UCC awarded the Institution offering the "Best Student Experience" in Ireland, 2020!

20 Feb 2020
UCC staff were awarded the Best Student Experience Award on Thursday 20th February 2020 at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

The underlying vision inspiring our direction is that of a ‘Connected University’, with enhanced synergy between teaching, research and innovation, that offers a distinctive educational experience, promoting lifelong and life-wide learning and an inspiring student experience through a unique Graduate Attributes Programme which is transformational and innovative, transdisciplinary, inter-disciplinary and embedded into the culture and ethos of the Student Experience.

In addition, the Director of Student Experience has responsibility for 13 separate services that make up the Student Experience Office (SEO) team. A total of 130 highly skilled professional student centric staff work closely with students, viewing them as partners in the co-creation of the suite of services provided.

UCC’s curricula and programmes are based on the Connected Curriculum and our Graduate Attributes Programme spans this entire Connected Curriculum. As a socially-minded, civically-engaged institution, our core values and graduate attributes are the bedrock of our student experience.

On Thursday, February 20th 2020, in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, University College Cork were awarded the institution offering the Best Student Experience in Ireland.

The judges looked for clear information, backed up by facts, that pays particular attention to the criteria listed below: 

  • Academic and professional qualification of staff members.
  • Curricula development, student/delegate numbers and course accreditations and affiliations.
  • Career development within programmes.
  • Social initiatives that have been taken to enrich the social lives of the students, including on/off-campus clubs, societies or associations.
  • Excellence in education and training where we has gone beyond curricular requirements to facilitate students.
  • Industry exposure of students to the wider community, including listings of invited speakers, details of external research, industrial or other relevant institutions nationally and globally.

The Connected Curriculum and Graduate Attributes Programme (GAP) is engaging all 22,000 students in a changing nature of curricula development to one of co-creation. This approach has emphasised the holistic development of students, combining academic with professional, community-based and inter-professional learning to develop values, skills and aptitudes that promote civic participation, social inclusion, sustainability and impactful, global citizenship in all academic courses.


For more on this story contact:

Eleanor Donoghue, Graduate Attributes Programme 021 4902720

Graduate Attributes Programme

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