Máire Whelan: Howlin insists Attorney General will not be used as scapegoat. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Nation would be ‘deeply wounded’ if Máire Whelan was lost, says Brendan Howlin

A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving Cert year has been published.

Bonus points for Leaving Cert maths to remain but will not extend to new ‘fail’ grade

The Drumroe Village  student accommodation at University of  Limerick. A Higher Education Authority report says third level institutions plan to spend €1.2 billion by 2024 on new bed spaces but a shortage of 25,000 beds will remain. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister awards €30,000 grant to students’ union to promote rent-a-room scheme

 The revised Framework for Junior Cycle confirms that English will be the first subject assessed through classroom-based exercises in conjunction with a shorter exam at the end of third year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Subject will be integrated across junior cycle by 2020 as part of revised reform timetable

ASTI members protesting earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leadership of secondary teachers’ union remains divided over compromise proposals

The former Burren National School is in significant disrepair.   Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Government shelved plan that could have seen up to 32 Catholic schools in county merge

  TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President of teachers’ union says compromise proposals address strike concerns

Waterford Institute Of Technology president Prof Willie Donnelly said the institute is fully committed to providing leadership in the delivery of the new university. Photograph: Patrick Browne/WIT

WIT president cites ‘need to address the issues of mutual trust and respect’

CAO course codes: smaller, specialised courses restrict student options and mobility. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Number of ‘niche’ courses with small student intake is greater than estimated

A new Educate Together school had been due to open in September  in this derelict premises in Castlebar, which was surrendered by the Catholic Church under the ‘divestment of patronage’ process.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Minister and Educate Together blame each other for problems at former church school

Change to Trinity College’s admissions procedure should allow students to specialise later in their studies. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Figures show 20% of third-level courses admitted 10 students or less last September

Careers guidance is seen as a priority in curtailing college drop-out rates, according to a study by UCD researchers. Image: Getty

Researchers recommend new initiatives to reduce college drop-out rates

Dr Geraldine Mooney Simmie, University of Limerick, with Andrew Phelan (centre) and Mark Walshe of ASTI Fightback at a press conference at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin

ASTI Fightback appeals to teachers to vote No to new Junior Cycle despite union stance

More than 40 per cent of successful applicants for student grants in Dublin last year came from just three postal districts, new figures from Susi show. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Susi figures reveal highest number of awards went to school-leavers in Co Dublin region

‘The apparent end-point of “new media” was articulated by digital entrepreneur and “King of Clickbait” Emerson Spartz in an interview in the New Yorker earlier this year.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘On current projections we are heading for the worst of both worlds in the next Dáil: a populist government and a populist opposit(...)

Ibec has called for teachers to get ‘entrepreneurial thinking’ training.  File photograph: Getty Images/Thinkstock

Employers’ group says concept should be introduced at an earlier stage in education

Leaving Cert students wishing to appeal any of their results have until close of business on Tuesday to apply to their schools to view their scripts

CAO ‘available places’ facility opens for courses which have yet to be filled

Tom Doyle, chairman of the association’s farm business committee, said “it makes perfect sense” that a high proportion of farming families would qualify for the grant. Photograph: Sara Freund

Average farmer’s income is €24,000, making qualification for SUSI grant ‘inevitable’

Former minister for education Ruairí Quinn drew up proposals which would have seen assets above a certain threshold be considered in means-testing. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ruairí Quinn suggested change when minister but faced criticism from Fine Gael TDs

There is research showing that PAYE workers have more difficulty in obtaining student grants for their children compared with farmers and the self-employed. File photograph: Getty Images

72% of CAO applicants in Longford get SUSI award compared with 46% in Dublin

New figures  show there is a drop of 2 per cent in the number of mature applicants (those over 23) through the CAO. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As CAO offers come out, RIA says it’s unfair 20,000 students aren’t eligible for grants

At Trinity College Dublin, engineering is up 25 points to 495, although not all applicants will get in on that score, while engineering with management is up 45 to 505. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Over 100 honours degree courses taking in less than 10 students, FOI figures show

Kate Bannon, Emily Griffin, Helen Carroll and Corinne Henry-Bezy getting their Leaving Cert results at Loreto College in Dublin last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Changes due to increased numbers, maths bonus points and fluctuating demand

A Leaving Cert paper in 2015 may be much easier than the equivalent exam in 2014. Photograph: The Irish Times

Exams commission adjusts marking scheme if paper is too hard or too easy

A statue of Socrates in Athens: the philosopher  was a “midwife” to the truth. Teachers must interrogate pupils’ standpoints and create critical thinking

A course in philosophy will be part of the new Junior Cycle. Its benefits are likely to be many but how will it be taught and asse(...)

Of the 4,408 students who took engineering at higher level in this year’s Leaving Cert, only 249 (5.6%) were girls. Photograph: The Irish Times/Peter Thursfield

Girls more reluctant to take on science, technology, engineering and mathematics

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘A troika-imposed measure means children with special educational needs receive only 85 per cent of recommended resource teachin(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan visits ‘The Irish Times’ helpdesk in the paper’s offices on Tara Street in Dublin. Pictured with her are career guidance counsellors Brian Mooney, Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Young woman who fled Ukraine hopes to study physiotherapy but cannot afford fees

Margo Fleming  came up with the idea of Booksplits, cut-and-paste packs for schoolchildren. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Booksplits cut-and-paste packs allow students to leave at home the section of texbooks not being used in class

Niamh Donnelly, Leopardstown, is congratulated by her mother Marion Donnelly, on getting her Leaving Cert results, at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister says it is important to ensure maths bonus system ‘is working properly’

Students urged to keep ‘a sense of perspective’ and explore options outside of third level

Conor Gallagher from Ballsbridge, who got nine A1s in the Leaving Cert last year, celebrates with classmates. One student repeated the feat this year and got nine A1s. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rise in honours maths numbers stalls as ‘uplift’ effect of bonus points at its limit

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan tqueried  whether the ordinary level maths Paper 1 was too hard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Surprisingly strong results at ordinary level despite controversial Paper 1

Aoife ní Shúilleabháin with USI vice president for campaigns Daniel Waugh,  deputy president Annie Hoey and USI president Kevin Donoghue spread the word about  USI’s free rooms listing website homes.usi.ie.  Photograph: Andres Poveda

Union of Students in Ireland steps up campaign to get home-owners to offer rooms as ‘digs’

Visit irishtimes.com for advice, analysis and reaction in wake of the results

As more students take higher level maths bonus points awarded push up levels

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the opening of St James Catholic primary school in Basin Lane, Dublin, in April 2014, whose creation – out of two merging Catholic schools – allowed Educate Together move into a former Christian Brothers school next door.   Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Christian Brothers’ lease conditions put future of Educate Together school in doubt

The State Examinations Commission has adjusted its marking scheme for  Leaving Cert ordinary-level maths  after concerns were raised about one of this year’s papers. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

State Exams Commission changes grading of ordinary-level paper following criticism

UCC academics Prof Áine Hyland and Prof Brian Bocking believe Ireland “is in a process of erratic and unpredictable transition”  and religious and secular interests are “seemingly clashing head-on”. Photograph: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Ireland ‘utterly unlike’ other countries in its use of schools for faith formation

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: has expressed concern about the use of JobBridge in schools, saying she wished to be ensure there was ‘no abuse’ of the scheme. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sixteen special needs assistant posts and five primary among 94 internships advertised

‘One area I would emphasise is the rent a room idea,’ Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan encourages homeowners to ‘rent a room’ to students

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Follow example of Jamie Oliver, Stella McCartney, Alex Ferguson, says Jan O’Sullivan

Trinity College Dublin:  TCD  received a bronze award for the institution as a whole and   bronze awards at departmental level for the schools of chemistry,  physics and natural sciences. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Four third-level colleges unsuccessful in first round of Athena SWAN accreditation scheme

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

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