‘I do love this job; otherwise I wouldn’t have been doing it for 13 years’: Kay Mitchell, schools liaison officer at Maynooth University, is getting ready for this week’s Higher Options exhibition. photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Monday I’m back on the road again, driving out to a school in Dublin. The tune of Morning Ireland on the radio is comforting and familiar even if the (...)

Learners from the Southill Men’s Shed celebrate receiving their certificates at All Hallows College. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The term “adult education” is something of a misnomer. It brings to mind an image of sitting awkwardly on tiny chairs in the local primary school and (...)

One-year preparatory science studies at Coláiste Ide include biology, microbiology, chemistry and physiology

Adults looking at a return to education are spoilt for choice.Here’s a sample of the many options for adult learners. Contact your local education and(...)

Trinity College Dublin: set to offer 3,300 places to undergraduate students this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Students with high points are opting to attend Dublin colleges in greater numbers than third-level institutions in the rest of Ireland, according to (...)

Points are up because there are more students in the system and more students have secured bonus points

Some students hoping that they might just squeeze into their chosen college course will be disappointed this morning. With the exception of art and de(...)

Elementary: While Chemistry and Physics have relatively high failure rates, those with an aptitude for these subjects can score high grades

Maths Last year, examiners and teachers watched nervously as the controversial Project Maths syllabus faced its first real test. This year, the syllab(...)

This year, 7,404 students sat the physics paper. Pat Doyle, a teacher at the Institute of Education, said that the higher level exam was fair and balanced with nothing nasty or unexpected. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The final week of the Leaving Cert has coincided with the start of a mini-heatwave, leaving more than 14,000 students sitting physics, physics and (...)

Archeology students and their teachers at a dig in Glendalough, Co Wicklow

Humanities and social science is a very broad church, encompassing a wide range of courses. But is it just for people who don’t yet know what they wan(...)

PhD student Monika Koziel, responsible for identifying potentially fatal species of bacteria in monkeys which can be passed onto humans at the CREATE build at Cork Institute of Technology. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Fancy living in a cave, picking beetles off the wall, shivering in fear for your life? That’s where you’d be without science. There’s no going back fr(...)

Emily Logan is the  Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children is to meet the State Examinations Commission (SEC) after 13 parents complained that their children, who have a range of lea(...)