UCC Strategic Initiatives

UCC 2022 identifies our strategic vision for the next two years

Prof John O’Halloran

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UCC 2022: Delivering a Connected University replaces the final two years of the Strategic Plan 2017-2022: Independent Thinking – Shared Ambition. It sets out a reframing of our strategic decision making, as well as some transformative changes to our core operations in response to geopolitical challenges, the escalating climate crisis and societal and economic pressures.

This strategic pivot identifies our key strategic priorities for the period 2021-2022, clustered within five interconnected thematic pillars: Learning and Teaching; Research and Innovation; Student Success; People and Organisational Culture; and Infrastructure and Resources. This plan builds on our strengths in student focus, sustainability, and community and global engagement. Implementation of UCC 2022 is underway involving a large number of staff across the campus. You can read more about these and how they are aligned with UCC 2022 below.  

Pillar 1 Learning & Teaching

Academic Strategy

The purpose of Pillar 1 is to provide a personalised education for every student through the delivery of future-ready programmes enabling lifelong, life-wide learning. It aims to accelerate the actions in the Academic Strategy innovative assessment and further integration of research, sustainability, global reach and community engagement in the curriculum. Student learning and research will be facilitated through a Connected Curriculum that aligns with demand, university priorities and effective assessment practices.

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Pillar 2 Research & Innovation

UCC Futures

Pillar 2 aims to foreground research and reimagine how we advance research excellence. One of the initiatives aimed at delivering on this objective is cluster hiring in areas of research excellence working towards the establishment of strategic research institutes at UCC. In line with our vision to enhance collaborative research that addresses emerging societal challenges, we have launched UCC Futures - an ambitious programme of academic recruitment across ten indicative areas that will build a foundation for economic, societal and cultural resilience and prosperity.

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UCC in the World University Rankings

Rankings contribute positively to our global reputation, profiling the University, enhancing our visibility and our ability to attract talent. Rankings support our ability to engage in cutting edge partnerships, and to leverage increased resources from agencies and investors. UCC is ranked in the top 5% in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

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Pillar 3 Student Success

Arts & Culture Plan 2022

Developed by staff, students and graduates, UCC's first ever Arts and Culture Plan Igniting UCC's Creative Potential was launched in September 2022. It articulates a collective cultural ambition for UCC and sets out an vision for a createive future for our university. UCC will appoint a new arts and cultural officer to drive the plan and foster engagement across the campus with arts and culture.

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Bystander Intervention Programme

Student success is a key strategic priority for UCC and the Bystander Intervention Programme at UCC forms part of our strategic response to the issues of sexual misconduct and violence among student populations. As part of our Sexual Health Framework, the blended-learning approach of the Bystander Intervention programme seeks to not only enhance knowledge and understanding of these issues, but also to lead to attitude and behavioural change across UCC.

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Graduate Attributes Programme

As a socially minded, civically engaged, institution, our core values and graduate attributes are the bedrock of the UCC student experience. Graduate attributes refer to the skills, knowledge, and abilities of our graduates, beyond disciplinary content knowledge, that are applicable in a range of contexts in their lives. Support for the development of academic, specialist and technical skills by all UCC students is a priority for Pillar 3 of UCC 2022.

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Pillar 4 People & Organisational Culture

Culture Barometer 2022

The Values and Culture/EDI consultation was conducted in early 2022 by the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit. This self-assessment aimed to stimulate reflection and understanding of the culture at UCC and to create an opportunity for all staff to provide feedback. Almost one third of staff participated in the survey and associated focus groups were also undertaken. Together these will inform future activities aimed at delivering a positive workplace culture.

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Pillar 5 Infrastructure & Resources

Digital Masterplan 2021

Responsive and agile decision-making based on organisational data and streamlined reporting is a key priority at UCC. Launched in September 2021, UCC’s first Digital Master Plan sets out how digital services at UCC will support teaching, learning, and research and enrich our activities by connecting people with technology on a 21st century campus.

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UCC Campus Masterplan

While digital learning models have increased in prevalence in recent times, the importance of the physical space and place, an acknowledged unique characteristic of UCC, has not diminished. The 2021 UCC Masterplan reviews our physical footprint and infrastructures, and explores opportunities to use them in new ways. It will support UCC to place itself at the forefront of a new globally focused Irish economy, particularly in the areas of learning, teaching, innovation and research.

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