Professor Hugh Brady will become the third Irish president of a Russell Group university when he joins Bristol. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ‘Michael O’Leary of Irish education’ begins his tenure in United Kingdom in 2015

Student Universal Support Ireland said it had received more than 100,000 applications for 2014-2015 and expected to award approximately 73,000 grants for this academic year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Student body notes grants to over 54,000 to date a ‘significant improvement’ on last year

Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan: has told Waterford IT and IT Carlow to resume talks as a merger was necessary if they wished to be designated a technological university for the southeast. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

TUI says insistence on mergers ‘is more related to rationalisation’ than academic merit

Clive Byrne has been elected to lead the European School Heads Association (ESHA) for the next two years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Quality school leadership is a prerequisite for good teaching’, says Minister

Staff members with gardaí outside Leinster College language school in Harcourt Street, which has closed. Staff –  many of whom are complaining of outstanding wages – believe the closure will be permanent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Students and staff face uncertain future as turmoil in language sector continues

The global disparity of healthcare is unjust. The current Ebola outbreak is a perfect example of inequity. Photograph: Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via Reuters

TCD has pledged to tackle one of the ‘great questions facing humankind’, but which one should it choose?

Proposed design for UCD Confucius Institute

In the US there is growing disquiet over China’s attempts to exert ‘soft power’ by claiming a footprint on university campuses

DIT president Prof Brian Norton:  said there were positives and negatives to take from the survey, which the college planned to repeat every two years. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Employee survey finds only 35% of DIT staff consider themselves valued

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced UCD’s internationalisation plans on a trip to Beijing. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister signs agreement with Chinese government on UCD’s Confucius Institute

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