University College Cork is committed to being a fully inclusive global university. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are core values under the UCC 2022 Strategic Plan. UCC holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of the University’s commitment to advancing equality in higher education.

The UCC School of Film, Music & Theatre is a place of ground-breaking creative learning and experimentation that promotes parity of esteem for theoretical and practical teaching, research and practice.

Our School nurtures the ambitions of all who walk through its doors. We encourage the widest diversity of applicants. We value the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seek to promote equality, prevent discrimination, and protect the human rights of each individual in line with equality legislation.

Read below about some examples of how EDI principles inform work in the School of Film, Music & Theatre.


FSM Partnership with Adult Continuing Education and Screen Ireland

The Department of Film & Screen Media has partnered with Adult Continuing Education and Screen Ireland to develop pioneering new courses for screen professionals aimed at fostering inclusivity and better working practices in the creative sector:

Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Neurodiversity for the Screen Industry

This programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of Neurodiversity in the context of the screen industry. The programme provides students with a holistic and people-centred understanding of the multi-faceted concept and movement of Neurodiversity. Coordinated by Eleanor McSherry (ACE) and anchored in the Department of Film & Screen Media. See also Screen Ireland.

Wellbeing Coordination for the Screen Sector

This course is aimed at all screen industry professionals who wish to expand their skill set to include wellbeing coordination. Coordinated by Eleanor McSherry (ACE) in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Midwifery (Mental Health Nursing) and the Department of Film & Screen Media.

“Fostering Diversity On and Off Screen”

Issue 24 of Alphaville, the international peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Department of Film and Screen Media, was devoted to Fostering Diversity On and Off Screen. Edited by by Marsha Berry, Kath Dooley and Margaret McHugh, it aimed, in the words of its editors, “to present research that suggests a way forward for practitioners, educators and members of the broader screen industries from all over the globe in regard to improving gender and diversity imbalances”.

Developing the Next Generation of Irish Creatives: Screen Careers for Transition-Year Students

The Department of Film & Screen Media is partnering with Lord David Puttnam and Atticus Education on an initiative for Transition-Year students, funded by Screen Ireland's Stakeholders Scheme. The project is aimed at removing some of the barriers to access to creative careers by educating transition-year students in schools across Cork county on opportunities in the screen sector. Students will engage with seminars and mentoring provided by pioneering educationalist and Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam. They will also learn about higher education pathways and meet with filmmakers and industry professionals at a networking event hosted by UCC.



MINdDS: Music as an Intervention in the Neurological Development of children with Down Syndrome is an ongoing project in collaboration between Dr Eva McMullan (Department of Music), Dr Jason Chan and Dr Annalisa Setti (School of Applied Psychology), and Prof. Yvonne Nolan (Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience).  

In association with Down Syndrome Cork, ongoing voluntary music workshops with 3–5-year-olds with Down Syndrome take place every Thursday in the Department of Music UCC under the direction of Dr Eva McMullan and assisted by Megan Collins a final-year undergraduate student. 


MiniMINdDS is a study that involves speech development though song and sign in collaboration with Dr Pauline Frizelle (Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences)

Brain Awareness Week

Music and the Brain collaboration between Dr Eva McMullan (Department Music) and Dr Rebecca Henry (Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience). Presentations in various Primary Schools around the City. 

The id+ Project  

The Department of Music are delighted to participate in the id+ Project which promotes the fundamental rights of people with intellectual disabilities to attend third-level education and to progress to paid employment. 

As part of the project, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of "co-learning" modules for meaningful inclusion as part of their Certificate in Social Citizenship course. 

MU2112 Music Education 

In this co-learning module, CSC students and Music students work together to explore different musical instruments, as well as music sounds in the environment. They learn about how music is part of people’s lives, and create a musical piece together as a group. 

This module is taught by id+ Project Fellow Dr Michelle Finnerty of UCC’s Department of Music. 

MU3034 Choral Studies 

In this co-learning module, CSC students and Music students learn about different ways people can sing together, and how singing can be a way of celebrating inclusion. Together they help to plan and organise a concert with the UCC choir and a special guest. 

This module is taught by id+ Project Fellow Dr Eva McMullan of UCC’s Department of Music.

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