UCC wins FIVE awards at gradireland Higher Education Awards


UCC is delighted to announce it received five awards at the gradireland Higher Education Awards held last night in Dublin. A huge congratulations to all staff involved In this massive success for UCC. Winners listed below with comments from the judges.


Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Arts & Humanities award
“Clear evidence of the effectiveness and impact of this programme on career development. Excellent interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as innovative tie-ins with relevant external communities. Creative use of music as a medium to develop key skills including communication, all backed up with good stats.”

MSc Corporate Finance
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business, Finance & Management award
100% employment rate – very strong. The consultancy project is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience. Equally the mentor week is invaluable to get industry insights and build networks.”

MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP)
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Computer Science & IT award
“This course has remarkable career progression statistics and an enviable track record in securing national and international funding for research. The high demand for graduates of the course from industry makes it a compelling offering!”

MEngSc Information technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction Postgraduate Course of the Year – Engineering award
“The strong national and international reputation of this course among both students and employers is striking. Over 10 years the course has developed numerous innovative characteristics, particularly in teaching and learning methodologies.”

MSc in Clinical Pharmacy
Postgraduate Course of the Year – Health Sciences award
“This is a very well designed course with strong feedback, clear outputs and an excellent employment record. Good to see innovation in course design to acknowledge the need for work/life balance, providing training in time-management and stress management.”


UCC Graduate, Saba Loftus, Director Head of International Policy & Stockholm Food Forum speaks at UCC

Image copyright http://eatforum.org/

Image copyright http://eatforum.org/

What: MSc International Public policy and Diplomacy lecture series

When: 13:00-15:00 on Monday, the 28th of November 2016

Who: Ms Saba Loftus  (Director Head of International Policy & Stockholm Food Forum)

Where: C_CONN_C (Connolly Building UCC – campus map)

Saba started her career working for the private sector (Amazon.com) before moving to Guyana as ONF International’s Chargée de Mission for a REDD+ technical cooperation project in the Guiana Shield EcoRegion. After her time with ONF International, as an Associate Programme Officer for the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) facilitating civil society engagement with the UN and a Programme Officer for Global Policy Watch. Her achievements include contributing to publications such as “Fit for whose purpose? Private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations” and editing UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook 5 for Youth.

In parallel with her career, Saba also held a number of youth leadership roles including as Communications Director for the International Youth Council (elected) and Rio+Twenties (Belgium based NGO). She also served as Organising Partner for the UN Major Group of Children and Youth constituency, coordinating policy advocacy capacity building and engagement with Rio+20 / & the Post-2015 negotiation processes leading to Agenda 2030.


The College of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Student Committee has organised three new events:

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  1. The ‘SPEAK’ Workshop

Open to all postgraduate students at UCC.

A Monthly Meeting ‘Our aim is to improve public speaking skills.’ The meeting will run for two hours on a Tuesday Evening.

DATE: Tuesday 9th February 2016
VENUE AND TIME: Room 2.25 in Brookfield Health & Science Complex from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

PLEASE EMAIL: marc.osullivan@ucc.ie

Workshop involves:
Short presentations, giving positive feedback and thinking on your feet
Tea and Coffee Provided

2. Writing a Good Research Paper

Open to all College of Medicine and Health postgraduate students at UCC.

Workshop presented by Professor Ivan Perry.

DATE: Wednesday 17th February 2016
VENUE AND TIME: 3.04 Western Gateway Building, 12 noon to 2.00 pm

3. Social Media for Academics & Researchers

Open to all College of Medicine and Health postgraduate students at UCC.

Workshop presented by Dr Darren Dahly.

DATE: Wednesday 4th May 2016
VENUE AND TIME: G04 – Western Gateway Building, 11.00 am

The ‘SPEAK’ Workshop for Postgraduate Students

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The ‘SPEAK’ Workshop

A Monthly Meeting

‘Our aim is to improve public speaking skills.’

The meeting will run for two hours on a Tuesday Evening

Third meeting is Tuesday January 12th

Room 2.25 in Brookfield Health & Science Complex from 19:30-21:30


PLEASE EMAIL: marc.osullivan@ucc.ie

Workshop involves:

Short presentations, giving positive feedback and thinking on your feet

Tea and Coffee Provided

Postgraduate Architecture Students Win European Architectural Medal



UCC/CIT Architecture (MA) students Kieran Cremin and Eoghan Horgan’s project “Entangled City” was awarded a European Architectural Medal in Architecture (Prize for Innovation) in December 2015.

“This prize is a fitting and well deserved acknowledgement of our student talent and their incredible work ethic; all of which, well hidden behind modest exteriors” (Jason O’Shaughnessy, Master of Architecture Course Director).

The project addresses the cultural dissonance between Prague’s history and present day tourist industry. You can view the full project and the Jury comments at this link.

Well done also to our student Aisling Byrne who was also shortlisted for the European Architectural Medals ‘Best Diploma Project’. You can view Aisling’s project here.

Find out more about the UCC Postgraduate Architecture (MArch) here.

European Architectural Medals – Best Diploma Projects is an annual European competition that awards excellence in crossing the threshold from education to profession. The competition is organised by:

  • University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu (UAUIM)
  • European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
  • The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)

Find out more here


UCC RESEARCH: Development of InAlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors for space applications

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By Dr Matt Smith, Researcher, Tyndall National Institute

In recent years the discovery of hundreds of extra-solar planets has led to the consideration of Jupiter as a gas-giant archetype, and the emerging field of astrobiology has refocused the search for extra-terrestrial life on its larger moons.

Proper investigation of the Jovian system is currently limited by the stability and reliability of the electrical components used to process experimental data aboard unmanned probes and transmit back to Earth. In this work I investigate InAlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) as a candidate for future missions, such as the European Space Agency’s upcoming Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, based on the recent successes of the established AlGaN/GaN HEMT technology. InAlN HEMTs showed good suitability for space applications through electrical characterization after exposure to high temperatures and gamma radiation and by extended bias stressing. A comparison between InAlN and AlGaN HEMTs, both in various stages of development, highlighted the great potential of the material system to provide space-ready electronics. The physics behind HEMT operation was explored, leading to optimisation of device performance and reliability and culminating in the realization of InAlN HEMTs manufactured in a typical AlGaN HEMT production environment. The success of the project sets the stage for wide-scale implementation of GaN-based electronics in the space industry, which is expected to occur in the years to come, and circumvents the major obstacle of electrical failure from mankind’s route to exploring and understanding the universe at large.

UCC Postgrad Image of the Year 2016 – ENTER NOW!



Competition Terms and Conditions

The closing date for entries for the next competition is midnight on January 8th 2016.

  1. This competition is open to UCC current/registered postgraduate students on part-time or full-time, taught and research courses for academic year 2015/2016.
  2. Each entry must be accompanied by one paragraph, no more than 150 words explaining the image.
  3. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  4. Entries should be submitted by via email to graduatestudies@ucc.ie Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name and image files must be at least 72 dpi and between 1MB and 3MB. Entrants should include a) name b) student number and c) email address.
  5. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
  6. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  7. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the image for this competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to UCC Graduate Studies to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material.
  8. One entry allowed per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
  9. The winning entry will be that that is judged to be the most visually appealing, original and self-explanatory.
  10. First prize is a €150 One4all voucher. Second prize is a €50 One4all voucher.
  11. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  12. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of UCC and accordingly UCC may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to UCC as a result thereof.

Masters in Teaching Chinese to Students of other Languages

How one UCC postgraduate student found our MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Learner-centred
  • Communicative
  • Interactive

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By Alana Eileen Dooley

During the previous three to four months I have extended my understanding on a variety of pedagogy. I have also sculpted myself into being a type of teacher that I greatly wanted to be and this Masters programme has facilitated me in doing so. During the past few months I have observed on-site and off-site language classes, attended several presentations by a variety of independent and government official bodies, gained the skills necessary to teach, and I have also achieved a basic understanding of in-depth Action Research which can be applied to my future learning. To summarize this Masters programme in three words I would use: learner-centred, communicative, and interactive.

Are you looking for a career in business but you don’t have a business degree?

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Have you started to think about your options for next year? Are you interested in pursuing a career in business, but do not have a business degree?

Our MSc. Management and Marketing programme may be what you are looking for.

This is a conversion Masters programme, designed for graduates with a non-business primary degree.  Typically, our students come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds, including, but not confined to, Arts, Law, Science and Engineering.  This programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of contemporary management and marketing fields and to help students develop the skills required for a successful career in business.

Key features of this programme include:

  • A five-month placement in a challenging business environment (over half of our students are offered full-time employment by their placement employers on graduating).  There is also a dissertation module for students who do not wish to do the placement.
  • Interactive one-day workshops and fieldtrips, giving you hands-on, practical experience
  • A strong emphasis on personal development, team-work, effective presentation, and other communication, skills
  • Integrated ‘real-world’ management and marketing project-work
  • One-to-one personal coaching sessions with the placement officer to develop effective CVs and to prepare for placement and final job interviews

Where do graduates of this programme typically find employment?  

Graduates are recruited by international companies across a number of different sectors. Companies that have taken graduates from this programme include: EMC, Apple, Nintendo, Certus, Amazon, AIB, Cadbury Bournville & The Musgrave Group (Centra and SuperValu), Aldi, Heineken, Paddy Power, along with many smaller indigenous companies.  Former students have also secured prestigious graduate-ship programmes in management and marketing roles, and various jobs abroad.

Where can I find out more?  

An open evening showcasing the programme will be held on Tuesday, November 17th from 6 – 7 p.m. in Boole 2Employers, programme staff, graduates and current students will be speaking at the event. This is an excellent networking opportunity to learn more about this sought-after programme. Refreshments will be provided afterwards, when there will be an opportunity to chat with the various presenters and the programme directors.

If you cannot attend this event, but are interested in the programme, please go to http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckl22/, or contact one of the programme directors, Linda Murphy, or Mike Murphy, on director.msc.mm@ucc.ie

Due to the very high number of applicants for this programme, you should apply as early as possible.  For full details on the application process and dates, please refer to the programme web-site (above).  Details will also be given at the open evening.

An opportunity to communicate your PhD to a non-specialist audience is not be spurned

Have you ever been at a talk or a conference or even the UCC Doctoral Showcase previously listening to a speaker and say; I can do that! I could probably do it even better if I put my mind to it?stage2

By Evin Allen

You may have and returned back to your desk or laptop professing that the next time such an opportunity arises, “I’ll grab it with both hands” or “that will be me next time”. You may have remarked to some of your colleagues that you heard a talk but it wasn’t that good (i.e. the speaker was a complete bluffer) and that you’ll be doing it next year (because I’m definitely not a bluffer). This crescendo of motivation and determination wanes gradually replaced by a litany of excuses interspersed with a healthy dose of procrastination. This I find is a case of self-bluffing/delusion that we all go through whether we like to admit it or not. I’ve done it numerous times, confessing that this is the last time. Yet with the next rainy morning I turn off my alarm clock and contemplate the bad cold I’ve astutely avoided by staying in bed.

Public speaking often evokes such a response in us all, except the 1% per cent who coast through after-dinner talks, comedy sketches and presentations and even seem to be addicted to public speaking. Yet in every facet of life we will be expected to verbalise our emotions, thoughts and ideas. It’s this ability to communicate that separates us from our furry friends out in the wild. Thus an opportunity to communicate your PhD to a non-specialist audience is not be spurned. Here’s a series of reasons why!

  • It’s free
  • Heats are closed to the public, so if you’re nervous don’t be.
  • In your next job interview, you will be asked to communicate your PhD, so get started here.
  • You receive positive constructive feedback! Unlike those bad memories of a U-10 little leagues match, nobody will ever tell you how bad you played and that you’ve left the team down!!
  • It’s great to put down on your CV, win or lose, as you may never get a chance to present your work elsewhere.
  • There are cash prizes (non-taxable income FYI!)
  • Why not!

The UCC Doctoral Showcase is definitely about participation rather than winning as cringe as that sounds (I’ve never won, I must disclose in case you think I’m preaching from a high horse). So Just do it!