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Mary Hernandez, president of Letterkenny Institute of Technology student union. Photograph: Joe Dunne

On any given day, Mary Hernandez sees the financial struggles facing students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) up close. “Huge numbers h(...)

Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of  Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Pr(...)

Third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new “zero tolerance” i(...)

Prof Kerstin Mey, who was appointed interim president of University of Limerick earlier this year. She says it is possible for women ‘to knock at and shatter the glass ceiling’. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

Earlier this year Prof Kerstin Mey shattered one of the highest and hardest glass ceilings there is in Ireland. Her appointment as president of Unive(...)

Asked if university and college life prepared them for solving complex real-world problems, more than 15%  said “very little” and 33%  thought just “some”

More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job,(...)

“It’s harder to engage students online,” says Peadar Collins, welfare officer at University of Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While stud(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he wants to boost on-campus activity for first year students, in particular, early next year amid concern over a potential increase in drop-out rates. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

University lecturers have warned of “chaos and confusion” if there is a return to face-to-face teaching in the new year in the absence of clear health(...)

Lorna Fitzpatrick, president of the Union of Students of Ireland, said a sharp decline in State investment in higher education per student has led to universities becoming over-reliant on student fees as a source of income. Photograph: Alan Betson

Universities risk reputational damage due to “extravagant” fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by (...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris: ‘I am really worried about the mental health and wellbeing of students.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands of third-level students are due to get refunds or credit notes worth up to €250 over the coming weeks. The once-off payments – worth a tota(...)

Scientist Richard Dawkins, photographed  in Dublin in 2015. “... the Dawkins episode provides us with an opportunity to consider in general the issue of ‘deplatforming’, to borrow that ugly word from the growing lexicon associated with denying free speech”. File photograph: Alan Betson

The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to “disinvite” prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a s(...)

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