University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 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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University of Limerick concept images show potential development for city campus

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

Ireland“University of Limerick’s announcement to purchase the unoccupied former Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Street was met with positive response from local councillors as well as President of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Cian Reinhardt, Limerick Post, 9 April]

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University of Limerick purchase of Dunnes Stores site shows ‘power of people coming together’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The news of University of Limerick purchasing the vacant Dunnes Stores site in the city centre has lauded as an example of the ‘power of people coming together’ this weekend. UL’s president announced on Friday evening that its governing authority came to an agreement to purchase the site for €8m in order to incorporate it into its city campus …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 6 April]

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Staff at Limerick colleges get notice about new moves on co-operation

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

Ireland“All staff at University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate college have received communication this Friday from the three presidents informing them that an Oxford professor is to help the three colleges facilitate ‘maximum co-operation’ …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 5 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 warns over challenges despite €7m surplus

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick warns that it is facing a challenge over the sustainability of its finances, despite recording a surplus of almost €7m in the year to the end of Sept 2017. New accounts filed by the college show it recorded a surplus of €6.89m in the 12-month period – an annual increase of 5.3%. In a financial report, UL’s chief operating officer and registrar Gerry O’Brien said …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Joint Mary I-University of Limerick degree axed over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college degree which allowed students to study at both Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick has been scrapped after just two years. The two colleges have this week confirmed the axing of the joint BA liberal arts degree, blaming cost, a lack of funding and ‘complex logistics in terms of mobility and scheduling’ …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 15 March]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Limerick landlords considering CCTV over student house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Landlords are considering installing CCTV at their properties in Limerick due to a series of ‘destructive house parties’ that took place during Charity Week. Several properties in Castletroy have been left ‘destroyed’, with almost 150 people ‘herded’ out of one house party in College Court during the early hours of last Tuesday morning, it is understood …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 March]

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Influential University of Limerick academic and former Senator Noel Mulcahy passes away

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A founding academic of University of Limerick, who acted as an advisory to the Government to introduce free education, has passed away. Prof Noel William Mulcahy served as vice-president of the former National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick – now University of Limerick – as well as serving as the institute’s dean of Engineering and Science in the 1980s …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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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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Tutors at University of Limerick withdraw their services in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 February]

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Call for bus lane on UL campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler has called on the University of Limerick to introduce a bus lane on its campus. This is following continued frustration with the local bus service especially the 304 bus services and a recent meeting the Raheen-based councillor had with Bus Éireann …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 7 February]

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Held to account: Second University of Limerick president given a torrid time at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few hours after the day’s business got under way at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in Leinster House last week, there was a controlled explosion in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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UL whistleblowers ‘thrown under the bus’ while those involved were ‘rewarded’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A number of issues were put to the University of Limerick president in private last week in relation to two UL whistleblowers, who raised issues about financial practices at the university more than three years ago. The two staff members, known as Persons B and C, have yet to return to work despite their suspension from the university being lifted in November 2017 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 3 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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PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

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

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 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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