UL confers awards on 1,715 graduates at Winter ceremonies

UL, celebrated the graduation of 1,715 students in total across its four faculties as it held its annual Winter Conferring Ceremonies.  Included in this are 67 students who will be conferred with PhD awards.

Among the graduates were Dr Sindy Joyce, Mincéir (Traveller); human rights activist, and doctoral graduate of the Department of Sociology, University of Limerick.  Dr Joyce is the first Mincéir in Ireland to graduate with a PhD.

UL Student Awarded Scholarship to examine conflict resolution

UL Postgraduate Researcher, Cian Kearns has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution.  The prestigious scholarship, funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was named in honour of Irish United Nations staff member, Andrew Grene, following his death in the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The aim of Cian’s research is to use risk assessment models to predict the likelihood of genocide occurring, allowing for early intervention to take place.

€3.8 million investment in advanced manufacturing and process engineering at UL

UL has officially launched a €3.8million research programme entitled PROCESS which will attract 26 international researchers to take part in two-year fellowships involving cutting-edge scientific training with access to the Bernal Institute’s state of the art research infrastructure.  PROCESS is the first Marie Curie Co-Fund jointly supported by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland in Advanced Manfacturing and Process Engineering in Ireland.  The programme will also enable the PROCESS fellows to take part in industrial placements across multinational and SME pharmaceutical and dairy processing industrial partners.

€1.3million ERC Award for rights and egalitarianism research at UL

Lecturer in political theory, Dr Adina Preda, University of Limerick has been awarded a €1.3m European Research Council consolidator award as one of six successful European Research Council awardees in Ireland.

Dr. Preda from UL’s Department of Politics and Public Administration is one of 291 talented early-career researchers across Europe, and 6 in Ireland, to have been awarded an ERC in today’s announcement.  A total of €573 million was awarded to researchers across 40 European countries. This ERC award will fund ‘REAL’ a five-year research project employing two postdoctoral researchers and two PhD students.

New medical valve will make treatment of bladder problems safer

Prof. Michael Walsh

Medical device company – Class Medical – a University of Limerick spinout company have secured seed funding of €550,000 from investors including iHPSU match funding from Enterprise Ireland. Class Medical was founded in 2016 by Dr. Rory Mooney (CEO), Prof. Michael Walsh, Dr Niall Davis and Dr Eoghan Cunnane. Class Medical’s initial product offering is a patent protected device that eliminates the risk and complications associated with the treatment of painful urinary problems.