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Students to benefit as UCC awarded funding

30 Oct 2020

Job seekers, recent graduates and those looking to upskill could have up to 100% of their course fees paid under funding received by University College Cork. UCC has been awarded funding of €1.8million which will provide the opportunity for 241 students to engage in postgraduate studies.

Successful applicants will receive funding for 90% to 100% of their course fees. Funding is available to participants who fall into the following categories: returners, employed, former self employed and recent graduates.

Programmes have been identified to respond to skills shortages in a broad range of industry sectors e.g. Youth Work, Social Policy, Coaching, Nursing, Public Health and a broad range of Executive Education programmes.   A full list of programmes is available at

UCC was awarded the funding by the Irish Government under the Government's Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work and upskill workers.

“UCC is Ireland’s leading university for industry and enterprise collaboration and we are ready to respond to the needs of our economy and our society” said Professor John O’Halloran, Interim President, UCC.

A significant portion of the funding which was allocated to UCC provides opportunities for students to engage in Executive Education.  Places will be offered on a suite of IMI Professional Diploma programmes starting later this year and in early 2021, delivered virtually and at the National Management Centre in Sandyford Dublin and the UCC Centre for Executive Education in Lapps Quay, Cork.  IMI are specialists in leadership performance and have been empowering world-class executives for over sixty years.

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Head of College of Business and Law, UCC said  “This is an exciting opportunity for returners, employed, former self employed and recent graduates to benefit from executive development from IMI and UCC, to further their development and careers as managers and leaders. UCC is committed to promoting access to higher and executive education in line with the national skills gap agenda and this extends that access further.”

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