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(...)

Exam boards are ‘having to put up a fight’ to avoid grades being inflated. Photograph: iStock

Students are most likely to secure first or upper-second class degrees at Dublin City University (72 per cent), followed by University College Dublin (...)

Students are most likely to get a first-class honour in Trinity (20 per cent) than in any other university, figures show. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Which university offers the best shot of a first-class or 2.1 degree? Is there much difference between University College Dublin and Trinity College D(...)

 Institute of Technology Tallaght: latest data indicates that institutes of technology managed to produce more first-class degree performances than universities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The proportion of students at institutes of technology graduating with first-class honours degrees has doubled in the past 15 years, new fi(...)

An official ball of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, taking place in Britain. The tournament runs  from September 18th next to November 1st, 2015. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Travel operators have reported a spike in the number of bookings to England and Wales as rugby fans plan their travel to the World Cup, starting next (...)