Age: 40 years

History: The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989.

Ambience: The University is situated on a riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment. The Campus is located 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport. The campus is in both County Limerick (South Bank) and County Clare (North Bank).

Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park (NTP), Ireland's first science/technology park (263 hectares), which is home to over 80 organisations employing over 4,000 people. There is a close interaction between the National Technology Park and UL. 

Vital statistics: UL is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 11,000 students and 1,300 staff.

Added value:  UL was recently awarded a five star rating for employability by the international, independent ratings company, QS Stars. UL graduates have an 8-12 per cent better chance of gaining employment as compared with other Irish university graduates

Scholarship opportunities? Scholarship and funding information are available from

Transport links: The Shannon area is easily reached by air. Shannon International Airport is at the heart of the region and only 25km from the university campus. There are scheduled flights on a year round basis to and from major cities in Britain. The Shannon Region is approximately three hours drive time from Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare ferry ports. Fast ferry crossings are available from various UK ports.

Who's the boss? Professor Don Barry.

Nightlife: Limerick is a riverside city where the Shannon is an integral part of the city's character. Vibrant Limerick combines big city amenities with an innate friendliness - a mix that guarantees an attractive and welcoming environment for student living. The city boasts some fascinating historic sights, fashionable bars, charming old pubs, glossy shops, smart restaurants and boutique hotels.

Any accommodation? Accommodation options are available exclusively for postgraduate students. Students can choose to live in two-, four- or six-bedroom self-catered apartments each equipped with private ensuite bedrooms. All accommodation areas are reserved for postgraduate students only allowing for a quieter environment conducive to study and relaxation.

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