UCC Research Staff Association

Welcome to the UCC Research Staff Association website

UCC Research Staff Association - (Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh Taighde Comhlachas Foirne)

The UCC Research Staff Association was set up in December 2006 under the banner of the Association of Research Contract Staff to provide help, advice and a voice for this group of workers both within UCC and nationally.  More specifically, many contract researchers feel that there is no voice to represent them and that many of the problems that are unique to them have not been properly identified and addressed.  By 2013 it was recognised that many of these same problems also extended to the wider research community as a whole. The decision was therefore taken to re-name the organisation to  the UCC Research Staff Association to better reflect the wider membership.

UCCRSA works with UCC and other relevant bodies to help address these concerns. We hope that this page will serve as a useful portal that Researchers can use to learn more about the issues that concern them and also as a forum for putting forward their opinions.

Our association was set up by, and is run by Researchers on an entirely voluntary basis. UCCRSA will strive to equally represent research staff at all stages of their careers, and from all four UCC Colleges. We strongly welcome comments or questions and can be contacted at office@icorsa.org.

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Join UCCRSA - Become a member

The UCC Research Staff Association (UCCRSA) is focused primarily on representing and promoting the interests of researchers in all research roles and career stages within UCC. Additionally, UCCRSA is a full member of other RSAs, both nationally (IrishRSA) and internationally (ICoRSA). Our common mission is to provide a voice for research staff on all matters to do with the welfare of our research staff. Our Board is working with University management to improve career development prospects and working conditions for researchers. We also aim to disseminate relevant information to researchers that is pertinent to them and actively represent researchers by inputting on policies pertaining to researchers’ working lives at local, regional, national and international level. Our aim is to ensure YOUR voice is heard at the decision-making tables.

Your membership is important to us! The more we are, the stronger our voice! Why join? UCCRSA promotes the interests of researchers in all research roles and career stages. The membership offers you relevant information on a regular basis. Becoming a member of UCCRSA, you will be represented at UCC and local/regional level.

Sign up to our mailing list today by sending an e-mail to: office@icorsa.org with your name, staff number and department.

It is open to all UCC research staff and those who support the aims of our association. The UCCRSA is dependent on research staff raising issues they want addressed or suggesting initiatives to improve research career development or job satisfaction for researchers and encourages participation from all researchers at UCC. Another benefit of being part of UCCRSA is that you automatically have membership of IrishRSA. The IrishRSA represents research staff in Ireland, including researchers within Research Staff Associations and individual researchers who lack representation through an RSA, and to advocate for their common interests at a national and international level in particular towards the goal of sustainable research careers. As UCCRSA is already a member of IrishRSA, you will also be represented by IrishRSA on a national level when becoming a member of UCCRSA.

UCC Research Staff Association

C/O Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre, Pouladuff Rd, Togher (UCC Internal)