Top-performing universities require freedom to create the right research conditions that lead to scientific progress, benefiting society at large. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government plans to introduce greater accountability for the third-level sector, which receives about €1.5 billion in public funding, make sense on th(...)

Within five years of leaving college, graduates from information and communication technology courses were by far the highest earners, earning €815 a week on average. Photograph: iStock

Technology graduates are earning significantly more than other graduates within five years of leaving college, according to major study by the Central(...)

University College Dublin. An outline of proposed legislation for reforming the Higher Education Authority Act was approved by the Cabinet in recent days.

Third-level colleges face a series of stringent penalties for misconduct including having funding withheld under the biggest shake-up to regulation of(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An ice-sculpture for a €13,000 retirement party. Painted portraits of senior staff commissioned at a cost of €20,000. VIP-style expenses for relocatin(...)

Set to become a university: the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland building on York Street, Dublin 2.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 200 years after it started training surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to become a university following passag(...)

Cork Institute of Technology: it is  understood to be refusing to take on the Kerry-based institute’s debts if it merges.  Photograph: Higher Education Authority

Plans to create a new technological university for the Munster area have suffered a major setback after an international panel raised concerns over th(...)

The 10-year National Development Plan provides for investment of €5bn in the higher- and further-education sector over the next decade. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The capacity of higher-education institutions to manage large-scale construction projects has been called into question by a spending review. The rev(...)

While there continues to be a significant surplus of applicants over available places for teacher training programmes, demand has fallen since 2012. Photograph: iStock

The “prohibitive” cost of training and austerity-era cuts to starting salaries may have led to reduced interest in students choosing teaching as a pro(...)

Languages are a key part of modern arts degrees, and graduates with a European language – particularly where it is coupled with business or ICT skills – will find themselves in high demand. Photograph: iStock

Arts degrees were once the most popular college choice. They swanned around the school like the queen bee that everybody wanted to hang out with. Thi(...)

Secondary-school teacher Róisín Scanlon

Last year was Bliain na Gaeilge when the Irish language was celebrated across the world. More and more people are working in the first language of the(...)

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