There is real value in participating as an “expert” for the European Commission. For emerging researchers, it gives direct experience of the peer review process, offering them a greater understanding of how proposals are funded, and helps them when preparing their own proposals. Photograph: Darren Hauck/ Getty Images.

At this time of year the flights from Dublin to Brussels hold many researchers and academics on their way to participate in evaluation panels for Fram(...)

Changes to Hpat, the exam used for entry to university medical schools, are aimed at reducing the potential advantage to applicants who repeat the exam. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Changes to Hpat, the exam used for entry to university medical schools, are aimed at reducing the potential advantage to applicants who repeat the exa(...)

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Students about to start secondary school may never have to face the points race as we know it. Our highly competitive CAO system is under funda(...)

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Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is attempting to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our secondary schools through a series of (...)

Ireland has been operating a fast-track immigration scheme for non-EU researchers since 2007. Ireland was not obliged to introduce a scientific(...)

Students sitting the Leaving Cert: a review of grading bands and an external analysis of the predictability of exam papers are on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A significant reduction in degree programmes and an end to “problematic predictability” in the Leaving Certificate have been announced as part of a(...)

Around St Patrick’s Day there is much talk of the Irish abroad and how to maintain links. Ireland has a great deal of highly talented researche(...)

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