Dr. Michelle O’Sullivan is a Lecturer in Industrial Relations in the Kemmy Business School. Michelle teaches in the areas of dispute resolution, negotiation skills and employment relations to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her primary area of research expertise is on precarious work with a focus on public policy in regulating precarious work.
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.
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”.
The fourth annual international conference on Public Private Partnerships has been co-organised by Dr Eoin Reeves, Director of the Privatisation and PPP Research Group at the University of Limerick in conjunction with Cornell University and the Universitat de Barcelona.
How do we learn from the global financial crisis? What models can be developed to better understand future growth in the EU as people within the EU age? What is the relationship between debt, and demography? How can we design policies taking aging and indebtedness into account? A series of international research projects led by Dr Stephen Kinsella, Senior Lecturer, Kemmy Business School, UL have received in the region of €650,000 funding to answer these questions. This is the largest amount of research funding the Kemmy Business School has received since 2009.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick, has been named by Google as one of the global winners of the 2015 RISE Awards. Google’s RISE programme, which began in 2010, is designed to support organisations that encourage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programmes. This year Google will contribute $1.5m to 37 organisations in 17 countries.
Lero will utilise its $17,000 award to promote and organise computing summer camps at the University of Limerick aimed specifically at female secondary students from the age of 14 plus.
The University of Limerick has been announced as the host for the new Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) as the Irish dairy processing sector continues to ramp up its preparations for the end of milk quotas. The DPTC is a collaboration of 8 companies and 9 Research Performing Organisations (RPO’s) creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the 5 year term of the centre. The €25 million investment by Government and industry will position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase of 50% in the Irish milk pool by 2020.
Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the implementation of a research programme worth €400,000. The 18 month programme, which will be led by Lero Director Prof. Mike Hinchey, will commence this month.
Lero will collaborate with chip manufacturer Cobham Gaisler AB of Gothenburg, Sweden on the software behind specialist microchips to be used in European space missions. The Cobham Gaisler LEON radiation hardened microchip, which was developed in association with the European Space Agency, is designed to operate in harsh environments such as space.