Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

The IUA, THEA and USI recommend an increase in spending of €300 million per year

Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students


50% increase in air pollution outside Trinity during traffic-free trial on College Green

Dublin City Ccouncil have no plans for further trials of a pedestrianised College Green

The trial of a pedestrian-only area on College Green held in September saw air pollution double in parts of Dublin, according to reports shared in a Dublin City Council (DCC) debriefing. 

Cars and taxis were not permitted into the area,


Despite confusion during online voting system trial, record participation in class rep elections

Online voting links sent out late, students voting in the wrong elections, and reps wrongly elected identified in SU Class rep election report

Poor execution of an online voting system trial led to confusion and mistakes in several schools, however overall engagement in class rep elections has gone up, says Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s (TCDSU) annual report on class rep elections.


Arts & Culture

Careers in the arts: Hilary Copeland

Madalyn Williams interviews the Irish Writers Centre’s Acting Director about carving your own career path and making each day count

As ironic as it might be, the beginning of the academic year often serves as a reminder that eventually we will be making career choices which will push us out of the bubble of our chosen course, and into the


AIT and LIT announce plan to merge

The announcement is part of a larger movement to establish Irish technological universities

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have announced plans to merge and establish a single Technological University for the mid-west and Midlands. 

The decision to merge follows the announcement of Ireland’s most recent higher education


Cork IT assured it would not take on IT Tralee’s debts in a merger

Education minister offers assurance amidst growing concerns of the financial situation of IT Tralee

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, has assured the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) that it would not be responsible for the Institute of Technology Tralee’s (IT Tralee) debts in the case of a merger between the two


University of Bristol head says third level funding in Ireland is a “national crisis”

Hugh Brady, the former head of UCD says University of Bristol gets 25% more funding than Trinity or UCD

Hugh Brady, President of the University of Bristol and former University College Dublin (UCD) President, has called  the lack of third level funding in Ireland “a national crisis”. 

Brady’s remarks came while speaking at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce