University of Limerick expenditure on flights revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick spent almost €100,000 on flights for its staff members during 2018, it has been revealed. Information regarding the 36 trips overseas amounting to €98,961.33 purchased by UL was obtained by the Limerick Leader under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 4 January]

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Industrial action ballot called off by University of Limerick union

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

Ireland“The ballot for industrial action which was set to be put to University of Limerick staff this week has been called off. The decision was announced to over 200 members of the university’s union, UL-Unite, at an emergency meeting this Tuesday …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 11 December]

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President of University of Limerick confirms university’s restructuring plan is ‘paused’

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

Ireland“The President of UL has confirmed that the current restructuring plan of the university is now ‘paused’ and acknowledged that ‘mistakes were made’ in the formulation of the plan. In an email addressed to colleagues in relation to the restructuring plan of the university’s schools and departments, Dr Des Fitzgerald said …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke and Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 6 December]

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University of Limerick staff to be balloted for industrial action next week

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

Ireland“University of Limerick staff are set to be balloted for potential strike action next week as they reject UL’s Executive Committee’s offer for an extended consultation period for structural changes within the university’s schools and departments. On Monday, the Executive Committee, which is chaired by UL President Des Fitzgerald, informed staff via email that they are ‘more than happy’ to provide ‘additional time to facilitate collaborative debate’ on the proposed condensing of the university’s 24 schools and departments into 10 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 December]

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Academics pile pressure on UL president over structural reorganisation ahead of industrial ballot

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 University of Limerick staff members gathered at a public meeting earlier this week to discuss the university’s recent controversial restructural proposal. And it was followed this week by a letter signed by 50 professors at UL looking for the reorganisation proposals to be paused by the Governing body so they can ‘instruct that reorganisation proposals are only tabled after a thorough review of the academic structures’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 29 November]

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University of Limerick facing academic revolt over restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Management at University of Limerick (UL) is facing an academic revolt after 50 professors signed a letter calling for the suspension of restructuring at the college, which they said risks making it academically ‘not fit for purpose’. The university, which is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has published a plan to develop a new campus in the heart of Limerick city. It is aiming to cater for an additional 4,000 mostly postgraduate or international students …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 November]

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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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