The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), incorporates the former Faculties of Science, Food Science and Engineering. The College is comprised of 6 Schools and two departments; a schematic of the structure can be seen under College Structure.
The College offers a wide choice of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is renowned internationally for the quality of its teaching and research. We have more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 1046 postgraduate students, including 583 PhD students, currently studying in the College We offer an outstanding research-led curriculum to all our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Our undergraduate programmes cover Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Civil, Environmental, Electronic, Microelectronic and Process Engineering, Food and Nutrition, Physical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Environmental and Earth System Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies. Click here for more information about Study at UCC.
Academics and researchers in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science have a strong track record of attracting prestigious research funding and are involved in international collaborations with colleagues throughout the world. This makes the College an exciting environment for research and teaching, and provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The College also has strong links with industry and commerce through pioneering strategies for technology transfer and commercialisation of research. The growth of high technology industry in the Cork region has been significantly encouraged by increased research investment in the College. The staff in the College are closely linked with UCC’s world class research centres such as the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, the Biosciences Institute, the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Environmental Research Institute, and the Tyndall National Institute, and industry-focused research and training units such as the Power Electronics Research Laboratories, the BioTransfer Unit and the Food Industry Training Unit. The College also has a strong record of delivering on the commercialisation of research which is channelled through the Office of Technology Transfer in UCC.
The College believes strongly in supporting our students and operates a very successful student mentoring scheme, where all first year students are assigned an Academic Staff mentor. The mentors provide support and advice to the students to help them with any issues they may have. The College also operates a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PAL), where students/peers (usually third or fourth years) support and assist first year students with difficult topics in their disciplines in a friendly, open environment.
The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science is a world-class location for study and research. Graduates will benefit from a comprehensive education that is essential for their role in the knowledge economy and that will provide them with the tools to be key contributors in the development of the Innovation Island. The College provides a challenging and stimulating environment where talent and enthusiasm is nurtured and where you will find a warm welcome from staff and students alike.
The life cycle of a student begins in the early years at primary school. A stage when inquisitive minds are excited by the mysteries of science and engineering. In 2011 we will launch Eureka the new Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in Science and Mathematics. Through this centre we will provide outreach and engagement programmes for students, teachers, schools and the general public, we will deliver summer camps for budding scientists, CPD programmes for teachers and provide state-of-the-art laboratories to stimulate our bright sparks!
This year will also see the launch of our new Alumni Reunion Programme, if you are a graduate of Science, Engineering or Food Science from the 1990s we want to reconnect with you and we want you to reconnect with your classmates. We are seeking Alumni Ambassadors from all years across the three disciplines to assist in developing our Alumni Reunion Programme.
Finally, I want to encourage all of you who are considering a programme in the College of SEFS to come in and talk to us in person, we are happy to show you the campus and introduce you to other students who can help with your decisions.
Professor Paul Ross
Head - College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
University College Cork
Prof. Paul Ross - +353 (0)21 490 3760/3075 - Head of College
Ms Kate O'Brien - +353 (0)21 490 1775 - College Manager
Ms Leonie O'Doherty - +353 (0)21 490 1774 - College Financial Analyst
Ms Helen O'Donoghue - +353 (0)21 490 1777/490 2332 - Human Resources Partner
Ms Tricia O'Shaugnessy - +353 (0)21 490 2299 - Projects Officer (inc. Recruitment and Outreach)
Ms Carol Veiga - +353 (0)21 490 1776 - Student Support Administrator: Currently on leave, contact Ms Ruth McLaughlin
Ms Ruth McLaughlin - +353 (0)21 490 1776 - Student Support Administrator
Dr Karen McCarthy - +353 (0)21 490 3810 - Project Manager, UCC Food & UCC-Teagasc Food Alliance
Ms Helena Connolly - +353 (0)21 490 3075 - Executive Assistant
Ms Margaret Mannix-Sheahan - +353 (0)21 490 2878 - Executive Assistant (Job-Share)
Ms Mairéad Mooney - +353 (0)21 490 2878 - Executive Assistant (Job-Share)
Download SEFS annual Graduate Newsletter here.
This describes the College of SEFS Committees. These can be viewed by clicking on the following links:
- College Assembly
- College Council
- College Management Team (CMT)
- College Academic Programmes and Curriculum Development Committee (APCD)
- College Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)
- College Research Committee (RC)
- College Teaching learning and Student Experience Committee (TLSE)
- College Student Recruitment and Outreach Committee (SRO)
- College Sabbatical Research Leave Committee