“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, who successfully took a case against her employer NUIG on the grounds of gender discrimination. A meeting on gender and equality issues in higher education has heard how such cases are still rare.  File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Female academics remain very reluctant to bring cases over career progression or gender discrimination, often because they feel isolated, a leading tr(...)

Unions representing third-level teachers warned that universities were in danger of becoming ‘profit-making institutions’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish universities are turning into profit-making institutions rather than serving their proper purpose as a public good. The change could destroy the(...)

Brendan Howlin,
 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at a press briefing on the Croke Park negotiations yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Confidence that the new deal offered to the public service will deliver the planned €300 mil(...)