ensure that all appropriate measures are in place to ensure the welfare and protection of its pupils.
This pilot project is organised by the Higher Education Authority (the National Agency for Erasmus), in conjunction with the Department of Education & Skills and the Association of Teacher/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI).
For more information on Erasmus see: www.eurireland.ie
The Closing date to submit new applications for the 2013/2014 Academic year is 1st August 2013
The student grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) and full-time higher education undergraduate courses. Support is available to eligible students in most colleges in Ireland as well as eligible Irish students in many colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU States. Approved PLC centres and higher education colleges in Ireland are set out in Schedule 1 and 2 of the Student Grant Regulations 2013. In Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU States an approved college is one that provides higher education and training: the college must be maintained or assisted by recurrent public funds (i.e. a publicly funded institution).
For eligible students, the grant is there to help with the various costs of participating in further or higher education. Students on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and short courses are not eligible to apply for a student grant.
Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed when you apply for a student grant but there are also some other conditions. Studentfinance.ie can help you to assess whether you are eligible and guide you in starting the process. In all cases, the official decision on eligibility is of course made by the grant-awarding bodies.
If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible (online application for 2013-14 now open). You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enroll in college. Only when your application has been completed in full and submitted to the grant-awarding authority can your eligibility be determined.
Full details on the Student Grant scheme (2013), including associated legislation, are available at studentfinance.ie
Minister Quinn sanctions major re-organisation of higher education - 30 May 2013
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced a major re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector that includes provision for the creation of new Technological Universities.
This announcement follows recommendations made by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to Minister Quinn. The HEA's report called for consolidation of the Institute of Technology (IT) sector; the creation of a small number of technological universities; the formation of regional clusters between universities and stronger ITs; implementation of recommendations to rationalise teacher education; as well as increased sustainability and capacity in the higher education system.
Minister Quinn said; "A new relationship between the state and the 39 publicly funded higher education institutes will be implemented. This will allow the system to respond in a more coherent way to national priorities set down by the government and provide graduates with the skills and qualifications that are essential for Ireland’s social and economic well-being.
“A new performance framework will be put in place to increase the transparency and accountability of institutions for delivery of agreed performance outcomes. Integral to this will be a process of strategic dialogue between the HEA and each higher education institution".
The Minister continued: "Following discussion with Government colleagues this week, my response to the HEA report formally sets out the Government's national priorities and its key objectives for the higher education system. I will be asking the HEA to report to me on an annual basis on the collective performance of the higher education system against these national priorities and objectives and a set of high level system indicators which will be finalised in the coming weeks. A legislative framework will be brought forward to enable the implementation of these very important processes."
Minister Quinn said this new focus on system and institutional performance will bring the funding and governance of Irish higher education into line with best practice internationally. “It marks a new era for students and other stakeholders of the system".
The Minister is also instructing the HEA to begin to implement the report's recommendations that will result in the consolidation of three groups of institutes of technology to progress towards attaining Technological University status. The three are:
- The Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Tallaght and the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
- The Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee
- The Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology.
The next stage for each of the applications will be the preparation of a plan to meet the criteria for Technological University status. The plan must be based on a legally binding memorandum of understanding between each consortium of institutions describing their consolidation into a new single institution.
The plans will be evaluated by an independent expert international panel that will decide if the applicant can meet the agreed criteria in the proposed timetable and can proceed to the final stage.
Minister Quinn added that: “It is clear some institutes are not seeking to amalgamate with others and become Technological Universities. However, all institutions must concentrate on the core mission of developing close links with the local and regional business community and giving the best possible quality of education to their students, both from home and abroad.“
In addition, the Minister is asking the HEA to establish regional clusters of institutions in three identified regions, Dublin/Leinster, the South/South East and West/Mid/West. All seven universities and 14 ITs will be grouped as follows:
- South/South East - University College Cork, Cork IT, IT Tralee, Waterford IT and IT Carlow;
- West/Mid/North West - University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick IT, Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo, Letterkenny IT and NUI Galway (St Angela’s and Shannon College incorporated into NUI Galway);
- Dublin/Leinster Pillar I – University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, National College of Art and Design, Marino Institute of Education, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology;
- Dublin/Leinster Pillar II – Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, Dublin City University (and incorporating linked colleges, National College of Ireland, Dundalk IT, NUI Maynooth, Athlone IT and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Heads of institutions in these clusters will now develop regional plans, eliminating unnecessary duplication of provision and establishing clear pathways of transfer and progression for students in the region. Emerging alliances between universities and institutes of technology will be strengthened and promoted - developing critical mass and centres of excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and research provision.
The re-configuration of higher education follows on from the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (the Hunt report) that set out a series of objectives for a reformed system. The re-configuration also incorporates the rationalisation of initial teacher education recommended in a report published last year by the HEA and the recommendations of the review of creative arts provision in the Dublin area also published in 2012.
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