Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

How can scientists best inform public policymakers at a time when policy decisions are often complex and the science is uncertain? With the spread of (...)

We should seek to guarantee free undergraduate provision to all students who seek it within the walls of institutes of technology, says Prof Tom Collins.

Recent political events in the UK, US and France call attention to the risks of the neglect of higher education. In the case of the Brexit vote, for (...)

 An increase in per-student funding will be costly no matter how it is done. However, with an income-contingent loan the costs to the taxpayer are substantially lower since the burden is shared with graduates

In March of last year, the final report of the expert group on future funding for higher education (the Cassells report) was published. It concluded t(...)

Under pressure: students may get the points, but can they get the finance  to go on to third-level education?  Photograph: Eric Luke

A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. (...)

Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)