International recognition for UCC’s Process & Chemical Engineering programme: Winner of the IChemE Sustainability Teaching Award 2016

18 Jan 2017
Shane Peeren (student), Prof Edmond Byrne (Chair Professor and Programme Director), Carla Reinhardt (student), Kayleigh Tobin (student) and Dr John Fitzpatrick (Senior Lecturer) BE (Hons) Process & Chemical Engineering, UCC - CK600PCE

UCC’s Process & Chemical Engineering degree have just been announced as winners of the 2016 Institution of Chemical Engineering Sustainability Teaching Award.


This award, which was first awarded to University College London in 2015, is designed ‘to encourage the teaching of sustainability to undergraduate chemical engineers’.

UCC’s programme came out on top in 2016 following stiff international competition from what the adjudication panel described as ‘other excellent entries from Manchester University and Melbourne University’ (Manchester's entry was highly commended).


In the case of UCC’s Process & Chemical Engineering degree, the IChemE judges declared themselves ‘particularly impressed by your integration of sustainability teaching across the curriculum, with good examples of interdisciplinary projects and varied assessment with student comments indicating their appreciation of the approach.’


Speaking on behalf of the programme, UCC’s Chair of Process and Chemical Engineering and Programme Director, Professor Edmond Byrne commented:


‘We are delighted to receive this award. University College Cork’s chemical engineering programme places sustainability at the forefront of teaching and practice, in light of contemporary societal challenges.

We offer a research-informed curriculum which provides graduates with a broader sense of context and purpose. This complements and extends their professional imperatives as chemical engineers, indicated in roadmaps for the profession – such as IChemE’s Chemical Engineering Matters.

This award endorses our ambition to provide students with best-in-class teaching to set them up for successful careers as chemical engineers.’


The presentation of the Award itself takes place in May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Further information is available here.

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