’Ireland top universities have been sliding down global rankings due largely to issues linked to long-term underfunding, worsening staff to student ratios and greatly diminished capacity for research.’ File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

In much the same way as credit rating agencies downgraded the Irish economy in recent years, it’s easy to take issue with the private firms who compi(...)

Ferdinand Von Prondzynski. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

A significant change occurred in Irish higher education during the time I was president of Dublin City University. Some time around 2009, the (...)

One of the many ironies of “free fees” for higher education is that they didn’t even succeed in getting Niamh Bhreathnach re-elected. The minis(...)