Offer to house Lyric FM in UL by the university’s president still stands

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The offer to house classical radio station Lyric FM in the University of Limerick by its president still stands, Independent.ie understands. The president of the University of Limerick (UL) wrote to RTÉ’s director general offering to house Lyric FM in an attempt to save the classical radio station in September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 11 November]

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University of Limerick offered to accommodate RTÉ Lyric FM on-campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL wrote to RTÉ’s director general, offering to ‘help sustain’ Lyric FM and accommodate the station on campus, in late September, the Leader can exclusively reveal. Last week, RTÉ revealed that it will be shutting down its Limerick studios in 2020, and will split Lyric FM between Cork and Dublin, a move which has been criticised by politicians, public and staff …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 11 November]

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Ed Walsh admits ruthlessly rejecting proposals to increase UL presence in Limerick city

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick, Dr Ed Walsh, has said he was ‘ruthless’ in rejecting any proposals for a UL presence in Limerick city because he was determined to build up the campus in Plassey. Last week, UL finally unveiled its first base in the city centre, the former Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Street …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 9 November]

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New Clare UL Campus ‘Is Dependent’ On Limerick Northern Distributor Road

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says the future of their Strategic Development Zone in Clare is dependent on the Limerick Northern Distributor Road proceeding …” (more)

[clare.fm, 7 November]

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Plan to increase student numbers will boost local coffers by €30m

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has announced plans to increase student numbers by 4,000, bringing enrolments to 20,000 over the next five years. The midwest university will create 330 jobs, bringing staff numbers up to 1,930, to support the 25% increase in students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 November]

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Over 300 jobs announced as part of University of Limerick’s multi-million euro expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 staff jobs are to be created at University of Limerick (UL) as part of an ambitious five-year investment worth hundreds of millions of euro. At the launch of ‘UL@50’, UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald, along with former Tánaiste and UL Chancellor Mary Harney, jointly revealed plans to increase UL’s student population by 4,000 to 20,000 students per annum, and raise staff numbers by approximately 330 to 1,930 …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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UL students react to brand refresh

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick have been reacting to the new brand refresh. Earlier this week the university launched its first re-brand since 1989 …” (more, video)

[Katie Martin, Limerick Voice, 24 October]

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University of Limerick unveils €100,000 brand refresh

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has unveiled its first brand refresh since 1989. The refresh includes a reimagining of the logo, and was unveiled on the campus by UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald. The project – which was run through a procurement tender process – has been valued at €100,000 and sought input from over 2,000 staff, students and alumni …” (more)

[Ciara Barry, Limerick Voice, 22 October]

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Minister urged to ban vaping on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick (UL) is urging the Department of Education to ban vaping across all Irish educational institutions. Dr Des Fitzgerald, a professor of molecular medicine and former chief academic officer for the Ireland East Hospital Group, said vaping is now ‘a real health risk and is being directly implicated in health crises and even deaths among users’ …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 23 September]

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UL president calls for calls for vaping ban on all college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university president says vaping should be banned on all college campuses. Dr Des Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick, wants the government to implement a ban due to newly discovered health risks associated with vaping. UL is the only college in Ireland that has already stopped the use of e-cigarettes …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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University of Limerick president calls for funding increase after latest rankings issued

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls to increase Government funding to third-level institutions after the latest figures show UL’s position in the Times Higher Education rankings has remained static. In a post on Twitter after the latest rankings were published, University of Limerick President Dr. Des Fitzgerald said, ‘A decade ago, Ireland had two universities in the top 100, but no more …'” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 17 September]

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University chief warns of ‘destructive’ populism

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘malevolent concoction’ of technology, intolerance and populism is poisoning debate and emboldening dark and destructive forces, president of the University of Limerick Des Fitzgerald has said. Speaking at a conferring ceremony on Sunday, he said long-held views on what constitutes normal institutional and political behaviour are being tested in a way unimaginable a few years ago …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Disciplinary reform follows ‘unacceptable controversies’ at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald has welcomed the Governing Authority’s revision of a disciplinary statute for staff of the university. The move follows what the president has described as ‘unacceptable controversies in this university which caused significant damage to the reputation of the institution’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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UL whistleblowers’ situations yet to be resolved after four years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four years after the Limerick Leader first reported that two members of the UL finance department had been suspended after refusing the offer of a settlement package that included a confidentiality agreement, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to have their situations resolved …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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‘Watch this space’: First sign of activity at new University of Limerick city campus site

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the public have reacted positively to the first visual sign of activity at University of Limerick’s new city centre campus site. A giant purple banner, emblazoned with the message ‘Watch this space’ and the UL logo, was erected at the former Dunnes Stores at Honan’s Quay this Thursday afternoon …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 13 June]

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University of Limerick buys Dunnes Stores site for €8m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed the purchase of a former Dunnes Stores shopping centre in the city, which will form a key part in a €50 million campus development by the college. At a dinner in the five-star Adare Manor resort organised by the University of Limerick Foundation on Friday evening, the college’s president, Dr Des Fitzgerald, confirmed that contracts had been formally signed with Dunnes to acquire the 5,500sq m former shopping centre …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 24 May]

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Warm welcome for UL plan as more details of Limerick city campus revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been universal approval to the news the vacant Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Street is to be developed into a state-of-the art, multi-storey campus by the University of Limerick. It will says the university, become the home of a ‘very different educational experience’ in the heart of the city …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 11 April]

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UL to purchase vacant Dunnes Stores site in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A vacant Limerick city centre site is to be bought by the University of Limerick and developed into a city campus. The university will purchase the site, formerly occupied by Dunnes Stores, on Sarsfield Bridge for €8 milllion. Dr Des Fitzgerald, UL President, said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 April]

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UL president in stark warning over bus service as ‘major impediment’ to city campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UL president Des Fitzgerald has warned the quality of the bus service between Limerick and the college is a ‘major impediment’ to a new city centre campus. As revealed by the Leader, University of Limerick (UL) is finalising plans to open a new campus in the heart of the city, with sources suggesting it will be in the heart of the Project Opera site …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 22 February]

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University of Limerick records may need to be independently examined

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that thousands of students at the University of Limerick possibly received ‘understated’ degrees may need to be independently examined, members of the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) believe …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

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