Reinhard Schäler, a lecturer in the Computer Science and Information Systems Department, was today honoured by University of Limerick for his work with the Rosetta Foundation and An Saol. As part of the UL Conferring Ceremonies Reinhard was today presented with the UL Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. Reinhard is founder and former CEO of the Rosetta Foundation, a charitable organisation whose mission is to relieve poverty and to develop healthcare and education through equal access to information and knowledge across the languages of the world. It helps not-for-profit organisations by connecting them with a worldwide network of volunteer translators.
Reinhard is also the CEO and co-founder of An Saol, an organisation which raises awareness of the challenges facing survivors and families of severe Acquired Brain Injury. He is currently leading a pilot project to establish a day-care centre which will offer an intensive neurological rehabilitation programme to survivors.
The Award for Excellence in Service to the Community is presented to a UL member of staff annually in recognition of excellence in the area of voluntary work within the campus community and beyond, during the nominee’s period of employment in UL. Past award winners have made key contributions to the social and cultural needs of the campus, local, regional, national or international communities. Typical areas of focus include the arts, community development, education and training for the community, sport and recreation, work with the disadvantaged and underprivileged and other charitable work.