University of Limerick

National student survey votes UL most popular university in Ireland

Friday, 13th January 2012 Tags: CAO, UL 40 Scholarships, Ireland's Sporting Campus, Most popular university in Ireland, Leaving Certificate Students,

A nationwide survey of students in Ireland has rated the University of Limerick the most popular university in the country with an 85% satisfaction rating. The survey also found UL to be the most active college, supporting its title as Ireland’s sporting campus.

The survey, commissioned by, asked students to share their honest opinions on their course and college life, received over 10,000 responses making it one of the largest of its kind ever conducted in Ireland.

Vice President Academic & Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon said; “We welcome the findings of this comprehensive survey of over 10,000 Irish students who have given UL an 85% satisfaction rating. We are not surprised at this outcome as these findings correspond with the results of student satisfaction surveys that the University of Limerick has conducted for many years. At UL we pride ourselves in offering a range of innovative programmes, one of the largest co-operative education programmes in the country and a focus on providing the best student experience.”

UL was also recently awarded a 5 star rating by QS Stars™ across a number of key areas, in particular graduate employability, teaching, engagement, infrastructure, innovation and internationalisation.  The QS Stars™ provides an independent evaluation of some of the world’s leading universities.

UL Students Union President, Derek Daly, said; “These results are very welcome and highlight the role the campus community play in creating an all-round welcoming atmosphere for students. I would like to commend the work of our Students’ Union staff and the wider campus community whose efforts are reflected in the superb satisfaction ratings given to UL by the thousands of students surveyed.” 

The University of Limerick also celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and is offering €2,000 entrance scholarships to 40 students to mark the occasion. The 40 scholarships will be offered to students who will begin their undergraduate studies in the Autumn Semester for the Academic Year 2012/13.

Professor McCutcheon added; “These scholarships celebrate 40 years of academic endeavour in UL.  UL has grown expansively into an internationally renowned university and produced talented and high calibre graduates.  The UL40 scholarships are an ideal way to recognise UL’s academic achievements over the past 40 years since it first began by helping 40 entrant students to begin their academic lives.”

The UL40 Scholarships will be awarded to incoming students based on their performance in the Leaving Certificate determined by their CAO points. All CAO applicants will be automatically included in the selection process provided they have not already received another bursary or scholarship from UL.

The scholarships are on offer across all disciplines including 9 scholarships for each faculty of Science and Engineering, Kemmy Business School, Education and Health Sciences, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  There will also be 2 scholarships for the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and 2 scholarships for Inter-faculty programmes such as BA Law and Accounting and BA International Insurance and European Studies.  

The UL40 scholarships of €2,000 each are funded by the University of Limerick in recognition of its 40th year in existence as an educational institution.  It began as the National Institute for Higher Education in 1972 and in 1989 the University of Limerick was established as the first new university in the history of the State.