In the whole-class teaching method, the teacher stands at the blackboard, teaches the whole class the established body of knowledge, tests the children with questions and ensures a disciplined class environment. This type of teaching was the norm in Ireland until the 1960s. Above, schoolchildren in the west of Ireland in 1955. Photograph: Three Lions/Getty Images

Substantial reports warn us that educational attainment at all levels is declining in English-speaking countries (Stopgradeinflation.ie; OECD Repor(...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of the scientist led to the establishment of the taskforce on gender equality. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling(...)

Delightfully alternative: Carabus problematicus, widespread on Ireland’s mountain heaths and moraines. Illustration: Michael Viney

My wellies stand on the slate-flagged floor of the porch, and each morning for days a beetle has been under one of them, black and shiny, quite common(...)

Students for health: Michael Hanrahan (centre) and fellow members of University College Cork. Photograph: Tomas Tyner

The efforts to discourage students from drinking too much alcohol is one of the most noteworthy aspects of University College Cork’s work towards its (...)

 The coach for the tour is UCC Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly, who will cut the squad down to 12 for the tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Colin O’Reilly has laid down a challenge to players hopeful of making the Men’s Premier League All-Star team competing at the Sino-European Championsh(...)

Dingle marine biologist Kevin Flannery examines the Bearcat fish which resides in the Artic region. Mr Flannery has been awarded with an honorary MSc from UCC for his work on Irish marine life. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

He is more often seen holding some bug-eyed denizen of the deep, but on Thursday Kevin Flannery exchanged the pier-side for academia to accept an hono(...)

Colin Joyce threatened to release confidential information about 1,300 patients and have their details posted on Wikipedia. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A Cork medical school dropout who sent threatening letters to 10 of his past supervisors and tutors at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)(...)

Management at University College Cork has approved a merger with the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in a deal estimated at €20.5 million, according(...)

There were 38 maternal deaths between 2009 and 2012, a Maternal Death Enquiry report says.Photograph: Thinkstock

A slew of high-profile controversies involving the health of pregnant patients has caused concern about standards of maternity care in the State. The (...)

Cornelia Parker’s installation War Room in the Whitworth Gallery in the University of Manchester

Think of a university gallery of contemporary art in an Irish context and the Douglas Hyde and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery come to mind. With a stu(...)