University Academic Strategy Implementation

UCC is committed to implementing an academic strategy to deliver an outstanding, student-centred learning and teaching experience with a responsive, sustainable, research-based curriculum at its core.

Our Strategic Plan 2017-2022 sets out a number of goals and actions that will underpin the academic strategy. It outlines our ambition to promote and strengthen the university’s research mission through the curriculum. It aims to position transdisciplinarity as a core academic mission of the university. Our institutional focus on transdisciplinary thematic areas will be informed by UCC’s Research Strategy as well as external drivers including the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. Finally in this context, UCC’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 underscores our ambition to implement UCC’s Sustainability Strategy 2016. The academic strategy will supports our ambition in the following areas:

  • Create credit-bearing opportunities for all students to access a breadth of learning and develop graduate attributes, including opportunities for students to engage with the creative arts and with language learning and discovery.
  • Ensure flexibility in the delivery of our programmes, strengthen the provision of online programmes and enhance access to lifelong learning and greater CPD opportunities.
  • Provide ambitious programmes to support and challenge outstanding students.
  • Embed the Quercus Talented Student Programme to attract and retain high quality students by extending the programme to postgraduate students.
  • Collaborate with partner institutions in joint programmes and embed external engagement in programme development, delivery and student learning in support of the institutional engagement strategy.
  • Deliver deeper active learning experiences by continuing to address the refinement of student-to-staff ratios, embedding meaningful student-involved research in all undergraduate programmes and integrating practical skills development through a combination of placements, university-wide modules and an improved laboratory experience for STEM students.
  • Strengthen world-ready graduate skills by engaging collaboratively with employers through the Regional Skills Forum and other forums, creating innovative interdisciplinary programmes across the Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science; Business and Law; Medicine and Health; Science, Engineering and Food Science and introducing degree structures that embed greater opportunities for extended work placements.
  • Create a five-year student enrolment and recruitment plan, around the size and shape of our university that will underpin the university’s financial plan and support participation rates and national policy.
  • Embed internationalisation more deeply and sustainably into the university’s identity by increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of international students, enabling the increased internationalisation of the curriculum and strengthening the culture of global mobility, inbound and outbound, for students and staff. Increase the number of students studying abroad in the EU Erasmus+ programme and in UCC’s wide range of partner institutions worldwide.
  • Take all necessary measures to achieve and maintain high status international accreditation and international recognition including achievement of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Cork University Business School. Support disciplines in improving world university ranking status and enable a greater number of disciplines to achieve top 200 ranking. Further develop CUBS and successfully maximise the integration of the IMI within UCC to significantly enhance and broaden executive education offered to graduates and industry.
  • Pursue specific strategic academic appointments and the development of the next generation of research leaders.

An operational plan to deliver the ambitions of our Academic Strategy is currently being developed.

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