Skip to main content


Undergraduate Awards Now Open

17 May 2023

Registration for the Global Undergraduate Awards is now open.  All students who submit work to the Global Undergraduate Awards are eligible to submit work to the UCC Department of English Undergraduate Awards.  The rules/requirements for the UCC Department of English Undergraduate Awards are the same as those for the Global Undergraduate Awards, with the exception that 2nd and 3rd year entrants will be judged separately.  There will be one winner for the Department of English Undergraduate Awards in each year and 3 to 4 highly recommended entrants.


Submission for the Global Undergraduate Awards closes on 7 June 2023 though students are encouraged to register and submit in advance of that deadline. Submission for the Department of English Undergraduate Awards opens on 7 June 2023 at 9am and closes on 9 June 2023 at 12 noon.  Essays should be emailed to Heather Laird at  

Please remove your name and student number from the essay, and supply the module name and the name of the relevant staff member in the accompanying email. You should also ensure that you have proof of application to the Global Undergraduate Awards as this may be requested at a later date.


The Department of English has an additional award, The Patricia Coughlan Award.  This award is for outstanding essays on one or more of the following: gender and literature, women's writing, femininities or masculinities in literary or film texts.  The Patricia Coughlan Award is open to all students, including HDip students and visiting students, who are enrolled on 2nd and 3rd year Department of English undergraduate modules.  The submission details for this award are the same as those for the Department of English Undergraduate Awards


Full details regarding submission for the international Undergraduate Awards can be found in the below link.    Any queries regarding the UCC Department of English Undergraduate Awards should be directed to Heather Laird at

English Department

Roinn an Bhéarla

O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork. Ireland