1. Programme Overview

The University Staff Recognition Awards Programme was inaugurated in 2010 and is now in its eleventh year.  The Awards Programme provides a formal process for acknowledging outstanding achievements by UCC staff and for recognising and celebrating these achievements.  The programme complements informal recognition and appreciation of colleagues’ contribution to the University and the wider community on a day to day basis.  The Awards Programme offers a number of award categories and the categories offered may vary from one year to the next.  Responsibility for implementing the Awards Programme lies with the Academic Council Staff Development Committee (SDC)with support from the Department of Human Resources.

A Selection Committee is established to evaluate nominations based on indicative criteria for each award category. The Selection Committee determines the nominees to be recognised under the Awards Programme in any given year. Those selected to receive a University Staff Recognition Award in 2021 will be honoured at a ceremony, hosted by the President, which will take place later in the year. 



For the 2021 call, 12 awards are available with at least one award available for each of the six award categories.  The selection committee will have the scope to allocate an additional eight awards under existing categories as deemed appropriate.  The Academic Council Staff Development Committee (SDC) seeks to ensure that the Awards Programme recognises a wide range of achievements by all staff at various stages of their careers.  


Staff may be nominated by colleagues for recognition in the following award categories: 

[1]           The Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Equality and Welfare

Nominations invited for individuals & teams.  


[2]           Impact Award

Nominations invited for individuals.


[3]           Leadership Award

Nominations invited for individuals.


[4]           Exceptional Citizen Award

Nominations invited for individuals & teams.


[5]           Enhancing the Student Experience Award 

Nominations invited for individuals & teams.


 [6]        Outstanding Colleague Award

Nominations invited for individuals.



 View the in Award Categories and Indicative Criteria in detail.



  • Individuals or teams cannot self-nominate.

  • Only staff currently on the UCC payroll can nominate a colleague for an award.

  • Nominees may only be nominated once, and for one award category, in any particular year.

  • A staff member can be selected for an individual staff recognition award no more than once in any five year period.
  • Retired staff are not eligible for nomination.

  • Nominees must have completed their period of probation

  • Nominees must consent to their nomination.


Updated: June 2021


University Staff Recognition Awards

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Academic Council Staff Development Committee (SDC)