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Life at UCC
Set in the lush green picturesque Irish city of Cork in the south-eastern part of Ireland, UCC places amongst the leading international world universities (See QS World University Rankings) with over 17,000 students including some 2,400 international students adorning the campus with a vibrant mix of intellect and culture. UCC has strong research programs across the campus including medical and dental schools and the Tyndall National Institute. Cork is the second largest city in Ireland with San Francisco named as sister city. In 2005, Cork was the European City of Culture. The UCC campus is located within walking distance of the city center and the river Lee flows through the city with the hills as a backdrop. The city boasts all the amenities of a modern European city including shopping and entertainment venues. Cork hosts its Film Festival in early October and the Jazz Festival at the end of October. The weather in Cork is mild with moderate temperatures in all seasons. Light rain and sunshine go hand-in-hand providing both an occasion for a hot tea or a visit to the seaside. Student housing is available around the campus area and a campus is interconnected with the local Cork bus service. The modern campus center provides a focal point for campus activities and the Boole library is an excellent setting for viewing works across the spectrum of arts, sciences, and engineering. Indeed, UCC provides a central hub for a student of all ages to come enjoy an academic experience and be part of the Irish life.
Student Scholarships in the School of Engineering
The Joe Gantly Award (Undergraduate Scholarship)
The Joe Gantly Prize In Engineering is awarded to the Best Student on the Work Placement module in the BE(Hons) Programmes.
The late Joe Gantly, who was a Civil Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin, made a significant contribution to industry and education in the Cork area. He served as Director of European Operations at Apple Computers, President of Cork Chamber, Chairman of the Cork Airport Authority and as a Governor of UCC. In order to commemorate his contribution to Cork’s business community (and to UCC), Cork Chamber has established the Joe Gantly Prize in Engineering. The prize is awarded each year to the Best Student on the Work Placement module in the BE (Hons) programmes at UCC.
The conditions of the Prize are as follows:
1. The prize shall be called the Joe Gantly Prize in Engineering.
2. The prize shall be open for competition among the students who have obtained
the highest mark for the work placement module in each of the BE (Hons)
3. The eligible students shall be invited to make a presentation on their work
placement to a panel of adjudicators, comprising the Head of the School of
Engineering, the Head of the College of SEFS and a representative of Cork
Chamber, and the prize shall be awarded to the student who is deemed by the
adjudicators to have completed the best work placement.
4. The adjudicators may award a cash prize to each student who makes a
presentation to acknowledge the individual programmes.
The nominees for 2015 were Anna Cremin BE Process & Chemical, Colm Gallaher BE Energy, Michelle Donovan BE Electrical & Electronic and Tadgh Buckley BE Civil & Environmental , with Tadgh Buckley overall winner. The judging panel was Prof Paul Ross, Head of College of SEFS,(Science, Engineering and Food Science) Conor Healy of Cork Chamber, and Prof Nabeel Riza, Head of School. The panel considered both their work placement report and a 15 min presentation (summarizing overall contribution to the work of the company/research centre; learning outcomes; influences on future career path) in reaching their decision.
The Dr Elmer Morrissey Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate and/or Postgraduate Scholarship)
Annual engineering scholarship in the memory of Dr Elmer Morrissey, who died tragically in 2012
The Friends of Elmer Morrissey have established a fund to provide engineering students at UCC with the opportunity to apply for an annual scholarship worth €1,500. The scholarship will help with their course fees and living expenses, enabling them to have the kind of fulfilling college experience that Elmer enjoyed.
The first scholarship was awarded in March 2015 to Kevin Leahy, PhD student, Civil Engineering.
Click here for more details Elmer Morrissey criteria 2017
Click here to download application form Elmer Morrissey 2017
The ON Semiconductors Scholarships in Electronics (Undergraduate Scholarship)
ON Semiconductor Ireland has recently informed us that they plan to offer scholarships to the value of €3000 to three students in Ireland who will be in the final year of their Level 8 studies who have an interest in electronic design.
ON Semiconductor is a leading global supplier of power and data management semiconductors and standard semiconductor components. Located at Raheen Business Park in a new state-of-the-art facility, the R&D team at ON Semiconductor’s Limerick design centre develops power management integrated circuits primarily for use in computing and consumer electronics applications. ON Semiconductor Ireland is interested in supporting the academic achievements of engineering students. Since 2014 ON Semiconductor Ireland has awarded eleven Scholarships in Electronics with a total value of €33,000 to talented final year engineering students and it continuously seeks top students to employ for internships and graduate engineering positions.
There isn’t a specific application form – any student interested in applying for the scholarship should submit the following:
CV, Cover Letter, Study results and a recommendation letter/reference by a professor
More details about the scholarship including the application deadline can be found at this link ON Semiconductor Scholarship. Please note that the applications must be sent to On Semiconductor not UCC.
The John Murphy Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Civil Engineering (Postgraduate Scholarship)
J. Murphy & Sons Ltd. of London funded this fellowship in 1977 to emphasise the value of research in the advancement of the practice of Civil Engineering, and to enable professional engineers to engage in research for a limited period. The objective is to foster research on engineering problems, emerging in practice, which are associated with the industrial development of Ireland, and its natural resources. It is intended that the fellowship should be held by a person or persons actively concerned with the solution of engineering problems demonstrably generated by, and of major significance to, the practice of Civil Engineering in Ireland. In all cases, preference will be given to candidates whose research projects most closely accord with the letter and the spirit of this intention.
This fellowship shall be subject to the following conditions of award and tenure which have been approved both by the donor and the Governing Body:
- The award shall be known as "The John Murphy Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Civil Engineering".
- The fellowship, which is valued at c. €8,250, or its equivalent in real terms, and tenable at University College Cork, shall be awarded normally to an engineering graduate who proposes to proceed to the ME or PhD degree, but a senior researcher can be eligible in special circumstances.
- The fellowship shall be awarded by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the President of University College Cork, following consultation with the Head of the School of Engineering.
- The fellowship shall be generally tenable for one year, but it may be renewed for a further year subject to favourable progress of the holder's research. No new fellowship shall be offered for competition in any year in which the fellowship is renewed, except in the circumstances mentioned in clause 5.
- In the event of no award being made in any particular year, a separate one year fellowship may be offered for competition in the following year.
- Applications shall be invited, by advertisement in the normal fashion not later than 31st March of any year, for fellowship(s) tenable from the following Autumn. Applications will be considered only from those who, after graduation, have had suitable professional experience or have been engaged in teaching or research.
- Each candidate shall submit to the School of Engineering, an application containing a curriculum vitae, and information on the subject or field of engineering selected for research and the candidate's present qualifications therein. It is preferable but not essential that a candidate should submit a carefully documented research project. Normally the names of two referees will be required.
- The above conditions may be amended from time to time by the Governing Body provided that such alterations are approved in advance by the donor or his representative(s). However, in any year, any amendment shall be valid only if it has been so approved in writing on or before 31st March of that year, and duly published as provided for in clause 6.
The John Sisk Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Civil Engineering (Postgraduate Scholarship)
John Sisk & Son Ltd., have funded this scholarship to promote university research in the area of civil engineering construction.
The scholarship shall be subject to the following conditions of award and tenure:
- The award shall be known as "The John Sisk Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Civil Engineering".
- The scholarship, which is currently valued at c. €20,000 and tenable at University College Cork, shall be awarded to an engineering graduate to support full-time postgraduate studies in the area of civil engineering construction.
- The holder of the scholarship shall pursue research and undertake limited teaching duties under the general direction of the School of Engineering.
- The holder of the scholarship shall normally be required to register for a higher degree.
- The scholarship shall be tenable generally for one academic year, but the holder may apply for renewal for a further year, subject to progress of the research work being to the satisfaction of the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- A competition for the scholarship shall take place each year, with an application for renewal being considered together with applications from other candidates. Applications, comprising a curriculum vitae, the name of two referees and a carefully documented research proposal, must be submitted to the Head of the School of Engineering by 31st May each year.
- The applications shall be considered by a Board comprising the Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science or nominee and the Professor(s) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The award shall be made by the Academic Council on the recommendation of this Board.
- The division of the stipend between living expenses, travel and equipment shall also be recommended by the Board.
Engineers Without Borders UCC (EWB UCC),
EWB UCC is a multidisciplinary society for engineers and architects. The society aims to benefit society at large through technical and other means. More information about our projects, on campus, in the community and further afield, can be found at: http://ewbucc.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/EngineerswithoutbordersUCC