The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish information about how many students, from which school, go on to third-level. Photograph: iStock

They’re perhaps the most controversial feature of the Irish education landscape. Back in 2002, The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish info(...)

Latest figures also show the depth of the social divide in Dublin, with pupils in schools in the most affluent areas up to five times more likely to go to third-level than those in the poorest areas.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Download the Feeder School PDFs here: Private schools dominate the top places in new league tables based on the proportion(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a televised speech to the nation at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw, Myanmar in September. Photograph: Aung Shine Oo/AP

Aung San Suu Kyi is to be stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford, where she studied as an undergraduate, over her response to the Rohingya cris(...)

A soft robot designed in the form of a salamander  on display at the National University of Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Robots are getting softer. Borrowing from nature, some machines now have arms that curl and grip like an octopus; others wriggle their way inside an a(...)

Free speech on college campuses is under threat from advancing political correctness, which increasingly dictates that the right not to be offended is given priority over freedom of speech. File photograph: iStock

Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life - helping young people to broaden t(...)

DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson who has said that women who want to breastfeed in the Chamber of the House of Commons when other alternatives are available are exhibitionists. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Women who want to breastfeed in the chamber of the House of Commons when other alternatives are available are exhibitionists, East Antrim MP Sammy Wil(...)

Walter Heitler: a former professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

When Éamon de Valera created the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) 75 years ago on this day in 1940, he was accused of doing so as a van(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

The eyrie of my Dublin bachelorhood, back in the 1960s, was a dinky pad carved out of a roof space high at the heart of Ballsbridge. It looked up to t(...)

For each school, a progression     rate is calculated by dividing      the number of pupils who accepted a college place last September by the number of pupils who sat the Leaving Cert

School league tables lie at the heart of an ideological struggle over how best to educate our children. In England, parents can easily compare aver(...)

Elementary my dear Watson

It is to Emily Watson’s credit that I enter the room unmolested by any preconceptions as to her personality. She’s not any sort of chameleon. Ms Wa(...)

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