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

The new trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and US will “enshrine increased rights for privatised education” at the expense of publicly-fu(...)

The growth of commercial websites offering to carry out student assignments showed how “the depersonalisation and de-professionalisation of education will create problems”. File photograph: iStockphoto

Universities need to invest in staff and not just technology if they want to tackle online plagiarism and protect the integrity of higher education, t(...)

“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

Irish higher education:  too reliant on non-State funds

The recent furore over the drop in rankings for Irish universities has drawn increased attention to the sector, but for entirely the wrong reasons.(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, accused the Department of Education of failing to resolve the issue of pay disparity between staff at UCC and the tyndall Institute. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Members of two trade unions have today placed pickets at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork in a dispute over pay inequality with colleague(...)

Unions representing third-level teachers warned that universities were in danger of becoming ‘profit-making institutions’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish universities are turning into profit-making institutions rather than serving their proper purpose as a public good. The change could destroy the(...)

Photograph: Getty

Lecturers, and budding lecturers, should be thrilled. Demand for college places is rising exponentially. By the best estimates of the Higher Education(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is seeking legal advice on whether legislation to cut public servants’ pay without agreement is con(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has said it will move to restore some of the pension cuts it is planning to introduce for retired public service staff when economic(...)

Brendan Howlin,
 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at a press briefing on the Croke Park negotiations yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Confidence that the new deal offered to the public service will deliver the planned €300 mil(...)