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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 11,600 students and 1,300 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship.

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About

History

The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989.

Education

The University of Limerick offers a range of programmes up to doctoral and postdoctoral levels in the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Its mission is to promote and advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment which encourages innovation and upholds the principles of free enquiry and expression. Particular attention is paid to the generation of knowledge which is relevant to the needs of Ireland's continuing socio-economic development.

Research

UL’s research and knowledge transfer activities span all of its faculties and disciplines. The University values and supports the excellence of output and achievement by its research community across all of its research areas. In addition, the University has identified a number of areas of research strength, characterised by having critical mass, addressing common research questions, having a significant body of research inputs and outputs, attracting international scholars, and having a national and international reputation. These areas of strength are:

  • Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Software
  • Health
  • Applied Mathematical Sciences

Career

One of the real benefits of choosing to study at UL is that you will have a much better chance of finding employment when you graduate. The employment rate of UL graduates is significantly higher than the national average for all Irish graduates and this is one of the reasons why so many students select UL as their first choice.

By studying at UL, you will have an opportunity to gain practical work experience in a career area related to your course through the Cooperative Education Programme (Coop). The Careers Service also provides other opportunities to help you develop your employability skills and decide what kind of career would suit your interests, ability and personality.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
521 -10
2019
511 -10
2018
501
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
501
2018
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
814 35
2018
849
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

Student Affairs provides a comprehensive range of professional administrative and support services to the entire university campus.

We do this in a spirit of partnership within the University and wider community to support academic activities and to contribute to the University goal of providing an outstanding and distinctive student experience.

Housing services

With 2,500 rooms on campus across six residential villages at University of Limerick, there is something to suit everyone. Each village has a distinctive character with a wide range of facilities suitable for first year students. Our six villages vary in price too; this means that there is accommodation on campus to suit all budgets.

If you want to live as part of a vibrant student community, minutes walk from lecture theatres, then campus accommodation at University of Limerick is a must for you.

Library services

The Glucksman Library advances the University’s teaching, learning and research activities by providing high-quality academic information resources, education and facilities to students, staff and researchers. -

ICT services

The Information Technology Division is the central IT Services function at UL. We are responsible for supporting, maintaining and developing the information and communications technology of the University. ITD maintains a suite of enterprise applications and software systems that are critical to the teaching, learning, research and administrative goals of the institution.

Medical services

The Student Health Centre is located in block C, level M (room CM061) in the main building and provides a service for University of Limerick registered students only. The Student Health Centre is an acute care/advisory service, it is not a GP service. All students are therefore advised to register with a local GP.

Student Life

Campus life

The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment. The University of Limerick campus is located 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park (NTP), Ireland's first science/technology park (263 hectares), which is home to over 80 organisations employing over 4,000 people. The National Technology Park has been designed to meet the needs of high-technology and knowledge-based businesses.

Sports facilities

The University Arena is a multi-purpose sports facility catering for the expanding national sports responsibility the University enjoys. The building is located in an area close to all of the other key existing campus sports facilities, including Coaching Ireland, sports science laboratories, strength training facilities, residential accommodation, meeting rooms and catering facilities.

Facilities include:

  • National 50m swimming pool
  • 4 Courts offering basketball, volleyball, badminton, futsal and indoor soccer
  • 60m six lane indoor sprint track
  • 225m three lane suspended jogging track
  • Cardio fitness centre
  • National Strength and Conditioning Centre
  • Fitness studio
  • Arena Sports Club & Restaurant

Student clubs

Erasmus+ – the EU's flagship education and training programme – enables 200,000 students to study abroad each year. Since the programme began in 1987, over 3 million students have participated in semester or year-long exchanges.

Accreditation

Programmes at the University are accredited by the various National and international bodies. Contact individual programme directors for details.

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