Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexiblity to hire and pay staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. Photograph: iStock

Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are con(...)

 At the end of November 2017, there were more than 1,300 research collaborations  across the system in Ireland, Knowledge Transfer Ireland  found.

Collaboration between publicly-funded research organisations and Irish companies is thriving. This is the key finding of the latest annual knowledge t(...)

Jim Miley, Irish Universities Association director general. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s universities are seeking a substantial increase in funding to counteract the impact of cuts to the higher education sector over the past dec(...)

Since their origins in 2003, there are now approximately 17 different global university rankings. The overwhelming majority  are developed by commercial, often media, companies with only approximately 7 per cent developed by a government organisation. File photograph: Getty Images

Mark Twain popularised the phrase, attributed to Disraeli, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. A modern-day take could apply well to university rankin(...)

Trinity College Dublin has lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish universities have tumbled down the latest set of influential world rankings, sparking alarm among senior academics over the funding “crisis” fac(...)

Key questions over our post-Brexit relationship with the UK regarding education and research remain unanswered. Photograph: iStock

Big intractable political and economic issues continue to dominate Brexit negotiations. Almost everything else is relegated to a “it will be all righ(...)

Workers bees and a queen bee, yellow spot on back. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Researchers in universities across Ireland are to embark on a networking with communities in a joint effort to help Irish bees survive and thrive. It(...)

Collaborative research: Niall FitzGerald believes that building on relationships with the UK will enhance Ireland’s international competitiveness. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

Niall FitzGerald believes Ireland has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The British-based former head of Unilever has a distinct perspective on Brexit(...)

Minister of State for Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan:  “In the context of the UK withdrawing from the EU, Ireland needs to continue to cultivate ties with world-leading educational institutes in the UK.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Establishing a major research fund jointly supported by the UK and Ireland and a new North-South research centre have been proposed to strengthen coll(...)

Launching the Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards were Dr Alison Campbell, director of KTI, and Julie Spillane, director, The Dock, Accenture. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A thermo-optical coating developed to protect spacecraft, a DNA test to predict horseracing performance potential, one of Europe’s “top five cleantech(...)

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