Life choices: The Apprenticeship Council has identified more than 80 possible new apprenticeships. Photograph: Getty Images

Apprentices will be able study to honours degree level under expansion of scheme

Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland) has received 85,000 grant applications and is expecting to receive 110,000 before the deadline on Saturday.

Students advised to beat deadline of Saturday August 1st for applications

Louise  O’Keeffe and other abuse survivors have strongly criticised the scope of the compensation scheme, accusing the state of failing to accept its legal responsibility. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Limited scope of scheme criticised by abuse survivor Louise O’Keeffe

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the leadership of both institutions have put forward an ambitious vision for a new type of institution. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Report says ‘no alternative’ to merger between Waterford IT and IT Carlow

‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘The church has it within its power to voluntarily cede some control so its schools are inclusive in both word and deed’

USI president Kevin Donoghue met Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan (above) last week to discuss the housing shortage facing students, and said “our conversations have been productive and there is an appetite to do something about it”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Union of Students in Ireland says both long-term and emergency measures needed

University College Cork: President Michael Murphy has proposed a zero VAT rate on the construction of student accommodation

Over 25,000 students a year competing for private rental accommodation - HEA

UCC’s student centre: the university is to boost its international student cohort from 14 per cent to 20 per cent. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Concern over the shortage of bed spaces on campus is finally hitting the political ranks

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: to chair national review of gender equality in higher education sector. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images.

Review group includes Limerick professor who turned down invitation to advise NUIG

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has drawn up a plan for small rural schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Organisation says proposals will guarantee that existing school buildings remain open

Research findings are mixed as to whether small schools produce better educational outcomes than larger ones. While they do allow for more personal attention, they are also associated with professional isolation and curriculum delivery challenges. File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

200 small schools are located within an 8km radius of one another

Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Taoiseach’s opposition key to rejection by Government of report’s recommendations

Sr Cyril Mooney: “You can bring in laws, but people will give lip service. You have to change people’s hearts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disadvantaged children gain 50% of places in Sr Cyril Mooney’s school in Calcutta

Speaking after the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation backed the Landowne Road Agreement, its  general secretary Sheila Nunan said the deal was an overdue restoration of some of the income teachers lost during the recession. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

INTO ballot carried by 65% to 35% but other teacher unions set to oppose agreement

The State Examinations Commission is reviewing the operation of its “reasonable accommodation” scheme after fresh complaints this year from a number of parents of children with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

State Examinations Commission did not implement 2008 report’s recommendations

Patricia Doherty special needs assistant, with Cian Corrigan and his mother Niamh, at the ABC Club preschool in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee hears ‘worrying’ 35% of SNA applications were refused in 2014

Students have been reminded to prioritise their genuine interests ahead of the CAO change of mind deadline. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Councillors give advice to third-level applicants ahead of change of mind deadline

In Budget 2015 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced an extra 220 special needs assistants were to start from September 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister to confirm allocations to schools in ‘next 10 days’ as demand for services grows

According to ‘coffee philosopher’ Prof David Berman, above, the drink is a window to understanding your tastes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Are you a sourist, a bitterist or an Americano? A Trinity College professor has turned his attention to the ancient beverage as pa(...)

Finnish educational expert Pasi Sahlberg in an image from his website.

Dr Pasi Sahlberg: Parental choice likely to mean educational inequality in Ireland

A total of 61 parents complained to the Ombudsman last year about the SEC’s decision not to give their child exam support

Leaving Cert scheme operates on ‘tighter’ basis than Junior Cert, committee told

Sorting and dispatching:  Some of the estimated 360,000 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate scripts being sent to over 4,500 examiners at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No examiner allocated papers from school or county as scripts held in colour-coded bags

Higher Education Authority chief executive Tom Boland said Ireland cannot take its talent pool for granted. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Higher Education Authority calls for greater financial support for postgraduates

NUI Galway. The university has agreed to implement the recommendations of a  gender equality taskforce. File photograph: Patrick Henehan

University welcomes report as Siptu branch questions credibility of group’s findings

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who took a successful Equality Tribunal case against her employer, NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Group calls for new measures to counteract discrimination against women at university

‘Unconscious bias training’ has been promoted as one way of addressing gender discrimination in the workplace. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Method addresses issues such as the prioritising of male opinions during meetings

In 2013, 52.1% of employers surveyed planned to utilise the JobBridge scheme. This was down to 46.1% in 2014 and, this year, it fell further to 36.4%. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey indicates only 10% of employers value postgraduate qualification above experience

The survey of almost 1,200 academics was carried out for the report “Creating a Supportive Working Environment for Academics in Higher Education”. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 73% of academics surveyed indicate increasing student diversity

College lecturers are spending longer hours on “pastoral” work. Photograph: Getty Images

Language difficulties and inadequate writing skills are cited as core academics problems

Students in Trinity College Dublin. The university is considering expanding a pilot college entry scheme whereby a small proportion of students are admitted from outside the standard CAO process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Project involves admission of small group of students from outside the CAO process

Ulster University logo. The college is to cut student numbers by 1,200 and staff by 210 following Stormont budget cuts. Photograph: Ulster University website

Stormont budget cuts blamed for reduction in number of places and staff at North college

All Hallows College in Drumcondra will close next summer and redundancy payments will be paid to all staff. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Site valued at €14m and all remaining students will transfer to university after closure

Maria Mallin (10), EU Digital Girl of the Year 2014 Lauren Boyle (10), Paula Neary, client director at Accenture Ireland and author of the report, and Chloe McArdle (10) at the launch of the “Continuing to Power Economic Growth: Attracting more women into Science and Technology 2.0” report. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Almost 30% believe STEM subjects better fit boys’ brains or boys’ personalities

A screengrab of the article in the New York Times which has caused offence in Ireland.

Paper criticised after article suggested J-1 students an ‘embarrassment to Ireland’

The Minister for Education has named six new appointees to the board of NCAD, including Niamh Brennan, academic director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. Photograph: The Irish Times

Audited accounts up to the end of 2012 have now been presented to C&AG, says college

A file image of students on the   University of California, Berkeley, campus in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Getty

University of California Berkeley offers visiting J-1 students summer accommodation

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says up to nine Irish students injured in Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs says up to nine Irish students injured in Berkeley balcony collapse

A Department of Education survey into the deployment of secondary school staff has found a mismatch between teachers’ formal qualifications and the subjects they teach.  Photograph: Nicolas Peschier/AFP/Getty Images

Department review finds large number teach classes without the relevant credentials

Detail from paintings by NCAD student Shane Berkery, with himself in the centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Shane Berkery’s image depicting naked NCAD director a ‘light-hearted’ protest

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. It is understood a decision may be made on Hibernia College around the end of June, although the bishops would make no further comment. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No decision made by Irish Episcopal Conference on approval of teacher college

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I understand that the animal was bought in, so I’m not sure whether it was carrying the virus at that point or not.”

‘I think it’s accepted it will be a positive test when it’s absolutely confirmed’

Hibernia College president Dr Seán Rowland has confirmed the college had never been on the list of Catholic Church-approved colleges, which was first published in 2011, but “we have asked to be on it now”.

Jobseeker posted letter from Catholic employer saying college’s religious diploma not recognised

More than 40% of those who achieved a higher level grade D in 2013 were at risk of failure at third-level compared to 12% in 2003. Similar patterns were identified at lower grades. Photograph: Getty Images

Research indicates that B grade in 2013 corresponds roughly with a C in 2003

State agency regulating the sector to direct funds to ‘where it’s going to be most effective’

The final report published this month under the EU Style research project  estimates that 33 per cent of the Irish workforce was overeducated – namely that they had more qualifications than they needed for the job they were in.

Ireland has Europe’s highest rate of ‘overeducation’: too many people have qualifications they can’t use; many others lack the ski(...)

Enno Schmidt, of the Swiss Basic Income campaign, who had eight million coins dumped at the Swiss parliament to launch a referendum bid

The idea of a living wage has been around since the 1700s, but Switzerland is set to put it to a vote next year

More than one in 10 women students surveyed believed they were sexually assaulted in the past year while drunk or drugged. Photograph: Thinkstock

Survey in NUIG and UCC reveals different attitudes between genders to casual sex

Funds from sale will go back into developing private college in Ireland, says president

A few weeks from the summer holidays might not be the best of times for teachers and lecturers to make the argument that they are overworked but research bears out their claims that they have long hours by international standards.

Working hours of secondary teachers are 4th longest in Europe but shorter than US, Australia

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the 118,784 students starting the State exams had reached “a significant milestone in a young person’s life”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Latest figures show cost of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert last year was €63 million

An exam hall.  Almost 119,000 students are registered for this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Almost 119,000 students are registered for the State exams that begin on Wednesday

A total of 19 new members have been brought into the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin on Friday. The new members of the academy include Steve Myers, who was the director of accelerators at CERN when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 and  Martin Naughton, chairman of Glen Dimplex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

CERN scientist and Glen Dimplex chair among 19 new members admitted to RIA

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Tramore native Louise Richardson nominated for post that paid £434,000 in 2013

The creation of a technological university in Dublin under the TU4Dublin bid, involving the three institutions, is due to cost €23.8 million over three years. Photograph: Getty Images

Concern expressed by Public Accounts Committee members about high cost of the project

‘Gender inequality, like all discrimination, damages all of us” - Tom Boland (above), chief executive, Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Review of gender policies in third level colleges to be completed within a year

Irish universities are losing international competitiveness by failing to invest in digital infrastructure, such as faster broadband and online education tools, according to a new study by academics. Photograph: Getty Images

Report says Irish universities losing competitiveness by failing to invest in technology

The selfless and often lifelong work of Irish missionaries “has been a powerful expression of the vision of the church of the poor”, says President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish missionaries praised for showing ‘a commitment that goes beyond logic’

Girls experience much higher stress levels than boys in the Leaving Cert, an ESRI  study  suggests. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Girls link success in exams more closely to their personal identity, ESRI study finds

 Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Senior UCD staff give 14 days unpaid public service a year, according to consultants

The quality of education being provided at pre-schools will be assessed for the first time after the summer under a new inspection regime

Service providers will be invited to give their views on new inspection regime

‘Sometimes Plato is better than Prozac.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

If you don’t have meaning in your life you won’t have mental health, says Stephen J Costello

 A secondary school exam hall. The junior cycle reform deal agreed this week seems to satisfy both teachers unions and the Department of Education. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Teachers unions and Department of Education save face with new agreement

Teachers will assess own their students in two classroom-based projects for each subject under the latest junior cycle reform plan published on Friday and signed by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New ‘profile of achievement’ to be issued by schools rather than the state

TUI president Gerry Quinn and ASTI president and Philip Irwin, who were both part of the negotiating team on Junior Cert reform. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union members express concern they are being given little time to analyse the deal

Extra resource teacher posts are a response to growth in the student population, increased diagnosis of complex needs and a recent decision  to extend resource hours to children with Down Syndrome.

Extra resource teacher posts allocated to primary and secondary schools

Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. The State is  being urged to sign up to a global declaration aimed at giving places of learning special protection from military use under international law  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The declaration aims to give places of learning special protection from military use

TUI president Gerry Quinn (l) and ASTI president Philip Irwin during  teacher protests earlier this month. The executive committees of both unions are meeting to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior cycle reform. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Unions to discuss whether to recommend agreement with Department of Education

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, along with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, have proposed new regulation for English language schools

Reform proposals to go before Cabinet today also to seek details on ‘shadow directors’

President of Institute of Guidance Counsellors Betty McLaughlin with a student at her school, Colaiste Mhuire in, Mullingar Co Westmeath. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Counsellors’ Institute says austerity measure leading to inequality in education system

‘We can’t hide from children that there are some things that are complicated.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

School debating is no substitute for Socratic inquiry, argues author and campaigner Peter Worley

 Betty McLaughlin, school guidance counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and PRO for the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, discusses third- level options with students. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Less serious impact of cuts on fee-charging schools put down to ‘parent power’

The Teaching Council says many teachers are opposed to the notion of continuing professional development being mandatory. Photo: David Sleator

Proposal to link training credits to teaching register in doubt following backlash

In a statement yesterday, the Cork History Teachers’ Association said, “We cannot understand why ASTI/TUI would single out CSPE for preferential treatment over other subjects. In these circumstances, we are opposed to their demand to confirm CSPE as a State-certified exam.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) being singled out for ‘preferential treatment’

 Enda O’Doherty, a subeditor at the ‘Irish Press’ group, giving out the final issue of the XPress – the publication produced by NUJ members during the dispute. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

Journalist’s sacking in May 1995 led to a lock-in; the newspapers never returned

Prof Vani Borooah, of Ulster University, said there was no performance gap between pupils receiving free school meals and their peers in London because they were generally drawn from the new immigrant community who “may be poor in income but they are rich in aspiration”.  Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

There is no point in ‘Séamus and William sitting together’ if they can’t read or write, seminar told

The SS Dundalk sank with the loss of 19 lives after it was hit by a torpedo in October 1918.

October 1918 sinking of ship investigated by primary school pupils in all-island contest

The most common minimum standard among all employer organisations was to have at least a 2.1 degree.  Some 69 per cent of indigenous firms and 71 per cent of foreign firms had this requirement. File photograph: Reuters

Degree grades the biggest determinant of whether graduates secure a job interview

GDP would be boosted by 2.3 per cent if universal basic skill levels were achieved

Researchers said “we cannot be certain that the use of internet in the class caused” the higher scores but a strong “relationship” was identified.

Schools teaching design and graphics programme set to benefit from €7m in grants

File photograph showing members of staff with gardaí outside the Leinster College language school on Harcourt St, Dublin, following its closure. The Department of Justice has told international students that they should seek  guarantees that their fees will be protected before paying private language schools. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Department of Justice issues statement addressing concerns over regulation of sector

Building blocks: ‘If we see children as our moral equals, then we should be in favour of student-centred education that is not authoritarian and not designed primarily to indoctrinate.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Parents must seek the ‘consent of the ruled’, argues political theorist Dr Allyn Fives

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the employment of teachers was a matter for school management authorities. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Department should take steps to ‘ensure newly-qualified teachers have first call’ - FF

‘I would like to see the Berlin Wall between science and poetry demolished,’ says physicist and poet Dr Iggy McGovern

Science ‘doesn’t do feelings’ but it should not ignore poetic truths, argues physicist and poet Iggy McGovern

Peter Cassells is chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, which needs ideas and fast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The idea has been likened to an ‘SSIA for higher education’

The study into the predictability of the senior cycle exams found that the issue was “not very problematic” across six subjects investigated. Photograph: The Irish Times

Targeted reforms could reduce risk of overreliance on rote learning among students

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says an agreement with teacher unions over junior cycle reform is “within closer reach than at any point over the last few years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joint Managerial Body says evidence of discrimination lacking to justify admissions Bill

A meeting of university presidents and international policy experts at DCU heard that commercial rankings are at risk of skewing academic priorities.

Impossible to compete ‘unless you have got billionaires on your doorstep’

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan: said a new study’s findings showed “the Leaving Cert exams are not in fact very predictable and that those who rely on their predictability too much often do not perform as well as those who prepare more fully for the examinations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Claims Leaving Cert questions easy to predict deemed by research to be unfounded

Dublin Institute of Technology remains unchanged at 94th in the index. Photograph: The Irish Times

DIT and Ulster University make top 100 for the up-and-coming third-level institutions

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

New points scale for CAO to be published in September under college entry revamp

Trinity College Dublin: Led the way with five top 50 rankings in the QS World University Rankings by subject, mainly in humanities. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Eight top 50 rankings for Irish universities highlights implicit strength of humanities

HEA boss Tom Boland: started with a few well-timed jabs

In his address, Tom Boland of the Higher Education Institute questioned academics on Irish universities’ commitment to Englighten(...)

Gerry Quinn, TUI president, and Philip Irwin, Asti president with teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Co Dublin, on a picket in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Figures raised questions about strength of teachers’ opposition to reforms

Anything that eases strain for students is worth it, say guidance councillors

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

Student Universal Support Ireland now accepting inquiries on college financial aid

‘Philosophical realists attribute the persistence of disagreement to ignorance and/or verbal misunderstanding’

It’s not easy but there is a third way to the realist and relativist approaches to truth, says UCD professor of American philosoph(...)

Students at work at Cork Institute of Technology. Industrial action begins at CIT on Monday over its plans to merge with IT Tralee. File photograph:  Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Upheaval in third-level sector escalates on Monday with industrial action at Cork IT

Studying geography: around 58 million children of primary school age are still without schooling, an event in Dublin, organised by the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education, was told

Humanitarian funding to education in emergencies critically low, conference told

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