Lero the National Software Research Centre at UL receives €46million for Expansion

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland Professor Mike Hinchey, Director, Lero at UL

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.

UL officially granted Athena SWAN Bronze Awards

Professor Don Barry, UL President and Marie Connolly, Learning, Development & Equal Opportunities Manager at UL

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.

O’Donnell Research Fellowship Awarded to Dr Aileen Dillane

Dr Aileen Dillane Awarded O’Donnell Research Fellowship

Dr Aileen Dillane of the Irish World Academy has been awarded the 2016 O'Donnell Research Fellowship in Irish Studies by Newman College, University of Melbourne, Australia, for a project in Irish Music Studies. The six-week O’Donnell Fellowship commemorates the donation to Newman College, University of Melbourne, of the personal library of Melbourne-based doctor and Irish scholar, Nicholas Michael O’Donnell (1862-1920).

UL wins Academic Contribution to MedTech Award

Hilda Mulvilhill, Stryker, Sarah Syed, UL, Eamonn de Barra, UL, Aoife Culliton, UL and Dr Mary Shire VP Research

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) announced the University of Limerick as the winner of their Academic Contribution to Medtech Award at the Irish Medical Technology Industry Awards last night, jointly hosted with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. The award was presented to Dr Eamonn de Barra, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering for UL’s research collaboration with leading medical devices company Stryker.

UL welcomes Innovation 2020 committing to R&D increase to 2.5% GNP

Innovation 2020

Actions across talent development, STEM and entrepreneurship education and R&D expenditure highlighted as vital to Ireland becoming a global innovation leader.

The University of Limerick welcomes Ireland’s Strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology - Innovation 2020 which was today (8th December) launched by the Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English TD, together with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs.

International Academics Gather at UL for the 3rd Age in the Workplace Expert Group Meeting

Jean McCarthy, UL, Jeanette Cleveland, Colorado State University, Noreen Heraty,UL

This month saw some of the world’s leading academics in workplace ageing gather at the University of Limerick for the 3rd Age in the Workplace Expert Group Meeting. The meeting brought together 70 thought leaders from around the world, representing 47 prestigious institutions across Europe, the United States and Canada, to advance knowledge on successful ageing at work, in order to promote a sustainable workforce as the population ages.

University of Limerick Celebrate Joy Division’s Legacy

Noel Hogan, The Cranberries, Dr Martin Power, Professor Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and

The legendary Manchester band Joy Division are the subject of a two-day international symposium at the University of Limerick this week.  Following on from previous events at UL on The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie, the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster are examining the legacy of the iconic Manchester band, whose career was cut short with the untimely death of their lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Best known for their song Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division are one of the world’s truly iconic and influential bands.

Minister Launches KBS Study on Zero Hours Contracts

Dr Juliet McMahon, Dr Tom Turner, Dr Caroline Murphy, Dr Michelle O’Sullivan, Minister Ged Nash, Dr Lorraine Ryan and Dr Jonatha

On 3rd November, the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD published a new report ‘A Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hours Contracts among Irish Employers and the Impact on Employees’ by the Kemmy Business School.

Minister Nash commented “the independent study by UL has found that zero hour contracts are not extensively used in Ireland. However, it is worrying that the UL study suggests increasing use of ‘if and when’ contracts that, when used inappropriately drive precarious working conditions”.

Minister Announces UL Researcher as Winner of SFI Research Image of the Year Competition

Lightning Wires by Matthew Gleeson

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD, recently announced Matthew Gleeson, postgraduate researcher at UL, as the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture ‘Lightning Wires’ at the SFI Science Summit in Kilkenny. The winning image was selected from over 40 submissions and will appear on the front of the 2015 SFI Annual Report.

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