Numeracy Across Curriculum initiative launched at UL-based National Centre for STEM Education

Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive ESB, Professor Kerstin Mey, VP Academic Affairs University of Limerick, Professor Merrilyn Goos, Director of EPI∙STEM and John O’Donoghue, Professor Emeritus University of Limerick at launch of the NAC initiative Picture: Don Moloney

A year-long pilot programme aimed at developing strategies for teaching numeracy across the school curriculum has been launched at the University of Limerick.

EPI∙STEM, the National Centre for STEM Education based in the University of Limerick, announced the new Numeracy Across the Curriculum (NAC) initiative this Monday.

UL led SSPC receives funding boost for next six years

The team from the University of Limerick led SSPC at the funding announcement in Dublin

THE Government has announced €230m in funding for six Science Foundation Ireland centres, including the University of Limerick led SSPC.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, this Thursday announced an investment of €230 million in the six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040.

Industry partners are to contribute a further €230 million, bringing the total investment to €460m. The funding will directly support around 850 researchers in the various centres.

When waste is not waste: UL backed EU project to recycle lost nutrients for food production

Dr Achim Schmalenberger of UL, fourth from left, at the launch of the project

A multi-million euro EU led project with three Irish partners including the University of Limerick is aiming to increase the recycling rates for plant nutrients in the food production chain by harvesting lost nutrients from waste.

ReNu2Farm, is a University of Limerick supported Interreg Europe consortium working together to offer farmers a better solution to non-EU mined phosphorus fertilizers by harvesting nutrients from wastewater and poultry litter.

UL hosts the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things

The 2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2019) was held at University of Limerick, Ireland between April 15th-18th.  It is the premier conference for the IEEE IoT Initiative and consists of the most outstanding participants from the research community, the public sector, and industry. The theme of this year’s event was “IoT and the Digital Revolution” in recognition of strides and leadership that the host location of Limerick and Ireland has made in developing operating principles, and policies for the deployment of “smart” technologies.

UL researcher to play key role in project to improve cultural inclusion in EU awarded over €1m

A UL researcher is to play a key role in a project that has been awarded more than €1m in funding to improve cultural inclusion across Europe.

Dr Aileen Dillane, a lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL, is the principal investigator in a transnational research project aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of public spaces in Europe.

Lero chief is first Irish president of Association for Information Systems

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has been elected president of the international Association for Information Systems (AIS). He is the first Irish person to be elected to the role and will serve a three-year term.

Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, the AIS is a global professional association for individuals and organisations who lead the research, teaching, practice and study of information systems worldwide. It comprises almost 5,000 members globally and runs four international conferences annually.

UL ranks 35th globally in first ever Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

THE University of Limerick has ranked 35th globally in the first ever Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings and first in Ireland for gender equality.

The unique ranking is designed to measure the impact of an academic institution on society, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

UL is ranked 35th overall in the 2019 list, published this Wednesday by Times Higher Education (THE), which is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world.

Record turnout for 6th Annual AICUR (All Ireland Conference for Undergraduate Research)

This year’s All Ireland Conference for Undergraduate Research (AICUR) had its highest numbers of undergraduate research participants to date, and took place in the Kemmy Business School, UL on 28th March, 2019.

The keynote speech for the 6th annual event was delivered by Seamus Hickey. Seamus was part of the 2018 Limerick All-Ireland winning senior hurling team, is Chair of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), and is a UL alumnus. Seamus successfully defended his PhD thesis from UL in 2018 and works as the Research Projects Coordinator for Johnson & Johnson.

Irish universities contribute €8.89 billion to national economy every year

THE Irish economy benefitted by €8.9 billion last year from Ireland’s seven universities newly published research has confirmed.

The first ever socio-economic impact research undertaken on the role universities play in the economy and society has been carried out by Indecon Research Economists who were appointed by the Irish Universities Association, following a competitive tender process, to cover the combined impact of the seven universities represented by the IUA – University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin.