Supports for Students

Supports for Students with Significant Ongoing Illnesses

The DSS has an advisor specifically to support students who are living with a significant ongoing illness, Lisa Egan.

Examples of SOI: Epilepsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Digestive disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Any student who falls into the SOI category 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

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

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

For more information please contact Lisa on: 
Tel: +353 (0)21 4902189
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday

Educational Supports

Tutorial Support Programme

The aim of this programme is to address the educational difficulties which may be experienced by some undergraduates as a result of their disability.

Postgraduate tutors are contracted to work with students in small groups insubject specific areas under a strict code of practice.

Liaison with Academic Departmental Representatives

The Disability Support Service liaises with nominated Departmental Academic Representatives to inform them of the requirements of students with disabilities pursuing degree programmes in their departments.

Liaison with Exams & Records Office

The Disability Support Service liaises with Exams & Records Office to inform them if a student needs to split/defer their exams on grounds of disability.

Transport Supports

Campus Transport and Accessibility

An On-Campus Transport Service operates daily. This service facilitates students commuting to and from their campus apartments to college. This service is available to students with mobility difficulties. If you need accessible transport to and from UCC. Please make contact to come and meet with me.

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

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

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