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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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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