University of Limerick (UL)

About the University of Limerick

<center>The University of Limerick is a young, ambitious and responsive organisation with a reputation as a pioneer and innovator. As one of Ireland’s five-star universities, we have long had a track-record for great drive, innovation and responsiveness. Our campus has expanded rapidly over the past 40 years to be regarded as one of the most impressive in Europe while our state-of-the-art research infrastructure has been further enhanced through sustained investment and expansion. Our research addresses areas of importance to our society, such as education, languages, healthcare and social inclusion, and has a significant impact on sectors that are vital to the Irish economy, such as pharmaceuticals, med-tech, software, food, communications and energy.

The Bernal Project

The University of Limerick is home to the Bernal Project, a €52 million investment which builds on our significant strengths in applied science and engineering. Examples of these research strengths include internationally leading research in crystallisation and crystal engineering. The Institute has utilised its research expertise to lead large, inter-institutional research centres in pharmaceutical materials, pharmaceutical processing, composite materials and dairy processing. The Bernal Project has led to the recruitment of 6 world-leading professors to date, a start-up fund to support their research activity and the construction of a new 12,000sq m research facility. 

Graduate Employment and Cooperative Education

The University of Limerick has the highest graduate employment rate in Ireland. University of Limerick’s 70% graduate employment rate for 2013 primary degree-holders is 19% higher than the HEA’s most recently-available national average figure (51% for 2012).The pioneer of Co-operative Education in Ireland, UL has the largest placement programme in the country and one of the largest in Europe. Over 1,600 placements are secured annually; the average placement rate over the past three years is 95%. The international dimension of the programme is significant: more than 20% of students undertake placements within a network of twenty-five countries across all five continents.

Enterprise Engagement

The University of Limerick has long had a track-record of excellent industry collaboration. UL is partnering with over 180 multinational and SME companies in leading sectors for our economy from pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, agri-food, software, materials. These partnerships are furthered through our position as hosts of Science Foundation Ireland funded Centres of Excellence – the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) and Lero – Irish Software Engineering Research Centre together with the Enterprise-Ireland/IDA supported Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). These partnership anchor R&D activity firmly within the Irish enterprise landscape which leads to job retention and creation, skills enhancement, increased competitiveness and ultimately ensuring Ireland’s future as a knowledge-based economy.

The establishment of the UL Enterprise Corridor encapsulates a convergence of enterprise activity from the Kemmy Business School to the Computer Science & Information Systems Department and Nexus Innovation Centre. The Enterprise Corridor is now home to one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson who have established a Development Centre which generated 100 high value jobs. The presence of companies like this on campus is testament to the wealth of expertise in health and pharmaceutical research at the University.

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