Department of History

Department of History

The Research Quality Review for the School of History states that ‘the School as a whole was sustaining a very good level and quality of outputs during the census period’. Furthermore, the Reports says that the research activities of the School are evidence for ‘a high standard of professional attainment within the School and of strong leadership to the wider School community. … Its track-record of hosting conferences is particularly noteworthy, especially in the broad field of Irish history.  More significant, in terms of popular and international reach, is its various forms of web presence, including CELT and Multitext. … The School is at present in a healthy position in relation to the size of its postgraduate community, with a total research student (PGR) numbers at around 50. … The School’s research students reported very favourably about their experience in History, and in particular about the high quality of supervision which they received’.

In terms of attracting funding for its research activities, the Report observes that ‘the Cork historians have sustained a good track-record of external grant capture, and appear to be maintaining a proportionate share of key awards, such as those offered by the IRCHSS and its successor, the Irish Research Council. Two notable successes have been the monies won through PRTLI 4 for the Irish National Institute for Historical Research and through PRTLI 5 for the Digital Arts and Humanities programme. In sum … the publications of the School were highly scored, and its wider research culture – material and intellectual support, “esteem indicators”, research “impact” activity and income, the research student communities – generally matched this high level of success’.

The Report concludes that, ‘The School of History at Cork is successfully upholding a strong research culture while coping with high student numbers …’.

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For a full copy of the UCC 2015 Research Quality Review please click here.



ArCH – an acronym for Armarium codicum hibernensium, ‘The Bookcase of Irish Manuscripts’ – is a project that aims to make major historical Irish manuscripts accessible to those interested in Ireland’s rich cultural patrimony through the publication of exact print facsimiles. The facsimiles are accompanied by interpretative essays on the manusripts’ history and cultural significance. These publications will encourage and facilitate research in the field of Irish history and foster greater public understanding of this formative period in Ireland’s past and contribution to Western culture.



CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts) is Ireland’s first and longest running Humanities Computing project.  A searchable online textbase of over 18 million words in 1601 historical and literary documents, it receives up to 800,000 hits per month, second only to UCC’s own site. CELT is a springboard for other successful digital projects and applications in UCC and in Ireland and vital resource for students, teachers and researchers of Irish Studies worldwide. See



The Centre for Neo-Latin Studies is a world-leading research unit devoted to the study of Latin writing in the Renaissance, with a particular focus upon Irish authors and themes. Scholars at the Centre have published numerous studies and editions/translations of Latin texts by Renaissance Irish writers. A weekly collaborative seminar focused upon historical and philological commentary upon selected texts forms the core of the Centre's work. In addition, to running research projects and conferences, scholars at the Centre offer linguistic and pedagogical training through the annual Schola Latina, a week-long immersion course in Spoken Latin. The Centre also hosts the only MA course in the world that is exclusively devoted to Renaissance Latin culture. See


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