The ULPSU was initially formed as the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PSA) in September 2002. Since that time it has directly represented every postgraduate student that has passed through the doors of UL. Initially a much smaller operation, the PSA continued to develop and expand throughout the 2000s. The PSA became the Postgraduate Students’ Union (PSU) in the academic year 2012/13, and has continued to increase its operations.
At the AGM in the autumn semester of 2015/16, the proposal for a part time Vice President was passed. At an EGM in the spring semester of 2018/2019, it was proposed that the role of Vice President would become a full-time Sabbatical Officer; the proposal was unanimously passed. At the same AGM, it was unanimously decided that the working hours of the Sabbatical Officers would be reduced from 44 to 40 hours, thus enabling international students to run for either position.
This same year saw the creation of a much-needed support and continuity role for the Union and its Officers, that of the Secretary-General.
The current President is Andrea La Touche, and Vice President is Rania Shadeed. Their term in office began in September 2019. The Executive & Council members’ details are available here.
Andrea La Touche 2020/2021
Abraham Agboola 2019/2020
Dean Lillis 2018/2019
Aimée McKenzie 2016/2018
Seán McKillen 2015/2016
Seamus Noonan 2014/2015
Lily Carroll 2013/2014
Cian Spillane 2012/2013
Sarah Jane Hennelly 2011/2012
Dan Comerford 2010/2011
Michael Bourke 2009/2010
Emma Murphy 2007/2009
Maya Niebrzegowska 2006/2007
Maria McHale 2005/2006
Sorcha Keegan 2004/2005
John O’Reilly 2003/2004
Jarleth Munnelly 2002/2003
ULPSU Vice Presidents
Rania Shadeed 2020/2021
Sanjana Shashikumar 2019/2020
Hala Jaber 2018/2019
Declan Mills 2016/2018
Elaine O’Connor 2015/2016
How your union works
UL Postgraduate Students’ Union (ULPSU) is the chief representative body for postgraduate students’ in University of Limerick. ULPSU is a democratic organization run by 2 full time officers elected by the Postgraduate Student Body along with the staff. The PSU’s main functions are to provide academic assistance to postgraduate students, to provide support to students in need, to lobby the University and the government on issues affecting postgraduate students, and to promote social and cultural inclusion.
There are two officers working full time, the President, the Vice President Academic Research along with a part time PHD Officer. Each of these officers has responsibility for their own brief and work to provide the best possible service and representation to our postgraduate students.
The ULPSU is located near the stables courtyard. The ULPSU is established in accordance with its constitution, statutes and regulations of the Governing Authority of the University as the sole representative body for UL postgraduate students. Each postgraduate student is automatically a member of the ULPSU.
The ULPSU sabbatical officers represent students on a number of committees including UL’s Governing Authority, Academic Council etc as mentioned below.
Andrea La Touche
Hi, I’m Andrea La Touched and I am your Post Graduate Students’ Union President.
Hi, I’m Rania Shadeed and I am your Post Graduate Students’ Union Vice President.
- PSU Executive Committee (10 members) 5
- Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Representative
- Education and Health Sciences Representative
- Kemmy Business School Representative
- Science and Engineering Representative
- PhD Representative
- International Representative
- Council members (two in total)
The ULPSU Council acts as the Postgraduate Student Parliament for UL.