A USI student protest in  Dublin over third-level fees.  The USI remains opposed to the introduction of an income-contingent student loan system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said it is concerned at comments made by the president of UCD in which he said the university might need to(...)

The USI is opposed to the introduction of an income-contingent student loan system. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Union of Students in Ireland has raised concerns over spending by higher education institutions following recent revelations about severance payme(...)

 An increase in per-student funding will be costly no matter how it is done. However, with an income-contingent loan the costs to the taxpayer are substantially lower since the burden is shared with graduates

In March of last year, the final report of the expert group on future funding for higher education (the Cassells report) was published. It concluded t(...)

“Failure to invest now in third level will place an entire generation of students and the future of this country at a serious disadvantage.” Photograph: iStock

Thirty years after the abolition of college tuition fees, just one in seven young people in the country’s most disadvantaged areas progress to higher (...)

Students Lucy Mangan (left) and  Clara Hickey both from DCU at Wednesday’s protest. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Students from across Ireland attended a protest in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon and heard calls from student leaders on the Government to increase in(...)

Fine Gael leader  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his party, which proposed a graduate tax in its 2011 general election manifesto, is broadly supportive of a student loan scheme. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Politicians are quick to praise the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they say, are creating jobs, raising living standards and g(...)

Students march past the front of Trinity College Dublin in a protest against anticipated increases in registration fees and reductions in grants in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Politicians are fond of praising the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they regularly say, are creating jobs, raising living sta(...)

High birth rates  mean the number of students entering higher education is projected to grow by almost 30 per cent by 2028. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It all seemed so much simpler back when university fees were abolished 20 years ago. In those sepia-tinted days, the rainbow government pr(...)

The Revenue Commissioners could be given a role collecting student loans under proposals drawn up by an expert group on the future funding of t(...)