New Europass

new europass

The new Europass is a set of web-based tools and information to support individuals in managing the different stages of their career and learning. These tools and information will be made available on a new online platform that is being developed by the European Commission; Regular updates can be followed at


Further Education Outcomes 2010 - 2016

Further Education Outcomes 2010 - 2016 - 18th July 2019

The Central Statistics Office has published a new report on graduate outcomes in Ireland for further education and training (FET) programmes in Ireland.  Further Education Outcomes – Graduation Years 2010-2016 draws on QQI data on NFQ Level 1-6 Major Awards and analyses the destinations of FET graduates in terms of employment, re-enrolment in education and the industry sectors that graduates work in. Click here for more information.


Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers

04 June, 2019 - Ministers announce Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers to continue for coming year

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (04 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20.

The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for prospective students who are in the broad international protection system.

The scheme provides supports in line with the current Student Grant Scheme to eligible school leavers who are in the international protection system (other than those at the deportation order stage) and who are either:

Asylum applicants;

Subsidiary protection applicants; or

Leave to remain applicants. 

The 2019 scheme will open for applications today, 4 June 2019.

The scheme has been altered in light of a review which indicated that a requirement to have been in school in Ireland for at least five years was too restrictive.

The criteria has been reduced for 2019/20 applicants to three years education in the Irish school system. This is similar to the residency requirement of the statutory-based Student Grant Scheme operated by SUSI.

Applicants in the protection system, who wish to be supported to pursue certain courses in further education or at undergraduate level in higher education, will be required to meet the following criteria:

Meet the definition of a protection applicant or a person at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage);

Have obtained their Leaving Certificate;

Have been accepted on an approved post-leaving certificate course or an approved undergraduate course;

Have at least three academic years in the Irish school system by 31 August 2019; and

Have been part of an application for protection or leave to remain for a combined period of three years as at 31 August 2019. 

Minister McHugh said: “I am pleased to be in a position to announce the continuation of this pilot scheme. We are opening the scheme in June to provide adequate time for prospective eligible applicants to apply and receive their supports in time for the start of the academic year. I encourage everyone who fulfils the criteria and is considering continuing their education to apply and gain the support they may need to access new opportunities for their future.” 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Following a review of the scheme, I am delighted to be able to announce a change to the residency criterion. Easing the requirement from five years to three years brings the Pilot Student Support Scheme more into line with the SUSI grant scheme and makes it easier for applicants to meet the eligibility criteria.”

The decision to continue the scheme for a fifth year was taken following a review of the 2018 Pilot Support Scheme. A further review will be undertaken in 2020.

The closing date for 2019/20 applications is 1 November 2019.

Further information on how to apply, including the application form, is available on 


TU Dublin


As you know, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght joined together on January 1st of this year to become Ireland's first Technological University – TU Dublin.

The creation of TU Dublin is one of the most exciting and important landmarks in Irish higher education in decades. Although new to Ireland, Technological Universities are an established feature of many international education systems. A common attribute is that students study in a practice-based environment, informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances, applying theoretical knowledge to real-life challenges.

With 28,500 students TU Dublin is the place where the arts, business, science, engineering and technology converge. The new University, which will be one of the largest third-level educators in the country, will create an inclusive open learning experience offering pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD, to a diverse range of students.

TU Dublin will be developed on campuses spanning the three largest centres of population in the Greater Dublin Region - Dublin City, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The new state of the art Grangegorman campus on a 73 acres site in the heart of Dublin City is being developed as a location that encourages and supports knowledge advancement, sustainable development and inclusive education.

With the CAO deadline just a few days away - Here are some of the answers you might need to help your students with their choices:

1. How does a Technological University differ from other Universities?

We all know that students learn in different ways and each have different skill sets and abilities. The Technological University aims to embrace this by offering students a more applied experience at third level, as well as offering programmes at level 6/7 with progression pathways to level 8. This approach opens up the University experience to a more diverse range of students, capturing and harnessing a more varied talent profile.

While there is a considerable academic component to the programmes, TU Dublin recognises the value of a practiced based education where students can learn by doing as well as through academic study.

2. What will the student experience at TU Dublin be like?

The emphasis of the TU Dublin student experience is on practice, with a range of opportunities in the curriculum applying theory to real-world challenges through problem based learning, active citizenship, work-placement opportunities, project work, active learning, community-based learning, research, and engagement with contemporary practitioners.

3. How do I find out more about the courses offered at TU Dublin in September 2019?

For full information on the courses offering at TU Dublin in September 2019 please visit

4. How can I apply for entry to TU Dublin in September 2019?

For entry in September 2019, the new University courses will appear under the DIT (DT), IT Blanchardstown (BN) and IT Tallaght (TA) codes in the CAO handbook and website. Full information on the courses offered on our campuses are also on our website at Prospective students should select and apply for their preferred courses through the CAO in the usual manner. Successful students who are offered and accepted a place on any course with a DT, BN or TA code will be studying at the new University and all graduates will be conferred with an award from TU Dublin.

5. What about courses with a February 1st deadline?

If the programme of choice requires students to submit a portfolio, attend an audition or interview, it's important to remember that they must select that programme by Friday, 1 February. For example, any students looking at programmes in TU Dublin in Music, Drama, Fine Art, Visual Communications, Interior Design, Architecture, Advertising and Marketing Communications or Photography need to be aware that 01 February is the cut-off date for applications. More information: Suitability Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition Information

6. When I apply for a programme in TU Dublin will I know what Campus I will be studying at before I accept?

Yes, it will always be clear on which campus your programme will be based. We suggest that you choose what you want to study first of all and then investigate which campus suits you best - City Campus, Blanchardstown Campus; or Tallaght Campus. If you choose a programme that is currently based in Cathal Brugha Street, Kevin Street or Rathmines, you should note that those programmes will move to new facilities in Grangegorman in September 2020.

7. I have applied to study a programme in TU Blanchardstown, will I need to move to TU Tallaght Campus or TU City Campus in the course of my studies?

If you decide to study on the Blanchardstown or Tallaght Campus you will remain on this site for the duration of your study. Should you choose to study on one of the Dublin City sites, i.e. Kevin Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Rathmines, Aungier Street and Bolton Street, you should be aware that there is a migration plan in place to move the students from these facilities to the new Campus at Grangegorman. This will take place over the next two to five years, ultimately meaning that most students will spend some of their study time on the new Campus. You can read about the progress to date here

8. I would like to make a third level application via the HEAR/DARE scheme, is it possible to apply to any of the three Campuses within TU Dublin via the HEAR/DARE scheme?

The short answer is Yes, TU Dublin .i.e. Blanchardstown, Tallaght and Dublin City are all part of the scheme and just to confirm that Tallaght Campus under the umbrella of TU Dublin is now accepting students via the DARE scheme.

9. I have heard the new TU City Campus is being built at Grangegorman, where is that?

The Grangegorman Campus is 2km from O'Connell Street and is situated on the North-side of Dublin between Smithfield, the North Circular Road, Constitution hill and Stoneybatter. The new Campus is part of a new urban quarter on the North-side of Dublin regenerating and redefining this area of the city. The Green Luas stops on the grounds of the campus and a number of busses from the city centre and suburbs also serve the Campus.

10. Will I get a University Award when I finish my Studies?

Yes, all students graduating from TU Dublin will receive a University Award from Technological University Dublin.

More questions?

We are always available to answer any queries that CAO applicants have about TU Dublin courses, scholarships and grants and all the other aspects of college life. On Tuesday January 29th we are hosting a live online CAO Chat taking place between 1pm -2pm and again at 5pm -6pm. Follow this link to join us live

Prospective students, teachers and parents can contact the Admissions team on any of the three campuses, details provided below.

City Campus - T: 01 2205445; E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Blanchardstown Campus: T: 01 8851000 E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tallaght Campus: T: 01 404 2526; E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Is a college education worth the cost?

Is a college education worth the cost?

We look at the academic, practical, and financial factors students should consider before deciding on a college or course.
Click here to read article..
Source Irish Times 15/01/2019 

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