Less space for more books at new €31 million UL Glucksman library

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“A book vault that can store half a million volumes in little more than a tenth of the space occupied by conventional shelving is one of the stand-out features of the new Glucksman Library that was officially opened last Friday. The Automated Reserve Collection (ARC) comprises of a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane that will allow UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, to be returned to campus …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 25 June]

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Inside University of Limerick’s €31m library transformation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of bookworms, students and digital researchers will soon experience a unique lounge atmosphere, thanks to the much-anticipated €31m library transformation at University of Limerick. A number of eminent figures attended the launch of the Glucksman Library 7,600 squaremetre expansion, which now optimises student space, specialist facilities, acoustics and research zones …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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University of Limerick’s long-running whistleblower dispute remains unresolved, despite reports

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick’s long-running dispute with two whistleblowers who were suspended from their jobs in the finance department three years ago this month remains unresolved – despite reports this week of a financial settlement being reached …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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University of Limerick president’s commitment to the city welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fail Cllr James Collins has welcomed a commitment from University of Limerick president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald that the college is still eyeing up the city. But he has urged action on the bus corridor between the campus in Castletroy, and has also raised the question over the future potential use of the Horizon Mall site at the Dublin Road …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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UL to offer scholarships worth €1.8 million to refugees and asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has announced that it will offer 15 new undergraduate scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers starting in September. This is in addition to 15 one-year mature student access certificate scholarships, which were first introduced last year for people living in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 20 June]

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UL makes settlements of up to €150,000 with whistleblowers

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) has made financial settlements in the region of €150,000 with three key whistleblowers who highlighted a series of allegations over the misspending of taxpayers’ money. The move followed mediation talks and the publication of an independent report which vindicated some of their allegations regarding the university’s finance, human resources and governance policies …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 June]

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UL’s state-of-the-art sports campus benefits from €7 million investment

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick’s already state-of-the-art sports campus is to be enhanced further with the completion of a €7 million development project at Maguire’s Field and the renewal of the college’s outdoor athletics track …” (more)

[Colm Kinsella, Limerick Leader, 11 June]

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Parents swaying children with ‘outdated’ career-choice views

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Parents are too often influencing their children to choose careers and college courses based on outdated information about the world of work, a university president has warned. Dr Des Fitzgerald, president of University of Limerick, said the top graduate earnings and job prospects were in areas such as Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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University of Limerick to ban smoking and vaping across all campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Smoking and vaping anywhere on the University of Limerick campus will be banned from Friday June 1, the University has announced today. This ban applies to all University campuses and includes the use of all electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars and electronic pipes, whether they deliver a nicotine dose or not …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 29 May]

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University of Limerick moves a step closer to Sports Arena extension

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2018 by steve

“Long-standing plans to build new sports facilities at the University of Limerick Sports Arena moved a step closer this week, as the university signals its intent to apply for planning permission for an ambitious climbing wall project …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 19 May]

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Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College announces new president

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2018 by steve

“Mary Immaculate College has appointed Professor Eugene Wall as its new president. Professor Wall, who has been the acting president of MIC since January 2017, has now been appointed as the next MIC president. ‘I am delighted and greatly honoured to have been appointed as President of Mary Immaculate College’, Prof Wall said. …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 May]

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University of Limerick to begin major review into management structures

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick is to begin a major review into management structures at the university, as recommended by a series of reports into controversies around finance, HR and governance which were first revealed by the Limerick Leader. The review of the university’s management structures, which will focus on HR policies and procedures, is to begin at the university next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 11 May]

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University of Limerick president says not everyone will be ‘satisfied’ with mediation

Posted in Legal issues on May 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThe President of the University of Limerick has warned that he has done all he can do to address issues raised during ongoing mediation, ‘notwithstanding the fact that not everyone may be satisfied with the final outcome’. A mediation process, led by the former head of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey, is currently underway for ‘those who have grievances’ with the university, according to Dr Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 May]

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New members appointed to UL Governing Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has appointed two new members to its Governing Authority. Grainne Barron, chief executive of Viddyad, a video technology platform, and Dr Garret FitzGerald, McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, have been appointed to the authority by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 April]

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Doctor to take UL to High Court after mediation fails

Posted in Legal issues on April 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A dotor at the University of Limerick who claims he was effectively forced out of his post after 15 years has said he will file High Court defamation proceedings against UL later this month, after a mediation process ended in failure this week – ‘almost just after it began’ …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 15 April]

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First look at new sports facilities planned for University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new glass-fronted climbing wall looks set to be built at the University of Limerick as the UL Governing Authority gives its stamp of approval to the project. The proposed climbing wall is one of the new student facilities expected to be constructed at the university through the introduction of the new student levy …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 14 April]

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UL President Sees Huge Potential In ‘New Town’ Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The UL President has talked up the benefits to South-East Clare of a new town that is to be developed there. The ambitious plan, unveiled this week by Clare County Council, comes with the promise of 3,500 jobs and was unanimously supported by Councillors …” (more)

[Clare FM, 11 April]

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‘New town’ planned for Clare side of UL campus has capacity to generate 3,500 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has thrown its support behind a proposal to build a ‘new town’ on the Clare side of its campus, which it is claimed has the capacity to generate at least 3,500 jobs. Clare County Council is seeking government approval to designate the UL campus in County Clare and its hinterland as the South Clare Economic Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) – which it claims will be will be “Europe’s first 21st Century University Town” …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 10 April]

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University of Limerick settles with whistleblower who raised first concerns

Posted in Legal issues on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has agreed a settlement with Leona O’Callaghan, a former member of its finance department who said her position became unsustainable after she questioned expenses claimed by senior UL staff, including the delivery of a fitted kitchen …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 6 April]

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UL plan for student accommodation includes 4-star hotel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Major development plans have been drawn up by the University of Limerick (UL) to construct a 200-bedroom four-star hotel and additional student residential accommodation on its riverside campus, The Irish Times has learned. The hotel, subject to planning, will be utilised during the summer periods from May to August, when most of the UL student population is on holidays …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 April]

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