British energy minister Matthew Hancock. The legislation before the Commons seeks to maximise ‘the economic recovery’ of the UK’s energy resources, including shale gas. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Shale gas exploration in the UK should be put on hold because it poses environmental threats and is incompatible with agreed climate-change targets(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will  highlight the Government’s commitment to diaspora engagement and in particular, the role that schools, colleges and universities play in engaging with their alumni.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we leave education, the relationships we have built over years with schools, colleges and universities end abruptly. Institutions struggle to (...)

Ben Wizner, lawyer for Edward Snowden, speaking at the Secile project conference at the RIA in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Society needs to think about “worst case scenarios” for the use of data kept on citizens for the purposes of mass surveillance, the lawyer for NSA whi(...)

Since 2007 and the onset of the financial crisis, the economics of Irish higher education have greatly altered. State funding of universities and othe(...)

In one of his first public statements since taking up the post, Prof Andrew Deeks – an Australian who moved to Belfield from Durham University – said a new funding model for higher education was urgently needed.

Staff-student ratios in higher education in Ireland are now “considerably out of line” with international norms “and the national implication is incr(...)

Social media savvy: The Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Whether they are tweeters, blawgers or both, the Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal.There are a myriad(...)

David Cameron will announce today that possession of violent pornography containing simulated rape scenes will be made a crime in England and Wales. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA Wire

Possessing violent pornography containing simulated rape scenes will be made a crime in England and Wales, the prime minister will announce today.Davi(...)

Professor Andrew J Deeks, president-elect at UCD.

UCD has broken with tradition by appointing an external academic as its next president.Prof Andrew J Deeks, an Australian-educated engineer who is cur(...)