Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

A discussion paper by the Irish Universities Association has also proposed to offer bonus points to students who excel in subjects directly related to their college courses, and an end to the Irish language requirement for courses taught through English at NUI colleges. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A universities’ working group on reforming the college entry system has proposed allocating compensatory points for students who score below the exist(...)

It is the first time DIT has made the top 100 list, which features two other Irish institutions: Dublin City University, which has slipped from joint 84th place last year to joint 92nd, and NUI Maynooth, which has risen from 74th to joint 67th.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Insititute of Technology has been named as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions under the age of 50.The college, which is i(...)

Law enforcement agencies in western democracies have always had the power to collect data from companies in their jurisdiction if a legal case could be made. It’s just the last part that got lost

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the mass electronic surveillance programme by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have impacted on the ado(...)

Ruairí Quinn TD Minister for Education and Skills When we talk about the funding of higher education, the discussion often immediately narrows(...)

Philip Nolan: ‘Train hard. Race hard. That’s more of an ethic than a tip but it helps deliver the results.’

When did you start running and why?About 12 ago years I started running to get fit for the Calcutta Run which is a big charity run organised by lawyer(...)

Professor Philip Nolan the NUI Maynooth president and curator Christopher Ridgeway speaking as the Morpeth Roll goes on display to the general public at NUI Maynooth in Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The signatures of the great-great grandfather and great-uncle of former US President Ronald Reagan have been found on a pre-famine roll which is now o(...)

One reader bought a laptop in Tesco advertised as having Bluetooth, but which did not

The box featured Bluetooth, the laptop inside did notPhilip Nolan is suffering “a mix of frustration and anger”. In August, while in a Tesco in Clonme(...)

One Direction fans on the opening night of the band’s tour in Australia last week. Photograph: David Mariuz/Getty Images

Online ticket transactions that go in one direction onlyA reader called Mella has a complaint about Ticketmaster. “Last June, myself and my husband pu(...)

Professor Paul Moynagh, who led the research team, says the identification of the protein Pellino3 may protect against the development of the incurable Crohn’s disease. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

University researchers have made a major breakthrough in the fight against bowel diseases such as Crohn’s, they have revealed.Scientists at NUI Maynoo(...)