The 24th September 2012 saw yet another milestone in the development of the University of Limerick’s School of Medicine (formerly Graduate Entry Medical School). After five years in existence, the staff and students of the School moved from the university’s Main Building, to the new 4,000sqm building on the North Campus. Located beside the existing Health Sciences and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the School Building, easily distinguishable by its limestone exterior, is a stand-out addition to the North Campus.
Designed by Grafton Architects, the building has four floors, the first three of which are dedicated to student teaching, with the top floor housing most of the School's faculty and staff. In addition to an imposing foyer, the ground floor is dominated by a 150-seater lecture theatre and a 60-seater seminar room, each of which is equipped with the latest in video conferencing technology as well as the main administration office. The first floor houses the problem based learning (PBL) tutorial rooms, in addition to an open-plan study area for the students.
The second floor is dedicated to clinical and anatomical skills teaching. There are a total of eight clinical skills labs, which can be reconfigured depending on teaching requirements, and two anatomical skills labs. The labs are equipped with a state-of-the-art AV system, which allows students to record themselves performing procedural or physical exam skills. Most of the third floor is made up of office spaces which house faculty and staff, as well as a research lab with an adjoining write-up area.
School of Medicine Building Opening Hours
|Building Opening Hours|
|Normal weekday opening hours||Accessible to staff and PG students only by swipe card from 07.00-08.00, open access from 08.00-18.00, accessible to all School staff and students from 18.00-22.00 by swipe card|
|Normal weekend opening hours||Accessible to all School staff and students from 09.00-18.00 by swipe card|
|October Bank Holiday Weekend||Accessible by swipe card from 09.00-18.00 each day, including Bank Holiday Monday|
|Weekend access in the lead up to Autumn exams||Extended opening hours to 09.00-22.00 from weekend after October Bank Holiday until the Autumn exams are complete.|
|Christmas Holidays||Closed from 18.00 on Dec 23rd to 08.00 on Jan 2nd|
|St. Patrick’s Day||Closed|
|Easter Week||Accessible on Good Friday and Easter Saturday from 09.00-18.00, closed on Easter Sunday and Monday|
|May Bank Holiday weekend||Accessible from 09.00-22.00 on Saturday, Sunday and 09.00-18.00 on Monday.|
|Weekend hours after May Bank Holiday to end of June Exams||Accessible from 09.00-22.00 on Saturday and Sunday.|
|June Bank Holiday weekend||Accessible from 09.00-22.00 on Saturday and Sunday and from 09.00-18.00 on Monday.|
|Summer||Open access from 08.00-18.00 from Monday to Friday. Only accessible by swipe card to staff and postgraduate students outside of these hours.|