First Year Advice

Find out more about your First Year Experience

Find out more about your First Year Experience

First Year Experience Coordinator

You can book an appointment by sending a text message to 087 1224506.  Because the university is currently closed,  we can arrange a Skype call.  Alternatively, I can call your mobile.  


Hi - my name is Nóirín Deady -  my job to ensure that you successfully complete your first year, and that you have the best possible experience. In order to succeed you will need to engage with the university community by tapping into the resources available and by meeting new people. 

As you embark on your university journey you may experience challenges along the way that you did not expect.  I am here to support you whatever the problem may be - together we will find a solution. 

So, if you need to talk things over send a text message to 087 1224506.  Currently, the univresity is closed so I will return your call.  We can then arrange a Skype call or talk on the phone.   

Wishing you every success for the future. 


At the end of first year:  if you are unsure about your programme options, for example, which electives to choose or which ptahway to take (major/joint honours/single honours), you can also make an appointment with me. 


Nóirín Deady, first year experience coordinator

Tips on Thriving in First Year

First six Weeks

  1. Go to Orientation. 
  2. Decide to meet one new person every week.  Class mates are a great resource if you have to miss a lecture!
  3. Get organised.  Buy a big wall calendar – know when and where your lectures, tutorials and labs are.   Know when your assignments are due and note exams dates
  4. Find the ideal place for your study – a cosy corner in the library might be your best option
  5. Go to your lectures.  By attending lectures you will receive vital information and tips that will NOT be on Canvas  
  6. Get to know your Academic Advisor/Mentor
  7. Meet your Academic Advisor/Mentor.  Academic Staff schedule office hours specifically for the purpose of meeting you.  Take advantage of that time
  8. Get involved in Student Life
  9. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Exercise every day.

Second six Weeks

  1. Get the balance right.  If you want to play hard, you must study hard
  2. Strive for good results. Set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them
  3. Take advantage of the study resources. Get to know your subject librarian  
  4. Consider forming a study group
  5. Don’t feel pressure to make hasty decisions. This is not a race! 
  6. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you
  7. Prioritise your life and don’t procrastinate. Complete assignments and get good results – give yourself deadlines
  8. Stay Healthy
  9. Seek professional help when you need it.
  10. Keep track of your money. Make an appointment with Cian if you are struggling financially.
  11. Stay in touch with your Peer Support Leader. 

 If you have any concerns, please contact Nóirín Deady. Email:

First Year is a BIG Deal

University College Cork is committed  to providing first year students with a strong foundation for academic success and personal growth.   

The goals of the First Year Experience

  • To establish a connection to the University
  • To foster membership of a learning community
  • To help students to acquire knowledge and skills for self-directed learning and academic achievement
  • To expose students to diverse ideas, experiences and people
  • To provide a supportive and caring environment to afford our first year students the chance of success.

UCC Code of Honour

We ask all our First Year Students to sign the UCC Code of Honour


A Code of Honour establishes a social contract within which the University community agrees to live. The contract relies on the conviction that the personal and academic integrity of each individual member strengthens and improves the quality of life for the entire community. A sense of mutual trust is critical to achieving such a community.

UCC Code of Honour

We freely pledge to abide by the UCC Code of Honour.

Being truthful, honourable and honest in all our conduct,

we will not lie, cheat, or plagiarise.

We will always endeavour to show respect to fellow

students, staff and to all members of the wider community.

Withdrawing from UCC

Withdrawing from UCC

Circumstances occasionally arise that can cause you to consider leaving UCC before completing your degree programme.  

In such cases it is the policy of University College Cork to:

Give you career guidance and support should you need/want to withdraw

Help you find a solution to whatever issues are causing you concern (if it is possible)

Provide a respectful and uncomplicated process for completing your withdrawal

Ensure that you are aware of all your options and that you will be facilitated in every way to return to third level education (if you wish)

If you are considering withdrawing from UCC please make an appointment as soon as you can with Nóirín Deady here

International Student Support Officer Ms. Suzanne Buckley will provide support to students outside the EU. Tel: +353 21 4904725 Email: 

The sooner you make contact the more options you will have.

Information on fee refunds is available on the Fee Refund Policy. Plase note that for a full refund students must withdraw by 9th October 2020. 

Students withdrawing by 31st January will incur half year tuition fee costs if repeating first year of a new programme.

Application Process

It is your responsibility to formally notify the University of your intention to withdraw.  Having considered all your options and you want to proceed with your withdrawal, please complete the withdrawal form in either word format Withdrawal Form or download the pdf Withdrawal Form

Return this form together with your student ID card to Nóirín Deady, First Year Experience Coordinator, Room 29, Hub Building, UCC.

In applications for a retrospective withdrawal, supporting evidence from one or more of the following professionals must be included.

  • Medical Practitioner
  • Other health professionals
  • UCC Student Support professionals
  • Garda
  • Other (must be specified)

Admissions Office


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