Short Courses for Autumn/Winter 2017 now open for registration

UCC, through the Adult Continuing Education, is Ireland's leading provider of short courses in the university sector offering over 40 courses across a wide diversity of areas.  In order to maintain UCC's status as Ireland's leading short course university we are now launching an open call for proposals to all current and retired staff of UCC, who may wish to propose a short course for the Academic 2017-2018.

Short courses are offered in two teaching periods (October-December and January-March) and are normally of six, eight or ten week duration (though we are open to considering other options).  Classes are primarily offered on week nights in two-hour slots, but some are also delivered during the day.  The majority of the courses are delivered on the UCC campus, but some are in outreach centres and may also be delivered through a bllnded learning approach.

Those interested in making proposals may contact Regina Sexton, Short Course Co-ordinator, ACE at UCC at ext. 4717 and  Deadline for submissions for Spring 2018 is Monday 2nd October 2017. 

Since 2005, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) has been offering an extensive programme of short courses.  The number of courses on offer has increased steadily since this time, as has the number of participants that are attracted to our programmes.  We are now one of the leading providers of short courses in an Irish university context.  The short course programme is an integral part of ACE's identiy and our reputation for offering high quality, relevant and topic-diverse courses has gained in the public awareness.  The success of our programme can, in part, rest with the participants, a sense of anticipation for what the new academic year might bring.

Course content will relate to your particular discipline, however, the profile of our participants should also inform course focus and emphasis. Our short courses are open to the general public and there are no specific entry requirements bar an interest in the subject area.  Participants therefore may be classed as mature students who wish to strengthen their knowledge in an area of existing interest.  In many instances, our short courses serve as taster courses to a longer programme of study or an introduction point to a particular area of study.  Generally speaking, our courses fall into two broad categories - special interest/leisure courses and Continuing Professional Development courses.  We find that the success of some programmes often relates to the contemporary relevance or currency of a particular subject area; so for instance, in recent times, courses like An Introduction to Positive Psychology, Genealogy and Employment Law have proved to be especially popular.


Short courses are posted on our study site from November. This is our main promotional method and therefore outlines need to be somewhat catchy and snappy in style.  However, this does not mean that an approach need detract from the substance of the course.

What is required of each proposal is the following: 

The template will detail the format for each course.  Please complete each section and please supply your biographical details under the title/heading Who lectures on this course? You will find the Short Course Nomination Form template here : 

Call for Proposals and Guidelines 2016-2017 (34kB) (34kB) (34kB)

When complete, please return to


ACE offers two rounds of short courses throughout the academic year and our teaching periods are late September to December, and late January to March. In September 2017, our courses will begin the week commencing 25th September and in January 2018, the week commencing 29th January. Courses run for 6, 8 or 10 weeks and class time is 2 hours running from 7 – 9pm. The duration of the course is determined by each proposer but in general we find that new courses fare better in their first outing when run for 6 or 8 weeks. Most are evening courses and the nights that work best are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Most are located on campus with a small number offered in the mornings in community outreach settings (should you have interest in running a morning course please contact Regina Sexton at

Remuneration for teaching with ACE is €62.81 per hour (please note new entrants to the public sector i.e. those who joined the public sector after 1 January 2011 will be paid a rate of €56.58 per hour).



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