University of Limerick awarded ‘University of the Year 2019’

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University of Limerick awarded ‘University of the Year 2019’

The University of Limerick has been named 'University of the Year 2019'

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick has been ranked ‘University of the Year’ for the second time in five years. 

The Sunday Times Good University Guide selected UL as ‘University of the Year 2019’ due its high graduate employability and its education and internship programmes. 

The €31 million upgrade carried out on the new Glucksman Library and the university’s research and industry partnerships were also among the reasons for the award. 

“A second success in five years for our University of the Year is well deserved,” The Sunday Times Good University Guide editor Alastair McCall said.

“The University is at the economic heart of this Mid-West city and the wider region, attracting brains and resources in equal measure.” 

“Its graduates are among the most employable in Ireland, prepared for work by practical courses and a work placement and internship programme second to none, which spans 1,600 employers at home and overseas.” 

"UL’s excellent results in the annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement suggest its students appreciate their good fortune to be studying at an institution with both an excellent academic reputation and an eye firmly on the working world, for which it prepares its students so well,” Mr McCall added. 

This award reflects the university’s commitment to graduate employability and its dedication to the student experience, according to UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald. 

“Our partnerships with world-leading universities like University College London and Delft University of Technology have added immensely to our research and postgraduate programmes.” 

The university’s graduate employment rate for 2017 primary degree-holders is now 79%, which is 17% higher than the Higher Education Authority’s most recent figures, he added. 

“But it is our staff who are truly responsible for this accolade. They work every day to make UL a thriving centre of excellence in scholarship, teaching and research and just a great place to be for students from Ireland and abroad.”

UL previously claimed the title of Sunday Times Irish University of the Year in 2015.