News

UL Lecturer Shortlisted for Prestigious Hennessy Award

Professor Eoin Devereux, a lecturer at University of Limerick (UL), has been shortlisted for a 2018 Hennessy Literary Award. 18 writers have been shortlisted for the prestigious Hennessy Awards, which celebrate the work of emerging Irish writers.   Professor Devereux told An Focal that he is “thrilled” to be shortlisted. “Although I’ve been writing on and off since my teens, …


From Duckling to SWAN – The Evolution of Gender Equality in Irish Universities

In February 2018, University College Cork (UCC) announced their commitment to appoint a minimum of 40% of women in all major decision-making bodies within the university by 2022. This commitment forms part of a four-year initiative aimed at achieving equal representation of women across all areas of the university.  UCC’s pledge to tackle gender inequality is just one of many …

UL Shortlisted for Three DELTA Awards

University of Limerick (UL) has been shortlisted for three DELTA (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment) Awards.  The inaugural DELTA Awards seek to recognize ambitious and innovative approaches to teaching.  The School of Law, the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) and the Department of Clinical Therapies have been recognized.   The School of Law’s project ‘Clinical Legal Education through …

9-11 to Trump, UL’s record in keeping the world sane and humane during times of trouble

By Fiachra O’ Luain UL graduate Fiachra Ó Luain compares Trump era to immediate post 9-11 era on campus and tells how your support for Dínit, an Irish volunteering NGO supporting with refugees in Greece could win you a trip in a Hot Air Balloon. Week Zero, September 2001, myself and the other first years took up our rooms around …

JCB Plough Through Competition to Take Three Sabbatical Offices

By Evie Kearney The joint ticket of ‘JCB’ has successfully been elected to all three sabbatical positions for 2017/18. The team of Jack Shelly, Roberta Harrington and Conor Hussey will assume the offices of President, DP Welfare and VP Academic respectively at the end of May. Following the eliminations and vote transfers of RON, Christian Tan, and Aoife O’Brien; 4th …

Horgan, Harrington and Hussey Top An Focal Opinion Poll

By Evie Kearney An Focal ran an online poll to attempt to determine the results of the Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers election. The poll received 894 votes in total and the results were as follows:   President: Lorna Horgan – 41% Jack Shelly – 31% Christopher Denis Collins – 15% Oisin Taylor Blakely – 8% Seán Fitzgerald – 5%   …

Trying to Revive the Lost Art of Poetry and He Needs Your Help

By Chloe O’Keeffe Second-year student Yash Sanghvi has recently begun his quest in publishing his very first book. The Bachelor of Arts student has made an appeal to his fellow University of Limerick students to help him in his journey and donate and raise awareness for his recently created GoFundMe page. Mr. Sanghvi has been forced in going down the …