Useful Websites and Groups
- UCC's "Resources for Education" (RED) can help you with some key skills such as studying & notemaking, writing, critical thinking, exams & assessments etc.
- The Thesis Whisperer is a popular blog dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis: http://thesiswhisperer.com/
- This blog also has some useful writing resources: https://doctoralwriting.wordpress.com/
- To sign up for a free online course called "How to Survive Your PhD" click here: https://www.edx.org/course/how-survive-phd-anux-rsit-01x
- Want to improve your Public Speaking Skills? "SPEAK" workshops are held once a month, organised by postgrad students for postgrad students. Meetings are normally held for 2 hours on a Tuesday evening in the Brookfield Health Sciences building. For more information contact email@example.com
- Ten Tips to Help you Pass your PhD Viva: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/ten-tips-help-you-pass-your-phd-viva
If you know of any other useful websites, groups or other resources to support academic work that you'd like to share on this website, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shut Up And Write
"Shut Up And Write" (SUAW) is an international movement encouraging writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis.
There are a number of SUAW groups in UCC, and we'll add details of them here as we have them. Be sure to bring a fully charged laptop as only a limited number of plug sockets are available. If your battery won't last an hour or two, bring pen and paper as a back-up just in case (or an extension lead).
- Donna Alexander facilitates a weekly Shut Up And Write group for arts and humanities students. They usually meet on Mondays at 4pm in room ORB 124, but for up-to-date information see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1510925049124206/?fref=ts. All are welcome
The Library at University College Cork serves as a gateway to a wealth of information sources to support your research. The Academic Support Team, comprising Subject Librarians, can help you to hone your skills in locating vital information to support your research - there is a nominated member of the team to support every subject area.
At the start of each academic year, a general induction to the library facilities is given by the Graduate Studies Office. This orientation takes about 2 hours and consists of the following:
- An overview of the Customer Services - how to use the self-issue and return machines, inter-library loans, etc.
- A quick orientation of your subject floor and services available.
- The following take place in the library's research skills teaching room with 25 PCs:
- Setting up of a library account so that one can access the library's resources off campus (e.g. databases, 28,000 electronic journals and over 300,000 e-books).
- An orientation of the library's website and catalogue.
- Some basic searching of the main multidisciplinary databases such as JSTOR and Web of Knowledge.
- Internet searching and evaluation.
Boole Library Website
Aigne Postgrad Journal
Aigne (‘Mind’) is a peer-reviewed online postgraduate journal and falls under the auspices of the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork. Aigne was founded in 2010 by postgraduate students of the College and regularly invites submissions from both UCC students and postgraduates internationally.
In keeping with the ethos of the College, Aigne encourages submissions that adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. The journal uses a double-blind peer-review process to ensure anonymity and quality of submissions.
The journal publishes two distinct issues a year. The first issue is an annual release, which works in collaboration with the Graduate School’s Aigne Postgraduate Conference. All papers presented at the conference are invited to submit for peer review and the opportunity for publication. The second issue is theme-based and open to postgraduates worldwide.
Aigne invites submissions in both the Irish and the English language. We are further looking for enthusiastic postgraduates who would like to get involved in the workings of the journal. If you are interested in becoming an editor or proofreader for Aigne, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Resolving Problems for Research Students
Postgraduate research students may, during the course of their research, encounter obstacles that can impede satisfactory progress if they are not resolved in a straightforward manner.
How to Resolve Difficulties as a Postgraduate Student sets out in detail the procedures that should be followed when difficulties arise.
In summary, the following steps are recommended:
1. Discuss the issue with your Supervisor(s) and/or PhD Advisor.
2. If a resolution is not reached with your Supervisor(s) or Advisor, your next step should be to approach your Head of Department/School or the Chairperson of your Departmental/School Graduate Studies Committee.
3. If the issue is not resolved at local level, it should escalate to College level by contacting your Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer. In CACSSS this is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, currently Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll.
4. The UCC Student Advisor and Ombudsman is a university-level resource available to you.
Managing your Finances
For information on UCC's Budgeting Advice Service, the Student Assistance Fund, or Fees,can be found here
Student Support Services
A Range of Student Support Services
UCC provides a range of supports for students, including:
- Offices with information about accommodation, careers, and budgeting advice
- Offices dedicated to supporting students with disabilities, mature students, and international students
- Students' union
- Student health centre
UCC Student Counselling and Development Service
The Student Counselling and Development Service offers free and confidential counselling to students.
But - they also offer lots of other kinds of support including:
- Mindfulness courses
- Access to an online computer-aided lifestyle management programme
- Wellbeing podcasts
- Stress management workshops
- Self-help resources
If you're feeling the pressure a little bit (or even if you're not) browse through their website
PhDChatUCC: Peer Support for PhD students
PhDChatUCC is an informal platform created by PhD students for PhD students, and offers an opportunity for students to meet in a relaxed environment and share their research, thoughts, tips, experiences, achievements, and a long list of etcs.