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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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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University of Limerick staff ‘groping in the dark for certainty’ amidst UL@50 changes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick staff member has described how employees were ‘ambushed’ with plans of structural change within the university. This week it was revealed that industrial action could be taken in response to the restructuring of the university’s four main faculties under UL’s new strategic plan, UL@50 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 22 November]

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Exam Mills

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDrivetime‘s John Cooke talks to students in UL about exam mills, and Deirdre Stritch, programme manager with QQI, talks to Mary about the new rules that have been introduced to clamp down on academic cheating …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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University of Limerick staff set to be balloted over industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Union members at the University of Limerick (UL) look set to be balloted for industrial action and have been warned against co-operating with key strategic projects management are seeking to roll out over what union officials have described as an absence of ‘proper consultation’ …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Hundreds of UL lecturers and staff to be balloted on industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of UNITE union members at the University of Limerick (UL) are to be balloted on industrial action up to and including strike action. A letter seeking a formal ballot across all UL-UNITE staff grades was sent to the trade union’s headquarters earlier this week, Limerick Voice has learned …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon and Eoghan Moloney, Limerick Voice, 16 November]

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UL a priceless engine of social and economic development

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sometimes to see something’s importance, you must imagine its lack. Imagine the University of Limerick was never fought for by a group of committed activists. Imagine the university was never developed over four decades by a group of visionary academics and administrators. Imagine the university was never there, just another series of housing estates in Castletroy, catering for the middle classes of the region. What potential would we have lost? …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, Limerick Leader, 12 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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University of Limerick’s original trailblazer looks back with pride, 50 years on

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At just 29, he seemed absurdly young to be given the job of leading Limerick towards university status – but anyone underestimating Ed Walsh was mistaken. Before we sit down to talk, he shows me around his period residence a couple of miles outside Newport …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 10 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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Plans for UL campus in Limerick city announced

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Emma O’Kelly, Education Correspondent, reports that the UL has announced a city centre campus to accommodate 2000 students on the banks of The Shannon.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 4 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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UL students react to brand refresh

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick have been reacting to the new brand refresh. Earlier this week the university launched its first re-brand since 1989 …” (more, video)

[Katie Martin, Limerick Voice, 24 October]

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€100k UL Rebrand Sparks Controversy, With Petition Against ‘Classless’ Logo

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversy has flared up in the University of Limerick (UL) after the college revealed its new logo amid a rebranding effort that’s costing around €100,000. Students have launched a petition calling on the college to scrap the ‘childish, sloppy, and classless’ redesign and restore the college’s colours of maroon, gold and navy after they were changed to a new forest green and lime green get-up …” (more)

[Ana Bravo, University Times, 22 October]

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UL Student Health Centre issues advice to take against mumps and flu risks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Due to increased mumps activity on University of Limerick campus, the Student Health Centre has issued advice on Wednesday afternoon for students. In an email sent campus-wide, Clinical Nurse Manager Claire Kearns said that there has been a number of mumps cases on college campuses in Ireland and this is due to a possibility of a low uptake of the relevant vaccine in the 1990s …” (more)

[Kathleen O’Sullivan, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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