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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HEA to pay out €80k over University of Limerick dispute

Posted in Legal issues on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has spent nearly €80,000 in attempting a resolve a long-running dispute at the University of Limerick, concerning the allegations of two whistleblowers and other claims by former staff …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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How University of Limerick expenses claims sparked row

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Controversy over the University of Limerick’s (UL) handling of misconduct allegations first surfaced when three people who had worked in the college’s finance department raised concerns over irregular expenses claims …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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UL rejects calls for independent inquiry into misconduct allegations

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has rejected calls by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to establish an independent inquiry into more than a dozen allegations of misconduct at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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University of Limerick appoints senior UCD academic as new president

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

Ireland“Prof Des Fitzgerald, a vice-president of UCD and of the country’s highest paid academics, is set to be appointed as the new president of University of Limerick. The appointment sends a strong signal that UL is seeking to boost its research capacity and move up in world university rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 October]

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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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Colleges cannot afford to build student housing

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

Ireland“Restrictive borrowing costs are preventing third-level colleges from building student accommodation. UL said the cost of capital is the single biggest issue. But the Department of Finance believes it could fall foul of EU state-aid rules if it offers tax breaks or other incentives to make it more affordable for universities to build complexes themselves …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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New €68m medical research centre to open in Galway

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new centre for medical device research representing a unique partnership between Irish universities and industry is opening in NUI Galway. The Cúram centre represents a €68 million investment in medtech research. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry players have invested €49 million over six years to the project …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Limerick’s MIC to invest €21m in new library build

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mary Immaculate College is to invest over €21m in building a new library on its campus at the South Circular Road. Plans due to be lodged with Limerick City and County Council reveal that the current library – opened in 1976 – will be demolished in stages to allow the new 4,955 square metre building to be built …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 29 August]

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Colleges creating ‘elite courses with small numbers’ says Limerick principal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increased demand for courses is ‘reflective of the ongoing recovery of the economy’, according to local third level institutions, in light of the CAO figures this week. A significant increase in demand for programmes relating to environment, science, technology and business were seen at University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 26 August]

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Limerick’s third level colleges ‘should have public bike scheme’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New docking points for Limerick’s public bike scheme should be introduced at UL, LIT and the Crescent Shopping Centre. That’s the view of Senator Maria Byrne, who says that although 215 bicycles are available across the city at 23 different locations more are needed …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 19 August]

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UCC receives Athena Swan award for gender equality commitment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the third Irish university after Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick to receive an Athena Swan award. The award recognises academic institutions for their commitment to gender equality …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Huge housing shortage for UL students

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

Ireland“‘Unprecedented demand’ for student accommodation in Limerick has led the university to appeal to homeowners and landlords to come forward and advertise available rooms. UL provides over 2,600 student bedrooms on campus and lists over 1,000 rooms in off campus housing …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 August]

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University of Limerick damaging its own hard-won reputation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick owes its former employee Leona O’Callaghan an apology. Any reasonable person assessing the facts of her situation will reach that conclusion. UL’s continuing refusal to admit that it failed her in any way shames the university. Those are strong words, and as a UL graduate I regret having to write them on the front page of a newspaper that has highlighted the university’s many achievements for more than 40 years. But what’s wrong is wrong …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 8 July]

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‘I can’t take any more’: University of Limerick whistleblower

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the key whistleblowers in the finance department at the University of Limerick has said she cannot allow matters at UL to consume any more of her life, and is walking away from the process following the latest move by the Higher Education Authority. After commissioning an independent review into policies and procedures at UL through Mazars – published in February – it is understood that the HEA is now examining the possibility of appointing a ‘facilitator’ to further examine issues of conflict …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 July]

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Protest over suspended UL staff ‘will go to Dail next’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After mounting a protest outside the gates of the University of Limerick, former staff now plan to bring their protest to the Dail and the offices of the Higher Education Authority in Dublin. The group are seeking to highlight the suspension of two female staff members of UL’s finance department over a year ago, and the failure to reinstate them in their positions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 June]

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Protest at UL to highlight suspension of finance staff

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of former University of Limerick employees, concerned staff and others will be mounting a peaceful protest at the UL gates this Wednesday morning to highlight the suspension of two staff members more than a year ago …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 21 June]

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