No record of independent valuation on the €8m site bought by University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There are no records of the University of Limerick getting an independent valuation of the former Dunnes Stores site it spent €8m on in 2019, raising questions about oversight and governance of the purchase …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 9 May]

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UL rebrand costs reach €172,000

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of the rebranding of University of Limerick (UL) has now risen to more than €172,000 in the past two years. It comes as UL returned to the black with a surplus of €3.9m amid the Covid-19 closure of the campus, according to new consolidated accounts. The university spent a combined €86,670 on ‘brand refresh’ and ‘brand implementation’ programmes last year. That amount followed a spend of €85,453 on the brand refresh project in 2019 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ceased funding overtime for six gardai who had been conducting COVID-19 patrols and checkpoints in areas off-campus and frequented by UL students, which were introduced following a massive off-campus street party held in breach of public health guidelines, last March …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Limerick Post, 21 April]

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UL students to be offered anti-racism training in response to alleged racist incidents on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are to be offered anti-racism training as part of their orientation, in response to a series of racist attacks on the campus. It comes after a series of reported racist attacks on international students, including one incident where a woman reportedly had her hijab forcibly removed …” (more)

[Erin Dyer, Limerick Voice, 21 April]

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UL sanctions students over public order incident

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has sanctioned a number of students who have been officially reported and investigated and found to have broken the institution’s code of conduct relating to the current Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 April]

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University of Limerick to trial Covid-19 day pass

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The widespread return of students to the University of Limerick’s campus has edged a bit closer with the introduction of a new symptom tracker. For the next three weeks, students attending on campus to use the library or attend lectures will be asked to complete a day-pass form to allow access …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 17 April]

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UL announces ‘major goal’ of all students returning to campus for 21-22 academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President of the University of Limerick, Professor Nigel Healey, has said ‘it is our very strong hope and a major goal that the next Academic Year 2021/22 will see all of us back on campus’. In an email sent to UL students this morning, Dr Healey paid tribute to ‘an extraordinary academic year, dominated by genuinely inspiring examples of resilience, tenacity and innovation from you, our student body, and from our hugely committed staff community’ …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 14 April]

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UL ‘examining options’ in bid to get more students back on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has announced they are ‘working on measures to facilitate a more normal return to campus’. ‘As a result of the close ties between UL and Public Health Mid-West we were in a position to act swiftly at the first signs of an increase of cases among students living off-campus’, UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said …” (more)

[Ciara Mannion, Limerick Voice, 12 April]

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UL announces Covid-19 Day Pass plan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick are carrying out a three week trial of a Covid-19 Day Pass Portal for students attending face-to-face teaching and with a booking to access the library …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 7 April]

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University of Limerick gets five-star rating in global ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has achieved the highest possible standard in the new QS Stars Rating System, the only university in Ireland to achieve this in 2021. UL joins an exclusive group of universities worldwide to receive the overall five-star status in the ranking, which is considered one of the most influential and credible ratings for universities globally …” (more)

[James Cox, BreakingNews.ie, 6 April]

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Students ‘do not need’ to be living near University of Limerick says garda chief

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Limerick garda division has questioned the need for so many students to be living near the University of Limerick during the pandemic. Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche says a number of students have moved from elsewhere in the city into off-campus accommodation in Castletroy …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 8 March]

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Gardaí target landlords to address anti-social behaviours in Limerick student town

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Landlords of properties rented to students in Castletroy, Limerick, where house parties have come under the spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic are to be targeted in a joint operation coordinated by Limerick City and County Council and gardaí …” (more)

[David Raleigh, BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]

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Single outbreak of Covid-19 among students led to more than 400 cases in over 200 households

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A single outbreak of Covid-19 among students in the west of the country led to 442 further cases in over 200 separate household outbreaks. Speaking at Thursday evening’s Department of Health briefing on Covid-19, HSE West Public Health Director Dr Breda Smyth said of those 442 cases, 179 were linked to multiple household clusters, where there were multiple households involved …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 4 March]

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Why is the UL party not getting the RTÉ party treatment?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s good journalistic practice, as a general rule, to ask a person for comment before you write about them. But before sitting down to write this piece, last night, the only question that this writer could think to ask acting President of the University of Limerick, Kerstin May, was this: Have you lost your mind? …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 4 March]

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Street Party Linked to UL Students ‘Completely Unacceptable’, Says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has described a party held by students in the University of Limerick (UL) as ‘completely unacceptable’ and a ‘slap in the face to everyone sacrificing so much’. Over 50 fines have been issued to students of the University of Limerick (UL) after coronavirus restrictions were breached during a street party in Castletroy yesterday, according to RTÉ News …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 3 March]

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Businesses in Castletroy frustrated as students breach public health advice

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Businesses in Castletroy have for years reaped profits from the large student community attending the University of Limerick (UL). With many operators struggling under the weight of almost a year of Covid-19 restrictions, there was frustration after scores of students gathered in breach of public health advice for a party on Carysfort Avenue on Tuesday …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Union of Students in Ireland statement

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland joins with the vast majority of students in Ireland, including most in Limerick, in expressing distress at the scenes posted on social media last night. USI has heard from many students today who are disappointed and upset by the incidents that took place in Limerick yesterday evening …” (more)

[USI, 3 March]

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Students who attended Limerick street party face immediate suspension UL warns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed it is conducting an investigation to identify any UL students who took part in a large gathering in Castletroy on Tuesday night. It says the gathering, which has generated considerable anger and outrage, represents a serious breach of both the public health restrictions and the institutional code of conduct …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 March]

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UL President says action will be taken following street party in Limerick estate

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick says it will take action with strong disciplinary measures against any student who is found to have breached public health guidelines following last night’s street party in Castletroy. Three people were arrested and around 30 fines were issued after gardai attended the public order incident at Carysfort Avenue, College Court …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 March]

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Gardai confirm arrests as UL bosses to hold breakfast meeting over Limerick ‘party’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have made three arrests and issued 30 fixed payment notices after dozens of students held a ‘street party’ in Limerick. Officers have also launched a probe to identify the organisers of the event, which saw fireworks set off, outdoor drinking taking place and bottles smashed on the ground in Castletroy …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 March]

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