Week Two: Making the Most of College - Getting Involved

This week we’re taking a look at some of the ways you can make the most of your time in UCC by getting involved with:

  • Societies
  • Clubs
  • Students’ Union
  • Volunteering
  • UCC Works Award


Checklist - Week Two

Look at the lists of Clubs and Societies to see what’s on offer.

Join a Club or Society! (if you want to)

Check out the Students’ Union website and follow them on social media.

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About societies: There are 104 societies in UCC with an overarching focus to enhance the cultural, creative, social, political and intellectual experience of students in the university. Societies in UCC are run by students for students and their key values are leadership, accountability, excellence and collaboration.


How to join a society: There is something for everyone so if you would like to find out more about any particular society, check out this list and send them an email, our members will be more than happy to get back to you!


What’s in it for you? Joining a society is a great way to enhance your student experience by getting involved on campus and making friends with people outside of the classroom.


You can find out more about UCC Societies here.


About clubs: University College Cork has a deep and proud history of sporting achievement, and strong ambitions for the future. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or looking to try something new, there’s something for everyone! UCC currently has 55 clubs and a full list can be found here.


How to join a club: If you would like to find out more about any particular club, then check out the link above and send the club an email, they will be more than happy to get back to you!


What’s in it for you? The importance of sport goes much further than empowering people with health and wellbeing – it teaches life lessons of confidence, teamwork, respect, ambition, discipline, integrity and it provides a source of great enjoyment. Joining a club is a great way to try something new and make new friends while in college!


You can find out more about UCC Clubs here.


Students’ Union

About the Students’ Union: The SU’s job is to look after all students’ needs and make sure that everyone really enjoys their time in UCC. This includes everything from giving advice on exams, helping students out with financial concerns all the way to organising the best events across the campus and city for the students. There are 6 full-time Officers in the SU who work throughout the year for the needs of all UCC Students. This means you can give them a shout if you have any problem or question during the year, no matter how big or small!


How to get involved: There are a few ways to get involved in the Students’ Union. As a first year, the easiest way is to become a Class Rep or an Entertainments Rep - each course has one of each. The Class Rep will let the department know of any problems within the course and will attend the Student Council to give feedback to the Students’ Union. The Entertainments Rep organises enterainment events for the class, hoodies and generally makes sure everyone has an unreal time in college!


You can find out more about the Students’ Union here.



Why volunteer? Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your University experience. Providing an opportunity to give back to the community while also developing both personally and professionally. As well as being fun, it can really enhance your CV and employers look very favourably on volunteering because they see that you can develop essential skills that they need such as project management, communication and teamwork skills.


Who can you volunteer with? You can volunteer through UCC with charitable societies and initiatives such as the UCC PLUS+ Homework Club as well as through external organisations in the wider Cork area.


How to sign up: you can find volunteering opportunities by visiting StudentVolunteer.ie or keeping an eye on the Career Service’s website and social media platforms for information on volunteering events.


You can find out more information about volunteering while in UCC here.


UCC Works

The UCC Works Award is a professional skills development programme and demonstrates that you have engaged in, and developed professional skills through extra-curricular activities and work experience, all of which will help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles and internships.


This is a great way to receive recognition for any extracurricular activities you take part in (Clubs, Socs, SU, Volunteering, Internships or Entrepreneurship) and students can take part in the UCC Works Award at any stage of their degree so first years should definitely go for it!


You can find out more information about UCC Works here.

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