UCC Language Scheme
UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy, launched the University's Irish Language scheme for the years 2006-2009 on the 17th May 2007.
Under the Official Languages Act 2003, public bodies and publicly funded bodies are obliged to prepare a formal scheme outlining the level of service that will be available to the public through Irish. The UCC scheme, which has been approved by the Minister for Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs, makes provision for services as Gaeilge in areas most commonly accessed by students and the general public. Particular emphasis is placed on media material in Irish, telephone communication and reception services, bilingual versions of the main website pages, e-mail registration in either Irish or English, course registration , publications and library services.
As part of the scheme, refresher Irish language courses will be provided for staff wishing to bring their ability in Irish to the level needed to deliver the service.
Welcoming the initiative, UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy said the scheme demonstrated UCC's commitment to the Irish language augmenting the existing provisions made by UCC in support of Irish. He said that UCC had a long and proud history of support for the Irish language. Academic programmes were constantly being broadened to include the study of Irish in courses as diverse as Law, Commerce & Medicine. This was in addition to providing high quality courses in the traditional areas of Irish studies. Dr Murphy also noted the solid support for Irish in the University community and he was very happy to note that UCC continues to develop its range of Irish classes on offer to staff, students (including non-nationals) as well as the general public in the Cork area.