Former president Mary McAleese ia patron of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Winners for third-level were teachers who had ‘a key transformative impact’

Ruairí Quinn used to describe the Junior Cert as a ‘low-stakes’ exam. Clearly not all of the participants – or their parents – agree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regions may lose out in technological university drive

Baa’d education: William Deresiewicz identifies a slavish acceptance of market values as the rot at the heart of the US’s top universities. Photograph: Thinkstock

Today’s elite students are technically gifted but risk-averse and typically stressed, says former Yale professor William Deresiewi(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “The group was set up in order to give the appropriate amount of consideration to this very important issue”

Minister says she is not ‘kicking to touch’ third-level funding issue by setting up working group

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she would raise the issue amid lobbying from affected students for a loan relief scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Banks accused of ‘immoral’ behaviour of hiking up interest rates

Ned Costello, chief executive of the  Irish Universities Association,   warns that austerity is leading to students paying more but getting less for their education.

Irish Universities’ Association claims new austerity measures are not sustainable

 John FitzGerald, librarian at University College Cork: winner of the €1,000 poetry award believes “the most important skill is to be critical of one’s own work”.

Cork librarian kept his poetry to himself ‘mainly because I did not think it was up to standard’

Financially troubled Protestant schools are to benefit from an increase of almost 4 per cent in a special grant for low-income students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivanhas said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education rejects claims that reduced State support created false economy

The old anatomy building inTrinity College will be open for events during the festival. More than 800 Trinity medical graduates fought in the first World War.

More than 50 events open to the public as part of Discover Research Dublin

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