2022 is a milestone year for the University of Limerick. In September 1972, the National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE), as it was then called, opened its doors for the first time. The opening of the college came after a decade-long campaign by the people of Limerick most notably by the Limerick University Project Committee (LUPC) and the Limerick Student University Project Committee (LSPUC) for a university for the city.
While the outcome of that campaign was not quite what they had sought it was, nevertheless, it was a start at righting the educational wrongs in Limerick. Prior to the opening of the NIHE leaving certificate students in the Limerick region had to travel to Cork, Dublin, or Galway if they wanted to continue onto third level. And that was contingent on their parents being able to afford the expense associated with living away from home - not everybody was able to get a grant. This meant that many of the brightest minds in the region could not compete for the new jobs coming on stream as the Irish economy expanded in the 1960s because they did not have the necessary qualifications. As a result of the shakeup in the Irish education sector in the 1960s a new teacher training college was also established in Limerick at this time.
The National College of Physical Education-later Thomond College – opened its doors to students in September 1972. While the two colleges shared the same campus space, they largely worked independently of each other and had separate ideologies and educational commitments. In 1989 NIHE gained university status and in 1991 Thomond College was subsumed into the new university. Over the past 50 years staff and students at University of Limerick have become a community with shared goals and aspirations that have made the college what it is today.
Hardcover, illustrated throughout, SIGNED by Martin Walsh to the blank endpaper.
BRAND NEW, NOVEMBER 2023
TRACKED COURIER DELIVERY WITHIN IRELAND IS INCLUDED IN THE COST.
The ideal gift for a former graduate of UL !