2018 Alumni Achievement Awards

The 2018 UCC Alumni Achievement Awards

Each year UCC honours alumni who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen fields.  UCC’s Alumni Achievement Awards programme recognises UCC alumni who have excelled in their life’s work, who have demonstrated leadership in their field and who have been a source of inspiration to students and of pride to the University.  An Alumni Achievement Award is one of the highest honours the University can bestow upon a graduate.  To acknowledge the extraordinary voluntary support of the University given by UCC alumni, an Alumni Award for Voluntary Service to UCC is also awarded to one exceptional graduate each year.

To date, UCC has honoured 90 distinguished alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards.  Nominations are received from all corners of the globe.  This year nominations were received from fellow alumni, from colleagues and from members of faculty and staff.  In 2017, seven alumni will receive an Alumni Award.

Each awardee will receive a specially commissioned silver trophy, designed by Mr. Don O’Mahony, Silversmith, which takes its inspiration from the proverb 'Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow’.  UCC is grateful to the following companies for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 UCC Alumni Achievement Awards: Bank of Ireland, Boston Scientific, and Henry Ford & Son.  University College Cork’s next Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony, organised by the Development and Alumni Office, will take place on Friday, 30 November, 2018. 

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 2018 Alumni Achievement Awards

The deadline for nomination is 5pm on Friday 27 April, 2018. The Honorary Degrees Board will select the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

2018 Alumni Acheivement Awards Ceremony

The 2018 awards ceremony and dinner will take place on Friday, 30 November, 2018 at the Aula Maxima, UCC.

Previous Awardees

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


Development and Alumni Office

Oifig Forbartha agus Alumni

5 Brighton Villas, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, Ireland