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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UL president asked to write to Garda Commissioner over report findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has been formally asked to write to the Garda Commissioner to ask if the findings of a report that was highly critical of the university should be investigated for fraud. Last Thursday, Dr Des Fitzgerald, appeared before the Dáil Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) over a number of long-running controversies related to the HR and finance departments at the university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

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

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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UL students may have got wrong exam results, PAC hears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period of many years. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday heard of serious concerns over the reliability of UL’s student records system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Dept of Education examining recoupment of money from institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Secretary General of the Department of Education has told the Public Accounts Committee that it is examining ways to recoup money from higher education institutions where breaches of governance have been identified. Seán Ó Foghlú was appearing before the committee following a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) published last November …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 January]

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University of Limerick president faces questions on accuracy of results at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, is expected to face questions from TDs this Thursday about concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Alan English and Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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University of Limerick failed to tell the truth about severance deals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president, Dr Des Fitzgerald has acknowledged that there were ‘serious failures’ when the university ‘misrepresented’ information given to State bodies about severance packages given to two employees …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 28 November]

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Public Accounts Committee requests ‘full details’ on UL employees that raised concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s spending watchdog has called on the University of Limerick to clarify the current employment status of staff members who first raised concerns about financial practices at the University …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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University of Limerick students ‘undeterred’ in direct provision campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are ‘undeterred’ from their campaign to end the university’s connection with a direct provision service provider after it distributed leaflets on campus defending its services …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 12 November]

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University of Limerick named Irish University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been named Irish University of the Year for 2019. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has ranked UL as the country’s best university for the second time in five years. Factors such as UL’s graduate employability and internship programme were highlighted by the judges, as well as the university’s new €31m Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 2 November]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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UL has the highest proportion of women at senior levels

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has the highest proportion of women at senior levels of academia, new figures show. 31% of professors at UL are female, the highest percentage in the country and 10% than the average of 21% across the Irish University sector …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 12 August]

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