On 22nd June, the unveiled the new UL Glucksman Library, which has now doubled in size and capacity having added an extra 7,600 sq. metres to the original library building. The Library now includes a range of world class innovations in book storage and retrieval, digital research, accessibility and ‘inspirational learning spaces’. One stand out feature is the ARC (Automated Reserve Collection) – a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane, with the capacity to store 500,000 volumes in a space 1/9th of conventional shelving, which will see UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, returned to campus.
A new scholarship, the Roibeárd Thornton Memorial-Janssen Sciences Scholarship, was launched today at the University of Limerick, named in memory of Dr Roibeárd Thornton, a graduate of the University. Dr Thornton, who had been working with Janssen Sciences in Cork for over 4 years, had just returned to Limerick with his family when he was tragically killed in a car crash in January 2016.
The new scholarship programme at UL, which is being gifted through the University of Limerick Foundation, will award €2,500 to a 2nd year student of the BSc Bioscience in the School of Natural Sciences. The inaugural 2017 recipient is Niamh Phelan from Kilkenny City who was awarded the Scholarship based on her academic excellence.