The Government held its Cabinet in University College Cork earlier this year. Despite the smiles, there is a mutual distrust between the political system and higher education, argue Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn.  Photo:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases(...)

Interestingly, more than 21 per cent of the successful students holding medical cards who achieved close to 600 CAO points are new Irish, born throughout the four corners of the planet

Each year, the tables show very large numbers of college-going students came from schools in socially advantaged communities. These students tend to o(...)

There has been a “very deliberate policy on the part of the State of increasing the number of people with doctoral education”, says the Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people in Ireland with doctorates has doubled in the past 10 years, in line with State policy to improve the country’s research credenti(...)

An independent report on the University of Limerick  (above) found  more than €1.7 million had been spent on severance packages for eight former employees between 2008 and 2015. File photograph: Press 22

University of Limerick (UL) is to lift the suspension of two whistleblowers whose allegations helped spark an independent investigation into malpracti(...)

Leona O’Callaghan: “My career floored as a result of my efforts to make the right and ethical decisions in my role in UL.” Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubli(...)

Retiring professors have been replaced by part-time teaching staff on precarious contracts with few supports, teaching to large lecture theatres packed full of students. Photograph: iStock

By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: “Homemakers make a huge contribution to society. It is important the Government supports people who have worked in the home to reskill and return to work.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+(...)

University of Limerick: “The president of UL has also been on the record in acknowledging that suspending employees for over two years is not acceptable management practice”

Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into al(...)

The number of people with disabilities attending third level or higher education has grown from 3,800 in 2008 to more than 12,000 students this year. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of students with disabilities in third level or further education has more than tripled in a decade, new research shows. The dramatic incr(...)

The president of the NAPD has called for a national school admissions policy which is ‘fair, transparent, and realistic’. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Plans to attract homemakers to the teaching profession are being examined as part of a number of steps to tackle a staffing “crisis” in key subject ar(...)

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