Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: ‘The 2018 budget increase is hugely positive and critical to preparations for our enhanced and increasingly globally prominent regulatory role’

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon says her office aims to spend its additional €4 million allocated in Budget 2018 to recruit up to 40 new emp(...)

Should one feel gloomy for being so small within the cosmos?  Photograph: Reuters/Nasa

Astronauts looking down on the “pale blue dot” where we live have commonly reported a kind of epiphany known as the “overview effect”. From space, the(...)

ApisProtect uses in-hive IoT-enabled sensors, machine learning and old-fashioned beekeeping knowledge to help beekeepers identify hive problems, diseases and pests

ApisProtect, a Cork-based start-up that uses the internet of things (IoT) and big data to help beekeepers reduce losses and increase productivity in h(...)

CeBaS director Prof Andy Prothero: Businesses are doing a lot of positive things in their approach to society and we want to support them in that

Yesterday marked the launch of a brand new and very different type of research centre at UCD College of Business. The UCD Centre for Business and Soci(...)

Studying for a PhD can involve seven-day weeks, long days, low pay and uncertain prospects. Photograph: iStock
Is doing a PhD a waste of time?

What use is a PhD nowadays? After almost two decades in education, is it really worth committing another three, four or even more years to a doctorate(...)

Last week’s solar eclipse brought to mind once again the formidable predictive power of science. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
A question of trust in science

Last week’s solar eclipse generated unprecedented public interest in the skies above us. One reason was that the path of the eclipse fell across a lar(...)

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs. They have all  benefited from the new mirror therapy. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

A team of researchers at IT Sligo is using mirror therapy to help stroke patients improve the strength and mobility of affected limbs, and the researc(...)

NUI Galway (above) had the lowest proportion of women at professor grade (12 per cent), while University of Limerick had the highest (31 per cent)

Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of al(...)

Jane Ohlmeyer: “Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university secto(...)

New figures released by the Higher Education Authority show that while about 50%  of lecturers in Irish universities are women, only 21%  of professors are women. Photograph: Getty Images

Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over (...)