The Government has said it will provide an additional 2,000 third-level college places in high-demand courses this year.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Higher education institutions are “creaking” and will struggle to provide additional college places in key areas this year aimed at easing CAO points (...)

‘This is the most serious threat Trinity has faced to its autonomy in many decades because it strikes at the heart of who we are and everything we want to achieve as a university.’ Photograph: iStock

Universities are concerned that sweeping Government reforms aimed at strengthening the accountability of higher education institutions will restrict t(...)

  Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm over Government plans to reform university governance. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Trinity College Dublin has expressed alarm over Government plans to reform university governance which it says could threaten its autonomy and indepen(...)

Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

A recent study from the HEA showed that students from affluent backgrounds dominate high-points college courses such as engineering, finance and medicine. Photograph: Getty

The Leaving Certificate is often held up as the fairest way of deciding who goes to college. After all, doesn’t every student sit the same exam, all m(...)

 Prof Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin’s Provost said commercial revenues have been devastated by Covid-19.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Universities are due to run a combined deficit of more than €100 million this year due to a “devastating” drop-off in commercial income and vacant stu(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Edu(...)

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(...)

 Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris: “Our society and the world of work are changing rapidly, and if anything this will be accelerated by the pandemic. Universities will have an important role in equipping us to manage this change.”   Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Stronger governance and accountability measures for third-level institutions will be contained in new legislation to be published next year, Minister (...)

Most educators acknowledge the experience of online learning was far from ideal earlier this year as institutions  quickly pivoted to emergency remote learning. Photograph: iStock

I’m due to start my college course soon and have been told that most of the teaching will take place online this year. I struggled with online learnin(...)

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