Hey everyone! Welcome to UL and congratulations on making it college! You are about to start the
most exciting, wild and fun four years of your life.
During your time in UL you will learn a few things about your course of study, charge you phone in
ridiculous places, roll rollies, go to the library, make a fool of yourself on a night out, indulge in a
range of sexual activities with the opposite/same sex and no one will care, because everyone else is
doing the same thing!!
My name is Donal Foley and I am your Vice president/ Academic Officer. My role entails working as
part of a team with the President (Sarah Dunphy) and the Welfare Officer (Caolan O’Donnell) and all
the staff in ULSU representing the Students of UL trying to provide you with the best university
experience possible over the next year. My role also requires individual efforts put into representing
students at a university level at the Academic Council (AC), Academic Regulations Committee (ARC)
and many more where issues’ regarding feedback from students is important and shapes the future
stepping stones of the university.
I’m here to represent the students!! Be it good, bad or indifferent! I am here to provide you with the
help you need with any problem regarding your academic experience. These are:
? Issues with your Lecturer/Tutor/Course.
? Repeats and Grade Re-checks.
? Academic Progression.
? Academic Fees/Fines.
? Anything that affects your academic experience.
I also work alongside Liz Gabbet our Democracy & Development manager on developing and
facilitating the Class rep structure and Student council. Class Reps and the members of the Student
Council are a very important part of ULSU as they are first point of contact with the student body.
They let us know how students are feeling, what we are doing right and most importantly what we
need to improve on. So if you want to make a difference in UL don’t be afraid to get involved!!
College is about developing both as a student and a young adult. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
and try new things. If you find yourself struggling with the academic side of your college experience,
seek the help you need to get over the barrier that is preventing you to excel! Talk to someone be it
a housemate, a classmate, a counsellor or a member of the sabbatical team. The transition from
secondary school to college can be a shock to the system, but there are plenty supports in place to
make that transition as smooth as possible! Try and fail and try again! Don’t be afraid to ask
questions, all the lecturers are very helpful, obliging and love getting to know their students.
My door is always open so feel free to call in! You can contact me by phone, by email or any form of
Wishing you the very best in all you will accomplish in UL!! Welcome to the Wolfpack!!