I want to give a special welcome to all 1st years; you are beginning the best four years of your life here at the University of Limerick! Your time here will absolutely fly and you will indulge in a range of activities that will invigorate, challenge and excite you. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all other students that are coming back to us. I hope this year can prove to be even better than the last.
My name is Matthew Murphy and I am your Vice President/Academic Officer for the coming year. My role entails working as part of a team with our President (Ciara Jo Hanlon) and our Welfare Officer (Lorcan O’Donnell) and all of the staff in UL Student Life representing the students of UL. We vow to do our very best to provide you with the finest university experience possible. As part of my role I will be representing students at a university level on committees such as the Academic Council (AC) and Academic Regulations Committee (ARC). These committees discuss a wide range of academic issues and feedback from you, the student, is vital for these committees as it shapes of the future of your university academically.
I am here to represent you and provide you with any assistance you may need in relation to a host of academic issues such as;
- Exam Results
- Exam Repeats and Grade Rechecks
- Academic Progression
- Issues with your Lecturer/Tutor/Course
- Anything that Affects your Academic Experience
I also work alongside Heather Armstrong, our Student Representation Coordinator. Heather and I work to develop and facilitate Student Council and the Class Rep structure. Class Reps and the members of the Student Council are a vital part of UL Student Life. Both act as a first point of contact with the student body. They let us know how students are feeling, what we are doing right and where we could improve. So if you want to make a difference in UL, don’t be afraid to get involved. College is your time to develop both as a student and a person. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, escape your comfort zone and try new things. Often you’ll find that you learn more from the tests you fail, but If you do find yourself struggling with the academic side of your college experience, make sure to seek help and assistance and make use of the support systems that UL has in place. Talk to someone such as a housemate, a classmate, a counsellor or a member of the sabbatical team. The transition from secondary school to college life can be a shock to the system, but there are plenty of supports to make that transition as smooth as possible!
Finally, never be afraid to ask questions, all the lecturers are very helpful, obliging and love getting to know their students, even if they appear intimidating during lectures. My door is always open so feel free to call in! You can contact me by phone, by email or any form of social media.
I want to wish you the very best in all of your endeavours in UL.
Welcome to the Wolfpack!