Study author Dr Liam Downey: “Ireland was covered with cattle from time immemorial. In fact, cows were the currency.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was an “extraordinarily high” number of cattle here from earliest times and an abundance of fish in the waters, yet Irish people ate very littl(...)

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan: said a new study’s findings showed “the Leaving Cert exams are not in fact very predictable and that those who rely on their predictability too much often do not perform as well as those who prepare more fully for the examinations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Concerns that the content of Leaving Cert exams can easily be predicted by students and teachers are “not sustained” by the findings of independent r(...)

Trinity College Dublin: Led the way with five top 50 rankings in the QS World University Rankings by subject, mainly in humanities. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Irish universities have slipped down global rankings in recent years but they still hold their own against the world’s best in certain disciplines, ac(...)

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(...)

‘Philosophical realists attribute the persistence of disagreement to ignorance and/or verbal misunderstanding’

Democratic debate can be angry and rude. Disagreement is inevitable, and sometimes intractable, where protagonists refuse to bend to any reasoning tha(...)

DCU: one of a number of institutions that are altering their methods of assessment, in tandem with the rollout of ‘cut-and-paste’ detection software, to combat academic fraud. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A proliferation of online services for third-level students offering “pay as you go” essays has prompted universities to review their policies against(...)

The proposed design for the “model” UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield camp(...)

Former Dublin selector Dave Billings sadly passed away on Tuesday night. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Few with any connection to third level GAA or gaelic games in any capacity in the capital won’t have come across Dave Billings. The former Dubl(...)

 Chloe Watkins: scored in  UCD’s 3-2 victoty  against English club  Canterbury at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. Photograph: Sportsfile

UCD women’s team will finish in Ireland’s best position in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup since Randalstown in 1995 no matter what the outcome of t(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has launched UCD’s programme for the Easter Rising centenary. The programme includes a major  conference providing a global context for the events of 1916.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

UCD is to host a major interdisciplinary conference next year on the Easter Rising’s global context. The conference is one of at least 25 events the u(...)