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UCC Shortlisted in Times Higher Education Awards

15 Sep 2021

Excellence in teaching and sector-leading sustainability practices at University College Cork (UCC) have been recognised in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

These global higher education awards are the sector-leading recognition of excellence in universities across the world, and this is the first time institutions in the Republic of Ireland have been able to enter in the award’s 17-year history.

UCC received more nominations than any other Irish university at this year’s THE Awards.

A total of 78 institutions and teams from across Ireland and the UK are in the running across 20 categories, with the nominees having been selected from nearly 600 entries - a record number of submissions for the THE Awards.

Dr. Trevor Carey from the School of Chemistry at UCC has been shortlisted for a 2021 THE Award in the category of 'Outstanding Technician of the Year'.

THE said the category recognises individuals “whose exceptional practical skills, commitment and vision have enabled the highest quality teaching, research or knowledge transfer.”

Meanwhile, UCC has been nominated in the Merit Award category, which examines how UK and Irish universities performed on relevant measures towards the creation of sustainable world.

UCC was noted as ”leading the way on practices such as energy efficiency and sustainability, environmental education and net-zero carbon commitments.”

Prof John O’Halloran warmly welcomed UCC’s nominations.

"It is extremely rewarding that UCC should receive this recognition by THE in the very first year Irish institutions are eligible for consideration.

“I want to congratulate Dr Carey for this outstanding individual achievement, which is thoroughly deserved in light of his ongoing dedication to innovate teaching.

“We continue to be pleased with our sustainability and green rankings performance and  that our entire university community has been commended  for our commitment to meeting sustainable development goals.” he said.

THE editor John Gill said:
“This is the 17th year that the THE Awards will recognise the best of the best in higher education, across 20 categories covering all aspects of university activity. But this year’s awards will reflect a period of turmoil and innovation necessitated by the pandemic, making it quite unlike any previous year.
“For the first time this year, we have also extended our awards to include higher education institutions in Ireland, and we are delighted to say that we have had a record number of entries, reflecting the brilliance of universities across the whole of the UK and Ireland. With almost 600 institutions, teams and individuals nominated, it really is a fantastic achievement to make it onto this year’s shortlist.
“We look forward to celebrating the incredible response of university staff in exceptionally tough circumstances when we gather for the Oscars of higher education in November,” he said.
This year’s ceremony will take place on the evening of 25 November 2021 in London.

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