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2016 Press Releases

UCC honours its staff

24 Oct 2016
The UCC choir performed at the Staff Awards Photo: Tomás Tyner, UCC

UCC has honoured staff for their contributions in three areas:  Teaching and Learning, Staff Recognition and Research

In the Teaching & Learning Awards, 8 members of staff received an award for ‘Excellence in Teaching’ UCC has a long, pioneering, tradition of recognising and rewarding teaching excellence within the University.  In 2002, UCC was the first university in Ireland to introduce a Teaching Awards recognition scheme and since then a number of other universities have followed suit.  UCC also has within Ireland the highest number of teaching staff with NUI-accredited qualification in teaching and learning at higher education.

The Staff Recognition Awards provide a formal process for acknowledging outstanding achievements of staff and for publicly recognising such achievements to the University and the wider community.  Fifteen awards were made across six award categories: The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality & Welfare, ImpactLeadership, Exceptional Citizen, Enhancing the Student Experience and  Outstanding Colleague award.

The Research Awards were kindly sponsored by Gilead Sciences Ireland and this year we acknowledged excellence in research activity across six categories: Early Stage Researcher of the Year, Research Supervisor of the Year, Research Support Person of the Year, Research Team of the Year and Career Achievement.

The 2016 winners in each award scheme are as follows:


Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2016:

  • Individual Award – Dr Brian Brid (School of Medicine, UCC & Consultant Oncologist, Bons Secours Hospital Cork)
  • Team Award – Dr Patrick Henn, Dr Irina Korotchikova, Mr Simon Smith and Ms Sinead Riome (School of Medicine)
  • Team Award – Dr Kenneth Burns, Dr Ruth Hally (Applied Social Studies), Dr Catherine O’Mahony (CIRTL)


The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award For Equality & Welfare

  • Dr Aisling Parkes (School of Law)

Enhancing the Student Experience Award

  • Ms Verdi Ahern (Student Experience Office)
  • The staff of the Disability Support Service (Disability Support Service)

Exceptional Citizen Award

  • Dr Anca Mustata (School of Mathematical Sciences)
  • The General Services Security Team (General Services Office)
  • The staff of Student Records and Examinations Office (Student Records and Examinations Office)

Leadership Award

  • Mr Niall Dunphy (Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, School of Engineering)
  • Professor Louise Kenny (Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
  • Professor Martin Kinirons (Cork University Dental School & Hospital)

Impact Award

  • Dr Catherine Buckley (APC Microbiome Institute)
  • Dr Eva McMullan-Glossop (School of Music & Theatre)
  • Professor Michel Schellekens (Dept. of Computer Science)

Outstanding Colleague Award:

    • Ms Ciara McKernan (International Office)
    • Ms Eleanor O’Connor (School of Sociology & Philosophy)
    • Mr Michael O’Shea (School of Engineering)


Early Stage Researcher of the Year              

  • Dr Tom Reed (School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences and ERI)

Research Support Person of the Year         

  • Dr Allen White (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences)

Research Supervisor of the Year                   

  • Dr Yvonne Nolan (Anatomy & Neuroscience)     

Research Team of the Year                              

  • Dr Kenneth Burns, representing the Child Care Proceedings in the District Court Research Team (School of Applied Social Studies, School of Law & ISS21)
  • Dr Peter O’Brien, representing the Tyndall Photonics Packaging Group (Tyndall National Institute)

Career Achievement

  • Professor Eoin O’Reilly, Chief Scientist, (Tyndall National Institute and Dept. of Physics)




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