University of Limerick spent close to €1.5m on legal fees with firm Arthur Cox

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick spent over €2 million in legal fees in the past decade, with Dublin-based firm Arthur Cox receiving nearly €1.5 million. Figures released to the Limerick Leader under a Freedom of Information request show that …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 July]

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Former University of Limerick president honoured with civic reception

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over 20 years ago Don Barry pulled into a garage in Limerick while en route to his first job interview in the University of Limerick. ‘I suppose you’re here for the big match?’ asked the man at the petrol pumps. But Barry conceded he ‘hadn’t a clue what he was talking about’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 13 May]

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University of Limerick service provider paid €209,000 settlement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A service provider to the University of Limerick received a settlement of €209,600 after a complaint of bullying was made against him by another staff member. UL president, professor Don Barry said that this case – which was disclosed in its recent set of consolidated financial accounts, for the year ending September 2015 – was ‘not next, nigh or near the finance division’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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Suspended UL employees raised concerns about expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two people who raised concerns about expenses claims at University of Limerick remain suspended on full pay, two years after making a complaint of bullying, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. Senior University of Limerick staff, including outgoing president Prof Don Barry and director of finance John Field, were questioned on the university’s financial accounts at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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University of Limerick goes before the Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senior representatives of the University of Limerick will be examined across a number of financial issues before the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House in Dublin this Thursday afternoon. Witnesses from UL who have been called upon to answer questions by the committee include …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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World-class research centre opens at University of Limerick

Posted in Research on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New drugs, better batteries and new materials are just a few of the discoveries expected to emerge from a €86 million investment in a new research institute at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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New University of Limerick president announced

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Desmond Fitzgerald, a vice president at UCD is to succeed Professor Don Barry as the President of University of Limerick next May. The Chancellor of the University of Limerick, Mr Justice John Murray, made the announcement this Thursday …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 6 October]

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Search has already begun for next UL president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The search has already commenced for the next president of the University of Limerick, even though president Don Barry’s successor will not take office for another 18 months …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 January]

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UL targets international students in effort to improve ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) says it will boost its international student cohort by 60% in the next five years in an ambitious plan to climb further up the university rankings. In the strategic plan published on Friday, the university sets out as one of its top priorities ‘raising international profile’ which has a direct impact on global rankings …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 September]

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UL president denies claims of ‘hush money’ paid to staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has dismissed as untrue claims that two staff members who raised concerns about alleged irregularities in expenses payments to staff at the institution were offered ‘hush money’ …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Minister O’Sullivan launches University of Limerick’s Strategic Plan 2015-2019, ‘Broadening Horizons’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Barry, members of the Governing Authority, staff, students and guests, I am delighted to have been asked to come to UL this morning to officially launch the University’s new Strategic Plan for the period 2015 to 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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Munster Rugby to develop new training centre at UL

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Munster Rugby and the University of Limerick have signed an agreement on the location of Munster’s new single training centre. Construction has commenced on the new facility, which will be located adjacent to the existing UL Arena …” (more)

[Kathy Masterson, Limerick Post, 11 September]

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University of Limerick named University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2014 by steve

“The University of Limerick has been named ‘University of the Year 2015’ in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. UL’s leading position in graduate employability, strong research commercialisation, the €52 million Bernal Project in science and engineering and a rising academic performance were among the reasons for the Award …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 26 September]

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University of Limerick president vows to deliver on major infrastructure plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2014 by steve

“What’s good for society is good for business, more than 200 business leaders, sports stars and philanthropists were told at the University of Limerick President’s Dinner 2014 …” (more)

[Independent, 19 May]

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LIT, UL and MIC sign up to new ‘strategic alliance’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2014 by steve

“Plans for a massive student village in the city centre have taken a step closer this week with the signing of a new strategic alliance between LIT, UL and MIC …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 8 May]

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UL students fail to approve levy for €16.5m projects

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed disappointment that the student levy referendum to approve €16.5m worth of new developments on campus has failed to pass for a second time …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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Top author takes creative writing chair at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2014 by steve

“Bestselling author Joseph O’Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 17 February]

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‘Town meets gown’ in UL plan for city centre campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Limerick’s plans to develop a city centre campus will see 500 students based full-time in the heart of the city …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 14 December]

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LIT and Mary Immaculate support city centre student village

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“Limerick looks set to be literally rejuvenated with all three third-level institutions ready to collaborate on a major plan for a student village in the city centre …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 13 December]

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