Pictured at the Irish Research Council announcement were: (l to r) Prof Ursula Kilkelly, member of the council; Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills; Laureate awardee, Dr Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin and Laureate awardee and  Dr Larisa Florea, Dublin City University.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Government has moved to substantially increase “frontier research” by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved b(...)

Irish universities argue they should be given much greater freedom to hire staff now that many of them are generating the bulk of their incomes privately. Photograph: Getty Images

When it comes to recruiting the very best talent for Irish universities, are we paying enough to secure the top academics? Ask any university preside(...)

The Government last year provided a special derogation from public sector pay restrictions to help universities hire world-leading researchers on salaries of up to €250,000.

Universities have received Government approval to recruit top academics on salaries of up to €337,000 a year. Under public sector pay rules, salaries(...)

The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students, parents’ representatives have claimed.

The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have clai(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As reaction to the National Development Plan emerges, there is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors which have broadly welcomed ne(...)

“There are a number of key elements of the proposals that cause, or should cause, a degree of alarm in educationalists.”

The phrase “a recipe for disaster” comes to mind while reading through Department of Education and Skills proposals to alter the funding regime for ou(...)

Minister For Education Richard Bruton said universities would not lose out under the new funding model for third level. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish universities have warned of the “urgent need” to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the se(...)

President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne: the university is nearing the conclusion of a capital development plan, which has “transformed” the campus. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The European Investment Bank is to provide €60 million towards development of the NUI Galway campus. The first ever loan to the university from Euro(...)

Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. (...)

 Trinity College, Dublin. The Cassells report on the future funding of higher education said that €100m a year in extra funding was needed if the State was to build a world-class system. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil says it is insisting in talks with the Government that next week’s budget should set aside up to €100 million for higher education to help(...)

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