Paul O Toole

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Within five years of leaving college, graduates from information and communication technology courses were by far the highest earners, earning €815 a week on average. Photograph: iStock

Technology graduates are earning significantly more than other graduates within five years of leaving college, according to major study by the Central(...)

Nine months after graduating,  those whose studied education and teaching have the highest reported average salaries, at €38,701.

Young teachers earn most within months of leaving college while arts graduates take in the least, a survey of more than 29,000 recent third-level grad(...)

Prof Peter Kennedy, president of the Royal Irish Academy with the recipients of the academy’s gold medals, sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, architectural historian, Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty and astrophysicist, Prof Stephen J Smartt. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Architectural historian Kathleen James-Chakraborty and astrophysicist Stephen J Smartt have been awarded Royal Irish Academy gold medals – the honour (...)

The highest non-completion rates were in courses such as computing (45 per cent), hospitality and services (35 per cent), and engineering/construction (33 per cent). Photograph: Getty

A majority of students are dropping out of third-level computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points, official figures show. These high(...)


The number of students in higher education has climbed to a record high with almost a quarter of a million people studying a third-level course last y(...)

Recent papers by a team at at APC Microbiome Ireland research facility provide insight into the link between communities of bacteria and, critically, potential of a non-invasive test. File photograph: Getty Images

Bacteria found in the mouth and faeces could be used to predict and detect colorectal cancer in a more effective and cheaper way than using tests, acc(...)

Paul O’Toole, chief executive of Solas, is to head the Higher Education Authority.

The chief executive of Solas, the State body with responsibility for further education and training, has been appointed as the new head of the Higher (...)

The study says engagement with employers at a local level is crucial, especially for smaller PLCs. Photograph: Getty Images

Students see post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses as a low-status option for school-leavers who do not get enough points to go to college, according to a m(...)

The State’s 16 Education and Training Boards, which deliver most further education courses, currently receive more than €500m   a year from Solas. Photograph: Getty Images

Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 peo(...)

Ciara Daly, a trainee beauty therapist, and Tara O’Halloran, who runs the beauty therapy traineeship at Kerry Education and Training Board.  Photograph: Kevin Mulcahy

Beauty therapist Ciara Daly (19) is used to providing treatments for clients in quiet and tranquil settings. Later this week, she will be transported(...)

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