Prof Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and a former president of UCD, says the decline of Irish universities is  linked to the global financial crisis and the threat of Brexit. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis, according to the head of a UK university. Speaking(...)

Trinity College Dublin tumbled more than 40 places to 164th place in the latest set of world university rankings. Photograph: iStock

Just one of more than 400 recently announced European research grants has been awarded to Ireland prompting calls for an overhaul in how the Governmen(...)

Confusion over trying to guess where Brexit is likely to dump us all serves to undermine the UK’s ability to attract talent. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A no-deal Brexit looks set to undermine the UK’s position as a world leader in international research and is already starting to cause damage accordin(...)

Peter Brown: “Combined with ongoing investment in industry-academia collaborations, Ireland has developed a very strong comparative performance in innovation, as evidenced by our high ranking in the European innovation scorecard.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

On the Irish Research Council’s homepage it says: “Our mission is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting excellen(...)

‘Bats use their senses in intriguing ways,’ says  Emma Teeling. ‘They echolocate and contrary to popular belief they are far from blind; in fact, some have really good vision’.

Emma, you work on bats, creatures that many people would run from. Why do you like them? “I think people would like bats a lot more if they saw them (...)

A modern day zebu, an arid-adapted breed which emerged in greater numbers 4,000 years ago as a suspected result of a  dramatic drought, or ‘4.2 kiloyear climate event’. Photograph: Denis Doukhan/Pixabay

A study of ancient DNA from now extinct cattle breeds has revealed new evidence explaining the demise of the world’s first empires, and the part that (...)

Science Foundation Ireland  director general Prof Mark Ferguson has been appointed chair of the new European Innovation Council advisory board. Photography: Jason Clarke Photography

In a sign of Ireland’s increased standing in European research and innovation, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson ha(...)

The longest-lived species of bats, known as Myotis, pictured in Brittany. Photograph: Olivier Farcy/Bretagne Vivante

Scientists have identified genes that may give long-lived bat species their extraordinary lifespans and ability to resist cancer compared to other ani(...)

 Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell with the five scientists (Niamh Kavanagh, Christopher Broderick, Sarah Guerin, Adam Kelly and Vijaykumar V Jadhav) chosen to represent Ireland in Germany at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Five young scientists, who are leading researchers on cosmology, particle physics and quantum technology, have been chosen by the Irish Research Counc(...)

Projects from the life and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences were awarded funding. Photograph: Getty Images

Ground-breaking basic research in the Republic is to benefit from €12 million in State funding with 12 leading researchers each benefiting from €1 mil(...)

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