UCD President Prof Andrew Deeks: “From my observation, coming from Australia and the UK, Ireland has the worst of both worlds in the sense that we get the smallest amount of money per student compared to Australia and the UK, but the student has to pay the biggest amount up front. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The student registration charge, which is set to hit €3,000 next year, has become a “barrier to higher education” and should be replaced with a stude(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Three years and four months isn’t enough time to transform as conservative an area as education but Ruairi Quinn can’t be faulted for his effort. In t(...)

Former trade union leader Peter Cassells has been named as chairman of a working group to examine how to fund third level education in the future.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Former trade union leader Peter Cassells has been named as chairman of a working group to examine how to fund third level education in the future.Mini(...)

A shift in thinking: the new emphasis on entrepreneurial graduates is a far cry from Cardinal John Henry Newman’s notion of university’s imparting the  “inestimable benefit of the litera scripta”. Phtograph: Chris Pecoraro/Getty

As a leading advocate of the “entrepreneurial graduate”, Kerry Murphy Healey did a surprisingly conventional PhD. The title of her dissertation was Th(...)

PhD student Monika Koziel, responsible for identifying potentially fatal species of bacteria in monkeys which can be passed onto humans at the CREATE build at Cork Institute of Technology. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Fancy living in a cave, picking beetles off the wall, shivering in fear for your life? That’s where you’d be without science. There’s no going back fr(...)

In what may be one of his final acts as Minister for Education before a Cabinet reshuffle in the autumn, Ruairi Quinn has set up a working group to de(...)

As well as looking at funding, the group will examine the economic benefits of higher education and how to measure efficiencies in the sector.

The likelihood of the Government deciding before the next general election on a new funding model for higher education has all but disappeared with t(...)

Minister Ruairí Quinn is  presented with a copy of a new book telling the story of the Grangegorman development. Also pictured are James Mary O’Connor, lead designer of the Grangegorman Campus and DIT president Prof Brian Norton.

You’d hardly blame Ruairí Quinn for kicking to touch on college fees after the flak he has taken, since taking office, over increasing the student reg(...)

The first ever Higher Education System Performance Report says higher level educational institutions have responded “flexibly to demographic, staffing and financial pressures” while also adapting to meet Government objectives for the system as a whole.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Higher education in Ireland is competing “very well internationally” and graduate employment has bounced back to pre-crisis levels, a major review of (...)

The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, which plans, with TCD, UCD and Marino Institute of Education, to merge their teacher education capacities into one centre. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Future trainee teachers may have the option of taking a hybrid course that would allow them work in both primary and secondary schools.The proposal, (...)