Orientation for UCC PLUS+

Orientation for UCC PLUS+ (HEAR) Students

Orientation for UCC PLUS+ (HEAR) Students

2019 HEAR Entrants Orientation Programme

This information page is for UCC PLUS+ / HEAR Students only.  All other incoming first years should click this link https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/for information on the main University Orientation dates for All First years, organised by the Admissions Office.

All incoming UCC PLUS first year students (HEAR Scheme Entry only) will also complete a mandatory HEAR Orientation programme in UCC  before the main University Orientation mentioned above, starts. 

Once you get your UCC offer on Thursday 15th August and are HEAR eligible you will receive an email (to your email address that you registered with the CAO) from Martin Flynn, UCCPLUS+ Programme Manager on the following Monday / Tuesday,  with details of the steps required to register for this HEAR Orientation programme. 

The dates for HEAR Orientation 2019 are Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th of August. Please note that this is a residential programme so you will be spending 2 nights with us here at UCC.   Orientation starts with accommodation check-in at Brookfield Accommodation, College road on Monday morning at 10am.  

This is a great opportunity to meet others on your course and get the inside track on how to register, find a lecture hall etc. before term officially commences on September 9th. Click for more information on the supports UCC PLUS+ provide to HEAR Students. The cost of accommodation and food for the 2-night duration of Hear Orientation are covered by UCC PLUS+. 

HEAR Orientation 2019 - When is it?

  • Orientation 2019 starts on Monday August 26th 2019.  You will need to check-in to your accommodation at the Brookfield Apartments Reception Office on College Road, on Monday morning at 10am and then proceed to the Boole lecture theatre Basement on campus for HEAR Orientation registration at 12 noon . See maps https://app.ucc.ie/maps/

  • It will conclude on Wednesday afternoon, the 28th August at approx 3.30pm and is a mandatory residential programme (2 nights stay) for all HEAR eligible students, who received a UCC course offer through the CAO. 

  • There is also an information session for Parents to attend if possible, on Wednesday 28th August - from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in Boole Lecture room 3 .  You will need to let us know on Tuesday 27th if family members are attending, so that we can plan numbers of teas and coffees for them on the day. 

HEAR Orientation 2019 - What is it?

Key features  include:

  • Faculty introductory sessions
  • Campus tours
  • Student services presentations
  • Study skills workshops
  • Welfare and budgeting workshops
  • Social evening events
  • Blackboard/College Calendar/"Explain the modules" sessions
  • Information Talk for Parents/Guardians about the transition to college on Wednesday 28th August - time and location to be confirmed. 
  • Daily meals and accommodation costs for the 2 nights/3 daysof UCC PLUS+ Orientation are covered by UCC PLUS+.


HEAR Orientation 2019 - What to do before you arrive

Once you get your CAO course offer, its really important to:

  1. Accept your CAO offer of a UCC course on www.cao.ie
  2. Check the email you will receive from UCC PLUS+ within 1-2 days of getting your offer and immediately follow the instructions to confirm your attendance at UCC PLUS+ Orientation the following Monday 26th August.
  3. Contact us on 021 4903282 if there is any concern that you may miss part of the mandatory 3 days Orientation, as attendance is a condition of your HEAR Offer.
  4. Check the list below of things you need to bring with you on Monday 26th August.
  5. If you need  Accommodation advice for living arrangements for the academic year, visit this website and register as soon as possible. 

HEAR Orientation 2019  - What do you need to bring with you?

You will need :

  • Enough clothes for 2 nights/3 days

  • Your own towel and toiletries

  • Money for your travel or other personal expenses

  • A rain coat, comfortable shoes / runners

  • Any medications or dietary specific snacks you may need

We will provide:

  • Duvet, sheets, pillow in your own bedroom, within a campus apartment, sharing a bathroom and kitchen with 4-8 other students on your course (where possible). 

  • Breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner over the course of the few days

HEAR Orientation 2019- What previous First years have to say in 2018:

Every year, first year students find the Orientation session of great benefit, here is what some of the previous first years had to say about their Orientation programme:

"The Orientation event was brilliant because when college started, I knew how to use the library already and knew where all my lectures were on - that was great and made the first few weeks of College a lot less scary"

"It was great to know that I could go talk to any of the UCC PLUSstaff if I had a problem, and I did during the year...not being from Cork and not knowing anybody else in Cork, the first few weeks were tough but I love it now and can’t wait for 2nd year"

"It was overall, a fantastic experience. Having come from another county with no one to befriend, the orientation was amazing. Thank you."

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the UCC PLUS+ Programme located?

The UCC PLUS+ Programme is located at 1-2 Brighton Villas, Western Rd, UCC. See maps https://app.ucc.ie/maps/

 What supports are provided?

Once a HEAR eligible Student arrives at UCC as a new first year, the UCC PLUS+ office provides a huge range of academic, financial and social supports. See our full list of Supports for Current UCC Students. Whether your course offer was above or below the points required, all HEAR eligible UCC Students can avail of these supports. 

 Do I need to have completed UCC Registration Part 1 before coming to the UCC PLUS+ Orientation?

No , this is a separate process that you will have to complete along with all  other UCC students –Details will be emailed to you directly from the UCC Admissions office in August.  for more information visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/

 What is the difference between UCC PLUS+ Orientation and Main College orientation /Registration for first years?

HEAR Eligible students are called UCC PLUS+ Students when they come to UCC.  UCC PLUS+ students will need to attend both the UCC PLUS+ Orientation in August and then later, main college Orientation and Registration part 2, on the one day designated for their course. Please see the following link for exact dates for your course.  https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/orientation/

 How do I organise student accommodation for the year?

Other than the two nights that new incoming UCC PLUS+ , first year students spend with us for Orientation in August, we do not book or organise accommodation for the full academic year for our students.  You will need to register with the dedicated Accommodation Service for all UCC Students at their website and register as soon as possible. 

UCC has a Centralised Placement Service online for incoming first years who wish to avail of bed in a student complex.  Only students living at least 45kms away from the university will be prioritised via the service. To register for the service, students should complete the Accommodation Enquiry Form on their website .Although there is no guarantee that accommodation will be sourced, Accommodation staff will endeavour to assist where possible.  The following student complexes will be working with UCC as part of our placement service: 

  • Copley Court, Copley Street
  • Deans Hall, Crosses Green
  • Farranlea Hall, Victoria Cross
  • UCC Castlewhite, Western Road
  • UCC Victoria Lodge, Victoria Cross
  • UCC Victoria Mills, Victoria Cross


Do UCC PLUS+ arrange pay for my accommodation for the year?

UCC PLUS+ may provide you with a financial Bursary however this will not cover accommodation costs for the year.  You will need to apply for the SUSI Grant for assistance with accommodation costs.

 What is the SUSI Grant?

 SUSI ( Student Universal Support Ireland) provides financial support to all full time, third level students for fees and / or living costs.  To apply for this grant visit www.susi.ie .  This is separate from any financial support that UCC PLUS+ may offer you as a HEAR eligible student at UCC and we recommend all HEAR eligible students apply for SUSI before  attending UCC PLUS+ 1st Year Orientation.   You do not need to be HEAR eligible to apply for the SUSI grant.


UCC PLUS+ Programme

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