Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor says harassment and assault are experiences too common for many third-level students. Photograph: Laura Hutton

All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned r(...)

UCC students posting a mural  which tackles rape myths and normalised everyday abuse to the wall of the Boole Library. Photograph: Clare Keogh.

Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it (...)

Cllr Malcolm Byrne (left) defeated Billy Kelleher TD by eight votes. Photographs: File/Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne has been selected as the party’s candidate for the Ireland South European Parliament constituency. In a(...)

Many postgrads work in full-time jobs and complete their studies in the evenings and at weekends.

Postgraduate courses are a big commitment. Whether one-year of full-time study or two years part-time, students have to invest significant energy and (...)

“Masters courses generally include internships and study at home or abroad, together with advanced project work – all useful for sharpening career focus and advancing skills and aptitudes”

1. A statement of intent “Doing a postgrad indicates a strong work ethic and commitment to your career,” says Mary Hosty, a career guidance expert an(...)

Graduate Outcomes, a recent survey carried out by the Higher Education Authority, found a clear premium for postgrads. Photograph: iStockphoto

It’s rarely possible to say that a particular postgraduate qualification will lead to a specific job and a clearly defined salary as, outside of a nar(...)

The challenge to third level institutions in making the case for postgraduate studies has become progressively more difficult as the economy improved in recent  years.

Graduates in Ireland considering their career options are doing so in an economy which saw a 1.5 per cent or 35,300 increase to 2,410,100 in the labou(...)

This survey indicates that nearly 40% of third-level students  say colleges are poorly funded and this sentiment rises among those with post-graduate degrees. File photograph: Getty Images

The public believes the State should pay at least half the share of third-level education fees, with a quarter funded by students and their families a(...)

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study indicates that 6% of university graduates are functionally illiterate. Photograph: Getty Imagfes

Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seeing when marking his students’ lab reports recently. “Some of the stuff I was grading was t(...)

Despite the OECD findings, latest employers’ surveys indicate that most businesses are happy with the standard of Irish graduates. Photograph: iStock

Up to 6 per cent of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate, according to latest international research. These rates, contained in an(...)

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