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Arts Office Introduction

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University of Limerick Arts Office plays a key role in the vibrant artistic life of UL with a wide programme of cultural events. Central to our programming is to challenge the perception of what art is and what role art can play in our day to day lives. We are also firm proponents of the restorative power of art and seek to engage our community in meaningful experiences through the prisms of music, literature, dance, performance, painting, sculpture, spoken word, craft – the list is endless.

Many of our activities are socially engaged one off pop ups. We also encourage a large degree of interaction by our audiences. Our work with communities on and off campus has resulted in publications such as What Are We Like – a collection of writing by local creative writing groups and Forty Tall Tales – a celebration of 40 years of UL through the medium of story.

The Arts Office is involved in bringing the university art collections to broader audiences through a series of curated exhibitions highlighting different aspects of the art work on campus.

We welcome collaboration with faculty, staff and students and are always happy to help with projects large and small.

What is Sound Walking?

Sound Walking is the practice of walking and exploring a soundscape in a given area, to enhance your perception of sounds and silence.

 Who might use these Sound Walking resources?

 1) people involved in the “listening" professions, or

 2) people working virtually or people working to support a 

     virtual workplace with colleagues.

In both situations, people are doing a lot more listening and significantly less interaction in person with colleagues than before the Covid -19 disruption to our normal daily working lives.

These Sound Walking resources are great tools to switch out from how we use our hearing during our working days and to switch in to a different kind of listening.

These resources can be used

to enhance and expand our daily experience of the sounds (and silence) all around us; and

to provide some creative jumping off points for people interested in expanding their enjoyment of their daily walking activity.


How to use Sound Walking as a walker?

have a look at the information in the links - click on the pictures and the actions are easy to follow.

A Walk in My Shoes 1a basic toolkit for creative sound walking                       

A Walk in My Shoes 2  –  a basic toolkit for basic sound mapping                   

A Walk in My Shoes 3  – a basic toolkit for creative sound journaling                    

 

      

 

 

University of Limerick Arts Office curates collaborative socially engaged arts projects. Many of these involve community groups or the coming together of individuals to form a group. Our mantra is “Everyday Art for Everyday People”

University of Limerick Arts Office community based projects take; many forms – the facilitation of a project created by another group; the curation of an event to address social issues that has an impact on a particular group or the community in general; the use of the University Art Collections as a community resource; assist other university divisions in their outreach work.

You may contact the Arts Office at the University of Limerick at  patricia.moriarty@ul.ie

Academy for Children

The Academy works with DEIS primary schools in Limerick city and county with a focus on 5th and 6th class pupil.

The goal of the Academy is to encourage and support primary school children in local DEIS designated schools to reach their full potential and begin their journey onto higher education. 

This is achieved though the delivery of on campus and in school programmes that are designed in collaboration with schools.

These fun, and interesting, age-specific activities are designed to raise aspirations and to begin to embed the University of Limerick into school communities early in the children’s educational journeys.

The role of the Academy is to open doors and expand horizons, to introduce the University to those who do not know it and to inspire future graduates.

You may contact the academy @ niamh.anne.osullivan@ul.ie

or alternatively call 086 065 7883

Educational Assistive Technology Centre

 

The Educational Assistive Technology Centre (EATC) at the University of Limerick is dedicated to supporting students, staff and parents of the University, other third-level institutions, secondary, and primary schools with assistive technology services.

Our mission is to research, develop and champion inclusive digital practice in education. The centre’s approach is underpinned by the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and delivered through best practices in digital accessibility & Assistive Technology (AT).

Some of the services that are available to students, educators, parents and organisations who are external to the University include; 

  1. Presentations and Information Sessions

On request, we can schedule a presentation or information session on Assistive Technology (AT) for groups including, schools, parents, teachers, SNA’s, education professionals, companies, or private organisations.

These sessions can cover all aspects of AT for education, including but not limited to:

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Accessibility
  • Any Assistive Technology

 

  1. Assistive Technology Assessment Services – Educational Only

We help to determine which AT would best suit a person’s educational needs. These assessments include:

  • Private consultation with individuals
  • Detailed demonstrations, trials, and implementation plans
  • Assistive Technology Assessment reports

Currently the Assessment Service is limited to students who are categorised has high needs, such as vision or hearing loss or physical or multiple disabilities, and to students in the mid-west region.

  1. Assistive Technology Training and Training Courses

EATC has developed numerous assistive technology courses and are available on request, some are listed below, courses can also be tailored to training needs. Alternatively, EATC runs Assistive Technology Training courses through local education centres and other charities and organisations for teachers and staff. Finally, EATC runs summer training programs for students with learning difficulties, to sign up for these courses please email the contact below.

Training Courses:

  • UDL
  • Creating Accessible educational materials
  • AT Learning Difficulties
    • Read & Write Gold
    • Freeware for Windows
    • iPads & Apps
    • Google Workspace, Chrome & Chromebook Accessibility
    • Mind Mapping
    • Note Taking Solutions
    • Hardware
    • Executive Functioning & Organisation
  • Physical
    • Voice Recognition
    • Alternative Inputs supports
  • Hearing
    • Learning supports
    • Hardware
    • Freeware
  • Visual
    • Freeware Windows, MAC, Chrome
    • iPad & iPhone Accessibility
    • Magnification Software
    • Hardware
    • Screen Readers
    • Touch Typing

 

Contact Details,