Maria Cullen, a Leaving Cert student at Loreto Secondary School, Wexford town: “As far as I can tell, there’s good and bad in the new system. But none of my classmates seems too sure what it is about or how it will work.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Are you hoping that your child will get an A or B in next year’s Leaving Cert? Well, forget about it: they haven’t a hope. From 2017, the old familia(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has said Ireland’s reputation will take a ‘hammer blow’ if Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s reputation will take a “hammer blow” if Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings, a Fine Gael MEP has warned. Brian Hayes was(...)

The very idea that there are 100 ‘best’ universities worldwide may oversimplify a very complex question about the role of the institution in today’s society. Is there a way to measure quality on a global scale, as the way the rankings purport to do?  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another week, another set of university rankings as the Times Higher Education releases it league table. It follows others recently published by Quac(...)

Trinity College Dublin:  the only Irish university ranked in the top 100 international universities.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A decade of higher educational cutbacks means nearly all of Ireland’s universities are continuing to fall in international rankings and the decline w(...)

A record 80,880 people have applied to the Central Applications Office for college places, with many flocking to courses linked to the economic recovery, such as architecture, engineering and technology. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of college applicants has reached the highest level on record this year, with points increases likely for a range of third-level courses. (...)

Of almost 800 honours degree – or level-eight –  courses, 60 per cent had fewer than 30 places.

Many colleges are still manipulating the CAO system by offering courses with very few student places in order to drive up the points requirements for(...)

The rise in popularity of higher-level maths at Leaving Cert is seen as a welcome development by policymakers. Photograph: Getty Images

Leaving Cert students could receive bonus points for subjects relevant to the courses they are applying for under new proposals being drawn up. The i(...)

Trinity College Dublin has warned that the vote will have “a long-term impact on universities in the Republic of Ireland”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of Irish students who are currently studying in Britain and Northern Ireland are unlikely to face an immediate increase in fees as result o(...)

An interdepartmental group has been set up to examine possible tax incentives to kick-start construction of student accommodation. File photograph:  Jason Lee/Reuters

Ireland’s seven universities have called for “urgent remedial action” to address the student accommodation crisis. In a pre-budget submission, the Ir(...)

Change to Trinity College’s admissions procedure should allow students to specialise later in their studies. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Trinity College Dublin is planning a major overhaul of its college admissions procedures to allow students entering the university to specialise la(...)

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