Limerick’s college courses all shook up over maths bonus points

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

DEMAND for college courses in Mary Immaculate College remained constant this year, while Limerick Institute of Technology saw a drop in points for nine of its courses.

DEMAND for college courses in Mary Immaculate College remained constant this year, while Limerick Institute of Technology saw a drop in points for nine of its courses.

LIT’s business course, available in Clonmel, saw the second highest increase in the country, rising by 120 points to 295 points. Its course in computing (smart sustainable energy) rose by 75 points, to 215, the fourth highest increase in the country.

Two LIT courses also saw the biggest falls in the country - construction management went down 115 points, to 215, and marketing in Clonmel went down 105 points, to 145.

However, there was also strong demand for its 12 new courses introduced this year.

Points for many courses have risen to their highest level for decades, which has raised concerns the new bonus points for maths may be distorting admissions.

Many students across Limerick will anxiously be waiting for second round offers due in the coming weeks when the first round closes next Monday.

Meanwhile, UL is top of the league when it comes to student accommodation. Its accommodation office has been voted the ‘best in the world’, based on the results of a recent i-graduate survey. Implemented by 1200 educational institutions worldwide, the survey allows not only for parallels between Irish universities, but also between institutions from all over the world.

In a double-win for Campus Life Services, which manages all accommodation services at UL, the campus residences and the accommodation office both received overwhelmingly positive feedback. When surveying students on the support services of UL, the accommodation office received a near-perfect 97.8%, and the quality of residences in UL scored a whopping 87.8% - ranking UL Accommodation first in Ireland and 12th globally.

Meanwhile, a report from Daft.ie, the property website, has found that the average rent for UL and LIT students in the city centre has increased by 1.4% in the past year to €288 per month.

It is nonetheless cheaper for students to live in Limerick than Dublin, Cork, Galway, Maynooth and Carlow. John Logue, president of the Union of Students of Ireland, said rents are still down 25% from their peak in 2007.