Adult education: even those who go through the third-level system may  return to education to upskill, change career direction, or simply to learn for the sake of learning. Photograph:  iStockphoto/Getty

Everyone is fairly familiar with the basics of the education system: primary school, secondary school, college and then maybe a postgraduate. But not(...)

Group assessments and projects are  growing in importance at Ireland’s third-level institutions. Photograph: iStockphoto
The new way of learning

Students sitting their Leaving Cert next June may not have noticed, but college courses and entry routes have been changing radically in recent years.(...)

Arts student Rebecca Thornton, computer science student Daniel Flanagan and arts student Alisha Boylan who have taken part in a new critical skills module at Maynooth University. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“If there was an Olympics for test-taking, Irish students would be gold medallists.” So says Prof Brian MacKenzie of Maynooth University’s centre fo(...)

The original ‘Tomorrow’s World’ ran on BBC1 for almost 40 years.

The BBC has revived Tomorrow’s World, its science and technology television series, as a name for a wide range of new programmes in partnership with o(...)

A prison officer with a working dog at the recreation area in front of Erne House in Maghaberry Prison. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some people have trouble with the pronunciation: it’s Ma-gaberry, Northern Ireland’s high-security prison located on about 150 acres in rural Co Antri(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson is wary of the Welsh threat from the lineout. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Two and two equals five. That’s the media for you. It was suggested to Iain Henderson, originally studying mathematics at Queen’s University, Belfas(...)

With more than 40 per cent of undergrads going on to postgrad, careers offices in colleges are crucial in advising undergraduates of their options. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

More than 35 per cent of undergraduates go on to study at postgrad level and there is a vast range of programmes to choose from in Ireland, abroad and(...)

Armagh chefs Sean Farnan and  Gareth Reid. Photograph: Jonathan King

A group of Northern chefs has banded together to try to transform Armagh into a Northern Ireland gourmet hub just like Kinsale in Co Cork, Ten chefs (...)

Image taken by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the suspected landing area of the Schiaparelli spacecraft on Mars. Photograph: JPL-CALTECH/MSSS/Nasa/EPA

European Mars lander Schiaparelli has smashed into the Red Planet and exploded, dramatic satellite images suggest. Photos taken by a powerful camera (...)

Juggler Tony Mahon of the Dublin Circus Project performs in Dublin Castle on Culture Night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

At five o’clock sharp this evening, a gaggle of children start beating on an enormous drum in the middle of Smithfield to signal that Culture Night 20(...)

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