IT has been a week of poor statistics for the University of Limerick, after it fell one place in the annual Sunday Times university guide for 2012 - placing it below every other university in the country.
A separate study by The Irish Times also found that UL is “one of the most difficult universities from which to gain a high honours degree”, which may prove off-putting to prospective students.
The Limerick Institute of Technology has dropped down four places in the annual Sunday Times university guide for 2012, from 14th on the list last year to 18th this year. In total there are 21 third level institutions on the list.
The institutions are rated on their level of research, graduate employment rate, the number of honours degrees awarded, completion rate and the ratio of staff to students.
While University College Cork (UCC) was named university of the year for a third time since 2003, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is still topping the overall rankings.
It received a total of 604 points out of a possible 750, while UL received 514 and LIT amassed a grade of 425.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 1, 2011