The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We are living in a world with a growing housing crisis around the student population; something that is troubling to young people, parents, and guardians as a problem once someone reaches third-level education …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and others, College Tribune, 23 November]

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‘Shatter the glass ceiling’: First woman university chief in Ireland on breakthrough role

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year Prof Kerstin Mey shattered one of the highest and hardest glass ceilings there is in Ireland. Her appointment as president of University of Limerick in July ended a 428-year tradition of men only running Irish universities. By her own admission, the full significance of it only sank in later …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Spike in Covid cases in Limerick linked to ‘student activity’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student activity and a​ ‘large outbreak’ at University Hospital Limerick are being cited as the primary reasons for a spike in cases of Covid-19 in Limerick. More than 460 cases of the disease have been reported across the city and county over the past two weeks with 85 being reported on Monday alone – the highest daily figure since the pandemic began …” (more)

[David Hurley and Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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UL lecturer discusses working from home

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Due to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines that higher education should be primarily online where possible, the vast majority of third-level institutions have moved online for not only this semester but the whole year. University of Limerick (UL) has decided to move the majority of courses online ‘minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities’ …” (more)

[Katie O’Donovan, Limerick Voice, 18 November]

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Student nurses still reaching for financial relief

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the fight for paid placements during the global Covid-19 crisis. The INMO has released a statement pleading with the government to reinstate the temporary HCA initiative, that was opened last March and ended shortly after …” (more)

[Caitlin Reddie, Limerick Voice, 11 November]

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Student union condemns ‘unsolicited’ gathering on University of Limerick campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) Student Union has condemned the ‘anti-social behaviour’ and ‘vandalism’ which arose from a large gathering on campus. There was, what was described as, a ‘large gathering’ between 11pm and 12am on Monday night at Maguire’s Fields, a €7m sports facility which was opened last year …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 11 November]

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DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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University of Limerick to continue ‘current academic delivery model’

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick have today confirmed that ‘in order to provide students and our wider UL community with greater certainty and to allow adequate time for planning, the decision has been taken to continue with the current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21 …'” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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UCC and CIT to benefit as €15m announced for campus upgrades

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are set to benefit from new funding announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Simon Harris has announced that €15m is to be given to higher education institutions for campus upgrade and infrastructure …” (more)

[Steve Nevillen, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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Students face a different connection issue: isolation

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Throughout 2020, work, education, and social lives have been moved online for the majority of the population of this country. Everyone will be familiar with connection issues at this stage; the Wi-Fi dropping, audio or video issues, computers crashing in the middle of important classes or meetings …” (more)

[Ciarán van Dam, Limerick Voice, 30 October]

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Limerick councillor in plea for respectful behaviour in estates around UL

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party councillor for Limerick City East, Elena Secas is making a strong plea to people for respectful behaviour in residential areas around UL ‘Residents in housing estates adjacent to UL have big concerns about quite large groups of people socializing in their area …'” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 18 October]

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Majority of UL to stay online ‘for rest of semester’

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this afternoon announced plans to continue its model of online class delivery for the remainder of the first semester. In an email distributed to students shortly after midday, Professor Nigel Healey, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, said …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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What is a college campus without its students?

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What does a university campus sound like without its 17,000 students? Well, apart from a student rolling the odd suitcase through otherwise deserted courtyards on their way to the bus stop, it’s pretty silent. I headed out to the University of Limerick (UL), my own alma mater, to see what a college campus looks like under the current Covid restrictions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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Universities caution it may not be possible to accommodate all impacted students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said there may not be places at the university for all of the students affected by errors in Leaving Certificate results. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Professor Kerstin Mey said while every effort will be made to accommodate additional students on their programmes, ‘it may not be possible to accommodate everyone’ …” (more)

[Justin McCarthy, RTÉ News, 4 October]

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Series of student parties shut down by gardaí this week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over the last week, a number of student gatherings have been shut down by An Garda Síochána. According to the Irish Times, Gardaí have shut down 35 ‘student house parties’ over Freshers’ Week at the University of Limerick (UL). Gardaí have also arrested five people as part of the policing plan around UL …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Gardaí shut down 35 house parties in Limerick, arrest 5 people

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have shut down 35 student house parties and arrested five people as part of a policing plan around Freshers Week at the University of Limerick. A Limerick joint policing committee meeting heard that 35 off-campus house parties have been shut down in the Castletroy area since last Sunday over coronavirus concerns …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 2 October]

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UL Will ‘Move Mountains’ To Accommodate Students Who Lost Out On Places Over Grade Errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick insists they’ll move mountains to accommodate students who missed out on a college place due to errors in the calculated grades system. A mistake on one line of code has led to around 6,500 students getting a poorer grade than they should, while it’s emerged that the same number received a higher grade …” (more)

[Clare FM, 2 October]

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UL president goes ‘on the beat’ to promote public health guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has gone ‘on the beat’ in conjunction with local garda patrols in the Castletroy area to hammer home the public health guidelines for students in the locality. President Kerstin Mey says it is an effort to be more visible and engage with students in off-campus accommodation to remind them of their personal responsibility for their own health and the health of the wider university community and their neighbours …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 30 September]

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Universities Show Leniency With Accommodation Refunds: Landlords Less So

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will partially refund student accommodation fees, following government restrictions limiting on-campus activity for the next fortnight. The decision was announced on the University’s Campus Life Twitter page, stating that while the accommodation was still open for those who wished to use it, students who decided not to would be refunded for the two week period in which government restrictions applied …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 29 September]

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