To be honest with you I didn’t like UL when I attended the open day in Leaving Cert. I had just been wowed by how pretty and ancient UCC’s campus was and UL just seemed too green and brown for me. Weird I know. It was a sunny day and I remember thinking God with all these brown sombre buildings if I’m in college here and it rains it will make it a hundred times less appealing.
Now I’m in my final year at UL and I know that’s ridiculous. I chose UL initially for my course, followed up by how close it was to Clare. I have friends from different colleges all around Ireland and now I don’t even think my once coveted UCC campus holds a light to UL.
UL has a real community environment. We have shops, pharmacies, off licences, a cinema and plenty of restaurants and takeaways right on our doorstep. Even if we do want to venture into town the 304 can collect us right on campus or at a bus stop five minutes from our house or apartment.
Then there’s the actual campus itself, I’ve experienced campuses in Cork, Sligo, Dublin, Galway and Barcelona and there’s really nothing like UL. It really is like a little town with our market every week, our shop, the little cafes and restaurants and bumping into people you know every five minutes.
The Stables is an amazing feature of UL too, it’s great to have a casual place to hang out with your friends if you don’t have the energy or the funds for a proper night out. Sometimes a night in Stables ends up being one hundred times better than getting all dressed up and going into town.
Our transport is great too! It’s so handy for me to be able to get the green bus home to Clare or up to visit my best friend from Dublin, all from the Stables bus stop. I think the Dublin Coach only started running a few years before I started college so I got very lucky.
I’m so happy I decided to come to UL and that it proved my first impressions to be so very wrong!
The University of Limerick: I chose this university for multiple reasons. The sports, courses, and location are just a few reasons why I found UL to be the place for me. The high-quality facilities and easy going atmosphere have made it possible for me to excel in a place that doesn’t seem quite so scary.
The main reason I chose here, was the numerous amounts of co-op which you get to experience not only helps you decide on your future path and instill a fire for the course you chose but also is useful for employment opportunities in the future. The courses when you look at them as a sixth year student are diverse so you don’t feel as if you are confined to the tittle of the course, the sheer amount of electives allow you to shape your degree and follow your genuine passion. This is a major deciding factor as you are constantly changing with the varying changes in your personal tastes.
I chose University of Limerick due to its tranquil location, you are away from the bustling city lights and I knew I would have a sense of security within the UL grounds, the campus itself is hard not to fall in love with and when I was browsing places to go for college it stood out as one of the most memorably beautiful places, from the living bridge to Plassey house you cannot help but admire UL for its natural beauty.
The sports aspect of things is somewhat of a foreign aspect to me, or so it was until I went to UL. I never realised upon arrival the type of sport orientated campus which it was even me, the laziest person cannot help but be influenced by the giant UL gym which towers over Kilmurry village. I also chose UL as unlike places such as Dublin which have a housing crisis, UL has copious amounts of villages at your disposal which are spacious and have friendly staff in them.
In conclusion I chose University of Limerick for its diverse courses, friendly atmosphere and vast opportunities which is at your doorstep, it proves everyday why UL is a place I now consider home.
Aine O’Neill is a 1st year English and History student at the University of Limerick.
I am a fourth year student here at The University of Limerick and I’m studying English and History.
The modules for history are quite diverse which is great because it means you get to study history from different parts of the globe. Sometimes studying these two subjects together is an advantage because they can overlap, especially with Irish Literature and Irish History.
I knew from about third year of secondary school that these two subjects were what I wanted to go on and study in college. English was my best subject in school all the way up through school and history was something I didn’t have to work on until fifth year. At the start of sixth year I wanted to attend UCC but later changed that because why would I go to a different county when I had an unreal college just forty minutes in the road from me?
The key to a good college life is balance and time management. You need to spend the right amount of time getting your work done and also having the bit of craic. (Disclaimer: There will always be things you need to do, but as long as you keep on top of things you’ll be fine.)
There are loads of places around campus where you can go and relax for an hour before your next lecture, The Library Cafe, The Stables, Red Raisins and The Paddocks to name but a few. (The women who work in the Library Cafe are just the best and not only make you a great chicken roll but call you ‘pet’ and ‘hun’ to make you feel extra special.)
UL campus is like a little town itself and to be honest, I’m still finding new parts of it going into my final year, but don’t let that worry you there are so many people willing to help new students here, The First Seven Weeks program offers additional help to UL’s new students by having fellow students stationed around the campus with the aim of helping you find your way around or answering any questions you may have.
Give it three weeks and you’ll be well and truly settled into your new home here at Limerick.
Jane Vaughan is in her fourth year studying English and History at the University of Limerick. She is 22 and from Limerick. You can read her personal blog here and follow her on Twitter at @_PaulaJane.
With the end of May comes last classes, exams and final papers, but if like me you are completing an MA in UL, the work is not over yet! The summer is when postgraduate students like myself must complete their dissertation or thesis, so as mine is due in September, I am not done with UL yet, and will be studying on campus for the summer months. However, completing a thesis over a lengthy period does not have to be stressful. After completing my final essays, and taking a week off, I have returned to campus and am once again putting in long hours in the library, but there is a different feel in the air this time around. I can work at a leisurely pace, and the work itself is stimulating. I can also spend my days in more relaxed, communal settings such as the study labs UL has to offer, enjoying the company of my friends and allowing ourselves to chat to each other and discuss each other’s work, as well as motivating each other to get stuff done.
So overall, spending your summer in UL writing a thesis can be a relaxed experience, which allows for many study breaks, and the UL campus has a great deal to offer in terms of places to go and things to do on these breaks. When the sun shines in Limerick (and it does sometimes over summer!) there is no better place to be to enjoy it than the beautiful UL campus. I’m here to tell you 5 ways to spend your summer study breaks in UL while you complete your postgraduate work.
Take a walk along the Shannon
What better way to clear your mind and take a relaxing break from work than a walk along a scenic nature trail? UL has plenty of beautiful walking trails on offer. Grab a friend, or go alone and listen to some music, and head off along the canal walk when your thesis is frying your brain. I would recommend starting off at ‘Kilmurry Beach’ (an affectionate name for what is really a small sandy strip by the river) and walking along the river banks, stopping to inspect the historic ruins along the way. You’ll pass under The Living Bridge, which you can hop onto if you need to head back to your study spot and do more work!
2. Sun bathe at the Boat House
Hopefully your study spot has some nice big windows for you to enjoy some of the gorgeous views from the buildings in UL, but if the sun is shining, the beauty of a sunny UL campus will inevitably be too much to resist! Besides, sun should not be wasted in Limerick, and hopefully you will have a good few opportunities to soak it up while you are here for the summer. If you do, you’ll find a perfect spot in the pier by the Boat House, one of UL’s finest facilities. Enjoy the walk up by The Kemmy Business School and beyond the main carpark (or drive if you can’t wait to get relaxing) and you can pick your spot on the little pier that stretches into the River Shannon: lie out, dip your feet in and relax. Look out for swans!
3. Take your work outside
During the teaching year in UL, you can expect to see students flocking to the many expansive grassy areas on UL campus at the first sign of sun. The campus obviously goes quiet during the summer, as only postgrads and staff are left hanging around, so if you want to get outside and clear your head, you can easily take your work with you and enjoy some peace and quiet outdoors. Print off whatever article your reading, grab your book or even take your laptop with you, and set up shop on one of the lawns in UL, perhaps by the fountain behind The White House, or on Plassey Lawn by the Michael Warren sculpture ‘Salmon Fall’. Speaking of sculptures….
4. Enjoy the campus art
Now that your work schedule is slightly more leisurely than it might have been during term time, why not explore the UL campus further by taking a closer look at the art features available all around you. You may have passed by Brown Thomas and fountain sculpture every day during term time , but why not seek out the ‘Swimmers’ sculpture by Louise Walsh in Kilmurry Village, or James McKenna’s limestone piece ‘Resurgence’ by the Schrodinger. You’ll also have time to check out the portraits on display in the Foundation Building: be inspired on your study breaks!
5. Attend, or present at, an academic conference
Another way to get inspired while you take a break from your thesis writing would be to go to an academic conference, and there is usually some great ones held in UL over the summer. You could also present your own research at either a dedicated conference or the general postgraduate ones that are held at the beginning of the summer: great experience for your CV! So, take advantage of the events and talks held in UL over the summer, and allow yourself a break in order to broaden your mind and experience some of the new research from UL and elsewhere. Also, you’ll get free tea or maybe even lunch out of it!
Overall, you are in for a fun and relaxing time on campus if you are here in UL for the summer months completing postgraduate work. As long as you are making steady progress with your research, you can still allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy UL’s beautiful campus (weather permitting). So take some extra-long study breaks and soak up everything UL has to offer before you have to leave in the Autumn!
My name is Lyndsey, and I’m a Masters student here in UL, studying Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (it’s a mouthful!). I started this Masters immediately after my undergrad degree, which I also did in UL. So clearly, I love this university!
Hello there! Whether you have found this page by accident or you are interested in studying at the University of Limerick I would like to welcome you to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences blog page. Hopefully this page will give you a clearer insight into what it’s like to be a student and study in UL, voted the top University of 2015 by the Sunday times (I’m not trying to brag or anything).
My name is Sarah Manifold and I am a first year In UL. Unlike the majority of the bloggers you will come across on this site I am not studying in the AHSS sector, I am currently studying Business with Japanese and it is the language side that I will be talking about and addressing on this page. I am a lover of old 80’s films and their amazing soundtracks, and enjoy taking part in singing classes and competitions in my free time. This year I will be taking the exam for my teaching diploma in classical and musical theatre.
Studying at the University of Limerick:
Like many of you who reside in Limerick or are living on the outskirts of the city I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea of studying in Limerick for another 4-6 years and wanted to move out as soon as possible and explore another part of the country or even the world. Looking back I realise it would have been a huge mistake and I probably wouldn’t have lasted very long. We take it for granted what an amazingly facilitated university we have just on our doorstep and I never would have had the chance to experience UL in all its glory if I hadn’t had changed my mind. UL’s campus is by far the most modern and dare I say beautiful campus in Ireland or maybe even Europe. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m still in Limerick while walking through the huge campus as I sometimes feel I’m in another country. UL offers a vast majority of not only academic facilities but also ones for your leisure throughout the campus; these include the fully equipped Glucksman library, a vast majority of computer labs situated in several buildings across campus, the UL sports arena, the UL student union and many places to eat and have a few drinks with your fellow students after lectures.
Japanese at the University of Limerick:
The main factor which aided my decision to study at the University of Limerick was my love for the Japanese language. Japanese at the University of Limerick is studied at beginner level, so those of you who are interested in the language but feel they should have prior knowledge of the language there is no need to worry as the majority of the class will be in the same boat as you. It was a little different for me seeing as I had studied the language since transition year and had the wonderful opportunity to attend a secondary school in Japan for a month. There are so many wonderful facilities outside the classroom to help you with your study of this wonderfully unique and special language. The languages at UL society run group discussions for a wide range of languages that can be studied at UL. This is a great way not only to meet students who are from that country but also interact with them and others who are studying the same language as you. If you would like to further immerse yourself in the language one-on-one classes are also available. The library offers many textbooks on the numerous writing systems and can also provide you with useful tips on how to remember certain characters.
Your new life as a University student:
The idea of starting University is a daunting prospect for anyone and we have all been through it. Whether you are worried about making new friend, finding your way around such a large campus or struggling with your course, we are here to offer some advice to all of you thinking of applying to UL. Moving away from home and your friends can seem rather scary, the idea of going to a new place where you know nobody and have to make an effort to meet new people may not seem that appealing to you. The best piece of advice I can give you is put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. There is no better time to do this than orientation day when you are separated into groups based on your course. The people that I met the day of orientation are still my closest friends today. Another way to meet new people is by joining some of the clubs and societies that are offered in UL, whether you are interested in jumping out of planes or sitting down for a chat with a hot cup of tea there is something in UL for everyone.
It can be very easy to get lost on campus and I still do sometimes but don’t worry because the University offers what they like to call ‘The First Seven Weeks Program’. For your first seven weeks of college there will be fellow students stationed around the campus with the sole purpose of helping you find your way around and answering any questions you may have regarding certain buildings and rooms, so make sure to avail of this wonderful service as you won’t find it anywhere else!
This is just a snippet of what is to come on this site so look forward to more posts! I hope I could answer any questions some of you may have had and even helped you make up your mind on whether or not the University of Limerick is the right place for you. The only thing I will say is you won’t regret picking the University of Limerick, I sure haven’t!
For those of you who are still in secondary school, and are considering coming to UL in September, I can’t encourage you enough. Being from Limerick (but really from Clare), I wasn’t too eager or excited to come to UL because it was so close to home, but I don’t regret my decision for a second. UL is without a doubt the best university in Ireland. It has such a beautiful campus, a diverse variety of Clubs and Socs, a great student support system and an extremely friendly atmosphere – no matter where on campus you are. Because UL is the youngest University in Ireland it’s also the most modern. This applies not only to the architecture and the courses available, but also to the vibe around the college. The lecturers in UL are all down to earth, and the relationship between lecturers and students like that of peers. Although UL has more than 13,000 students, every single one of those students is a part of the UL family. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in UL who didn’t feel at home.
If you’ve been at UL Open Day, you’ve experienced just how great UL can be, and hopefully we’ll see your face next September!
Co – op:
As I said I’m on co-op at the moment, and although it’s great to have a break from studying and stressing about exams, it’s also kind of scary being out in the real world. I was working in a law firm during the summer, but I’m lucky enough to be back on UL turf again working as the PVA Administrator. The co-op programme in UL is honestly one of the best things about the university. I know that it causes anyone who doesn’t have a QCA of 4.0 a crazy amount of anxiety, but my advice would be not to stress, because it all falls into place.
I’ll be heading on Erasmus in January, to Radboud University in the Netherlands. Despite having lived in the Holland until I was 3, and downloading Duolingo, the extent of my Dutch is “De meisjes lezen de krant” which means “the girls read the newspaper” – an expression I’m sure I will use daily come January. I plan on writing plenty of posts while I’m there, so if you’re thinking of going on Erasmus, stay tuned to this blog to get the inside scoop.
Anyway, that’s it from me, keep an eye on the blog for more posts from my fellow ambassadors.
Hiya! I’m Ciara, and I’m a Law Plus Student at the University of Limerick. I’m in third year, and I’ve been on co-op since the start of the summer. This blog is just so you can get to know me a little better, but stay tuned for some more interesting ones about my life as a UL student! I’m from a small village in Clare but I tell everyone I’m from Limerick because I went to school there, and that’s sometimes too much for people’s brains to handle. I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey and cheese, and my talents include watching entire seasons of series in less than 24 hours, sleeping through the 20 alarms I set every morning, and eating excessive amounts of cheese. In my spare time I volunteer, sing, go online shopping for things I’ll never be able to afford, and I eat cheese…
So I know that the nagging question in your head right now is ‘Róisín, what made you choose UL??’ Well, to tell you the truth, when I was in sixth year UL was literally nowhere near my radar. I knew I wanted to do journalism, but I had my heart set on Dublin. It wasn’t until the career guidance counsellor at school told me about how good the journalism course in UL was that I reluctantly went along to the open day with my parents. I came home that day 100 percent positive that UL would be where I would get my degree.
What won me over first of all was the college itself- the grounds are amazing. Then there’s the homely sense of community in UL, it’s like a small town and everyone is so friendly.
Deciding where you want to go to college is a big decision – and a hard one too – what I think makes that decision a lot easier for everyone is the fact that if you study at UL, you get to do a semester of work experience in the field you want to work in, which can be done abroad as well. Also in my course, along with many others, we get the chance to study abroad for a semester on erasmus. Both of these things make you more employable at the end of your degree because you have experience in your line of work and also experience of different cultures.
Finally, my course. This was the final decider in me coming to UL. The more I found out about my course, the more I couldn’t wait to start. I absolutely love it, but of course there’s always bound to be one or two modules that you don’t like – especially when the course covers such a wide range, but at the end of the day we’re being prepared to work in all sectors of the media which is invaluable really!
Basically, I love everything about UL – from the university, my course, and Limerick city itself – and I can’t wait to see what else it throws at me during my years left here.
Hey there! I’m Róisín, I’m 19 and from Dungarvan in Co. Waterford. I’m a second year Journalism and New Media student in UL and my interests include napping, eating, and more napping.
It’s hard to believe that two years ago I was wondering the same questions as many sixth years are wondering now, ‘Where to go to college?’, ‘What course to study?’, ‘What points do I need?’ and most importantly ‘When’s the next night out?’.
When I was filling in my CAO from the of 15 I had decided I was going to study medicine, after many years volunteering with the Limerick Red Cross I was sure that was what I wanted. Then sixth year came and I realised I absolutely hated studying with a passion. I really loved French for my leaving cert, it was one of the few subjects where studying didn’t actually feel like studying so I decided to study languages.
For those of you that don’t know how college works instead of subjects you study modules. So I study five modules- French, Spanish, German, French Literature and Language Technology. Do I love my course? Yes. Is my course hard? YES. My advice to people confused about what to do in college is do what you love and don’t think about the future, if you don’t like your course you’re not going to stay with it for four years in the hope that you will enjoy the job after.
I have to admit although I have my problems with U.L. (like standing for 15 mins waiting to use this computer) it is actually a great college. Accommodation is a lot easier to find here than in Dublin, Cork or Galway and the campus is beautiful. One of the main reasons I would recommend U.L. to incoming students is the fact that on Thursday I am going for an interview to work in Hamburg for six months on co-op. Co-op is basically work experience during college to make it easier to get a job when you have your degree.
My name is Róisín Leo, I am a second year student in Applied Languages in UL and hopefully these blog posts will help you to make a decision on what to study next year.