UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 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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UL makes sabbatical payment settlement of €186,000

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) made a €186,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners after the public spending watchdog raised an issue about how the college remunerated staff on sabbatical leave …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ryan Nugent, Independent, 31 March]

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HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent over €75,000 so far probing how the University of Limerick handled whistleblowers’ claims about irregular expense claims and ensuing industrial relations problems. Two of the whistleblowers who raised concerns about claims have been suspended since early 2015, and the third is a former employee who left UL in 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 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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Higher Education Authority – UL Staff

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on his meeting with the University of Limerick whistleblowers; the feedback provided to them; the course of action he now plans to follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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University of Limerick forced to cancel sexual consent workshops over lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick was forced to cancel its planned workshops on sexual consent for students recently – after only a few people signed up to attend …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 March]

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Students warned to behave for Rag week at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are being reminded that there is a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards antisocial behaviour during Charity Week, which got underway on Monday. The students’ union issued the guidelines in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, which outline the hefty fines for offenders ahead of the famous party week …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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‘No Weenz’: Warnings for UL students ahead of Rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the University of Limerick’s annual charity week set to begin in a matter of days, the college’s student’s union has issued a series of guidelines to students. Charity week – previously named Rag week – has been a cause for bad publicity for students at UL on occasion over the years, with students often drinking heavily and engaging in anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 22 February]

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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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