Dr Bernadette O’Regan and her research team have won funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for a 2 year study on the sustainability of Irish HEI campuses. The study is in collaboration with An Taisce and plans to work with all Irish university campuses interested in participating, plus Limerick and other ITs. The UL campus, which gained the Green Campus Award in 2015, and LIT will be used as case studies in developing an ambitious plan to ensure that HEI campuses play a full role in contributing to a reduction in Irish greenhouse gas emissions, in line with legally binding EU targets, as failure to meet these targets will result in heavy recurrent fines for Ireland.
Dr Ruan O’Donnell, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick and Visiting Chair of Irish Studies, Notre Dame (2010-11), is the author of numerous books on the history of Irish republicanism, including the recent Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume II, 1978-1985 (Irish Academic Press).
This 7 April UL is organising a conference entitled ‘Journalism in times of crisis’. The conference will look at the political and economic role journalism plays in crisis periods. Two panel sessions will be held, firstly on media concentration and secondly on the framing of the water protests. The panel discussions will include academics, journalists, politicians and broadcasters. Parallel sessions on the media representation of economics, class and gender will be held alongside discussions on disruptions in journalism and finally a roundtable discussion on new and radical media.
A hate crime is an offence which is known to the criminal law and which is committed in a context which includes hostility towards difference. The category includes racist, religiously aggravated, transphobic, homophobic and disablist crimes for example. The OSCE describe hate crimes as: “… criminal acts committed with a bias motive. It is this motive that makes hate crimes different from other crimes. A hate crime is not one particular offence. It could be an act of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence”.
Excellence & Impact 2020 UL Launches ambitious Research and Innovation Strategy to drive university forward
A roadmap for future growth and development to 2020 at the University of Limerick underpinned by Research and Innovation was unveiled today (12th January 2016) at the launch of Excellence & Impact 2020 - research and innovation strategy for the University of Limerick by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD.
People have expert knowledge about their own health and illness. It is essential that this knowledge is respected and included in health research. Professor MacFarlane and her inter-disciplinary team in the Graduate Entry Medical School are working on projects in Ireland, Europe and in North America to identify best practice to promote the meaningful involvement of patients and the public in health research.
Ms Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, formally launched an expanded Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Software Research Centre, at the University of Limerick in a €46.4 million investment over six years. The development means that 90 PhD and 46 postdoctoral research positions will be created over the next six years, with recruitment commencing immediately.
€32.6m of the investment is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with support from the EU Structural Funds. Industry is backing the initiative with total contributions worth €13.8m.
The University of Limerick has been officially granted the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for advancing gender equality. The prestigious award was presented to the Institution as a whole as well as at departmental level to the UL Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Life Sciences.