Several Clare students graduated from the University of Limerick this week.
On Monday, UL conferred awards on more than 300 students of its Kemmy Business School. The Kemmy Business School has been recognised internationally for the quality of its programmes and was the first business school in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious EPAS international accreditation for the BBS suite of programmes at undergraduate level.
In addition responsible education at the Kemmy Business School has been recognised by the United Nations by its recent inclusion on its list of PRME champions. PRME stands for Principles for Responsible Management Education and is a UN initiative to foster and develop responsibility in management education. There are only 29 PRME Champion schools globally, of which KBS is now one.
Education and Health Science graduates received their degrees on Tuesday. The Faculty of Education and Health Sciences provides programmes in education and health, including MSc’s in areas including Psychological Science, Sports Performance and Nursing Studies. Fifteen PhDs were also awarded, with research topics including ‘The Effect of Strength Training on Performance in Endurance Athletes’ and ‘Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction in Foster Cares’.
Many graduates of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences go on to work in health services and schools in Ireland and internationally. Referring to a recent major breakthrough in medical research at the Faculty in his speech at the ceremony, UL President Professor Don Barry said: ‘I cannot let this graduation ceremony pass without mentioning the biggest research news for UL this year or maybe ever.
“And that our Chair in Surgery, Professor Calvin Coffey’s ground-breaking research which provides evidence to classify part of the digestive system, the mesentery, as an organ and thereby identifies a new area of medical science to be known as mesenteric science. In other words, a UL researcher has identified a new organ in the body, one which hadn’t been known about before. This research has prompted an update in the latest edition of one of the world’s best-known medical textbooks Gray’s Anatomy and has brought UL and the Graduate Entry Medical School into the Media everywhere from LA to Japan from CNN to the BBC.’
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