Minister Harris opens new Student Medical Centre at UCC

21 Nov 2023
UCC students and staff pictured with Minister Simon Harris at the opening of UCC's new Student Health Centre. Image credit: Provision
  • The state-of-the-art facility is located on the ground floor of the new Crow’s Nest development.
  • The centre will host a full range of health and well-being services for students. 

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD,opened a new state-of-the-art Student Health Medical Centre at University College Cork (UCC) last night.

The student health centre and accommodation supports broader commitments as outlined in the HEA Healthy Campus Framework, including enhancing the ‘Campus Environment’ to support student and staff health and wellbeing.

At the UCC event, Minister Harris said: “This is a great example of how student health and wellbeing can be put at the heart of the college experience.

Located on the ground floor of the new Crow’s Nest development and accessed via the Carrigrohane Straight Road, the new world-class healthcare facility will provide for:

  • 9 consulting rooms
  • a 2-bedded treatment room
  • a physiotherapy suite
  • a staff meeting room
  • an expanded reception and administration spaces
  • and a 30-seat waiting room with self-check in area

All these new rooms will be equipped to the highest standards of a 21st century medical centre.

“Student health and well-being has and always will be a top priority of mine and it is wonderful to see investment in this area through a beautiful, new Student Health Centre. The future is bright for UCC. This health centre will be of great benefit to the students of today and those set to come through the doors over coming years," Minister Harris said.

Professor John O’Halloran, UCC President, said: "Today we open a stunning new purpose-built Student Health Centre in UCC. Generations of students will benefit from this facility, and I wish to thank the Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science for his support and our staff who drove the development of this fantastic health centre."

In 2023, Minister Harris has provided €5million in funding for mental health and well-being in Higher Education Institutes.

Dr Michael Byrne, Head of Student Health Service at UCC, said: “I am delighted that this new facility has opened for our students in UCC. The increased space, expanded equipment, and fantastic facilities will allow us to deliver the full range of Student Health services in a comfortable, calm, and professional environment. We look forward to serving our students in these premises for years to come."


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