Foreword from the Head of School


On behalf of the School of Medicine, I am delighted to present the first strategic plan of the newly launched University of Limerick School of Medicine. Having commenced with our first cohort of 32 medical students as the Graduate Entry Medical School in 2007, our new title and mission reflects the expansion of the School to include other programmes and future initiatives. 

Building on our strong foundation of innovative education and pioneering research and aligned with our University’s strategy, UL@50, this strategy sets out the roadmap for the next five to ten years. We will continue to deliver education and research programmes of the highest quality whilst working towards improving health outcomes in the communities we serve. We recognise that our success depends on our people and our partnerships, without whom the implementation and delivery of this strategic plan would not be possible. We will continue to promote a positive culture within the School and greater collaboration with our partners. We will also seek to optimise and enhance the School’s governance structures to best position ourselves to realise our full potential. 

This strategy was written following extensive consultation with our relevant stakeholders across the School and our partner clinical training sites. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this process and who continue to support the on-going development of the School and of our students including our valued members of faculty, staff, tutors, clinical supervisors, students, alumni, our Advisory Committee and members of the public.

I would also like to extend thanks to the School’s Implementation Team who will be working with our stakeholders on the Implementation Plan for this Strategy over the coming year. I look forward to keeping you up to date on its progress.   


Professor Deirdre McGrath 

Head of School 

October 2020