Roisin Downing, Cork University Business School

Today’s UCC Hero is Roisin Downing, Student and Academic Support Administrator at Cork University Business School.

Roisin was nominated by Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of Cork University Business School. Below, we hear why Roisin is so deserving of this acknowledgement.


"Following the University closure in March, Roisin contacted the Business School to say she could return early from maternity leave, recognising the effort needed to support exams moving online. Her offer was timely as the Department of Economics in CUBS was short staffed.

Roisin returned early to support Economics for the Semester 2 exam period and to assist with planning for the academic year ahead, thus ensuring staff and students are fully supported.

Returning to work after a period of leave can be daunting at the best of times, and Roisin’s readiness to return and support another area of the Business School in a time of crisis is admirable and very much appreciated by the School.”

How to nominate a UCC Hero/UCC Heroes:

Nominations can be made by any person with respect to an individual or team worthy of celebration as a UCC Hero or Heroes.

Submissions are to be emailed to detailing:

1. 100 words explaining the contribution of the person/team during COVID-19

2. A high-resolution photograph of the person/team

3. Contact details of the nominating staff member


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