UL Students Cannot Be Left Out Of Pocket Because Of COVID-19 – Carey

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Clare’s Fine Gael TD insists students at the University of Limerick cannot be left out of pocket with accommodation bills due to the coronavirus. UL’s governing body is to consider issuing partial refunds to students, following the example of other colleges including University College Cork, after being shut down due to the virus pandemic …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 April]

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UL students demand accommodation refunds

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

Ireland“University of Limerick has come under immense pressure from students, parents and politicians alike to refund accommodation fees to its students who vacated the campus due to Covid-19. Students who have returned home have been told they can claim back deposits they paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 4 April]

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Field hospital in University of Limerick at ‘advanced stage’

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

“When University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald said in March that its grounds could be used for a field hospital, many thought he was being alarmist. However, the words of the cardiologist and former Professor of Molecular Medicine at UCD have come to pass …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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University of Limerick slammed for not offering student accommodation refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick is refusing to make refunds to students who have vacated the university accommodation due to the COVID crisis. UL Student Union has released a statement urging the university to consider refunding students, demanding that ‘The University of Limerick must show a duty of care to its students during the COVID-19 pandemic’ …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 2 April]

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Trinity Sets Up Contact Tracing Centre in Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has set up a contact tracing centre in the Tangent area of the Business School, run by College volunteers trained by army cadets from the Irish defence forces. Volunteer staff from the College working in the centre will make calls to people who have tested positive to find out if there are others they may have infected …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 31 March]

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Pre-Paid Rents Must Be Returned To Students Who Have Left University Accommodation – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on the University of Limerick to do the right thing and refund rent to students who had to leave campus accommodation early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Deputy Byrne said that UL should be following in the path of other Universities who are refunding pre-paid rents to students who have left …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 March]

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UL Under Fire After Refusing Refunds to Residents Moving Out

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

“The University of Limerick (UL) has come under fire after refusing to issue refunds to students who leave the college’s accommodation early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students leaving UL’s accommodation have been told they can claim back deposits paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 30 March]

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UL student accomodation paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded

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

“Students at the University of Limerick (UL) are urging the university to refund rent to students who leave campus accommodation early due to the coronavirus outbreak. UL has told students they can claim their deposit back early but that rents paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded. It is in stark contrast to other universities …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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University of Limerick to close to public access due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is set to close public access due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Access to the vast campus in Castletroy will be locked, with barriers put in place across all entrance paths and roads. Entrance to the facility will be by the main gate only, which will be controlled …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 29 March]

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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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Group of students in Limerick told to self isolate as precaution over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of students in Limerick have been told to self isolate following confirmation this Thursday that there are four patients with the coronavirus receiving treatment in a local hospital. In a notice circulated, students from a specific course have been told to ‘self isolate immediately’ until Thursday March 12 …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 5 March]

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UL ‘likely’ to restrict campus numbers over coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has advised staff that it is ‘likely’ the college will have to restrict numbers attending on campus ‘in the near future’ as a result of coronavirus. In a communication issued today UL Vice President, Professor Kerstin Mey, said that if the decision is taken, it will be in consultation with the relevant authorities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 March]

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RCSI to bring forward exams amid concern over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The RCSI is to bring forward final examinations for medical students amid concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. The examinations which were to be held towards the end of April will take place this weekend. The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland said on Thursday that it had taken the move to avoid any delays in the graduation of the final year class this year as a result of any restrictions that could be put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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University of Limerick wins Best Student Campus award for second year in a row

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

Ireland“University of Limerick has won the award for Best Student Campus in Ireland for the second year in a row. The University took home the prize for the second consecutive year at the 2020 Irish Education Awards, which took place recently in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin …” (more)

[Meghann Scully, Limerick Post, 3 March]

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UL backs off from one-term lease rule

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has backed off from its plans to make students living on campus book their accommodation for a whole academic year. The original ‘no single semester’ rule announced a week ago has now been removed. It would have meant students paying around €3,000 for accommodation they would not be occupying while on Erasmus or placement away from the university …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 2 March]

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University of Limerick’s Killaloe home sold after 10 years

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has sold its presidential Killaloe home after it lay vacant for more than ten years – with the funds immediately put towards another property. The four-bedroom home which overlooks Lough Derg and is known as The Downs, was sold in late 2019 for €790,000, with an estimated value of €850,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 2 March]

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Student housing crisis: ‘We have students who are sleeping in cars, on their friends’ floors’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some students in UCD are sleeping rough, in their cars and on their friends’ floors as they can’t afford accommodation, the university’s students’ union has warned. Yesterday, students at UCD took part in a tent protest after it emerged rents at campus accommodation are to increase by 12% in the next three years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 February]

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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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