University of Limerick issue warning for all students before ‘RAG week’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rag week is about to begin in Limerick and the students union has issued guidelines on how to behave. With heavy drinking the standard procedure at Rag weeks the students union has set out a number hefty fines for breaking the guidelines …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, Irish Mirror, 18 February]

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UL receives ‘no complaints’ over College Court house party

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed that it has not received any complaints in relation to a house party in neighbouring College Court that was reportedly attended by upwards of 400 people and spiralled ‘out of control’. However, Gardaí at Henry Street have confirmed that they are investigating the incident, video footage of which is circulating online …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 30 January]

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Minister due to meet University of Limerick whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A meeting with the Minister for Education has been scheduled for the coming weeks with three whistleblowers associated with the University of Limerick’s finance department, who staged a sit-in at the Department of Education in Dublin this week. An exact date has been scheduled with the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, which will possibly be brought forward if he is in Limerick before that date …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 January]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers stage sit-in at Department

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trio say they are are ‘not prepared to wait any longer’ for resolution. Three whistleblowers in the University of Limerick’s finance department are continuing their sit-in at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin this Monday afternoon …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 January]

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Department of Education occupied over UL claims ‘inaction’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A group of protesters says it has occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin to highlight ‘inaction’ regarding allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The five individuals, who include at least three people who worked in the college’s finance department, are seeking an independent investigation into concerns over irregular expenses claims and human resources issues …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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University of Limerick set to come under spotlight of Public Accounts Committee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee is set to examine the University of Limerick in the new year on a number of financial and governance issues. The examination of spending in at least four third-level institutions across the country before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been delayed this year, due to hearings in relation to Nama and Project Eagle over the last six weeks …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 22 December]

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Concern as University of Limerick drops psychotherapy course

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick’s decision to cut its postgraduate diploma and Masters programmes in psychotherapy has been criticised by leading psychotherapists in the region. A spokesperson for UL has confirmed to the Limerick Leader that it did not accept students on to either programme in the 2016/17 academic year as its running costs were ‘unsustainably high’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 20 December]

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University of Limerick working with HSE after ‘outbreak’ of STIs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has said it is working closely with the HSE following ‘an outbreak’ of sexually transmitted diseases on campus. An email which warned ‘urgent alert to all students’ was issued to the student population by the UL Student Health Centre advising of ‘an outbreak of Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia on campus’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 December]

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€7.2m in art held by University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Artwork and other artefacts held by the University of Limerick have been valued at €7.26m, but they will not be disposed of for financial gain. The disclosure was made in the most recent set of consolidated financial accounts for the year ending September 2015 …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 24 November]

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Enda Kenny is a ‘tough nut to crack’, says student in UL

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘He’s a tough nut to crack, that Enda Kenny fella.’ Killarney engineering graduate, Donal Foley gave this frank assessment after a face-to-face with the Taoiseach on third-level funding, when Mr Kenny visited the University of Limerick yesterday …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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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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Student protest greets Enda Kenny visit to University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One hundred students protested against annual third level fees as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived via garda escort at University of Limerick. Students representing a number of campus societies, including youth wing political parties, grouped together, chanting and raising their placards, while eagerly awaiting An Taoiseach’s arrival …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 21 November]

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Whistleblower refused meeting with UL president and chancellor

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The original whistleblower in the ongoing University of Limerick expenses saga has been refused a meeting with both the president of UL and the chancellor of its governing authority board …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 19 November]

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Protest at Dail Eireann over UL whistleblowers case

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former staff of the University of Limerick attended a protest outside the Dail this Wednesday to highlight the case of two women, suspended with pay, from the finance department for over 17 months. They were supported outside the Dail by deputies Willie O’Dea and Niall Collins, who previously raised their case in the Dail …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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University Governance – University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandWillie O’Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action his Department will take to deal with the serious issues raised in relation to corporate governance and HR at the University of Limerick (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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State considers response to ‘complex’ and costly UL saga

Posted in Legal issues on November 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former employees of the University of Limerick are preparing to protest outside the Dail in the coming weeks to highlight the plight of two staff members in the finance department, who remain suspended for 17 months and counting with pay. In a statement to the Limerick Leader this week, the Department of Education has said that the issues in the ongoing case involving suspended whistleblowers at UL are ‘complex’ and require ‘careful consideration’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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Third Level Facilities – Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the urgent need for a new library building at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, in view of the fact that the current building is wholly inadequate for the current student population of over 3,400 with a student-to-seat ratio of 16:1; the timeframe for the provision of capital funding for this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Former Irish Daily Star editor appointed Adjunct Professor of Journalism at UL

Posted in Teaching on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has appointed former editor and Managing Director of The Irish Daily Star, Ger Colleran as Adjunct Professor of Journalism. Mr Colleran will give master classes to UL’s Journalism and New Media students as part of his new role …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 October]

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University of Limerick founding president tackles core issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Founding president says some of the UL governors ‘know sweet damn all about universities’. After weeks of thought-provoking discussions in the Limerick Civic Trust’s autumn lecture series, the founding president of University of Limerick Dr Ed Walsh recently delivered an in-depth, hour-long talk on Ireland’s most topical issues, marking the end of the programme …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 23 October]

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Third Level Facilities – A Library for Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make funding available to Mary Immaculate College in Limerick for the purpose of developing library facilities as the building currently accommodates 210 study places for over 3,400 students attending the college; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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