Limerick has two major third level educational institutions, University of Limerick (including Mary Immaculate College) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) which includes Limerick School of Art and Design.
- Together they have an aggregate student population of c.19,000
- The university has over 11,000 full-time students and approximately 2,000 part-time
- LIT has more than 6,500 students
Limerick School of Art and Design has been listed among the top 50 fashion schools in the world and has produced many famous alumni including designers Joanne Hynes, Miriam Mone, actor Pat Shortt and artist John Shinnors.
Major areas of research in UL and LIT
- ICT and software
- Bio-sciences, bio-analysis, bio-engineering and environment
- Materials & surface science
- Work quality and productivity
- Culture, Diversity and Social Change
- Applied Mathematical Sciences
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
With over 6,500 students, LIT is one of the fastest-growing Higher Level Education Institutes in Ireland. More than 1,700 people graduated from LIT in 2015, with 91% going directly into paid employment or further study.
Of those graduates who secured employment, 93% were working in Ireland, with only 7% moving overseas.
LIT’s programmes are developed with industry, with graduates in high demand in sectors including manufacturing and engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, construction, business and finance, the arts, IT, social care, hospitality and tourism, retailing and sales, and the media.
The institute is located across five campuses in Limerick and Tipperary. In 2015, the Higher Education Authority approved LIT’s proposed purchase of a site for a new campus at Coonagh Cross in Limerick with the support of capital funding from the Department of Education & Skills. Also under the Campus 2030 Masterplan, LIT in 2015 opened the new Sportshub facility on its Thurles campus, and International Fashion Incubator Limerick (IFIL) in Limerick City Centre.
- 91% of LIT graduates were either in employment or further study
- 93% of LIT graduates securing employment after graduation remain in Ireland
- LIT has 100% employment in programmes including the B.Eng. in Automation & Control and the B.Sc. in Drug & Medicinal Product Analysis
University of Limerick
Year on year UL graduate employment figures are increasing as a reflection of its continually evolving programmes that offer students the kind of educational and research experiences that will best prepare them for their careers.
- UL's graduate employment rate for 2014 primary degree-holders is now 22% higher than the HEA’s most recently-available national average figure which is 51% for 2013.
- The survey of UL’s 2014 graduates showed 92% are either employed or pursuing further study.
- 73% of graduates went directly into employment, 56% in Ireland and 17% overseas. This is a 3% increase in employment levels on 2013 with a significant increase (7%) of those securing employment within Ireland.
- The number of UL graduates seeking employment is now at 7%, a figure which is considerably lower than the official labour market unemployment figure which is currently in excess of 9.7%.
- There is a significant increase (7%) of those securing employment within Ireland. The most significant regional increase in employment is in the West (West, Mid and South) with 61% of UL graduates working in Ireland staying within the region, followed by the East with 27%. The high concentration of graduates in the Mid-West continues to be a key driver for foreign direct investment (FDI) into the region. This is reflected in feedback from state development agencies and FDI investors.
- Of the UL graduates who were working internationally, 55% have stayed within the EU, with 41% of these graduates working in the UK. North America remains a popular working location for UL graduates, accounting for 21% of international employment. This is followed by the Far East and the UAE which accounts for 9% and 8% of jobs respectively, primarily in the education sector.
- The final figure for those pursuing postgraduate study is 19%.
- The value of postgraduate study is clearly evident from the survey, with postgraduate students very well placed to benefit from the growth in employment nationally. PhD graduates recorded an exceptionally high employment rate of 94% and this reflects sustained activities in research and development across both indigenous and multinational graduate employers.
- Our doctorate students are also very much in demand, with 94% of last year’s PhD graduates currently in employment an increase of 4% on 2013 figures.