Questions asked by First Years

Questions frequently asked by First Year Students

 Orientation Tour
"Illness or an upset in my personal life has caused me to miss a submission date for an assignment or an exam. What do I do?"

Procedures for applying for extensions vary from department to department. You can enquire at the relevant departmental office. You can also contact your Peer Supporter who will point you in the right direction if they do not know these procedures themselves. 

"Is there any way I can learn about how to look after myself in my first year of college?"

"I need someone to talk to, especially at night. Does such a service exist?"

Niteline is a "listening service" in UCC. Niteline volunteers are trained by the Samaritans an impartial and independent listening service run by students for students. Freephone Niteline on :1800 32 32 42 Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9pm-1am throughout the college year.  You can also talk to them online through at the same times

You can contact the Niteline service through the PASS Coordinator at:

                 Tel: +353 (0)21 420 5188


"Where can I meet people with similar interests?"

UCC boasts a large number of student societies in Ireland with over 84 different societies varying from the creative and charitable to political and debating.

Contact: UCC Societies, College Road.

               Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2475

A full list of clubs can be found at:

A full of societies can be found at:

UCC also caters for wide array of sporting interests from martial arts to swimming to chess. The UCC clubs executive can be contacted using the details below.

Contact: UCC Clubs, Mardyke Arena.


              Tel: +353 (0) 21 490 4776


or the Mardyke Arena can be contacted at:

               Tel: +353 (0)21 490 4751


"I have re-entered education after a few years. Are there any services aimed at people in my circumstances?"

The Mature Students Office provides a range of support services for you during your time in college, including transition to University workshops held in August and September for incoming first year mature students. Once you take up your place in UCC, there are a number of specific support services available such as a writing skills course, academic skills workshops and peer support. These will all help you to find your feet. The Mature Students Office operates on an open door approach to helping Mature Students with concerns that arise during the year.

Contact: Mature Students Office ,

              1-2 Brighton Villas, Western Road.

              Tel: +353 (0)21 490 1873



"Is there any support for the disabled in UCC?"

University College Cork has established Disability Support Service which is committed, in as far as is reasonably possible to empower students with disabilities to achieve their academic and vocational goals in an inclusive learning environment. The Disability Service caters for the full range of disabilities including physical, mental and educational from the very mild to the pronounced.

Contact: The Disabililty Support Service

              South Lodge, (behind the Library beside the arched gateway), College Road.

              Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2985





Peer Assisted Student Support (PASS)

Tacaíocht Mac Léinn Piarchuidithe (PASS)