SSPC PhD student Oisín Kavanagh awarded Fulbright Irish Scholarship

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Niall Burgess and Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, Mr Reece Smyth, recently announced the 36 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2019-2020. Recipients were presented with Awards at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Friday 14th June 2019.

UL researcher receives HRB emerging investigator award

A University of Limerick researcher has received an emerging investigator award to explore how patients with hip and knee problems can participate in exercised based therapies.

Dr Clodagh Toomey among a group to receive funding from the Health Research Board (HRB), which is investing €8m in new health research.

The awards are designed to create a pipeline of researcher leaders who will improve health, influence clinical practice and inform health policy across a broad range of areas.

In a highly competitive process, a total of 11 awards were selected by an international panel from 45 eligible applications, addressing a broad range of health areas.

Future of Work Now research project launched at UL

Prof Philip O'Regan, Executive Dean at Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Tracey Donnery, Executive Director at Skillnet Ireland, Pat Breen T.D, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business and EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Dr Sarah Kieran, KBS and Gerry O'Brien, Deputy President, UL at the launch of the new research study

New research by the Kemmy Business School has revealed that the role of customer experience employees in Ireland is undergoing significant transformation because of advancements in new technology.

Bernal Institute signs deal to explore development of sustainable aviation fuel

Maarten van Dijk, MD of SkyNRG, with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag and Dr Puneet Saidha, Director Research Support Services, University of Limerick

The Bernal Institute at UL has signed a memorandum of understanding with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

The agreement between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and Trade Mission at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

Three UL Academics announced as new members of the Royal Irish Academy

Prof Tom Lodge, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Prof Andrew Fowler, Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science & Industry, and Prof Mike Zaworotko, Bernal Institute, became members of the Royal Irish Academy at a ceremony in Dublin at the recent 2019 admittance day, they were among 27 new members admitted to the Academy. 

Professor Kennedy, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said that ‘these individuals have made exceptional contributions in their fields of endeavour. We are delighted to recognise their achievements’.

UL graduate wins Kathleen Lonsdale Prize for best chemistry PhD thesis in Ireland

A UL graduate has won the Royal Irish Academy’s Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize. Dr. Xinxin Xiao, a Ph.D. Chemistry graduate of UL, won the award which is granted to the best PhD thesis in chemical sciences across the island of Ireland.

The award, which is sponsored by Henkel and formally known as the Young Chemist Prize, is granted to the most outstanding Irish Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences.

Experiment designed by Irish teenagers to be tested in microgravity

A group of secondary school students investigating ways of growing crops in space are to have their project tested on a microgravity flight.

The team from Skerries Community College in Dublin will be the first ever Irish teenagers selected for the flight due to a unique partnership between the Irish Composites Centre (IComp) at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute and Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere).

Students were asked to design an experiment for testing on a parabolic flight and the Skerries team hope to address some of the challenges associated with developing sustainable sources of food for long term space exploration.

UL research shows Irish public underestimate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Brendan Courtney, Jack Murphy, Ellen Murray and Maria Walsh at the launch of the public awareness campaign Call It Out

NEW research from the University of Limerick underpinning a public awareness campaign suggests that the Irish public underestimate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The recent research survey, conducted by UL’s Hate and Hostility Research Group, shows that while people in Ireland feel positive towards sexual orientation and gender diversity, they underestimate levels of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The research is a major component of the groundbreaking LGBT+ public education and awareness campaign Call It Out, launched in Dublin this Monday.