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Limerick Third Level Institutions – Limerick Institute of Technology is set to receive nearly €1.8 million in funding

Over €3 million funding awarded to Limerick third level institutions

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

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Mary Immaculate College is set to receive nearly €700,000 in funding

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has announced funding of €38 million for higher education institutions for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Out of the €38 million, over €3million of the funding has been designated for capital works and new equipment at Limerick’s three third-level institutions.

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is set to receive €1,771,913; the University of Limerick (UL) is set to receive €757,809 and Mary Immaculate College is set to receive €696,902.

The delegated capital grant allocation will enable the Limerick third level institutions to address a number of key capital investment priorities including minor works and equipment needs to support safe campus reopening, the procurement of additional ICT devices – including laptops – to support disadvantaged students, health and safety works, energy efficiency and decarbonisation related upgrades.

Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick County, Minister Niall Collins said, “Students across the country will begin to return to colleges for the first time in 19 months, a hugely exciting time for students and staff alike. 

“I’m delighted to see my Department announce a significant devolved capital grant for the higher education sector to support a range of capital priorities. I am pleased to welcome over €3 million for capital works and equipment for Limerick higher education institutions.  

“The grant funding will also help facilitate the safe and very welcome return of students to campus-based learning, and will allow higher education institutions to carry out necessary minor works and equipment upgrades across their estates over the coming year.” 

The funding forms part of ongoing investment in the higher education sector under Project Ireland 2040. Funding will be provided through the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Laptops procured to support disadvantaged students will be distributed through targeted lending schemes run by the higher education institutions. This will be overseen by Access Offices in the individual institutions. Any students who consider they might be eligible to receive a device should contact their Access Office for application details.

The scheme will be primarily aimed at first-year students but it is open to anyone to seek support. Last year, over 8,000 laptops were distributed to higher education students.

Previous allocations under the Devolved Capital Grant have had a significant positive impact on campus development, facilitating initiatives such as upgrading of laboratories, replacement of obsolete ICT equipment, installation of energy-efficient lighting, and repurposing of existing spaces in line with the needs of students and staff.

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