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Feb. 11, 2021

University of Limerick awarded Best Student Campus

University of LimerickThe University of Limerick has won the award for Best Student Campus in Ireland for a second year in a row, demonstrating why it is a great choice for your postgraduate studies.

This title has been bestowed upon the University of Limerick by the Education Ireland Awards in both 2019 and 2020, with its superb green study space being one of its major features.

Current postgraduate student Cassie explains the importance of these beautiful surroundings in her recent blog. “I’m Cassie, a PhD student at the University of Limerick currently completing my PhD in the area of Nature-Connectedness and the mental health benefits that spending time in nature can have. This will be my sixth year in UL (BA, MA and now PhD) and the benefits of UL’s green campus is the main reason I keep coming back.”

Cassie’s PhD focuses on the importance of green spaces and nature within urban settings and developments, she explains, “I always knew that nature made me feel good, but now I get to understand why and as part of my research, we hypothesise how to connect urban citizens to their greenspaces.” Cassie continues, “A recent pan-European study has reported a positive association between greater exposure to outdoor blue spaces and mental health. Natural green and blue spaces are linked to positive physical and mental well-being so it is no shock that taking a walk around UL, even in the midst of exam week, makes you feel good.”

Further explaining the details of her findings, Cassie says, “Greenspace is considered such a vital aspect of our wellbeing that WHO recommends that everybody should be living within a 5-minute walk of an open green space that is at least two hectares in size. Two hectares is about the size of two rugby pitches and the benefit of studying at UL is that you are surrounded by a campus that is immersed in nature.”

The University of Limerick has climbed to 17th in the world out of over 900 universities in the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, which measure a university’s commitment to an environmentally friendly future.

Find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Limerick.

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Content added on 11th February 2021. 

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