As the University of Limerick continues three days of Winter conferring ceremonies involving 1831 students, Professor Don Barry highlighted the increasing growth in demand for UL graduates by employers and the institution’s position as Sunday Times University of the Year.
Speaking from the first of six conferring ceremonies Professor Barry said: “Today we also celebrate the national recognition of our efforts to be a University that makes a positive and effective contribution to Ireland as Sunday Times “University of the Year 2015”. This award reflects our commitment to an unparalleled student experience, our sector-leading graduate employability, our industry-relevant, award-winning research and our deep and genuine community engagement. Our staff and students and external partners are responsible for this accolade and work every day to make UL an exceptional and distinctive institution.”
“As one benchmark of UL’s distinctiveness, our 70% graduate employment rate for 2013 primary degree-holders which is a massive 19% higher than the average for the seven universities in Ireland. That is part of what we call the UL Edge – and it is something of which this university is very proud. Our most recent graduate survey revealed that more than 7 out of 10 of our graduates are going into direct employment. And most of the rest go on to further study and research,” continued Professor Barry.