Pictured at the President's Dinner is UL Vice President, Finance Ailish Quinnlivan with her husband Gerry.
Many of Limerick's key business leaders came out in support of the fifth annual University of Limerick President's Gala Dinner, which was held in Dromoland Castle. Proceeds from this year's event will go towards the newly completed Kemmy Business School. The new building, which is 5,000m2 in size, has been designed in particular with the needs of the senior undergraduate and postgraduate business students in mind. The building incorporates Ireland's first University Financial Markets Trading Floor as well as a 350 capacity lecture theatre, interactive lecture theatres to facilitate dialogue between lecturers and students, a dedicated Computer Lab exclusively for use by KBS students, restaurant facilities, executive teaching suites and a Student Enterprise Centre.
This year's Dinner also celebrated Professor Don Barry's first year as UL President.
Professor Barry spoke about UL's success this year in securing €55million in research projects awards as well as over €12.5million as the lead partner in the Shannon Consortium.
"The Shannon Consortium was again recognised this year for the wonderful contribution it is making to this region. This regional collaboration involving the University of Limerick, LIT, Mary Immaculate College and the Institute of Technology Tralee aims to strengthen the quality of the education in the region as well as improving access to it. The HEA awarded UL, as the overall coordinator of the Shannon Consortium, a substantial Strategic Innovation Fund grant of nearly €13 million. This will fund new projects such as a National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, as well as a range of Access Initiatives and innovative educational projects," said Professor Barry.
"This academic year we saw many Shannon Consortium objectives come to fruition including the establishment of the Downtown Centre - which aims to open learning gateways to higher education. We are now offering an educational guidance service and courses to provide a pathway to access higher education with guaranteed entry to 27 programmes across the 4 institutions. We celebrated the inaugural regional teaching awards to recognise the most outstanding teachers in the region. We also launched a Regional Writing Centre, based at the University of Limerick, which is the first writing centre of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and one of the first regional centres in Europe, helping students improve their writing skills for academic and professional purposes with skills that will serve them well throughout their careers," he concluded.
Pictured is Professor Donal Dinnen, Dean of the Kemmy Business School with his wife Margaret.
Pictured (L-R) are David Tighe, CEO of Limerick's Live 95FM with Sheena Doyle, Press Officer, UL and Joe Nash, Head of News at Limerick's Live 95FM.