University of Limerick students fall victim to housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite the academic year having gotten well underway, a number of University of Limerick students have failed to secure accommodation due to what they describe as a ‘housing shortage’ in the area …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 October]

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€30m 326-bed student complex in Limerick city rejected by An Bord Pleanala

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A €30m proposal to develop a 326-bed student complex in Limerick city has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala for environmental and conservation reasons. Planning permission was sought for the towering development at the site of the former Dan Ryan’s garage at Punches Cross …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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Calls For UCC To Take Stance On Vaping

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following University of Limerick’s President Dr Des Fitzgerald’s announcement that vaping on campus will banned , people in the UCC community are calling out for a similar action to be carried out, to restrict the usage of the addictive devices …” (more)

[University Express, 2 October]

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UL warns students of high number of mumps cases on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is warning its students after a number of people have been diagnosed with mumps on campus. Mumps is a viral infection which in general terms presents with a swelling of one of the salivary glands or more in the neck …” (more)

[Niamh Delmer, Limerick Voice, 30 September]

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University of Limerick’s €7m sports facility a ‘legacy’ for future students

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick plans to ‘leave a legacy’ for future students with a massive new state-of-the-art €7m sports facility. The Maguires Pitches were launched this Tuesday at UL by Deputy President, Chief Operating Officer, and Registrar, Gerry O’Brien, outgoing UL Director Sport and Recreation Dave Mahedy and UL Student Life President Jack Scanlan …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 24 September]

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Minister urged to ban vaping on all college campuses

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

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick (UL) is urging the Department of Education to ban vaping across all Irish educational institutions. Dr Des Fitzgerald, a professor of molecular medicine and former chief academic officer for the Ireland East Hospital Group, said vaping is now ‘a real health risk and is being directly implicated in health crises and even deaths among users’ …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 23 September]

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UL president calls for calls for vaping ban on all college campuses

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

Ireland“A university president says vaping should be banned on all college campuses. Dr Des Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick, wants the government to implement a ban due to newly discovered health risks associated with vaping. UL is the only college in Ireland that has already stopped the use of e-cigarettes …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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University of Limerick president calls for funding increase after latest rankings issued

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls to increase Government funding to third-level institutions after the latest figures show UL’s position in the Times Higher Education rankings has remained static. In a post on Twitter after the latest rankings were published, University of Limerick President Dr. Des Fitzgerald said, ‘A decade ago, Ireland had two universities in the top 100, but no more …'” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 17 September]

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University of Limerick Student Life launches investigation into alleged incident of ‘racial abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick Student Life has launched an investigation into alleged ‘racial abuse’ of a student this week. In a statement on social media, it alleged that a group of young men racially abused a student who was walking home alone …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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Students charged €5.5k each up-front for accommodation in one popular Limerick district

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week which saw thousands of students flock to Limerick for the start of the new academic year, a landlord has charged a number of students €5.5k each up-front for privately rented accommodation near UL campus …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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University chief warns of ‘destructive’ populism

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘malevolent concoction’ of technology, intolerance and populism is poisoning debate and emboldening dark and destructive forces, president of the University of Limerick Des Fitzgerald has said. Speaking at a conferring ceremony on Sunday, he said long-held views on what constitutes normal institutional and political behaviour are being tested in a way unimaginable a few years ago …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Disciplinary reform follows ‘unacceptable controversies’ at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald has welcomed the Governing Authority’s revision of a disciplinary statute for staff of the university. The move follows what the president has described as ‘unacceptable controversies in this university which caused significant damage to the reputation of the institution’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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UL whistleblowers’ situations yet to be resolved after four years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four years after the Limerick Leader first reported that two members of the UL finance department had been suspended after refusing the offer of a settlement package that included a confidentiality agreement, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to have their situations resolved …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 23 August]

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UL’s Kemmy Business School awarded prestigious international accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School has been awarded a prestigious global accreditation, joining the top 5% of international business schools recognised by AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 20 August]

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University of Limerick to host workshops on sexual consent

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to host a sexual consent workshop this week. Last year UL ran 48 consent workshops, primarily delivered by student life officers at the university …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 12 August]

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Over 140 sign petition against Limerick student halls plans

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 140 people have signed a petition against plans for a €30m student village opposite Punch’s Cross. The proposals for 326 bedspaces through 100 apartments and 30 buy-to-rent units are currently being decided An Bord Pleanala, having skipped local planners due to the fact more than 100 living spaces are being provided …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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For LGBT Students, Rainbow Housing Offers a Place They Can Call Home

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, the University of Limerick announced a rainbow housing scheme as an option for queer students. This programme has come under scrutiny by many, who have called the project a means of ‘segregation’ and a step back in the march towards equality. I would argue that this is untrue …” (more)

[Nathan O’Regan, University Times, 6 August]

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Twitter Debaters: It’s Too Soon to Condemn, or Canonise, Rainbow Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick found itself at the coalface of social debate this week, with its new ‘rainbow housing’ project sparking online divisions. Responses to the project – which seeks to provide a living space for members of the LGBT community and their allies – have, perhaps predictably, been mixed …” (more)

[University Times, 4 August]

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