UL Citizens’ Assembly

25 May 2023

Shaping our Shared Future

On 25th May 2023, the university and people of Limerick will join together in a citizens’ assembly to identify 4 x projects to help us work towards a more sustainable future.

Want to get involved? Have a look at what will happen on the day and complete this expression of interest form.

What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

A ‘safe and respectful space’ for citizens to come together and discuss SDG focused actions for Limerick.

A means to strengthen democracy and involve citizens in meaningful decision-making.

An opportunity for collective learning and experimentation.

What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

A ‘safe and respectful space’ for citizens to come together and discuss SDG focused actions for Limerick.

A means to strengthen democracy and involve citizens in meaningful decision-making.

An opportunity for collective learning and experimentation.

Why are we holding a UL Citizen’s Assembly?

To provide a public focus on sustainability and SDG focused actions from UL that can have a positive impact for Limerick.

To provide a public and inclusive forum to share our collective knowledge and experience about the kind of projects that UL should support.

To provide an opportunity for UL academics to develop their public engagement skills and experience.

To provide the public with a chance to connect with UL academics, ideas and activities.

What will the UL Citizens’ Assembly look like?

An engaging and interactive day out for UL and the community.

An academic cross between ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Dragons’ Den’.

Four panels, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, each with 3 project teams who will be given 10 minutes max to tell the Assembly about their proposed project – with a strong emphasis on making the presentations as interesting, educational and entertaining as possible.

What will the UL Citizens’ Assembly look like?

An engaging and interactive day out for UL and the community.

An academic cross between ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Dragons’ Den’.

Four panels, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, each with 3 project teams who will be given 10 minutes max to tell the Assembly about their proposed project – with a strong emphasis on making the presentations as interesting, educational and entertaining as possible.

Process

FEBRUARY

Call for proposals

$

MARCH

EOIs for assembly

$

APRIL

Shortlisting of proposals

$

25th MAY

Citizens’ Assembly

Winners announced

$

FOLLOW UP

The work begins!

Citizens' Assembly Agenda
  • Registration, coffee, chat
  • Presentations and discussion
  • Break/Lunch
  • Presentations and discussion
  • Vote
  • Winners announced
  • Reception

Planning Group

This initiative is a collaboration between UL Engage, Limerick City and County Council (LCCC), Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN), Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), and Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.

From left:  Patrick Fitzgerald, Eileen Hoffler, Caroline Rafter, Tracey Gleeson, Josh O’Dwyer, Maura Adshead, Lorraine Broderick.

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As part of UL’s fiftieth anniversary year, we were anxious to do something that would engage with the wider Limerick community and, perhaps, reverberate beyond next May when our Jubilee concludes. An event that would provide an opportunity for academics to develop their public engagement skills and experience and where citizens would gain insight into who we are and what we do, seemed like the answer.

 

Prof. Nigel Healey

VP Global and Community Engagement, UL

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As Limerick PPN’s Resource Worker I am always keen to source opportunities for our member groups to contribute to and engage with meaningfully. With its focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and significant funding available for projects in Limerick, the Citizens Assembly fits into our core ethos of collaborative consultation and working together for a better Limerick.

 

Lorraine Broderick

Planning Group, Limerick PPN Resource Worker

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The Citizens’ Assembly is a fantastic opportunity for young people- not only because we can learn so much through being active members in our communities, but because it provides a platform for us to educate and inform ourselves and each other. As young people we are often told that we are the future – The Citizens Assembly allows us to be part of the present, to make real change in real time – to shape the now, not the later.

Josh O’Dwyer

Planning Group, UL student & former Comhairle na nÓg member

Expert Group

Comprising of 5 representatives from UL (one from each of the four faculties plus the Research office) and 5 external panel members reflecting public, private and community sectors and relevant experience in public engagement and educational outreach, the Expert Panel will short-list the projects for participation in the Assembly and give their feedback on all project proposals

Prof. Nigel Healey (Chair)

VP Global and Community Engagement, UL

Christine Brennan

UL Research Strategy and Policy Manager

Prof. Tom Cosgrove

Science and Engineering,
UL

Prof. Sheila Killian

Kemmy Business School,
UL

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Dr Nigel Healey is Professor of International Higher Education and Vice-President Global and Community Engagement at the University of Limerick.  Prior to joining the UL in 2020, he was Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University (2016-20), Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University (2011-16), Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Dean of UC Business School at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2004-11) and Dean of the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2000-04).

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A senior executive, strategic planner, policy advisor and science communication professional specialising in research, development and innovation. Skilled at: working collaboratively with senior leadership and stakeholders to develop evidence-based strategies; driving implementation through engagement, organisational policy and communications planning while objectively evaluating and monitoring success. An adept communicator with a track-record of delivering while building strong collaborative partnerships into the future.

Read Bio

Director, Michael Punch & Partners since 1980, responsible for concept design, strategic planning, training and staff development. With experience as the Consulting Engineer on some few hundred built structures, including Thomond Park, as Professor of Civil Engineering in UL, Tom is now building a new programme in Civil Engineering using Problem Based Learning and Action Research methodologies

Read Bio

Sheila Killian holds a BA in Mathematics, an MBS focused on earnings management and a PhD in taxation. She qualified as an associate of the Irish Tax Institute in 1989 and as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. She has worked in third level education in South Africa and Finland, and lectures in corporate social responsibility and finance at the Kemmy Business School, UL. Sheila previously worked in taxation with Ernst & Young, KPMG and Arthur Andersen, and in the aviation finance industry. She is the founding Chair of Soweto Connection, an Irish non-profit organisation working with South African township communities and has written Corporate Social Responsibility: A Guide, with Irish Experiences.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Limerick Community Education Network

Liz Gabbett

Maigue Rivers Trust Project
Officer

Prof. Anne MacFarlane

School of Medicine

Seamus O’Connor

Limerick City and County
Council

Read Bio

Patrick has worked in the community sector of Limerick for many years covering mental health and adult community education.  He is passionate about raising the awareness of services available and has sat as Director of Limerick Mental Health Week for a number of years and Chairs the current Limerick LifeLong Learning Festival Organising Committee.  Patrick also works with the Limerick Community Education Network and represents the LCEN on the Limerick PPN as Facilitator of the Secretariat. He holds an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has co-founded Evolve Mental Health, Limerick’s CBT clinic based in Castletroy.

Read Bio

Liz is an ecologist; instructional designer; citizen scientist; administrator; people coordinator; project officer; and farmer! In the past, Liz was a student advocate; she managed multiple campaigns to improve students’ academic experience and welfare services. Liz holds a BSc Hons in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MA in Technical Communication and eLearning from UL. A talented all-rounder, Liz is passionate about the environment and Limerick’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read Bio

Anne is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, School of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. She has specialist expertise in participatory health research, implementation science and migrant health.

Anne is founder and overall academic lead for the School of Medicine’s Public and Patient Involvement Research Unit, which is designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Migrant’s Involvement in Health Research, which is hosted in the Unit. She established, and was theme lead for Public and Patient Involvement in the HRI, from 2016-2019.

Read Bio

Seamus O’Connor is Chief Officer to Limerick City and Council Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), responsible for liaising with a range of local economic and community development stakeholders to  implement the Limerick Local Economic and Community Development Plan

Prof. Helen Phelan

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD)

John Real

Limerick Youth
Services

Monica Spencer

Coordinator, Local Creative Youth Partnership, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board

Read Bio

Helen Phelan is Director and Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She is an Irish Research Council recipient for her work in music, migration and the use of arts-based research methods.  A singer, she is co-founder of the female vocal ensemble Cantoral, specializing in Irish medieval chant. She is founder of the Singing and Social Inclusion research group and Chair of IMBAS, a national network for artistic research in Ireland. Recent books include her monograph Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish with Oxford University Press and The Artist and Academia, co-edited with Graham Welch. She is HRI cluster lead for PART-IM: Participatory and Arts-Based Methods for involving Migrants in Health Research.

Read Bio

By day, John Real is the coordinator for Limerick Comhairle na nÓg and Youth Mental Health Worker with the Be Well Team in LYS’ Northside Youth space. By night he’s a well-known events creator and curator, planning, managing, promoting and organising fantastical metal gigs and events in Limerick. He’s partnered the University on a number of collaborative projects, including successful IRC and Erasmus grant applications.

Read Bio

Monica Spencer has worked in the arts across a range of organisations in Limerick and Cork for over thirty years. For most of her career she has engaged with community groups delivering programmes in theatre, visual art, music and festival. Her experience spans festival and venue management, capital development, production management and fundraising. She works full-time as Coordinator of the Local Creative Youth Partnership based at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board where she has also has also worked as a community based tutor for many years. She is a board member of The GAFF in Limerick, the artist-led, community focused organisation which produced Tiny Little Histories and TravFest in 2022.

Expert Group

Comprising of 5 representatives from UL (one from each of the four faculties plus the Research office) and 5 external panel members reflecting public, private and community sectors and relevant experience in public engagement and educational outreach, the Expert Panel will short-list the projects for participation in the Assembly and give their feedback on all project proposals

Prof. Nigel Healey (Chair)

VP Global and Community Engagement, UL

Christine Brennan

UL Research Strategy and Policy Manager

Read Bio

Dr Nigel Healey is Professor of International Higher Education and Vice-President Global and Community Engagement at the University of Limerick.  Prior to joining the UL in 2020, he was Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University (2016-20), Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University (2011-16), Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Dean of UC Business School at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2004-11) and Dean of the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2000-04).

Read Bio

A senior executive, strategic planner, policy advisor and science communication professional specialising in research, development and innovation. Skilled at: working collaboratively with senior leadership and stakeholders to develop evidence-based strategies; driving implementation through engagement, organisational policy and communications planning while objectively evaluating and monitoring success. An adept communicator with a track-record of delivering while building strong collaborative partnerships into the future.

Prof. Tom Cosgrove

Science and Engineering,
UL

Prof. Sheila Killian

Kemmy Business School,
UL

Read Bio

Director, Michael Punch & Partners since 1980, responsible for concept design, strategic planning, training and staff development. With experience as the Consulting Engineer on some few hundred built structures, including Thomond Park, as Professor of Civil Engineering in UL, Tom is now building a new programme in Civil Engineering using Problem Based Learning and Action Research methodologies

Read Bio

Sheila Killian holds a BA in Mathematics, an MBS focused on earnings management and a PhD in taxation. She qualified as an associate of the Irish Tax Institute in 1989 and as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. She has worked in third level education in South Africa and Finland, and lectures in corporate social responsibility and finance at the Kemmy Business School, UL. Sheila previously worked in taxation with Ernst & Young, KPMG and Arthur Andersen, and in the aviation finance industry. She is the founding Chair of Soweto Connection, an Irish non-profit organisation working with South African township communities and has written Corporate Social Responsibility: A Guide, with Irish Experiences.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Limerick Community Education Network

Liz Gabbett

Maigue Rivers Trust Project
Officer

Read Bio

Patrick has worked in the community sector of Limerick for many years covering mental health and adult community education.  He is passionate about raising the awareness of services available and has sat as Director of Limerick Mental Health Week for a number of years and Chairs the current Limerick LifeLong Learning Festival Organising Committee.  Patrick also works with the Limerick Community Education Network and represents the LCEN on the Limerick PPN as Facilitator of the Secretariat. He holds an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has co-founded Evolve Mental Health, Limerick’s CBT clinic based in Castletroy.

Read Bio

Liz is an ecologist; instructional designer; citizen scientist; administrator; people coordinator; project officer; and farmer! In the past, Liz was a student advocate; she managed multiple campaigns to improve students’ academic experience and welfare services. Liz holds a BSc Hons in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MA in Technical Communication and eLearning from UL. A talented all-rounder, Liz is passionate about the environment and Limerick’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prof. Anne MacFarlane

School of Medicine

Seamus O’Connor

Limerick City and County
Council

Read Bio

Anne is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, School of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. She has specialist expertise in participatory health research, implementation science and migrant health.

Anne is founder and overall academic lead for the School of Medicine’s Public and Patient Involvement Research Unit, which is designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Migrant’s Involvement in Health Research, which is hosted in the Unit. She established, and was theme lead for Public and Patient Involvement in the HRI, from 2016-2019.

Read Bio

Seamus O’Connor is Chief Officer to Limerick City and Council Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), responsible for liaising with a range of local economic and community development stakeholders to  implement the Limerick Local Economic and Community Development Plan

Prof. Helen Phelan

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD)

John Real

Limerick Youth
Services

Read Bio

Helen Phelan is Director and Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She is an Irish Research Council recipient for her work in music, migration and the use of arts-based research methods.  A singer, she is co-founder of the female vocal ensemble Cantoral, specializing in Irish medieval chant. She is founder of the Singing and Social Inclusion research group and Chair of IMBAS, a national network for artistic research in Ireland. Recent books include her monograph Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish with Oxford University Press and The Artist and Academia, co-edited with Graham Welch. She is HRI cluster lead for PART-IM: Participatory and Arts-Based Methods for involving Migrants in Health Research.

Read Bio

By day, John Real is the coordinator for Limerick Comhairle na nÓg and Youth Mental Health Worker with the Be Well Team in LYS’ Northside Youth space. By night he’s a well-known events creator and curator, planning, managing, promoting and organising fantastical metal gigs and events in Limerick. He’s partnered the University on a number of collaborative projects, including successful IRC and Erasmus grant applications.

Monica Spencer

Coordinator, Local Creative Youth Partnership, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board

Read Bio

Monica Spencer has worked in the arts across a range of organisations in Limerick and Cork for over thirty years. For most of her career she has engaged with community groups delivering programmes in theatre, visual art, music and festival. Her experience spans festival and venue management, capital development, production management and fundraising. She works full-time as Coordinator of the Local Creative Youth Partnership based at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board where she has also has also worked as a community based tutor for many years. She is a board member of The GAFF in Limerick, the artist-led, community focused organisation which produced Tiny Little Histories and TravFest in 2022.

Expert Group

Comprising of 5 representatives from UL (one from each of the four faculties plus the Research office) and 5 external panel members reflecting public, private and community sectors and relevant experience in public engagement and educational outreach, the Expert Panel will short-list the projects for participation in the Assembly and give their feedback on all project proposals

Prof. Nigel Healey (Chair)

VP Global and Community Engagement, UL

Read Bio

Dr Nigel Healey is Professor of International Higher Education and Vice-President Global and Community Engagement at the University of Limerick.  Prior to joining the UL in 2020, he was Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University (2016-20), Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University (2011-16), Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Dean of UC Business School at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2004-11) and Dean of the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2000-04).

Christine Brennan

UL Research Strategy and Policy Manager

Read Bio

A senior executive, strategic planner, policy advisor and science communication professional specialising in research, development and innovation. Skilled at: working collaboratively with senior leadership and stakeholders to develop evidence-based strategies; driving implementation through engagement, organisational policy and communications planning while objectively evaluating and monitoring success. An adept communicator with a track-record of delivering while building strong collaborative partnerships into the future.

Prof. Tom Cosgrove

Science and Engineering,
UL

Read Bio

Director, Michael Punch & Partners since 1980, responsible for concept design, strategic planning, training and staff development. With experience as the Consulting Engineer on some few hundred built structures, including Thomond Park, as Professor of Civil Engineering in UL, Tom is now building a new programme in Civil Engineering using Problem Based Learning and Action Research methodologies

Prof. Sheila Killian

Kemmy Business School,
UL

Read Bio

Sheila Killian holds a BA in Mathematics, an MBS focused on earnings management and a PhD in taxation. She qualified as an associate of the Irish Tax Institute in 1989 and as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. She has worked in third level education in South Africa and Finland, and lectures in corporate social responsibility and finance at the Kemmy Business School, UL. Sheila previously worked in taxation with Ernst & Young, KPMG and Arthur Andersen, and in the aviation finance industry. She is the founding Chair of Soweto Connection, an Irish non-profit organisation working with South African township communities and has written Corporate Social Responsibility: A Guide, with Irish Experiences.

Patrick Fitzgerald

Limerick Community Education Network

Read Bio

Patrick has worked in the community sector of Limerick for many years covering mental health and adult community education.  He is passionate about raising the awareness of services available and has sat as Director of Limerick Mental Health Week for a number of years and Chairs the current Limerick LifeLong Learning Festival Organising Committee.  Patrick also works with the Limerick Community Education Network and represents the LCEN on the Limerick PPN as Facilitator of the Secretariat. He holds an MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has co-founded Evolve Mental Health, Limerick’s CBT clinic based in Castletroy.

Liz Gabbett

Maigue Rivers Trust Project
Officer

Read Bio

Liz is an ecologist; instructional designer; citizen scientist; administrator; people coordinator; project officer; and farmer! In the past, Liz was a student advocate; she managed multiple campaigns to improve students’ academic experience and welfare services. Liz holds a BSc Hons in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MA in Technical Communication and eLearning from UL. A talented all-rounder, Liz is passionate about the environment and Limerick’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prof. Anne MacFarlane

School of Medicine

Read Bio

Anne is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, School of Medicine, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. She has specialist expertise in participatory health research, implementation science and migrant health.

Anne is founder and overall academic lead for the School of Medicine’s Public and Patient Involvement Research Unit, which is designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Migrant’s Involvement in Health Research, which is hosted in the Unit. She established, and was theme lead for Public and Patient Involvement in the HRI, from 2016-2019.

Seamus O’Connor

Limerick City and County
Council

Read Bio

Seamus O’Connor is Chief Officer to Limerick City and Council Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), responsible for liaising with a range of local economic and community development stakeholders to  implement the Limerick Local Economic and Community Development Plan

Prof. Helen Phelan

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD)

Read Bio

Helen Phelan is Director and Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She is an Irish Research Council recipient for her work in music, migration and the use of arts-based research methods.  A singer, she is co-founder of the female vocal ensemble Cantoral, specializing in Irish medieval chant. She is founder of the Singing and Social Inclusion research group and Chair of IMBAS, a national network for artistic research in Ireland. Recent books include her monograph Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish with Oxford University Press and The Artist and Academia, co-edited with Graham Welch. She is HRI cluster lead for PART-IM: Participatory and Arts-Based Methods for involving Migrants in Health Research.

John Real

Limerick Youth
Services

Read Bio

By day, John Real is the coordinator for Limerick Comhairle na nÓg and Youth Mental Health Worker with the Be Well Team in LYS’ Northside Youth space. By night he’s a well-known events creator and curator, planning, managing, promoting and organising fantastical metal gigs and events in Limerick. He’s partnered the University on a number of collaborative projects, including successful IRC and Erasmus grant applications.

Monica Spencer

Coordinator, Local Creative Youth Partnership, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board

Read Bio

Monica Spencer has worked in the arts across a range of organisations in Limerick and Cork for over thirty years. For most of her career she has engaged with community groups delivering programmes in theatre, visual art, music and festival.  Her experience spans festival and venue management, capital development, production management and fundraising.  She works full-time as Coordinator of the Local Creative Youth Partnership based at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board where she has also has also worked as a community based tutor for many years.  She is a board member of The GAFF in Limerick, the artist-led, community focused organisation which produced Tiny Little Histories and TravFest in 2022. 

Expression of Interest Form