Three New UCC Graduates Join UCC Academy’s Burgeoning Graduate Programme

23 Sep 2021

UCC Academy has inducted three new University College Cork graduates into its ambitious Graduate Development Programme

The innovative two-year graduate programme, which was launched in 2019, offers graduates the opportunity to work on key projects that support the University’s strategic goals.  

To support their professional and personal development, the three graduates will also take part in the prestigious IMI Graduate Development Programme and have access to an executive coach to help them define, develop and drive their careers beyond the University. 

This year, Katie Melia, Dr. Silvia Planella Conrado and Megan Walsh joined the programme as Analysts after they demonstrated that their individual skillsets aligned with strategically significant areas of growth for UCC Academy. 

Speaking at the Analyst Induction Day, UCC Academy’s Head of People & Culture, Leanne Smyth, described how the Graduate Programme forms an integral part of the company’s talent strategy. 

 As UCC Academy continues to grow and mature, our graduate programme now forms an integral part of our overall talent strategy”.

We are in a privileged position to be able to hire these talented graduates and support them in launching their careers in the challenging and exciting higher education sector.


After completing the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management at UCC, Katie Melia enrolled in the UCC Academy Graduate Programme as a People and Culture Analyst, where she will support the recruitment and development of UCC Academy’s specialist workforce. ​ 

Dr Silvia PlanellaConrado joins the programme after completingher PhD in Business Information Systems at UCC.  

Leaning on her experience of working as a Research Support Officer, and her background in digital marketing, market research and data analysis roles, Silvia will provide support to a range of UCC Academy projects including the Career Services Annual Survey.  

Megan Walsh, a graduate of UCC’s MSc in Strategic Marketing and Practice programme, joins UCC Academy as an analyst in its Creative Services unit

In her new role, Megan will be given the opportunity to apply many of the skills she acquired during the postgraduate programme, particularly in the areas of strategic marketing, consumer behaviour, service design, communications, and business analytics. 


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