Thursday, June 1, 2023

Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals propels University of Limerick into world’s Top 100

University of Limerick has been ranked in the top 100 institutions worldwide for its work against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The ranking examines a university’s performance against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across teaching, research, equality, internal culture, and the impact UL has in the wider society.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 has placed UL at number 86 out of 1,591 institutions globally in measuring the positive societal impact UL is having in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

This is an improvement on the 2022 results when UL was ranked in the 101-200 range out of a total of 1,400 institutions.

UL is ranked 17th for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production which focuses on the efficient use of resources and minimising waste while limiting consumption of non-renewable resources.

The University is ranked 25th for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities highlighting the university’s research on social inequalities, its policies on discrimination and commitment to recruiting staff and students from under-represented groups.

Under SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth UL is ranked in 31st place. This goal evaluates an institution’s economic research, employment practices and the share of students taking work placements, and good employment practices.

The University also ranks in the Top 100 for:

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, UL is ranked 45th

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities ranking is 58th

SDG 5: Gender Equality ranked 94th

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing placed 98th

Commenting on the rankings, Professor Norelee Kennedy, UL’s Vice President for Research said: “The rankings highlight and promote UL’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the university – from its innovative research to its teaching and our interaction with the wider community on a local, regional, national and international level. They show that UL is a leader when it comes to tackling the global challenges, we all face.”

Thursday, May 25, 2023

we are hiring: Lecturer below the bar in Food Science


Lecturer below the bar in Food Science

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Research success: Marie Curie Doctoral Network (BullNet)


Prof. Sean Fair (picture), has recently coordinated a successful Marie Curie Doctoral Network (BullNet) which will train 12 PhD students in the area of bull fertility. The objective of Doctoral Networks is to implement doctoral programmes by partnerships of organisations from different sectors across Europe to train highly skilled doctoral candidates, stimulate their creativity, enhance their innovation capacities and boost their employability. BullNet, consisting of 8 beneficiaries and 13 associated partner organisations across 7 countries, is a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial research programme designed to unravel the complex underlying biology of compromised fertility of individual bulls. Cutting-edge basic, applied and machine-learning approaches will be used to deliver a robust, flexible semen product from young, appropriately reared and managed, first-season elite sires that can be used successfully for artificial insemination (AI) with predictable and consistent fertility, so as to provide the industry with key tools to meet current emissions and animal welfare demands. BullNet will also lead to the advancement of knowledge in how bull management strategies and semen processing affect the functional and molecular characteristics of sperm, thus opening scientific horizons for new applications in the area of assisted reproduction. BullNet will expose PhD students to different sectors and they will acquire a comprehensive set of transferable skills working in the specific research area relating to their individual research projects, with an emphasis on the need for technology transfer from academic institutions to commercial users.

With a 9% success rate in the most recent Doctoral Network call we congratulate Sean on coordinating this prestigious grant and wish him and his consortium well.

Recent related publications

The transcriptomic response of bovine uterine tissue is altered in response to sperm from high and low fertility bulls
Comparison of the uterine inflammatory response to frozen-thawed sperm from high and low fertility bulls

we are hiring: Teaching Assistant in Biological Sciences (2 positions)


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Monday, March 13, 2023

3rd Webinar on Trends in Food Science, Technology & Health – Topic 3: Women in Food Science

3rd Webinar on Trends in Food Science, Technology & Health – Topic 3: Women in Food Science

Date: 10.03.2023    Time: 14:00 – 16:30h

Number of participants: 60 (90% women, 10% men)

Number of countries: 12 (Asia, EU, Africa, South America)

Delivery mode: 100% online


The 3rd Webinar on Trends in Food Science, Technology, & Health took place on 10th March 2023. 

It was organised and hosted by Prof. Daniel Granato and Dr Fabiana Sarda (Department of Biol. Sciences - Faculty of Science & Engineering – University of Limerick) and Prof. Ana Isabel Novo de Barros (University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro– Portugal). 

A total of 50 people (90% women, 5% men) from 10 countries in four regions (South America – Brazil; Asia – Iran, Sri Lanka, Turkey; Europe – Estonia, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, and Croatia; Africa: South Africa) participated in the discussions about healthy ingredients. 

The speakers were from renowned universities, companies and Research Centres in Europe: Dr Talita Comunian, from TEAGASC - Ireland, who gave a lecture on plant-based food in vitro digestions, the definitions, challenges and new perspectives; Dr Ana Barros, from the University of Tras-os-Montes D’ouro-Portugal, who gave a lecture on legume proteins and the challenges in sustainability and health; Dr Reelika Ratsep, from the Estonian University of Life Sciences – Estonia, who gave a speech on food science and sustainable food production. 

Last, but not least, Prof Danijeka Kovacevic, from the University of Zagreb – Croatia, gave a speech on the design of strawberry-based functional foods by 3D printing.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cell EXPLORERS Engagement of Young People in Hands-On Science


Cell EXPLORERS UL is just finishing its 8th year of science engagement. The UL team is led by Audrey O’Grady, Stephanie Brosnan and Mary Barrett. Since commencing in 2015 we now have a dedicated space in the department for CE. The team is made up of Academics, Technicians, Undergrads and Postgrads, and we are always looking for more people to join!

The aim of CE is to:

·         Promote modern biology, science and research

·         Combat the stereotypical image of scientist

·         Change perceptions on science and inform on scientific careers

·         Train next generation of science communicators/educators


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