A recent study from the HEA showed that students from affluent backgrounds dominate high-points college courses such as engineering, finance and medicine. Photograph: Getty

The Leaving Certificate is often held up as the fairest way of deciding who goes to college. After all, doesn’t every student sit the same exam, all m(...)

“A total of 538 modular courses are on offer across 32 higher education institutes.” Photograph: iStock

Now, more than ever, learning new skills is an essential part of the workplace – but do you really want to commit to a full- or part-time course? Sim(...)

Mary Hernandez, president of Letterkenny Institute of Technology student union. Photograph: Joe Dunne

On any given day, Mary Hernandez sees the financial struggles facing students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) up close. “Huge numbers h(...)

Trinity College Dublin has the highest proportion of students from affluent areas, at 36%. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The class gap in higher education is revealed in new figures that show affluent students dominate high-points courses such as medicine, finance and en(...)

Third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new “zero tolerance” i(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Edu(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said the third level sector  has responded swiftly and effectively to the challenges that have arisen over recent months. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

More than 14,000 free and subsidised higher-education courses in areas ranging from data analytics to construction are to be provided to upskill worke(...)

 Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris: “Our society and the world of work are changing rapidly, and if anything this will be accelerated by the pandemic. Universities will have an important role in equipping us to manage this change.”   Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Stronger governance and accountability measures for third-level institutions will be contained in new legislation to be published next year, Minister (...)

Anecdotally, many who have registered to the Leaving Cert in Novemeber have yet to make up their mind as to whether they will sit the exams. Photograph: iStock

I started my fourth-choice college course this week, but it’s not what I want to do. I want to try my hand at three subjects in the November Leaving C(...)

Minister for  Higher Education  Simon Harris TD and the CAO held a meeting on Monday to discuss the number of places which are likely to be required for upgraded students.

Up to 450 new CAO offers will be issued on Thursday to students whose Leaving Cert results were upgraded following errors in the calculated grades pro(...)

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