UL Study on how stress affects both unemployed and those in employment

Researchers at UL’s Centre for Social Issues Research are looking for people to take part in a new study that will use people’s spit to measure levels of stress associated with employment and unemployment.

According to Dr Rachel Sumner, a postdoctoral researcher at UL, both employed and unemployed people experience stress and poor health and the aim of the study is to discover if there are any common factors by collecting and examining saliva samples.

UL Continues to Lead the Way with Almost Double the average number of Female Professors

According to figures released by the HEA yesterday the University of Limerick continues to have the highest percentage of women at professorial level in the country. 31% or almost one third of professors at UL are female. This compares to a national average of only 19%.

Speaking on the HEA report, UL President Professor Don Barry said: “A university is about more than just buildings and facilities – it is the people who give universities life – they create a sense of energy and they provide the power to achieve great things. As you will be aware, in UL we are committed to ensuring that all faculty and staff are enabled to achieve their full potential through valuing diversity and equality of opportunity.”

UL report highlights Hate crime as major concern for Irish NGOs

A report by University of Limerick academics ‘A Life Free From Fear’ Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland: An NGO Perspective has been launched in Dublin by Senator Ivana Bacik. The report outlines the true extent of hate crime in Ireland today and how it affects many communities. Report authors Jennifer Schweppe (School of Law), Dr Amanda Haynes and Dr James Carr (Department of Sociology) present the experiences and perspectives of NGOs who deal on a regular basis with the challenge of hate crime, and provide an analysis of the efficacy of Irish legislation in combating hate crime.

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