Nurturing Bright Futures

29 Mar 2021

UCC launches Nurturing Bright Futures, a pre-entry programme for all students to assist the transition to third level learning and life.

After many months of design and development, the Nurturing Bright Futures programme was officially launched by our Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran, on Monday 22nd March.  Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Murphy, UCC’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions, the virtual launch included guest speakers such as Beatrice Dooley, the President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, and Claire McGee, Head of Education and Innovation Policy at Ibec, in addition to three inspiring Transition Year students from schools in Glanmire and Macroom, who shared their own experiences of doing the programme. UCC’s Students’ Union Education Officer, Eimear Curtin, also gave a very personal reflection on the value of this programme to pre-entry students and Carol Veiga, Interim Manager of the UCC Graduate Attributes Programme, gave a short demo on how to access, navigate and get the most out of the programme.  

The launch was very well attended and we were delighted to have Guidance Counsellors, Parents and Teachers in attendance as well as representation from the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Universities Association, Ibec, industry partners, Foróige and the Irish Second Level Students’ Union, amongst others.

Generously supported by the HEA Innovation and Transformation Programme and the Tomar Trust, Nurturing Bright Futures is a key transition in initiative of the Graduate Attributes Programme, and is the result of extensive collaboration with over 20 internal academic and professional services UCC teams. It has also been greatly informed and shaped by key external stakeholders such as Guidance Counsellors, second-level students and parents.

This self-reflective, self-directed course will give prospective students the opportunity and space to understand more about themselves and to get to know more about higher education and the realities of life and learning at third level. Designed to be taken over the course of a number of weeks, in bite-sized format, it will help students acquire the skills and tools they need to successfully make this transition and it will give them the confidence and the courage to own their decisions and will enable them to follow their passions, pursue their dreams and, ultimately, begin, belong and the become the people they want to be.

To watch back the launch video and to access the Nurturing Bright Futures programme, please visit:

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Carol Veiga

Interim Manager, Graduate Attributes Programme

Graduate Attributes Programme

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