Waterford Institute of Technology  is seeking to be declared a university on a standalone basis, in contravention of the terms of the forthcoming Technological Universities Bill, which makes the merging of at least two institutions a condition of receiving university designation. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Waterford Institute of Technology has rebuffed attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to re-enter merger talks with IT Carlow.In a statemen(...)

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(...)

Delays in allocating student grants are leaving young people from low income families ‘locked out’ of third level education, the Society of Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cuts in career guidance at schools and delays in allocating student grants are leaving young people from low income families “locked out” of third lev(...)

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement  received responses from more than 19,800 students across 30 higher education institutions.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Students in humanities and arts feel much less prepared for the jobs market than their college peers, with more than a quarter saying they have “never(...)

The former   minister for education and skills Ruairí Quinn with his special adviser at the department, John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A former ministerial advisor has described how the Coalition parties repeatedly clashed over the allocation of posts on State boards, with Fine Gael (...)

Waterford Institute of Technology told it will not achieve standalone university status unless it resumes talks with IT Carlow on a planned merger. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told Waterford Institute of Technology that it will not achieve university status unless it resumes talks wi(...)

View of the quays in Waterford city. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Waterford has been campaigning for a university for more than 20 years, citing the high rate of unemployment in the southeast as a reason for special (...)

University of Limerick offers flexibility and close industry links. Photograph: Press 22

When DCU became the first university in Ireland, in 2011, to announce “graduate attributes” that it wished to inculcate in its students, the respon(...)

Spending for scientific research has remained largely static for 2015. Photograph: Getty

Spending for scientific research has remained largely static for 2015 despite ambitious job creation targets associated with Science Foundation Irelan(...)

At Trinity College Dublin, only eight out of 301 students who sat psychology between 2004 and 2013 failed to achieve a 2.1 or a first.

Students attending Dublin City University (DCU) or University College Cork (UCC) have a much higher chance of graduating with a first class honours de(...)