Timothy McGrath  will represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair in California next May. Photograph: Keith Arkins

A student who developed a biofilter to combat “dead zones” in oceans and freshwater, has been named overall winner of SciFest 2019. Timothy McGrath, (...)

A view of the UCD campus at Belfield, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Affluent students are far more likely to study high-points courses in university and earn more within months of graduating than those from less well-o(...)

Adam O’Flaherty of Letterkenny IT’s students’ union. “It’s hard for a lot of students, 100 per cent,” he says. Photograph:  Clive Wasson

Adam O’Flaherty, like many students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, knows how difficult it can be to make ends meet. He is entitled to a mean(...)

Minister of State for higher education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor says new women-only professorships are a “game changer”.  Photo : Laura Hutton

The first of up to 45 women-only professorships aimed at tacking gender inequality in higher education are due to be made before the end of this year.(...)

In order to speed up the pace of change, the taskforce – established by Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor – has proposed gender specific appointments. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is to fund dozens of women-only professorships over the next three years to help “eradicate gender inequality” in higher education(...)

Trade union Fórsa,which represents the staff concerned, said the move is part of a campaign to secure  comprehensive job evaluation. File photograph: Getty Images

Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technolog(...)

An intractable gender imbalance persists at the most senior levels of higher education. Photograph: iStock

The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex th(...)

The metrics on which third-level institutions will be judged in relation to gender equality will be transparent, Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said.

Future funding for higher-education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State (...)

Waterford Institute of Technology. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The State’s cash-strapped institutes of technology say they need up to €400 million over the next five years if they are prove fit for purpose to meet(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says a new funding model for third level will ensure “innovation, good governance and excellent research are prioritised by our institutions, in line with our overall national goals”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Third-level colleges will face financial penalties for misconduct such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or giving misleading r(...)

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