"Having completed the Masters in Co-operative and Social Enterprise through UCC, I can say that the course equipped me with the knowledge and skills required to take social enterprise that step further in my own community and voluntary sector organisation. It covered a comprehensive range of topics which were clearly explained in accessible module literature developed by UCC course tutors. Having returned to Third Level education after a break of many years, the lecturers and course supervisors were incredibly supportive when completing the assignments and in particular, the dissertation. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to take the next step in pursuing social enterprise as an innovative way of tackling social issues."
- Siobhan Cafferty, Executive Manager, The Bridge Project (Completed 2016)
“I found the course content to be relevant and interesting and to this day I continually apply my learning to everyday situations in my work. As CEO, I feel that I now have an extensive understanding of the wider co-operative movement and the reasons why so many people globally continue to be motivated to work or volunteer in the sector. It was daunting at first to commit to a Master’s Programme, however the staff in UCC made it all possible. The support they offer is second to none and I never felt like I was on my own. I could contact them any time for advice or information and they were always happy to help. I particularly enjoyed the online interaction with other students on the course. I found myself in discussions with colleagues from all over the world on a range of relevant topics. This provided a valuable insight into how co-operatives and social enterprises work in other countries and how we could apply their techniques here in Ireland. It also helped develop my critical thinking skills which has been a great asset. I have never felt a greater sense of achievement and personal development in my professional life than when I graduated from the MSc course and it has created some amazing opportunities for me since, including travel. I would encourage anyone working in the sector to enrol on this course; it has helped me in all aspects of my working life and has definitely been a positive contribution to our credit union.”
- Sabrina Woods, CEO, Connolly CIE Credit Union
“I found the course to be of great benefit in giving me a broad knowledge and appreciation of the co-operative model in the context of my work as a director in a credit union. I particularly liked working on the dissertation as it introduced me to research and broadened my knowledge and perspective into my chosen research topic which was very relevant to my work on the board and where I found great support from my tutors. Overall the programme helped me to enhance my skills and knowledge and thus my ability to make an informed contribution at board level, particularly in relation to governance, entrepreneurship and in developing strategy which are now key elements of board responsibility. On a practical level, I found the online learning facility to be of great benefit as it meant that I could work around the times that suited me best.”
- Pat O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Douglas Credit Union