Higher Education Authority chief executive Tom Boland said Ireland cannot take its talent pool for granted. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The number of students enrolling for PhD and other doctoral programmes has dropped by 9 per cent in the past five years, new figures show, prompting c(...)

‘Gender inequality, like all discrimination, damages all of us” - Tom Boland (above), chief executive, Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Higher Education Authority is to appoint a panel of Irish and international experts to review gender equality in Ireland’s third-level institution(...)

HEA boss Tom Boland: started with a few well-timed jabs

Higher Education Authority boss Tom Boland stepped into the ring of JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin recently for a bout with academics o(...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the  Higher Education Authority,  said some universities were  “lamentably slow, even contradictory” in reducing number of courses.

Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the th(...)

Dr Róisín O’Shea at Waterford Institute of Technology: ‘Carlow is still many years away from being able to make the transition to technological university status.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

The long-running saga of Waterford Institute of Technology’s bid for university status has had a few problems of late. There were particular issues(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is to seek a meeting with the Minister to discuss its concerns. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Lecturers at institutes of technology in Cork and Tralee are threatening industrial action over a planned merger that would create one of the state’s (...)

Segment 1 of the “leaky pipeline”, produced by the UK Equality Challenge Unit, characterises the loss of women at consecutive academic career stages in Irish universities. Scoll right for segment 2

Ireland’s seven universities on Thursday signed up to a charter against gender inequality with the aim of boosting women’s participation in senior pos(...)

The creation of technological universities will have to be done in an “innovative, shoestring sort of way” unless additional state funding becomes ava(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: ‘Nobody seems to know what is going on in these institutions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An expert panel assessing the bid for a technological university in Munster has criticised plans by the merging institutions to retain parallel manag(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)