Caroline McGuigan, founder and chief executive of  Suicide or Survive: ‘We remind people that recovery isn’t an end position. It’s about learning as you go along how to manage your mental health and understand that it’s messy at times.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

My story happens to be central to the story of Suicide or Survive (SOS), the charity I set up in 2003 to break down the stigma of mental health and s(...)

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Rarely has a new scientific method created such a ruckus as the Crispr gene-editing technique. It has been touted as potentially offering a way to c(...)

Some academics fret that the digitisation of information means research skills are being lost. Photograph: Thinkstock

Whether in a preschool or in a university computer lab, technology is rapidly transforming the way teaching and learning takes place. A baffling ar(...)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted a research licence to carry out advanced genome editing techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The unwillingness of legislators to bring in laws to control embryo research means that any company could begin conducting human gene editing without (...)

UCD is not alone in offering “literacy clinics” for struggling students. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. There are the forest-style(...)

‘As the microbiome field emerges from its teenage years full of exuberance and promise, reality is hitting in as to how we target it to maintain health and prevent disease.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

Breakthroughs in health research tend not to happen overnight. Discoveries and technologies can take years, even decades, to deliver benefits. So wh(...)

Greg Foley: “In our desire to improve the education of students, maybe we’ve gone too far and are afraid to demand more of our students.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers have long been used to helicopter parents: those who hover over their offspring to ensure their every whim is catered for. Now there is a new(...)

Attendance rates for lectures at third-level are falling as students increasingly opt to rely on notes posted online by their lecturers, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

Attendance rates for lectures at third-level are falling as students increasingly opt to rely on notes posted online by their lecturers, an Oireachtas(...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Fianna Fáil activist has challenged the constitutionality of “crude” and “punitive” laws linking State funding of political parties to their achieve(...)

Plaster over the cracks or should we plan for the health effects of climate change now? Photograph: Thinkstock

With a historic agreement on carbon reductions forged in Paris last month, the world’s attention is squarely focused on climate change. But could prot(...)