Welcome back to campus to our returning students and staff and to all of our incoming students - you are most welcome to UL.
I took up my position as UL’s 5th President in May, as most students were facing into exams and then leaving campus. So, I have not had the opportunity to meet you. To our new students, you will find the campus welcoming and a great place to work and play. Spend time getting to know your new home and to meet new friends. With 15,000 students and staff, UL is a small town. And for those new to the area, get to know Limerick city, which is just a 4km walk along the river path. The city is a great place, with lots of interesting venues and of course two great sports arenas for GAA and rugby.
The first weeks of first year can be a daunting time and I would urge our new students and community members to call into the First Seven Weeks centre and avail of the myriad of supports for you as you come onto campus.
Stay in touch with UL news by following the UL institutional social media accounts (easily found on our UL.ie homepage) and you can even follow me personally on twitter @ulpresident.
Over the course of the early summer I sought the views and ideas of our community as to how we can achieve even more for this great university. As you come onto campus over the next few weeks I would urge you to tell me your ideas and about any issues you feel I should know about by simply submitting your comments here.
As a new member of this university I can appreciate that it takes time to settle in. You may even get lost, as I did, as you can see from this video of my first few weeks here, which also outlines my initial priorities for UL.