UL helps students get to lectures on time!

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

WITH OVER 300 acres to navigate and 40 buildings to find, the University of Limerick has introduced a novel way to help first year students find their way around the campus.

WITH OVER 300 acres to navigate and 40 buildings to find, the University of Limerick has introduced a novel way to help first year students find their way around the campus.

To help students get to their lectures on time, UL have expanded the channels of communication, by which they deliver information to first year students as part of their First Seven Weeks Programme to ease first year students into their college lives at UL.

An Android App has been developed by Daryl Feehely, a Masters in Science student in the Interaction Design Centre in UL.

Students will now be in a position to use their phones to scan QR codes at various locations throughout the campus and its buildings in order to locate themselves, access campus maps and receive instructions on how to get to their desired location.

UL Professor Sarah Moore, associate vice president Academic at UL, said the first few weeks on campus can be crucial for students’ involvement with their new environment.

“Research has shown us that incoming students who do not engage with certain aspects of university life in their first number of weeks on campus are unlikely to do so throughout their time at university,” said professor Moore.