Ann Sheppard (CEO of St Conleth’s and daughter of the school’s founder, the late  Bernard Sheppard) and Mr Kevin Kelleher, who began teaching at the school in 1944  with Ruairí Quinn

Here’s a sight to warm the hearts of every balloted ASTI member: Ruairí Quinn getting a guard of honour from pupils as he heads into a black-tie dinne(...)

University College Dublin this week fell out of the world’s top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education rankings. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:31

Irish universities need to consolidate faculties or merge entirely if they are to break back into the top tier of rankings, international experts hav(...)

Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill UCD’s plummeting down the Times Higher Education (THE) league table, one of the “holy trinity” of international rankings, will hurt it particularly.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

You can blame the methodology of university rankings, you can criticise the way higher education is now in thrall to them, but there is no denying the(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “The group was set up in order to give the appropriate amount of consideration to this very important issue”

Irish graduates enjoy the highest income return from their degrees of all member states in the OECD, a conference on third-level funding has heard.S(...)

Ned Costello, chief executive of the  Irish Universities Association,   warns that austerity is leading to students paying more but getting less for their education.

The State’s seven universities say they cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a Government working group on how to fund higher education in the f(...)

Prof Philip Nolan, president of NUI Maynooth and chair of the Irish Universities Association’s task group on reform of university selection and entry

The chair of a universities’ task force on reforming admissions procedures for third level has admitted colleges have been artificially inflating poi(...)

The third-level institution, which will be known as Maynooth University from September 1st under a rebranding exercise, is seeking to reverse a trend across the sector of forcing school-leavers into narrow college entry routes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

NUI Maynooth is planning a radical shake up of its curriculum which will see up to two-thirds of its entry courses being phased out to allow undergrad(...)

 Trinity College Dublin: There were 270 applications for the 25 places in history, law, and ancient and medieval history and culture. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill  Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 25 students who did not get enough points for three Trinity College Dublin courses are being offered places under a pilot entry scheme.The schem(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan with Leaving Cert students Stephen Ryan and Jenny O Connor as they got their results at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Leaving Cert – to adapt a phrase of Winston Churchill’s – is surely the worst form of examination except for the alternatives. What would you wan(...)

This year some one in four students who took mathematics in the Leaving Cert exam, chose the higher level paper and nearly all – over 95 per cent – pa(...)