Only about 5 per cent of people of Northern European descent are lactose intolerant - but it wasn’t always so. Photograph: Getty

Scientists have found that ancient Europeans could not tolerate lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted an agricultural way of life and 4,000 years(...)

Participants in Saturday's water protests in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Probably the first case of whistleblowing on record is in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You know it’s a fairy story because the child who unmasks the (...)

More than 90 per cent of law graduates in  TCD receive either a first or a 2.1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education may be priceless, but increasingly the marketplace is putting a monetary value on a 2.1. For a long time, people wishing to do postgraduate(...)

For a consistently high ranking, psychology at Trinity College Dublin takes some beating

What’s the easiest course in which to get a first? Computer science and software engineering at Maynooth University has relatively strong crede(...)

Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education, said: “This is a real shock result for Ireland – not only has TCD fallen further away from the world top 100 list, but UCD has plummeted out of the top 200 altogether.” Photograph:  ThinkStock 1:31

UCD has fallen out of the world’s top 200 universities in a prestigious global league table, just three years after it dropped out of the top 100.The (...)

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(...)

Former president Mary McAleese ia patron of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Joe HumphreysScience teachers have come out top of the class in a new awards scheme aimed at recognising excellence in teaching at third-level.Some 53(...)

Jenny Wallblom and her children Lois (4) and Milo (5) Humphries at Propositions by Hélio Oiticica at Imma. Photograph: Frank Miller

More than 900 venues across the country are throwing open their doors for free, so keeping your evening open on Friday to absorb some culture is a (...)

Social farming is well established in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands where farmers are paid for mentoring.

Social farming could reduce health care costs by reducing dependency on intellectual disability and mental health services, a conference on the initia(...)

Stay safe: David Meredith of Teagasc’s rural economy research centre said his research had found Wednesday was the day with the lowest number of recorded deaths

Friday is the day a fatal farm accident is most likely to happen while Wednesday is the safest, according to new research presented at a Teagasc conf(...)