Alumni Achievement Awards

The annual UCC Alumni Achievement Awards Programme honours UCC alumni who have obtained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields.  The Awards aim to foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and commitment to UCC amongst alumni.  The prestigious annual Awards programme was established in 1997.  Each year the University confers Alumni Achievement Awards on the University's most outstanding graduates.   In 2010, UCC introduced a fifth Award, the Alumnus Award for Voluntary Service to UCC, in recognition of the excellent voluntary contributions UCC alumni make to the University.

To date, UCC has honoured over 70 distinguished UCC alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards  including: poets, Paul Durcan and Leanne O’Sullivan; medic, Mr Edward Kiely, comedian Des Bishop, international physicists; Professors Seamus Davis and Margaret Murnane and business leader, Seán O’Driscoll. Nominations are received from all corners of the globe from fellow alumni, from colleagues and from members of university faculty and staff.  

Invitation to Alumni to nominate an Alumnus for an Alumnus Achievement Award

Alumni are are invited to consider nominating a distinguished UCC alumnus for this year's Alumni Achievement Awards.

A nominee for an Alumnus Achievement Award should:

  • have achieved excellence in his/her profession or work life
  • have demonstrated leadership/innovation in his/her particular field
  • be a source of inspiration to students and pride to the whole university community
  • be a person who reflects the importance of his/her education at UCC

In considering nominations for an Alumnus Award for Voluntary Service to UCC, a nominee should:

  • demonstrate commitment to, and have a record of, voluntary service to the university

How to Nominate an Alumnus

If you would like to nominate an alumnus please email p.finucane@ucc.ie to request a nomination form.

Deadlines for Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards

The deadline for nomination is 5pm on Friday 28 April, 2017. The Honorary Degrees Board will select the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

2017 Alumni Acheivement Awards Ceremony

The 2017 awards ceremony and dinner will take place on Friday, 24 November, 2017 at the Aula Maxima, UCC.

Previous Awardees

Read about previous UCC Alumni Award recipients by clicking on the side menu.

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