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An ambitious programme of research prioritisation coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy across ten indicative areas of strategic importance

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Research at UCC FactBook

€125m Research Income in 2022/23

Highest ever research generated income

UCC have 20 European Research Council grant awardees, 10 of which were awarded since 2021 in Horizon Europe.

1st in Ireland for highly cited researchers in the Shanghai Rankings 2022

2,853 publication outputs in 2021

105,343 citations (2019-2021)

15 active spin-out companies

20 research projects with Civic Group collaborators

UCC is the leading University in Ireland for research impact as measured by citation performance

Research News

Dr Zixiao Yang of University College Cork, who discovered that some feathered dinosaurs had scaly skin like reptiles today, thus shedding new light on the evolutionary transition from scales to feathers. Image credit: Ruben Tapia/UCC TV
21 May 2024

Researchers discover hidden step in dinosaur feather evolution

Scientists discover ‘zoned development’ in dinosaur skin, with zones of reptile-style scales and zones of bird-like skin with feathers. New dinosaur skin fossil found to be composed of silica – the same as glass. Discovery sheds light on evolution from scales to feathers.
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Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times Environment and Science Editor, Doireann Barry, Chief Corporate Services Officer at EirGrid, and Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director of MaREI and Associate Vice-President of Sustainability at University College Cork
21 May 2024

Brian Ó Gallachóir announced as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Positive Impacts award in association with EirGrid

The Irish Times has chosen Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir as the recipient of the inaugural Positive Impacts award, in association with EirGrid. The award was presented by Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor at The Irish Times and Doireann Barry, Chief Corporate Services Officer at EirGrid, at the Positive Impacts event which took place on Tuesday, May 21st in 1 Windmill Lane.
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17 May 2024

Listening to mental health podcasts reduces stigma

New UCC study shows how listening to mental health podcasts positively influences mental health literacy. Mental health podcasts reduce stigma and increase help seeking behaviour. Results indicate that podcasts are being utilised by those who are frustrated with gaps in access to mental health services.
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Photo: The National Suicide Research Foundation team located at the Western Gateway Building in UCC.
08 May 2024

Advancing global impact of research in suicide prevention and mental health

The National Suicide Research Foundation, located at UCC, redesignated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance and Research in Suicide Prevention. The long-standing collaborative partnership between UCC and the NSRF will continue its work in the prevention and intervention of suicide.
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UCC Futures

We are looking for talented individuals who mine the frontiers of curiosity and inquiry at the intersection of disciplines. Consolidating talent and potential, UCC Futures supports the delivery of superior quality in research, scholarship, and the translation of research to tangible impact on the world. 

Research by College

Our institutional research strategy focuses on creating and supporting world-leading clusters of researchers, and building on the research strengths of the University.

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