Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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University of Limerick continues to lead the way in gender equality in HEIs in Ireland with the first Irish Athena SWAN Silver Award

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first ever Athena SWAN Silver award has been awarded to University of Limerick’s Department of Physics, it has been announced …” (more)

[Mark Reilly, Limerick Post, 8 September]

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Demand for student housing surges in Limerick – enquiries soar by over 30%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As the autumn semester for local third level colleges begins, demand for accommodation has skyrocketed, with many students still trying to secure a roof over their head. One city auctioneer has revealed a 30% increase in enquiries from students seeking a bedroom – but at the same time, the number of houses on offer is falling, as homeowners take advantage of a buoyant selling market …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 7 September]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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Student accommodation schemes for Cork and Limerick get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have secured the go-ahead for 561 student bed spaces in two separate developments in Cork and Limerick cities. In granting fast track planning in two separate cases on Monday, An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the construction by Cloncaragh Investments Ltd of 318 student bed spaces and 30 build-to-rent apartments containing an additional 104 bed spaces at Punches Cross in Limerick …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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UL tells HEA it’s working to address governance and spending issues, after controversial purchase

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has told the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that an audit of cultures and practices at the college is underway, following concerns over spending, recruitment and governance …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 15 August]

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University of Limerick will begin ‘intermediate use’ of new city campus this autumn

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says it will begin ‘intermediate use’ of its new site by the Sarsfield Bridge by October. ​It comes after questions were raised over how it handled the €8m purchase of the former Dunnes Stores building two years ago – €5m more than an original €3m offer from council …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 31 July]

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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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