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Students are most likely to get a first-class honour in Trinity (20 per cent) than in any other university, figures show. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Which university offers the best shot of a first-class or 2.1 degree? Is there much difference between University College Dublin and Trinity College D(...)

Academics should be  wary of dismissing people who hold “backward” views as being irredeemably ignorant. Photograph: iStock

What could be the connection between a pub in rural Galway, populism and higher education? First the pub. On a recent evening I enjoyed a conversation(...)

Since their origins in 2003, there are now approximately 17 different global university rankings. The overwhelming majority  are developed by commercial, often media, companies with only approximately 7 per cent developed by a government organisation. File photograph: Getty Images

Mark Twain popularised the phrase, attributed to Disraeli, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. A modern-day take could apply well to university rankin(...)

The Government held its Cabinet in University College Cork earlier this year. Despite the smiles, there is a mutual distrust between the political system and higher education, argue Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn.  Photo:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases(...)