Supports for Students

Mental Health Support for Students

The DSS has an advisor specifically to support students who are living with mental health difficulties.

Any student with mental health difficulties may make an appointment with the DSS advisor to discuss supports. At the first visit, an assessment of needs will be done. Relevant supports are discussed and arrangements are made to put these supports in place once the student has the appropriate documentation.

The objective of the support programme is to assist students with difficulties to overcome the added challenges that they face in the learning environment. 

Kathryn Sheehan is the person assigned to support students and is available to meet with both students who are new to UCC and those who are already progressing in their particular programmes.

For students who experience mental difficulties, additional supports are available through two particular schemes which operate in association with the Disability Support Service (UCC Peer Mentor Programme and Lifetime Coaching Programme).

For more information please contact Kathryn on: 

Tel: +353 (0)21-4902985

UCC Peer Mentor Programme

The first of these, the UCC Peer Mentor Programme is facilitated jointly by UCC uLink and DSS, seeks to empower students to become independent, effective learners by

  • Selection and training of students as peer mentors
  • Matching of students with appropriate mentors
  • Provision of tailored supports, through the mentoring process, to enhance academic, personal and social development of student mentees

Contact Details

uLink Peer Support
Tel: +353 (0)21 4205188

Disability Support Service
Tel: +353 (0)21 4902985

Lifestyle Coaching: An Occupational Therapy Service

Lifestyle Coaching: An Occupational Therapy Service

The  Occupational Therapy Service works with college students to coach you through any areas of your life in which you are experiencing difficulty, empowering you to make changes to your life that will enhance your overall health and wellbeing, enabling you to succeed in maintaining a balanced student life.

Would you like to:

  • Minimise stress
  • Improve your sleep
  • Tackle procrastination
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Manage low mood
  • Optimise your study strategies
  • Increase focus and concentration
  • Create lifestyle balance
  • Enhance your social skills
  • Address any other area of your life that you feel stuck with!


In collaboration with your occupational therapist, you will design a personalised plan through goal setting and put your plan into action enabling you to reduce stress, enhance your overall sense of well-being, and maintain a balanced student life.

As OT is more of a ‘doing’ therapy than a ‘talking’ therapy, a typical session will involve actively working on your goals.

Typical sessions are 60 minutes long, but this can be flexible based on student needs. Services can be delivered as individual sessions or group sessions. Services can take place in the Disability Support Service building, Brookfield Health Science Complex, or a location convenient to you, e.g. Mardyke arena, library, coffee dock.

Typical groups/workshops that we run throughout the semester include:

  • Stress Management
  • Study Skills
  • Procrastination / Time management
  • Lifestyle Balance
  • Or contact us if you have another workshop request!

Occupational Therapy is a client centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupational or the environment to better support their occupational engagement (World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2010).

This service is a highly confidential, non-judgemental, and respectful of student’s experiences.

If you would like to discuss this service further, please contact your Disability Advisor who may be able to refer you on to this service.

Disability Support Service
Tel: +353 (0)21 2902985


Lifestyle Coaching for College Students

Alternative Exam Arrangements

End of Semester Examinations

Students with disabilities may avail of alternative exam arrangements if this support is deemed necessary as part of the student’s needs assessment.

Any examination support which may be required by an individual student must be agreed, as part of a needs assessment with a Disability Advisor early in the academic year. You are advised to meet your advisor to discuss your needs.

Alternative examinations arrangements for end of semester 1 exams must be finalised early October each academic year and for end of Semester 2 exams, arrangements need to be finalised by the end of January . Arrangements cannot be made/changed after these dates.


In Class Examinations

If you have in class examinations during the course of the semester, you may be able to use the exam arrangements granted to you for these exams, although arrangements are generally not put in place for MCQ exams. Please complete the In-Class Exams Form a week ahead of the scheduled exam and return it to your Disability Advisor. Late applicaitons unfortunately cannot be processed.


Alternative Exam Forms

In-Term Exams Form

Applying for Funding


The Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The Fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability.

Eligible students can receive assistance from the Fund from PLC level right up to doctoral level. You do not have to be in first year of a course to be eligible to apply for the Fund. Application for the first time can be made during any year of study on an approved course at further or higher education level.

Applications to the Fund are made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the Fund by students. Colleges are also responsible for the management of the funding approved for eligible students.Applicants to the Fund for Students with Disabilities are not means-tested. A minimum age for application applies, however. Students with disabilities enrolled in part-time courses, access or foundation courses in higher education institutions or short courses are not eligible for consideration under the Fund.

For more information please click here 

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. Please note that due to the high demand expected for the fund, the amounts awarded may vary downwards from previous years.

Further information and advice is available at the following website:

If you are encountering financial difficulty, please contact the Budgetary Advisor, Evan Healy

Disability Support Service

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South Lodge, UCC, College Road, Cork