The most common minimum standard among all employer organisations was to have at least a 2.1 degree.  Some 69 per cent of indigenous firms and 71 per cent of foreign firms had this requirement. File photograph: Reuters

Some 70 per cent of employers expect at least a 2.1 degree from job applicants, a major new survey shows.The study, published on Wednesday by the Depa(...)

Students with the Columbanus Life and Legacy Project, Moore Institute, NUI Galway working on remains of a Romanesque church recently uncovered within the Basilica di San Colmbano in Bobbio, Italy, where Irish saint Columbanus founded a monastery in the early 7th century. Photograph: Moore Institute, NUI Galway.

Archaeology students from NUI Galway (NUIG) have discovered a 1,000-year-old church linked to the Italian monastery founded by Ireland’s St Columbanu(...)

HEA boss Tom Boland: started with a few well-timed jabs

Higher Education Authority boss Tom Boland stepped into the ring of JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin recently for a bout with academics o(...)

Peter Cassells, chair of advisory group on third-level funding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Alternatives to higher education must be developed for school leavers to alleviate the financial pressure on universities and institutes of technology(...)

“We need a balanced research activity,” Ibec innovation and education executive Claire McGee said. “You have to ensure you have this continuum from basic research through to the commercialisation of discoveries. You need a balance, it is not one or the other.”

The Government should establish a fully independent advisory body for science and should also increase State funding for research, Ibec has said.These(...)

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell at the launch of the report entitled “Never Enough Time” – the experience of third level student county GAA players by Dr Aoife Lane, Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science, Waterford Institute of Technology.

Even accounting for the presumption that no student in the world would admit to having enough hours in the day to satisfy all their demands there are(...)

Almost a third of higher education institutions believe they will fail to achieve performance targets upon which a portion of their funding depends, a new survey reveals. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Almost a third of higher education institutions believe they will fail to achieve performance targets upon which a portion of their funding depends, a(...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the  Higher Education Authority,  said some universities were  “lamentably slow, even contradictory” in reducing number of courses.

Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the th(...)

NCI chairman Denis O’Brien: directors’ report warns of reduction in cash from the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Accounts were filed this week for the National College of Ireland (NCI), the third-level institution chaired by Denis O’Brien. His fellow directors in(...)

Claire Keaveney, divisional executive committee, and Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Skills, at the Impact education division conference at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government’s “one size fits all” JobBridge programme “needs to be dissolved”, a report for Impact’s education division has recommended.The report (...)