New grades: The A1, A2 system is being replaced by marks from H1 to H8 at higher level and from O1 to O8 at ordinary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pencils sharpened. Time started. You may now turn over your paper.SECTION I: COMPREHENDINGQuestion A: How many grading bands will the Leaving Certific(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the new system is about marking achievement, not rewarding failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the(...)

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(...)

Queen’s University Belfast. Northern Ireland’s  two universities, Queen’s and Ulster University, charge lower fees for Northern students than their British counterparts.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ire(...)

The signatories are advocating that less funding emphasis be placed on economically-driven research. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. I(...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

NUI Maynooth: Aims to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options

Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility (...)

Jan O’Sullivan: The presidents have written to the Minister saying any attempt to “resurrect” the Universities Amendment Bill could do serious damage to the higher education sector. Photograph: The Irish Times

The presidents of the seven universities have written to the Government expressing dismay at plans to introduce legislation which they claim will allo(...)

New year, and a new life beckons. But this post-Christmas period means competing demands for attention from Leaving Cert students and their parents. T(...)

 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(...)