UL president, Dr Des Fitzgerald, 1,000th graduate Theresa Curley, and Niall Cody, chairman of Revenue Commissioners
THE 1,000th person to graduate from the degree in Taxation at University of Limerick has officially been conferred, marking a milestone in a unique academic partnership between the university and the civil service.
Theresa Curley, from Athlone, became the 1,000th graduate of the course, which is a collaboration between UL and the Revenue Commissioners.
The eleventh cohort of graduates from the combined Diploma and Degree programmes studied a broad range of topics including tax, law, economics, governance and data analytics, combined with a tax research project.
Speaking at this Monday’s graduation, UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “Today we, once again, celebrate the strong academic partnership between UL and the Revenue Commissioners. In the fourteen years of this partnership, the first of its kind for the Irish civil service, more than 1,000 Revenue Commissioners' employees have graduated with either a Diploma or Degree in Applied Taxation.
“UL is well recognised as a university which meets the needs of industry and our partnership with Revenue is a shining example of this ethos - with the commitment and expertise of both parties. We have no doubt that this partnership will contribute to the ever-increasing professionalism and business focus of Revenue, who have been outstanding achievers in our public service in the past decade and who have given outstanding service to the public service since its establishment in 1923.”
Niall Cody, Revenue Commissioners chairman, said: “Today we mark another significant milestone in our partnership with UL, as the number of awards from these programmes exceeds 1,000. Revenue offers huge opportunities to build an exciting and rewarding career. We invest in our staff and we value their commitment.”
UL has conferred awards on 1,621 graduates at Winter ceremonies this week, at ceremonies held in the University Concert Hall.
Students from across four faculties were conferred in the annual ceremonies, which concluded this Thursday morning with 271 people graduating from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr Fitzgerald paid tributes to those being conferred at University of Limerick at the Winter Ceremonies: “We wish all of this week’s graduates well as they join the wider family of UL alumni. Our most recent figures show that UL graduates continue to be in high demand among employers with more than nine out of 10 primary degree graduates, postgraduate diploma graduates and PhD graduates from 2016 in employment or further study.
"Furthermore, 86% of UL’s taught masters and research masters graduates from 2016 were employed or continuing their education within nine months of graduation. I’m sure this week’s graduates will continue this positive trend and we look forward to hearing of their many successes in whatever paths they choose from here," he said.
Throughout the week, some 64 PhDs are being awarded as part of UL's continued commitment to fourth level education in Ireland, it said.