Gemma Linehan at CIT, where she is studying as an apprentice mechanic. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly th(...)

Steven Avery: “What happened to Avery could happen anywhere to anyone at any time,” says Anne Driscoll, manager of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College Dublin Steven Avery: “What happened to Avery could happen anywhere to anyone at any time,” says Anne Driscoll, manager of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College Dublin

Everyone’s talking about Making A Murderer, the ground-breaking documentary series from Netflix which explores the case of Steven Avery, the Wiscons(...)

College is about new experiences and new friends, so don’t stick tightly to who or what you know

1 Picking a profession rather than a passion “Ah, the heart or the money?” says David Coyle of Methodius, which specialises in IT recruitment. “Heart(...)

Delegates voting at a recent USI conference.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

What use is a students’ union? Every university and almost every college in Ireland has one, and every student is automatically enrolled in it when th(...)

Each year the tables show very large numbers of students who go to college attended schools in socially advantaged communities, and that they tend to opt predominantly for universities and teacher training

The percentage progression rates of past pupils of 677 second level schools in Ireland, published in the feeder tables in the following pages, do not(...)

Of Ireland’s 732 post-primary schools, 490 (67 per cent) are co-educational.

Boys and girls schools are sending the same numbers of students to third-level, while co-educational schools are performing well, according to a gende(...)

Róisín Lowe at St Leo’s College, Carlow: “I see a word and think I’m spelling it correctly but the words move about on the page.”  Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Róisín Lowe is a star student. She got an A in Junior Cert English. There’s almost no reason she shouldn’t perform well in her Leaving Cert next ye(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon criticised the administration of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Certificate Examinations (Race) scheme for exam support. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State Examinations Commission has bowed to pressure from the Ombudsman for Children and disability rights organisations over a lack of transparen(...)

Second-year students in the pastry class of the professional cookery programme at DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Photograph: Eric Luke
The chef shortage begins to bite

November is Food Month in The Irish Times   Ireland’s restaurant industry is thriving, but for how long? A shortage of chefs is really(...)

Niamh Kavanagh: “From the outset, I loved the marriage between theory and experimentation”

Niamh Kavanagh,  IRC PhD student at the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) “I had a hard time deciding what to do in college. I kne(...)