UL President expects college to reopen in mid-June

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“University of Limerick (UL) President Des Fitzgerald has expressed his belief that the college will not reopen to students until mid-June, outlining that UL may host a field hospital on its campus if the health services are ‘overwhelmed’ by the demands of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 March]

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Coronavirus: University of Limerick likely to set up field hospital on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“University of Limerick is likely to host a field hospital on its campus should health services become overwhelmed from the coronavirus pandemic over the coming weeks. UL president Prof Des Fitzgerald said he expects it will be at least mid-June before the college reopens to students and the campus may be need to assist health services in the meantime …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 March]

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‘Dangerous levels of staff bullying’ alleged at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff at University of Limerick are reportedly being subjected to ‘bullying and harassment’ under what has been described as ‘dictatorship’ management within the university. The university’s union, UL-Unite, also stated in its February newsletter that members have claimed bullying has ‘escalated to a very dangerous level’, and is affecting the mental health of some staff …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 7 March]

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University of Limerick president says UL housing situation is ‘better than at any other university’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald has told staff and students that the current accommodation situation in the university is ‘better than any other university in Ireland’ and has pledged that the university ‘will do more’ to address the issue. In an email issued earlier this Thursday, he said …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 27 February]

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UCC students protesting against rent hikes believe they’ll be camped for another week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students camping out day and night in protest at proposed incoming rent hikes at accommodation owned by their university believe they will remain in their tents on-campus for at least another week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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University of Limerick defend decision requiring students to double-up in single rooms

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick have defended their decision to double-up some single rooms of their on-campus accommodation. In a statement the university said that the decision was taken ‘in an attempt to meet unprecedented demand in the shortest possible timeframe amid a national housing crisis’ …” (more)

[Ciarán Sunderland and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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‘We face an artful execution of not much’ – President of UL makes plea for rise in third-level funding by State

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has called on political parties to ‘make third-level funding a national priority’ and accused the outgoing government of cutting supports to the sector. Addressing students at the start of UL’s Winter Conferring ceremonies, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: ‘Let’s be honest, our universities are good, but not good enough’…” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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University of Limerick president warns quality of higher education system is ‘at risk’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares for a general election, University of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald has said there is a need to ‘clearly hear from the political parties as to what will be done to make third level funding a national priority’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 20 January]

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University of Limerick expenditure on flights revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick spent almost €100,000 on flights for its staff members during 2018, it has been revealed. Information regarding the 36 trips overseas amounting to €98,961.33 purchased by UL was obtained by the Limerick Leader under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 4 January]

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Industrial action ballot called off by University of Limerick union

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ballot for industrial action which was set to be put to University of Limerick staff this week has been called off. The decision was announced to over 200 members of the university’s union, UL-Unite, at an emergency meeting this Tuesday …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 11 December]

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President of University of Limerick confirms university’s restructuring plan is ‘paused’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL has confirmed that the current restructuring plan of the university is now ‘paused’ and acknowledged that ‘mistakes were made’ in the formulation of the plan. In an email addressed to colleagues in relation to the restructuring plan of the university’s schools and departments, Dr Des Fitzgerald said …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke and Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 6 December]

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University of Limerick staff to be balloted for industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick staff are set to be balloted for potential strike action next week as they reject UL’s Executive Committee’s offer for an extended consultation period for structural changes within the university’s schools and departments. On Monday, the Executive Committee, which is chaired by UL President Des Fitzgerald, informed staff via email that they are ‘more than happy’ to provide ‘additional time to facilitate collaborative debate’ on the proposed condensing of the university’s 24 schools and departments into 10 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 December]

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Academics pile pressure on UL president over structural reorganisation ahead of industrial ballot

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 University of Limerick staff members gathered at a public meeting earlier this week to discuss the university’s recent controversial restructural proposal. And it was followed this week by a letter signed by 50 professors at UL looking for the reorganisation proposals to be paused by the Governing body so they can ‘instruct that reorganisation proposals are only tabled after a thorough review of the academic structures’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 29 November]

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University of Limerick facing academic revolt over restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Management at University of Limerick (UL) is facing an academic revolt after 50 professors signed a letter calling for the suspension of restructuring at the college, which they said risks making it academically ‘not fit for purpose’. The university, which is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has published a plan to develop a new campus in the heart of Limerick city. It is aiming to cater for an additional 4,000 mostly postgraduate or international students …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Offer to house Lyric FM in UL by the university’s president still stands

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The offer to house classical radio station Lyric FM in the University of Limerick by its president still stands, Independent.ie understands. The president of the University of Limerick (UL) wrote to RTÉ’s director general offering to house Lyric FM in an attempt to save the classical radio station in September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 11 November]

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University of Limerick offered to accommodate RTÉ Lyric FM on-campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL wrote to RTÉ’s director general, offering to ‘help sustain’ Lyric FM and accommodate the station on campus, in late September, the Leader can exclusively reveal. Last week, RTÉ revealed that it will be shutting down its Limerick studios in 2020, and will split Lyric FM between Cork and Dublin, a move which has been criticised by politicians, public and staff …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 11 November]

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Ed Walsh admits ruthlessly rejecting proposals to increase UL presence in Limerick city

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick, Dr Ed Walsh, has said he was ‘ruthless’ in rejecting any proposals for a UL presence in Limerick city because he was determined to build up the campus in Plassey. Last week, UL finally unveiled its first base in the city centre, the former Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Street …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 9 November]

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New Clare UL Campus ‘Is Dependent’ On Limerick Northern Distributor Road

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says the future of their Strategic Development Zone in Clare is dependent on the Limerick Northern Distributor Road proceeding …” (more)

[clare.fm, 7 November]

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Plan to increase student numbers will boost local coffers by €30m

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has announced plans to increase student numbers by 4,000, bringing enrolments to 20,000 over the next five years. The midwest university will create 330 jobs, bringing staff numbers up to 1,930, to support the 25% increase in students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 November]

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Over 300 jobs announced as part of University of Limerick’s multi-million euro expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 staff jobs are to be created at University of Limerick (UL) as part of an ambitious five-year investment worth hundreds of millions of euro. At the launch of ‘UL@50’, UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald, along with former Tánaiste and UL Chancellor Mary Harney, jointly revealed plans to increase UL’s student population by 4,000 to 20,000 students per annum, and raise staff numbers by approximately 330 to 1,930 …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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