Documents raise fresh questions about UL’s purchase of €8m site

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

Ireland“University of Limerick’s governing authority was told negotiations for its €8m acquisition of a building took account of values, advice and experience, despite the college not having any records of a site valuation. New documents raise further questions about the university’s handling of its purchase of a former Dunnes Stores unit in Limerick city centre two years ago …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 18 July]

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Councillor calls on University of Limerick to establish code for off-campus students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A local councillor has called for the establishment of a code of conduct for students who live away from the University of Limerick (UL) campus. Green member Sean Hartigan has held meetings with residents of the Magazine Road in Cork, where a protocol was put in place, and, he says, has seen anti-social behaviour there decrease …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 17 July]

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Student Accommodation – University of Limerick

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

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a university (details supplied) is requesting over €3,000 in up-front payments for on campus accommodation for the coming academic year despite the Government currently enacting legislation to prohibit same; and if he plans to intervene …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 July]

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University of Limerick begins work on new city centre campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Works have started on the new University of Limerick campus in the city centre. UL President, Professor Kerstin Mey, has announced that works began this morning at the former Dunnes Store building at Sarsfield Street …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 12 July]

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University of Limerick assured Higher Education head that €8m site purchase was ‘a good deal’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of the oversight body for third-level institutions has said it was assured by the University of Limerick that an €8m purchase of a disused shopping centre in the city ‘was a good deal’ …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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Higher Education Authority faith in University of Limerick ‘questionable’ – Imelda Munster TD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee Imelda Munster TD, has issued a scathing rebuke of the testimony from representatives of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), who were before the Committee today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 July]

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Higher Education Authority to tell committee it aims to respect colleges’ autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The body with responsibility for governance at third-level institutions will tell the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that it aims to be ‘respectful of institutional autonomy’. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is set to appear before the PAC this morning in what is set to be a seismic hearing with regard to specific examples of questionable governance among Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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Concern at plan for multi-storey Limerick student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concern has been expressed over plans to construct a multi-storey student accommodation development in the city. Despite An Bord Pleanala rejecting plans for a similar development last year, Cloncarragh Developments has returned with a fresh application. It’s been fast-tracked to An Bord Pleanala, because of the fact more than 100 units are planned …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 25 June]

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University of Limerick: Financial Statements 2019

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

IrelandProfessor Kerstin Mey (Interim President, University of Limerick) called and examined. Brian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein): Apologies have been received from Deputies Carthy, Hourigan and Sherlock. I welcome all of our witnesses to the meeting. Due to the current situation in respect of Covid-19, only the clerk, support staff and I are in the committee room. Members of the committee are attending remotely from within the precincts of Leinster House …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 17 June]

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UL president admits ‘best practice’ was not followed during purchase of former Dunnes Stores site

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has accepted that ‘best practice’ wasn’t adhered to regarding the purchase of the former Dunnes Stores building in Limerick city centre. UL has asked consultants KPMG to investigate its purchase of the former store at Sarsfield Street for around €8m in 2019 …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 17 June]

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University of Limerick asks consultants to investigate €8m city land purchase

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has asked consultants KPMG to investigate the purchase by the university of land in Limerick city centre known as the Dunnes Stores site, the Public Accounts Committee has been told …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 17 June]

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University of Limerick faces a PAC grilling over €8m paid for old Dunnes Stores site

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is conducting a review of its controversial €8m purchase of a site in Limerick city centre to examine what oversight was in place before the sale. It comes after the Sunday Independent revealed last month there are no records at the university of an independent valuation, raising concerns about due diligence …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 13 June]

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Third Level Fees – University of Limerick

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduate business students at the University of Limerick will not receive a refund for the cost of the international study module which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including flights and accommodation covered by the fees of their course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 May]

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UL students slam college for refusing to reimburse them for cancelled international trip

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are outraged over the college’s refusal to refund them ‘thousands of euro’ after an international trip was cancelled due to the pandemic. Dozens of students have been campaigning for months to get their money back after the trip – which is mandatory as part of their business degrees – was replaced with a five-day virtual workshop …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 21 May]

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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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