Propose a Short Course

ACE at UCC Short Course Proposals

In order to maintain UCC’s status as Ireland’s leading short course university ACE 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 Year 2018-19.

UCC, through the Adult Continuing Education, is Ireland’s leading provider of short courses in the university sector offering over 90 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 Year 2018-19. You will find the Short Course Proposal Form online. 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 blended learning approaches.

Short Course Outline Proposal Guidelines


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 identity 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 fact that each year we strive to add new course subjects to our existing portfolio.  This brings a sense of vibrancy and freshness to our programme and encourages, amongst potential 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 Growing for the Home Garden, Genealogy and Employment Law have proved especially popular.

Format and Style

Short course descriptive outlines are designed and destined for our short course paper brochure. They will also be posted on our study site from late July.  These are our main promotional methods and therefore outlines need to be somewhat catchy and snappy in style. However, this does not mean that should an approach need detract from the substance of the course.

What is required of each proposal is the following:

  • A short introductory paragraph that communicates in simple terms the essence and scope of the course
  • A brief description of each lecture – this may simply be the lecture titles

Please click the following for the proposal format: SC new short course proposal form 2018

Practical Details

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 October 2018, our courses will begin the week commencing Monday 1 October and in January 2019, the week commencing Monday 28 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 


Adult Continuing Education

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