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?

Casual boss showing something to his business team in the office

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!

Study master’s in Film Studies at UCC

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Meera Sankar

Government of Ireland (India) scholar 2014-2015

MA in Film Studies

Cork is one of the most welcoming cities that I had ever been to….But the highlight of it all was the atmosphere at UCC.

Getting the Government of Ireland (GOI) scholarship and getting to attend UCC was one of the most unexpected but exhilarating moments on my path towards studying and making films. I had barely set foot back in India after a year in Prague studying film when I received word that I had been accepted into UCC and had been awarded the GOI scholarship for the year ahead to do a Masters in Film Studies. It’s been an adventure from the get go. I began repacking my bags and set off for another adventure in one of the countries I’ve always wanted to live in, Ireland.

Cork is one of the most welcoming cities that I had ever been to. The people on the street smile at you and the baristas at the coffee shops and the bartenders at the pubs remember your name after a few visits. But the highlight of it all was the atmosphere at UCC. The staff at the film studies department even before my arrival in Cork had been extremely helpful and had abated all my fears with respect to suddenly reintegrating myself into an academic career after having only been into the practical elements of filmmaking. The international student’s office never tired at my endless questions of possible localities to live in while I searched for accommodation back in India and answered all my (now seemingly ridiculous) questions about life in Ireland, making it all seen less alien and more like home.

I suppose one of the biggest things to get used to when you come to Ireland for the first time is being prepared for any kind of weather. But over the course of a year you begin to get used to it and can just take a peep out your window and know if it is going to rain or stay clear and sunny for most of the day. One of the bigger challenges coming from India was getting use to the local prices being in Euros because your mind automatically converts it back into your native currency, but a month of mild fretting and you get used to it and 2 euros for a cup of coffee doesn’t seem as expensive anymore.

Life at UCC is one of challenges and great fun. You are expected to work had on your course work but the course allows for so much independent thinking that you suddenly feel so overwhelmed at the possibilities of what you can explore. The faculty encourages the students to think within and outside the box. As an Indian studying cinema in Ireland it was very exciting to be able to share aspects of Indian cinema that are not commonly known abroad and to have the faculty equally intrigued by the same. I also managed to meet a lot of filmmakers form Cork, Dublin and from across Ireland and Europe during the various film festivals that were held in Cork and across the country. Being in the film studies programme at UCC also made accessing such events a lot easier and faculty encouraged students to go and acquire as much experience as we liked. The two highlights of my stay were getting my film screened at the Fastnet Short Film Festival down at Schull in West Cork, and meeting Bond villain Mathieu Amalric and almost convincing him to act in my first film, possibly. I also managed to work as the second camera operator on a short film set in Cork, getting the Irish filmmaking experience as well.

But none of that would’ve been possible if the Government of Ireland Scholarship hadn’t been so encouraging and provided the opportunity and the means for international students to come to Ireland to study. The scholarship also puts you in touch with people from other nationalities who are on similar scholarships or opportunities from across the globe, making it more than just the Irish experience but a melting pot of international interests.

I was recently offered a job as the Technical Head for the Post Production and Cinematography department at a new film school starting in Mumbai in India; the school is called F.A.C.E (Film Academy of Cinematic Excellence). I was actually offered the job based on my Masters at UCC so there is so much that I owe to UCC for having gotten this job. Even after I move back to India, I’m hoping to work on a few Irish productions that I have been keeping in touch with during my time here in Ireland.

I’ve attached a few pictures of me on set working here in Cork. It was for a short film called Receptive, Totally Receptive. All the pictures were taken by Izabela Szczutkowska.

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Studying a master’s in English at University College Cork

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Kurian Therakath Peter

Government of Ireland (India) scholar 2014-2015

MA in English

It is not often that you wish you could relive a year of your life and change nothing.

My year in the beautiful city of Cork, Ireland was that rare time that leaves me screaming ‘Encore’. It was both extremely fulfilling as a scholar and fledgling academic as well as personally rewarding. My teachers at UCC are some of the most inspiring educators I have come across; vastly erudite yet easily approachable; wonderful communicators who revivified that sense of wonder about literature that got me into this business in the first place. The opportunity to present at conferences and the guidance I received while applying for the Irish Research Council scholarships were invaluable. My classmates, drawn from the many countries of Europe, were a smart bunch, instantly likeable and accepting, always up for a friendly pint at one of the countless pubs that litter Cork’s landscape.

The city and the country are beautiful, often breathtakingly so. I saw much of Cork riding a bike on its cycle-friendly roads. It’s a small city, unintimidating; a city you can make your own. I will fondly remember its meandering river, the Lee and its Lee-gulls sitting serenely on the water as the river carried them slowly forward. I saw much of Ireland on the weekends with my hillwalking club. Walking in the mountains of the Gap of Dunloe or Mangerton is a fine way to spend a Sunday. In the Galtee Mountains one November morning, I experienced snowfall for the first time.

The rain takes some getting used to. A stranger at a bar in Cork told me  “ It’d be a lovely country if it had a roof.” All in all, I wouldn’t change much however. I’m off to Vancouver to pursue a doctorate at the University of British Columbia and I will be glad of all the lessons Cork taught me, chief among them: The probability of rain is inversely proportional to the probability that you’re carrying an umbrella.

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Postgraduates: Improve Confidence in Public Speaking Skills




Invites ALL POSTGRADUATES to attend

The ‘SPEAK’ Workshop

A Monthly Meeting

AIM: Improve Confidence in Public Speaking Skills

The meeting will run for two short hours on a Tuesday Evening

First meeting is November 3rd

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

Speak is a non-profit workshop.

Inspired by Toastmasters® and other public speaking workshops.

It is run by the Postgraduate Student Committee, Graduate School of Medicine & Health.

Postgraduate Cafe for UCC Research Students


Postgraduate Café for UCC Research Students – Autumn 2015

On Thursday October 22nd from 11am to 1pm we will be sponsoring another Postgrad Cafe for UCC Research Students in the Postgraduate Common Room, No. 4 Carrigside

DAY: Thursday October 22nd

TIME: 11am to 1pm

WHERE: Postgraduate Common Room, No. 4 Carrigside (no. 17 grid reference F6 on this map)

We will provide coffee, tea, biscuits and handmade Irish chocolate, yes handmade Irish chocolate by Ó’Conaill’s Cork.

This is a chance for UCC research postgraduate students to meet other students and use the university postgraduate common room. This is a friendly and comfortable environment to meet other students for both social and academic conversations. We encourage our students to come along, enjoy a hot drink and meet some of the UCC research student community.

Please email graduatestudies@ucc.ie for more information.

Societies are for postgraduates too and here’s one for foodies who are interested in fermentation…


“Fermentation is everything” as famously preached by Louis Pasteur, the granddaddy of fermentation. We also believe this is true, fermentation effects many common foods and it doesn’t have to be declared on the ingredient list. Have you ever wondered why cheese is so delicious? Or why bread tastes so great? Fermentation is the reason, it has been used for thousands of years to preserve foods and is still used everywhere.

The fermentation society was founded in 2014 by a group of postgraduate food science students. We are interested in the origins of these food transformations and more importantly, tasting them.

We organise and host events with a connection to fermentation. To give you an example, last November we invited Elisabeth Ryan from Sheridans cheese mongers to UCC to give a talk on Irish cheese. Thankfully Elisabeth brought samples of these delicious cheeses to taste and talked us through the differences between each one. She also researched some wines (not Irish, in case you were wondering) to match the cheeses and some amazing Irish beer and cheese combinations.

Just to be clear… we don’t just gorge on cheese; we also collaborated with the Archaeology society and hosted Declan Moore to give a talk on the early history of Irish beer. Declan had a theory that we could have been making beer here for 3500 years! He gave us a great talk on the evidence from around the world on early brewing techniques and how Fulacht fiadhs could have been used.

The upcoming semester is still being planned and includes brewery tours with film screenings, bakery tours, expert wine tastings, quiz tastings and much much more. If you’re interested in attending our events or want to get more involved in the society send us an email, find us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know. New members are always very welcome.



Twitter @FermentationSoc

UCC PhD student research: Contemporary Pilgrimage in Ireland

Contemporary Pilgrimage in Ireland: A Cultural Geographic Perspective

Pilgrims ascending Croagh Patrick on the annual pilgrimage day, Reek Sunday

Pilgrims ascending Croagh Patrick on the annual pilgrimage day, Reek Sunday

By Richard Scriven, Department of Geography
Graduated in June 2015
Follow Richard on Twitter: @CorkGeog

There has been a marked increase in the numbers of people participating in pilgrimages globally in recent decades. Ireland is no different with thousands of people go on some form of pilgrimage annually. These are rich, meaningful journeys that are undertaken by those seeking blessings, healing, comfort and authentic experiences. My research examines these journeys within Ireland and considers how they shape the places and people involved. As a geographer, I am fascinated by human-environment relationships. I study how people, through their actions and ideas, shape the world around them and how environments influence and define people. In the performing of pilgrimage, it can be seen that people are ‘making’ holy places and that the locations are, also, defining people as pilgrims.

My methodology is a qualitative ethnography that involves observer participation and interviews with pilgrims. By attending the pilgrimages and participating with other people, I can get a first-hand appreciation of what is involved. I use cameras and camcorders to capture the performances and events of the pilgrimage. The images and audio-visual recordings allow me to vividly present the riches of these practices as a distinct socio-cultural phenomenon. The fieldwork is complemented by interviews in which I discuss pilgrims’ motivations and experiences. These accounts enable me to explore of the meanings and significance of pilgrimage and illustrate the importance they hold for many people.

My work focuses on, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, Lough Derg, Co. Donegal, and four holy wells in Munster. On the last Sunday in July, Reek Sunday, thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick in the modern manifestation of a festival stretching back to the Celtic harvest celebration of Lughnasadh. This large scale devotion is a unique event in Western Europe with people from all over Ireland traveling to ascend the steep peak and get Roman Catholic Mass on the summit. Lough Derg or St Patrick’s Purgatory is a three-day pilgrimage during which pilgrims withdraw from the world on a lake-island, fasting, going barefoot, keeping a 24 hour vigil and completing sets of prayers in the continuation of a centuries old tradition. Ireland has over 3,000 holy wells, many of which act as sites of local devotion and pilgrimage. Religious beliefs in patron saints and folk practices combine in these activities as people come to collect the holy well water and pray for special intentions on feast days.

My research demonstrates the enduring role of pilgrimage and the importance of the multifaceted relationships between and place. In combining my geographical concepts, the rich audio-visual materials produced in fieldwork, and the accounts of research participants, I provide new insights and appreciations of pilgrimage in contemporary Ireland.

Pilgrims prayer sets of prayers on the island pilgrimage of Lough Derg, Co. Donegal.

Pilgrims prayer sets of prayers on the island pilgrimage of Lough Derg, Co. Donegal.