Your Compass

Self-assess and identify your attributes, values and personal goals.

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Developing your Attributes and Values

They help develop and shape your whole student experience - developing a strong set of graduate attributes and values will help you in being more successful in your career, in your studies and research, and in your contribution to community and society.

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Committee and Meeting Training for students and staff

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About the Graduate Attributes Programme (GAP)

Our Graduate Attributes Programme has been created to support the holistic development of all students in UCC. We want to enable your development of graduate attributes (personal characteristics) and values so you can learn more about who you are, what matters to you, and what direction you wish to take with your studies and careers. Your UCC Graduate Attributes and Values Compass supports you to consider your holistic development, through your formal curriculum and through the many ways that you can grow, develop and become who you want to be at UCC.

Attributes are traits that define our personality and how we approach different situations in our lives. Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders, the following core graduate attributes have been prioritised in UCC: 

  • Creators, evaluators and communicators of knowledge
  • Independent and creative thinkers
  • Digitally Fluent
  • Socially Responsible
  • Effective global citizens, who recognise and challenge inequality

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. Through teaching and learning, co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives, the UCC community aims to support you to develop the following core values:

  • Respect
  • Ambition
  • Compassion
  • Resilience
  • Integrity

 Explore the resources below and enhance your personal growth! 

Student Feedback

Your Compass helped me identify and further develop my values and attributes as I prepared for my
professional career as a graduate.

Edel Lonergan- UCC Digital Humanities and IT Graduate

I found it great, it was a brilliant learning experience and I really felt like it told me more about myself. Things I couldn't have found out on my own.

Marek Zbanski, BCommerce

The questions were a lot broader than I was expecting. I am the only person that got to see my results and the experience was very introspective, reflective and enlightening.

Hannah Damaris Keniry- UCC graduate & researcher in the Department of Asian Studies

UCC Proud Ally Student Network

The Proud Ally campaign aims to educate and empower everyone to harness core attributes and values to become effective and proud allies to the LGBTQ+ community. Explore our resources and join the Proud Ally Student network today.

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Graduate Attributes Programme

5, Brighton Villas, (First Floor) Western Road, University College Cork, T12 EC95