Prof Liam Glynn and Dr Mike O'Callaghan receive President's Excellence Award for Contribution to Campus Community

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Professor Liam Glynn and Dr. Michael O’Callaghan were the joint recipients of the President’s Staff Excellence Award: Contribution to the Campus Community. In conjunction with colleagues from the School of Medicine, they founded #COVIDWATCHIRL, the social media and web presence, which has tracked the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. They have been publishing daily/weekly comparative data since the beginning of the outbreak on #COVIDWATCHIRL and on the University of Limerick website The focus of this endeavour has been to attempt to drive the behavioural change required of our campus community and country to combat COVID-19.


There was an enormous amount of positive feedback from the campus community and the wider community to this to this highly successful endeavour for the guidance, support and reassurance. In addition, the project has gained a national following and numerous media engagements. Liam and Mike have managed to contribute to several academic publications on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, including “The COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland: An overview of the health service and economic policy response”


They were also part of the team that successfully applied for research funding under the COVID-19 Rapid Response umbrella and have a theme lead role in the SFI-funded COVIGILANT project as well as a collaborating role in the EU NPA funded COVIDWATCH-EU-NPA, an international extension of #COVIDWATCHIRL.

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