Research & Reports
Gateway to sUCCess: the destination of UCC PLUS+ graduates
On Wednesday 15th December 2010, Mr. John Higgins, Partner in Charge, Ernst & Young Cork formally launched the UCC PLUS+ Report entitled “Gateway to sUCCess: the destination of UCC PLUS+ graduates” in the Staff Common Room, North Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC.
A disadvantaged background is not a deterrent to excel academically according to a report published. The report examines the success of the UCC PLUS+ programme in supporting young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and granting them access to the graduate workforce in Ireland.
A large turnout was in attendance and attendees were addressed by Mr. Higgins, President of UCC Dr. Michael Murphy and two UCC PLUS+ graduates, Ms. Natasha Underhill and Dr. Joey Byrne. Natasha is a past pupil of Terence McSwiney Community College Knocknaheeny, and is in the final stages of her PhD in UCC. Joey is originally from Dublin. He graduated with an honours degree in Medicine in 2006 and is now specialising in Anaesthetics in CUH.
For more information, view UCC PLUS+ Graduate Report.
UCC Access Programme, External Evaluation
This independent evaluation aimed to assess the effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the UCC Access Programme, which has been in operation since 1996. The evaluation focused on the implementation of the project over a three year period from 1999 to 2002. It is essentially qualitative in nature, including a description of programme activities and feedback from participants.
View full report here: UCC Access Programme External Evaluation
Analysis Of The Critical Educational Transitions
An Analysis Of The Critical Educational Transitions Affecting Progression To Third Level Education, in University College Cork.
(Access Programme / Linked Schools)
In 2002, the Access Programme was granted research funding by the Higher Education Authority. It was decided that this funding should be used to increase our understanding of social and educational disadvantage in Cork city. The most recently published research in this area (the HEA Clancy Report, 2001) identified three critical junctures in the academic life of socio-economically disadvantaged students.These three crisis points were termed ‘transitions’.