The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has expressed concern over a “culture of inappropriate” expense claims at University of Limerick. Photograph: Press 22

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has expressed concern over a “culture of inappropriate” expense claims at University of Limerick. This follows (...)

John Hennessy: many in government “short-term in their thinking”.

Underfunding of higher education is in danger of “stressing the system to the point of breaking”, according to the outgoing chairman of the Higher Edu(...)

John Hennessy: “Growth at third-level will be phenomenal between now and 2030 given the demographics of the country”

When John Hennessy surveys the state of higher education in Ireland, he’s reminded of the moment almost 50 years ago when Donogh O’Malley announced pl(...)

Gerry Quinn, president of the TUI. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tomorrow, some 4,000 institute of technology lecturers and researchers will take a day’s strike action over a range of critical issues within their se(...)

Students march against reduction in grants. The TUI said the Minister had been advised that mergers were a costly process and that institutes of technology would have to bear the bulk of fees. Photograph:

Students will end up footing the bill for the bulk of the cost of creating new technological universities, unions have claimed. The Government is pla(...)

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Over the past 50 years, we have become obsessed with the idea that third-level education is the way to achieve our economic destiny. The numbers going(...)

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PROBLEM: Our daughter is in first year of university in Dublin. She is deeply unhappy with the course and due to return this week. She would like to (...)

A Higher Education Authority report shows one in six  college students are failing to progress past their first year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Third-level colleges, like any businesses which need prospective customers, follow a simple rule: give them what they want. This equates to a place on(...)

High drop-out rates in the higher education system are a cause of concern to everyone with a stake in society. Students lose out on time, expense and (...)

On Monday The Irish Times disclosed that up to 80 per cent of students in maths-related courses are failing to progress beyond their first-year in college. File photograph: Getty Images

A number of third-level institutions are considering raising the entry requirements for a range of maths-related courses following concern over high d(...)