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2021-22 FIRST YEAR GUIDE TO SUCCESS #BeginBelongBecome


IMPORTANT DATES In UCC, the academic year is divided into two semesters. The following timetable shows the teaching periods, study weeks, and holidays for first year students. Pop them into your calendar!

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Autumn Semester Dates:

Monday 27 September – Friday 3 December 2021

Study Review Week:

Monday 6 December - Friday 10 December 2021

Autumn Examinations:

Monday 13 December - Tuesday 21 December 2021

Christmas Recess:

Wednesday 22 December - Monday 10 January 2022

SPRING SEMESTER 2022 (SEMESTER 2) Spring Semester Dates:

Monday 17 January - Friday 8 April 2022

Easter Recess:

Monday 11 April - Friday 22 April 2022

Study Review Week:

Monday 25 April - Friday 29 April 2022

Spring Examinations:

Monday 2 May - Friday 13 May 2022

we are here for you in these strange times! 2021 has been a challenging year for everybody. We are aiming to make your introduction to UCC as comprehensive and enjoyable as possible. At all times we will be mindful of evolving circumstances. We will adhere to all public health guidelines to slow the pace and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should a circumstance arise that is outside of our control, we will keep you up to date with any changes to this programme of activity. www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/faq/

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CONTENTS IMPORTANT DATES

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WELCOME 4 FIRST YEAR HOTLINE GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES AND VALUES

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GOAL-SETTING 8 WORKSHEET 9 FRESHERS’ FEST

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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STUDENT SERVICES 24

CORK - OUR HOME, YOUR HOME 37

EPUB 24

SOCIETIES 38

CAREER SERVICES

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CLUBS 40

DIGITAL TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR CAREER JOURNEY

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MADE2MOVE INITIATIVE

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ACCOMMODATION & ALCOHOL-FREE HOUSING

CHAPLAINCY 27 COUNSELLING & DEVELOPMENT

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IMPORTANT CHECKLIST

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YOUR FIRST FIVE WEEKS

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DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICE 28

GETTING STARTED / REGISTERING AS A STUDENT

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STUDENT BUDGETING ADVICE SERVICE

FEES 16 GRANTS 18 FITNESS TO PRACTISE

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HEALTH SCREENING

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STUDENT ID

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COST OF LIVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

STUDENT LIFE

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FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE CO-ORDINATOR 28 AUTISM FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE (AFUI) 29 STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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UCC LIBRARY

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IT SERVICES

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SKILLS CENTRE

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MATURE STUDENT OFFICE

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INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

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UCC PLUS+ PROGRAMME

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UCC PEER SUPPORT

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STUDENTS’ UNION

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UCC GAISCE PROJECT

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CAMPUS SERVICES

STUDENT CENTRE 48

THE HUB

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FOOD OPTIONS

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CRÈCHE 51 CAMPUS WATCH

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UCC GREEN CAMPUS

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REGULATIONS & POLICIES

CODE OF HONOUR 54 STUDENT CHARTER

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EXAMINATIONS 55 PLAGIARISM 55 VALUING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES 56 EQUALITY 56 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

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BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

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UCC STUDENT WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR 34

YOUR ACADEMIC TIMETABLE

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NITELINE 34

CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR STUDENTS

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CAMPUS MAP

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STUDENT SERVICES

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GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES AND VALUES UCC’s unique Graduate Attributes Programme is a highly transformative student-centric programme. Our programme will help you to successfully navigate your transition in to, through and out of university to enable you to begin, belong and become the person you want to be! This programme will optimise your student journey and will prepare you to live, lead and learn in a shared, co-created future. It will enable you to take an active role in contributing to society as well as to the economy, it will empower you to create more value than you consume and will facilitate your acquisition of five key graduate attributes and five core values (see next page) through curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular channels.

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As you transition in, our Taster Lectures and unique Nurturing Bright Futures online course for pre-entry students, will help you make informed choices at application stage, to ensure you choose the right course for you and that you are fully prepared for third-level learning and life.

As you transition through, our unique online self-assessment tool, Your Graduate Attributes and Values Compass, will create a space for reflection on your ongoing development of graduate attributes and values. It will also signpost to carefully curated and co-created resources to enhance and support your personal development journey.

BECOME As you prepare to transition out of UCC, you will receive best-in-class support from our award-winning Career Services team and you will be able to leverage the potential of cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence powered tools (CV optimisation platform and interview simulation) to ensure you are world and work ready.

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For more information on the UCC Graduate Attributes Programme and how it relates to you, please check out: www.ucc.ie/en/graduateattributes/andme


GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES AND VALUES

ATTRIBUTES UCC's core values and graduate attributes are the bedrock of our student experience. Graduate attributes refer to the skills, knowledge and abilities of our graduates beyond disciplinary knowledge, that are applicable in a range of contexts in their lives.

Creators, evaluators and communicators of knowledge

Independent and creative thinkers

Digitally fluent

Socially responsible

Effective, global citizens who recognise and challenge inequality

VALUES UCC graduates will be recognised for their distinct core values and graduate attributes. As well-rounded, curious, self-aware individuals, they will be known for their appetite to continually learn new skills, embrace new ideas and make things happen.

RESPECT:

AMBITION:

For self, others and the environment

Aims high, displays exemplary work ethic and strives to succeed

COMPASSION:

RESILIENCE:

Empathetic, demonstrates care for self and others

Perseveres, shows capacity for problem-solving and personal well-being

INTEGRITY: Trustworthy, ethical and dependable

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GOAL-SETTING A goal is something you want to achieve. It is not an activity; it is not a task. It is an aim or a purpose. Goals are the first step towards planning for your future and goal setting is the process by which you achieve your goals.

WHAT IS A GOAL?

GET SMART ABOUT SETTING YOUR GOALS

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If you can’t measure your goals, you can’t manage them.

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Your goals must be clear and well defined. For example: “I will write 500 words of my assignment this week”.

Whenever you set a goal, set a time limit on it as it will push you to actually work on it.

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals, you lack focus and direction. Goals also help you measure success. To accomplish your goals, you need to plan and structure them properly as a goal without a plan is just a wish. So, you need to get smart about goal setting, I mean S.M.A.R.T!

TIME-BOUND Whenever you set a goal, set a time limit on it as it will push you to actually work on it. Remember to evaluate and revisit your goals at regular intervals – this will help you to stay agile and adapt your goals to keep pace with your evolving life and career plans.

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10 STEPS TO GOAL SETTING SUCCESS

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What accomplishments along the way will ensure that you reach your goal?

Who will help you stay the path with your goal?

What will your checkpoints be? (end of day, end of week tracking) How will you deal with the barriers and the distractions that may prevent you from reaching your goal?

What barriers will prevent you from realising your goal? What steps are required in order to realise your goal? Why is this goal meaningful for you? How will you know when you reach your goal?

Be specific about when you will reach your goal.

State your specific goal.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Based on content developed by the UCC First Year Experience Office and the UCC Student Counselling and Development Service.


WORKSHEET

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WHAT IS MY GOAL?

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SMART GOAL CHECKLIST

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WHY IS THIS GOAL IMPORTANT TO ME?

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WHAT IS MY GOAL COMPLETION DATE?

Is the goal clearly written? Is it clear what needs to be done and any support that may be needed? Does this goal clearly define the measurement of how many, how much and/or how often?

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WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL CHALLENGES TO COMPLETING THIS GOAL?

Can I get the support and resources needed to achieve this goal? Is it a realistic goal?

Will this goal make a significant difference to my personal life/success in my studies?

Have I set a clear and specific completion date?

Milestone

Deadline

Resources I need

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FRESHERS’ FEST

FRESHERS’ FEST AND OPEN DOOR WELCOME Freshers’ Fest and Open Door Welcome for family and friends on Saturday 25 September.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

• IMPORTANT CHECKLIST • YOUR FIRST FIVE WEEKS • GETTING STARTED/ REGISTERING AS A STUDENT • FEES • GRANTS • FITNESS TO PRACTISE • HEALTH SCREENING • STUDENT ID • COST OF LIVING • PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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IMPORTANT CHECKLIST

Once you accept your offer

Check your emails for instructions on how to complete registration. You will receive 2 emails – a registration email and an IT account password email. Complete all steps of Registration. Complete the HEA Equal Access Survey during Online Registration. Pay your Capitation Fee of €130. Pay your Student Contribution Fee (if you are not in receipt of a grant). Complete the online ePub Survey - www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/epub

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Find suitable accommodation. Keep checking your email and www.ucc.ie/orientation for updates and next steps.

Be cautious and book accommodation as soon as possible to avoid last-minute worries; you may also wish to speak to the landlord to find out what their cancellation policy is in the event of changes later in the year. We are hoping to implement face-toface teaching where safe and possible. Timetables and distancing measures may change throughout the course of the academic year. For help and advice on this go to: www.ucc.ie/en/accommodation/

Your online orientation is compulsory Get familiar with your new surroundings:

Learn how to access all the resources, both academic and life skills Introduction to the Students’ Union Get information on Clubs and Societies Participate in virtual interactive tours Introduction to professional student support staff Complete the Covid-19 Health programme Complete the Bystander Intervention Training Learn about Student Rules and Regulations

Academic Orientation will take place on our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. Keep checking www.ucc.ie/orientation for updates.

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YOUR FIRST FIVE WEEKS Start attending lectures.

Participate in activities organised during Freshers’ Week.

Contact Nóirín Deady, the First Year Experience Co-ordinator if you think that you are in the wrong degree programme, or if you are finding it difficult to adjust.

Join some clubs and societies.

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If you have a laptop, connect it to the wireless network.

Ensure that you know how to access Library resources.

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Make sure you know your lecturers’ names and know how to contact them.

Know your academic mentor and know how to contact them.

Have a budget plan/make an appointment with a Budgetary Advisor to put a plan together. www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget Keep in touch with your Peer Support Leader.

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Revisit Orientation content on Canvas if you are unsure about the academic supports available to you.

Arrange a meeting with the First Year Experience Co-ordinator if you think that you are in the wrong degree programme, or if you are finding it difficult to adjust. (Friday 15 October 2021 - How To Apply for Change of Course)

Attend at least one Club and Society meeting or event.

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Attend a workshop on academic writing, study skills, or time management in the Skills Centre. Know the executive members of your Students’ Union. Elect a Class Representative.

Attend lectures, labs, and tutorials regularly whether online or on campus.

Make an appointment with Nóirín Deady if you are finding it difficult to settle in to UCC.

orientation is compulsory for all new students hea survey The HEA promotes equality of access to higher education for people with disabilities, mature students who did not previously have the opportunity to access higher education, those facing social and economic barriers and minority groups, including the Traveller community. Please ensure that you complete the Equal Access Survey as part of your Registration process. The HEA wants to measure equality of access to education and use the data to allocate the resources needed to support students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Get in touch Nóirín Deady First Year Experience Co-ordinator +353 (0)21 490 4873

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GETTING STARTED / REGISTERING AS A STUDENT Registration involves officially enrolling on your degree programme, paying fees, and uploading ID documentation. This is essentially your first step to becoming a UCC student. In UCC, Registration has a number of steps:

registration Summary Registration begins when you register online for your programme and modules, complete the HEA Survey (only if you have not previously completed it), provide biographical information, update your PPS Number (available from: www.welfare.ie), complete fee payment and download your Confirmation of Registration.

Hold on to a copy of your Confirmation of Registration

Online Registration of your programme and modules is the first essential step to registering for your degree programme. You will receive two emails to enable you to complete registration – a registration email and an IT account password email. Your Student IT password provides you with single sign-on access to your student online services accounts. These will be emailed to you within 1 - 3 days after accepting your CAO offer. If you do not receive your registration email please log a query at: www.ucc.ie/en/ask/prospective/ If you do not receive your IT account password email please log at: www.ucc.ie/en/ask/prospective/ or send an email to sit@ucc.ie.

Once you complete this Registration step please either print off a copy or download your Confirmation of Registration to your phone before you log off. This document must be presented in UCC when collecting your Student ID Card. Further information on your student ID can be found here: www.ucc.ie/en/registration/id-cards/ Updates on Campus Tours will be available at: www.ucc.ie/orientation

2021 has been a challenging year for everybody. We are aiming to make your introduction to UCC as comprehensive and enjoyable as possible. At all times we will be mindful of evolving circumstances – we will adhere to all public health guidelines put in place to slow the pace and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should a circumstance arise that is outside of our control, we will keep you up to date with any changes to this programme of activity.

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GETTING STARTED / REGISTERING AS A STUDENT

registration Upload of Required Documentation To complete your Registration and officially confirm your status as a student of UCC you must also complete the following steps:

Separately upload valid ID documentation for courses requiring Garda Vetting see list of valid ID; Upload a photograph for your student ID Card. In order to obtain your Student ID Card please upload your photograph at: https://forms.ucc.ie/photoupload/

Details of the collection of your ID card will be available during the upload of photo process.

Any queries on Photo Upload should be submitted at: https://forms.ucc.ie/web-enq-regstudents

Upload of valid ID documentation This is compulsory for all students (unless previously presented) see list of valid ID;

Once all steps have been completed, you can then proceed to your Online Academic Orientation.

Vetting Notice: In accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, programmes of study that include a relevant work placement, where students will come in contact with children or vulnerable adults, are subject to the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy. If your programme of study is subject to Garda vetting, please take the time now to familiarise yourself with this important policy and its associated procedures at: www.ucc.ie/studentvetting

For a list of courses that require Garda Vetting check out: www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/ admissionspolicies/studentvetting/

List of Valid ID Documents Birth Certificate Passport (photo page) Irish NDLS Driving Licence (new credit card format only) Marriage Certificate (if you wish to register under your married name)

Please note – if you are an NUI graduate and wish to register with details that differ to those on the Graduate Record (e.g. your married name, your gender, change of name by deed poll, etc.), you must first update your personal details at: http://www.nui.ie/services/ document-services.asp

Socially distant tours will be organised for students to visit campus. remember to complete your academic orientation

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FEES REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEES a. If you complete Registration only and do not wish to continue on with your programme, your full Student Contribution charge and Capitation fee will be refunded.

b. If you complete Registration and then transfer to another 3rd level institution as a result of a higher offer, your full Student Contribution charge and Capitation fee will be refunded.

c. If you complete Registration and officially withdraw from UCC by 31 October, your full Student Contribution charge will be refunded.

FEES Tuition: Students entering 3rd level education for the first time are eligible for free tuition fees. The Higher Education Authority pays this fee on your behalf. Students who have already attended a 3rd level institution for any period of time may be liable for tuition fees. You will need to contact the Fees Office to check your eligibility for tuition fees or check the Fees Office website: www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees

Student Contribution charge: This is €3,000 for all undergraduate programmes. This is payable by all students unless you are in receipt of a Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant. For details on how to apply for a SUSI grant please refer to: www.susi.ie Capitation fee: The fee is €130 for the 2021/22 academic year and is payable by all students. The fee is used to support certain student services and facilities. 16

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UCC Student Fee Policy: All students should familiarise themselves with the University Student Debtor Policy. www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees UCC Resit Exam Fee: Students repeating exams in August 2022 will be subject to resit examination fees of €35 for every 5 credit module being repeated, up to a maximum of €245. www.ucc.ie/en /financeoffice/fees/schedules Payment of Fees is part of Registration and can be made during Online Registration, either by; Visa Debit Card, Credit Card (Visa, or Master Card). Your account is updated immediately when you pay online. Please ensure you have your credit card details or those of the person paying your fees to hand. You will asked to make your initial payment as part of Registration. Note: Payment of fees must be made during online registration. Some banks may have a transaction limit of €2,500. Withdrawal The withdrawal date for undergraduate students is from the date of registration up to and including 31 October 2021. 100% of fees paid excluding Capitation fee will be refunded if withdrawal occurs during this time frame. Withdrawal between the 1 November up to and including 31 January 2022 – 50% fees paid excluding Capitation fee will be refunded if withdrawal occurs during this time frame.

Online Registration must be completed before you attend Orientation.

Get in touch Registration Help Desk +353 (0)21 490 1807 +353 (0)21 490 1808 +353 (0)21 490 1809 www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/ fees/


how much do I need to pay? IS THIS YOUR FIRST YEAR IN A 3RD LEVEL INSTITUTION?

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Yes HAVE YOU APPLIED FOR A SUSI GRANT?

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No Your application is being processed at time of registration. See Note 1

You have qualified for SUSI Grant. See Note 1

You are repeating your first year in UCC You have previous 3rd level attendance You have a degree already You have changed course

You may be liable for Tuition Fees, please refer to the Free Fees Eligibility at www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/ fees/

You are liable for €3,130. Full details on payment terms available on our website

Grant Not awarded

Ineligible for SUSI Grant you are liable for €3000. Go to the Fees Office website to find out more www.ucc.ie/ en/financeoffice/fees/

Pay the Capitation Fee €130 when completing Registration (online)

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awarded a SUSI grant you must enter your SUSI Application number at Registration.

scheduled payments please contact the Fees Office as soon as possible by submitting your query at www.ucc.ie/ en/financeoffice/fees/faqs/

the UCC Student Debtor Policy as failure to pay your fees may result in your ID Card being withheld or late fee penalties being applied. #BeginBelongBecome

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GRANTS STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending university. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. All full-time registered students (subject to EU status), for the 2021/22 academic year are eligible to apply for assistance from the fund. Students may be supported for one repeat year only. Further information: www.ucc.ie/en/saf

STUDENT GRANT Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the single awarding authority for all new grant applications. The student grant application system is an online application system on: www.susi.ie If you have applied for a SUSI Grant and are still awaiting a decision at the time of registration: • Capitation fees of €130 must be paid as part of Registration. • If you have applied to SUSI, you will be asked to enter your SUSI application number so please have this to hand when completing Registration.

STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT Students eligible for free tuition fees, but not eligible for a SUSI Grant are liable for the Student Contribution fee and Capitation fee of €3,130. Students may pay in two instalments. For further information on alternative payment arrangements please check the Fees Office website: www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/ fees/feepayments Repeat students, students who have changed course and students who already hold a degree are liable for Tuition, Student Contribution and Capitation fees. Repeat fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis. For further details, please refer to the Fees Office: www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees

Note: If you pay the Student Contribution fee and Capitation charge and you are subsequently awarded a SUSI grant, any refund due to you will be issued by the University once payment has been received from SUSI.

Get in touch If you’re running into difficulties or if you have any queries make sure to contact the Registration Helpdesk.

Find out More... www.studentfinance.ie www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice

+353 (0)21 490 1807 +353 (0)21 490 1808 +353 (0)21 490 1809 www.ucc.ie/en/students/query www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/ fees/faqs/

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FITNESS TO PRACTISE All students in the first year of certain programmes in UCC will be required to comply with the Fitness to Practise Policy and meet the relevant Fitness to Practise standards in order to progress to the next year of their programme. The programmes in question involve interaction with patients, clients, service users and that lead to registration with a professional body.

Find out More Further information including the full list of the programmes subject to this Fitness to Practise requirement is available at: www.ucc.ie/en/ academicgov/aago-policies/ fitnesstopractise/

Need a letter proving you’re a student for SUSI or the bank? You can now generate this yourself at https://forms.ucc. ie/doc-self-service

- anytime, anywhere.

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HEALTH SCREENING It is a requirement for registration at University College Cork for students of the College of Medicine and Health that they be screened for and immunised against Hepatitis B.

It is essential that you fully comply with all aspects of the programme, to protect you, your future patients and the clinics and hospitals you will be attached to.

The Fee for this service is €250. This fee will cover the cost of all All students are also screened future Hepatitis B, Varicella Zoster, for immunity to other infectious TB/BCG, MMR screening, primary illnesses and recommended to be immunised against these illnesses if courses and booster vaccines as not immune. These illnesses include required as well as provision of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella personal certificates of immunity and personal and class reports of Zoster, and Tuberculosis. immunity status. This infectious disease screening This fee must be paid by students and immunisation programme is in the following programmes: provided by the Student Health Department, which is responsible Medicine for certifying your immunity status Dentistry Pharmacy prior to entry into the clinical component of your course. Occupational Therapy Speech & Language Therapy

The fee will be payable at the Student Health Department at each student’s immunisation appointment. In the case of students in Graduate Entry to Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Nursing the fee for this service is €300. This fee is payable in the form of bank draft, cheque, cash, laser, credit or debit card. Please make cheque or bank draft payable to: University College Cork Student Health Department. Nursing students are screened and immunised by the HSE and do not have to pay the fee.

Students who have been partially or fully immunised prior to entry will be entitled to apply for partial refund, payable on certification of their immune status by the Student Health Department.

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STUDENT ID Look after your Student ID card as there is a replacement fee of €20.00 (you can request the replacement at the Student Records and Examinations Office).

STUDENT

ID

This card will be your official identification card during your time in University College Cork. Should you decide to withdraw from UCC before completing your degree programme, please return your card to the Admissions Office. Your Student ID card is part of the European Student Card initiative which allows you to access services in other European Universities. Visit https://europeanstudentcard.eu

COST OF LIVING

COST OF LIVING Accommodation Room €455 avg Security Deposit * €455 avg Food €275 Heat & Light €60 (based on 3 people sharing)

Course Materials €75 (dependent upon course)

Personal Expenses €250 (social functions, phone, medical, clothes, transport, technology)

Total per month €1,000 - €1,200 avg *refundable **travel, accommodation etc.

For updates on your Student ID Card keep checking: www.ucc.ie/en/ records-exams/

Remember that a budget is a plan - a list of money coming in and a list of money you need to pay out. The trick is in sticking to it!

EXTRA COSTS CAN OCCUR On-campus accommodation is usually payable in 2 installments, in September and December. While it is possible to pay some accommodation on a monthly basis particularly in private rental, all require deposits. There are costs such as printing, photocopying and books depending on your course. However, there may be additional costs specific to your course.

POTENTIAL REASONS FOR ADDITIONAL COSTS College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science: Field trips, coaching costs etc. College of Business and Law: Placement costs**, ECDL etc. College of Science, Engineering and Food Sciences: Lab equipment, field trips, placement costs** etc. College of Medicine and Health: Immunisations, dental kits, placement costs** etc.

Get in touch Make an appointment to talk to Cian about budgeting.

Find out More...

studentbudgetingadvice@ucc.ie

www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget/studentcost/ undergradcosts

www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT UCC IS WELL SERVED BY SEVERAL CITY BUS ROUTES Bus route 205 (every 15 mins) Connects Campus to the City Centre and Kent Train Station, and to MTU and Bishopstown to the west. Bus route 208 (every 10 mins) Serves Western Road and connects Campus to Patrick St, St. Luke’s and Mayfield (to the east), and to CUH Wilton and Bishopstown/ Curraheen to the west.

BUS FARES A single ticket in the city is €2.40 (cash), but reduces to €1.68 if you pay by LeapCard www.leapcard.ie, which generally saves you 30% on fares. Avail of weekly or monthly tickets if you are traveling on a regular basis. You can also save money on transport with a Student Travel Card. www.studentleapcard.ie Plan your trip by bus, train or bike: www.a-b.ie Journey Planner.

GOCAR CAR-SHARING If you need a car for short-term use, sign up for GoCar and rent a car on an hourly basis. There are four GoCar stations in Cork, one is just outside Main Campus. www.gocar.ie

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Bus route 220 (24h service) (every 15mins) Bus route 220X express (hourly) Offers links to Ballincollig or Carrigaline/Crosshaven via City Centre, and Douglas.

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Online Cork Cycle Map can be found at https:// transportandmobilityforum.com/cork-cycle-map/

PARK+RIDE UCC offers a free Park+Ride service, from its own P+R site at Pouladuff Road (all year) and Black Ash P+R (Term only). Shuttles run every 30mins (peak: every 15mins). See map for details. All information on commuting to UCC can be found at http://commuting.ucc.ie In relation to the COVID pandemic, restrictions to the P+R shuttle service might apply.

COKE ZERO BIKES Public rental bikes are available at over 30 stations across the central parts of the city. The nearest stations are opposite the UCC Main Gates (at the Coffee Station),

at the Gaol Walk entrance (close to Castlewhite) and on Mardyke Walk (eastern entrance to Fitzgerald Park) and outside the Connolly Building. Annual subscription is €10, and the first 30mins of each trip is free: www.bikeshare.ie

BIKE PARKING AT UCC There are numerous locations for safe bicycle parking at most Campus buildings, and further extension of bike parking in UCC is in preparation. Changing facilities are available e.g. in the basement of the Kane Building. See http://commuting.ucc.ie


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• AUTISM FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE (AFUI)

• EPUB

• STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING

• CAREER SERVICES • UCC LIBRARY • DIGITAL TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR CAREER JOURNEY • MADE2MOVE INITIATIVE • CHAPLAINCY • COUNSELLING & DEVELOPMENT • DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES • STUDENT BUDGETING ADVICE SERVICE • FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE CO-ORDINATOR

• IT SERVICES • SKILLS CENTRE • MATURE STUDENT OFFICE • INTERNATIONAL OFFICE • UCC PLUS+ PROGRAMME • UCC PEER SUPPORT • STUDENT WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR • NITELINE • STUDENT SERVICES #BeginBelongBecome

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ACCOMMODATION & ALCOHOL FREE HOUSING CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS Victoria Lodge

+353 (0)21 494 1200

victorialodge@ucc.ie

Castlewhite Apartments

+353 (0)21 490 2867

castlewhite@ucc.ie

Áras Uí Thuama (University Hall)

+353 (0)21 490 2314

g.labh@ucc.ie

Victoria Mills

+353 (0)21 486 7615

info@victoriamills.ie

ACCOMMODATION AND COMMUNITY LIFE

ALCOHOL FREE & SUBSTANCE AWARENESS HOUSING

The Office of Accommodation and Community Life provides an information service for incoming and current UCC students who are seeking safe and affordable accommodation throughout their academic journey.

We are delighted to announce that students attending UCC can now avail of Alcohol Free/Substance Awareness and Quiet Housing options at:

We provide up-to-date advice on all types of accommodation in the local and surrounding areas: purpose built student accommodation (apartment style) private house shares (with other students) and digs (owner occupied homes).

UCC Victoria Lodge UCC Castlewhite UCC Victoria Mills

EPUB (E-PERSONAL USE BAROMETER) Every first year student at UCC is expected to complete the Alcohol E-Personal Use Barometer (ePub UCC), an online alcohol-behavioural change and information programme. By completing this you will be empowered to make well informed decisions about alcohol and other related issues. It is critical for your success to monitor your drinking patterns and identify risk factors.

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University College Cork is committed to supporting all students regardless of circumstances, so be aware of the resources and the supports that are available for you. Please log on to complete the programme at: www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/ epub

Students who wish to live in Alcohol Free/Substance Awareness and Quiet Housing must agree to adhere to Campus Accommodation UCC regulations for these housing options in advance of occupancy commencing.

These very successful accommodation initiatives have been developed to cater for the diversity of the student body at UCC.

Get in touch To help with your search, or to understand your rights as a tenant, please check out our website or get in touch. www.ucc.ie/en/accommodation +353 (0)21 490 3849 +353 (0)21 490 2103 +353 (0)21 490 3091 resservices@ucc.ie


CAREER SERVICES REGISTER ON CAREERS CONNECT UCC Career Services offers all UCC students and recent graduates access to the Connect platform. Once signed in, you can book your appointment to meet with a UCC Career Consultant, register for careers events and browse jobs. You can login to Connect with your student ID number and your UCC password. Visit the Career Services website for more information.

EXPERIENCED ADVISORS Our Careers Consultants and Coaches can help you with: Subject Choice Discuss ambitions, plans and opportunities available through your degree-years (it’s never too early!) Find out what employers want, and let us advise you on how to develop those skills. CV Reviews Get one-to-one feedback on preparing a top CV. Interview Advice and Practice Our team of Career Coaches can provide you with information on interview technique and help you practice. All of which will help you succeed at interviews

Get in touch Connect with a member of the Career Services team.

EVENTS

ONLINE

Engage with our team and employers from a whole host of sectors at webinars, career fairs and targeted events. Check the events calendar on the homepage of our website and look out for our Tweets, Facebook and Instagram stories, and LinkedIn posts.

You can always find us online. Your initial portal to the world of careers, occupations and also news and events. www.ucc.ie/careers.

GETTING EXPERIENCE Register on Careers Connect where you can find part-time jobs, internships and graduate roles. Set up your profile and select your job notification preference: https://careersconnect.ucc.ie Find voluntary opportunities in non-profit organisations and UCC EmployAgility roles on our dedicated Student Volunteer website: www.studentvolunteer.ie/ucc

WORK PLACEMENT We manage work placement for a number of Accredited Degree Programmes. See our website for a full list of programmes.

If you are a final year, visit our dedicated Final Year Hub, packed with information to help you transition to the workplace.

SOCIAL Interact with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

UCC EMPLOYAGILITY AWARD The UCC EmployAgility enables students to receive formal recognition for taking part in extra-curricular activities both inside and outside of UCC. The six pathways are: Internship Pathway Student Life Pathway Volunteering Pathway Entrepreneurship Pathway Innovation Pathway Open Pathway www.ucc.ie/en/careers/uccworks

UCC Career Services, 2nd Floor, The Hub, University College Cork, T12 YF78

+353 (0)21 490 4802 careers@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/careers

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DIGITAL TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR CAREER JOURNEY PROFILING FOR SUCCESS

BIG INTERVIEW

CATCH UP ON WEBINARS

UCC Career Services has invested in online psychometric questionnaires to enhance your self-awareness and will help you to plan your career and make good career decisions. Profiling for Success will provide you with a confidential, personal report of your career interests, personality, motivation and learning style. Not sure of what career would suit you? Unsure of what truly motivates you? Visit our dedicated Profiling for Success webpage to learn more and test out the tools. www.ucc.ie/en/careers/ areyouacurrentstudent/advice/ profilingforsuccess/

Get prepared for an upcoming interview with our latest AI tool.

If you have missed a Careers webinar you can catch up by logging onto our dedicated student-sign in Panopto space. Catch up on webinars on topics such as Creative Job Searching, Creating your Online Brand, Networking to Access the Hidden Jobs Markets and our Rock your LinkedIn Profile session. Visit the Career Services homepage for a link to access the space.

Once registered on Big Interview, students and recent graduates can use the ‘Learn’ space to undertake short courses on the interview process and using the STAR technique. Users will also get hands-on practice with interactive mock interviews tailored to specific industries, jobs, and experience level. Visit the homepage of our website for information and to get started.

CAREERSET CV REVIEW TOOL Careerset’s Artificial Intelligence algorithms have been configured to generate personalised CV feedback. All current UCC students and recent graduates can access the tool to score the impact, style and brevity of your CV. The tool can also help you target your CV to a specific job description. Find out more on our website.

MADE2MOVE INITIATIVE Made2Move is a research informed physical activity intervention designed to provide trained mentor support to physically inactive UCC students by encouraging them to increase their engagement in physical activity. The programme resides within the structure of a Made2Move Club – the first of its kind on any university campus. The Made2Move intervention is built on a physically active student (MoveMentor) helping a physically inactive student (MoveMentee). The MoveMentor encourages, supports 26

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and motivates their MoveMentee to make the behavioural change to become more active. In becoming more active, the health and wellbeing of the student will vastly improve.

“The satisfaction of seeing my friend change her lifestyle and take on good habits and being able to motivate her is rewarding”


CHAPLAINCY - A HOME AWAY FROM HOME ABOUT US

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

As a UCC Department for wellbeing & health, we support all UCC students & staff, of any gender, age, disability, family status, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or ethnicity. We are delighted to welcome all in the UCC family to our vibrant and warm community where you can meet new friends, unwind between classes, and just be yourself. We offer many opportunities for reflection, growth & support. Our Chaplains are always available to listen and to accompany you on your university journey.

Free Tea & Coffee Daily Confidential Listening Multi-Faith Prayer & Meditation Room Thursday Night Socials & Conversations Weekend Retreats, Pilgrimages & Walks Ecumenical Morning Prayer Taizé Evening Prayer Bible Studies, Faith Sharing & More! Spiritual Accompaniment & Direction Film & Book Discussions Holiday Theme Parties “Stress a Little Less” Study Week Pastoral Support

LOCATION The Chaplaincy Centre is located on College Road and open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Top floor: Multi-Faith Prayer & Meditation Room, a quiet space for reflection. Available for individual or group use by UCC students & staff of all faith traditions or none. Middle floors: Chaplains’ offices. Pop in to say hello or to have a confidential chat. No appointment necessary. Ground floor: The Hearth, our kitchen and student lounge, which is a great place to relax with friends, have a good chat and enjoy free tea/coffee.

COUNSELLING & DEVELOPMENT University College Cork provides a free confidential counselling service to help you with any concern which may affect your personal and/or academic progress while in UCC. workshops and programmes throughout the year including:

Understanding

& Managing Stress/Anxiety

Mindfulness Alcohol Awareness

Bereavement Support Group

To make an appointment contact Student Counselling & Development by phone or email. Online self-help support programmes and further helpful information is also available on our website. www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling University College Cork provides a free confidential counselling service To enquire about counselling to help you with any concern which support please visit our website or email: counselling@ucc.ie may affect your personal and/or academic progress while in UCC. More information about the counselling service is available at: Student Counselling & www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling Development provides various

Get in Touch Chaplaincy Centre Iona House College Road, Cork, Ireland T12 PY24 +353 (0)21 490 2459 chaplaincy@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/en/chaplaincy UCC Chaplaincy ucc_chaplaincy

Counselling counselling@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling

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DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICE DSS The Disability Support Service (DSS) supports over 1,700 students to achieve their academic potential. These students have a wide range of disabilities including students with physical and sensory disabilities, students with specific learning difficulties, students who experience significant ongoing illnesses, students with neurological difficulties, students with mental health difficulties and students with autism. Students can begin to register with the DSS when completing their UCC registration by selecting ‘yes’ to registering with the office alongside overall university registration. This will prompt an email seeking verification and you can then email the appropriate verification to the DSS. For information on what verification is accepted please click here: https://accesscollege.ie/dare/ providing-evidence-of-yourdisability/

Following this an appointment will be made with an Advisor, where an individual Needs Assessment will be carried out. The Needs Assessment will identify appropriate supports that a student may need while in UCC and these will be put in place by DSS staff. Should the needs of a student change they can request to revisit the Needs Assessment. Students who subsequently go on Erasmus or placement as part of their course, will need to have a specific Needs Assessment for this to identify the appropriate supports for their new environment.

Students’ Comments “Staff of DSS have made my university experience a memorable one. I am now able to manage my disability and have achieved a degree in English and History”

Get in touch Disability Support Service 1.43, Access and Participation, First Floor, The Hub, Main Campus +353 (0)21 490 4843 dssinfo@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/dss

“Registering with the DSS was the best thing I ever did. I now feel there is a door open for me to seek help when I need it” “Assistive Technology has helped me become an independent student. Thanks for all the help and assistance over the years”

STUDENT BUDGETING ADVICE SERVICE Your time in UCC will be some of the best years of your life, and with some practical advice and good money management, you will certainly maximise your student experience in UCC. The Student Budgetary Advisor is available to meet with you to discuss available supports, potential funding sources and practical ways to manage your money.

The service also runs regular information sessions regarding student finances throughout the academic year. You can also learn to manage your money as a UCC student using “fRED” – an online resource developed by the Student Budgeting Advice Service.

Get in touch Student Budgeting Advice Service 1st Floor, The Hub, Main Campus +353 (0)21 490 4850 studentbudgetingadvice@ucc.ie

www.ucc.ie/en/sfsa/budgeting

www.ucc.ie/en/sfsa

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE CO-ORDINATOR The First Year Experience Co-ordinator, Nóirín Deady, supports all first year students in their transition to UCC. Throughout the year students are facilitated individually to discuss any issues or concerns that arise in relation to their degree programme, or adjusting to university life. 28

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don’t forget! Make an appointment with Nóirín Deady if you are finding it difficult to settle in to UCC.

Get in touch First Year Experience Co-ordinator Nóirín Deady Room 29, Ground Floor, The Hub, Main Campus +353 (0)21 490 4873 n.deady@ucc.ie


AUTISM FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE (AFUI) UCC is becoming more ‘autism-friendly’ and so we have developed autism-friendly resources for students including the UCC Autism & Uni Toolkit (https://ucc.autism-uni.org/)

which gives more information Check out our Autism Friendly about student life, and the University Initiative website at development of the Calm Zone www.ucc.ie/en/autismfriendly/ (www.ucc.ie/en/autismfriendly/ thecalmzone/) as a place of respite on campus.

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING Although most students enjoy good general health, university life is not without its hazards and illness can strike at any stage during your course. This is particularly true for infectious diseases which can spread easily on campus. Please ensure that before you start university that you have received all recommended childhood vaccinations and in particular ensure that you have had at least 2 doses of the MMR vaccine in your lifetime. There has been a significant outbreak of mumps in the University setting in recent years and there has also been an outbreak of measles recently.

UCC is officially recognized as Ireland’s first health promoting campus.

Entering university is a time of many changes, and for some this includes becoming sexually active for the first time. It is important that you make yourself aware of the risks associated with this and if concerned you should consider making an appointment to see the nurse or doctor at the Student Health Department. The Student Health Department is not staffed or configured to function as a General Practice, and does not have the capacity to undertake home visits, or to provide out of hours care in the evenings or at weekends. It is essential therefore that students are registered with a General Practitioner (GP) near the university. The Student Health Department does however offer a comprehensive contraception and family planning service,

advice on safe sex and sexual health, a health screening and immunisation programme, travel immunisations and advice to students travelling abroad, as well as being available to deal with acute illnesses that occur in the student population. Also any student who wishes to record details of any previous significant allergy should contact Dr Michael Byrne at the Student Health Department. An on-site physiotherapy service is available to students recovering from musculoskeletal problems and injuries, and a Consultant Psychiatrist is available twice weekly.

Get in touch Student Health Department Ardpatrick, College Road, Cork +353 (0)21 490 2311

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UCC LIBRARY UCC Library provides innovative services, resources and spaces to support your learning and study needs. The Library consists of Boole Library on main campus and branch library Boston Scientific Health Sciences Complex. All registered students will receive a student ID card which you can use to access the Library and borrow materials.

KEY SERVICES

Liaison Librarians who provide information and skills on your subject area

Zoned study spaces on all floors for 2,950 users

Group study rooms bookable online

PC’s and wifi throughout the library

72 Chromebooks free to borrow and use within the Library

Self-service borrowing and returns

Guidance on use of Library resources and services provided throughout the year

Need help? Enquiries can be in person, by phone through email or Live Chat or using our online Ask Us FAQ

Fast Facts! Over half a million books in print and access 3,000+ print journal titles

Access to: 90,000+e-journals 300,000+e-books & 180+databases

Get in touch UCC Library University College Cork, T12 ND89 +353 (0)21 490 2292 library@ucc.ie libguides.ucc.ie ucclibrary ucclibrary UniversityCollegeCorkLibrary

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IT SERVICES IT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

EMAIL - STUDENT UMAIL ACCOUNT

UCC Student IT Helpdesks are located in the Boole Basement and Boole Library. These make up the nerve centre for Student IT Services in UCC, with over 450 computers and printing facilities. The other open access labs and dedicated departmental labs under IT Services control, contain approximately 600 further machines which are available to students.

A student email account is automatically created for every registered UCC student. Your account can be accessed from: http://sit.ucc.ie

IT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

ICDL training is free for all students and studied through a module in Canvas. For information on how to enrol on the ICDL training, exam registration and costs see: www.ucc.ie/en/ittraining/icdl/

For a full list of locations and opening times please see: http://sit.ucc.ie

Please note that your student email (umail) account can take up to 24 hours to activate.

ICDL ONLINE LEARNING AND TESTING

DON’T FORGET During your time as a registered student you will receive very important communications related to your degree from the Office of Deputy President and Registrar (Admissions, The First Year Experience Coordinator, Student Records and Examinations) and the Fees Office. Please ensure that you check your email regularly.

Registered UCC students are welcome to use these facilities at any time during opening hours. Software available on the Student IT Centre computers includes the following: Internet Access MS Office SPSS Services - Printing, Network Access & Wireless All students will need a Student IT Account to use the computers. Your Student IT Account password will be sent to you before Registration. If you encounter any problems logging into the network take your valid UCC Student ID card to the Student IT Helpdesk in the Boole basement or Library for assistance. Some departments may also have their own computer rooms which their students can use. If this is the case the department will inform you about them. You may also bring your personal computer to university which you can connect to the UCC wireless network. Details on connecting laptops to the wireless network can be found online at: www.ucc.ie/en/sit/wireless

get online Get in touch IT Services Boole Basement +353 (0)21 490 2120 www.ucc.ie/en/sit/support IT Student Helpdesk Hours: Weekdays: 8:30am - 10:00pm Saturdays & Sundays 9:00am - 9:00pm

Canvas Canvas is the Virtual Learning Environment used in UCC enabling lecturers to create an online learning environment to supplement your coursework. A Canvas account will automatically be created for students following registration. How do I log on to my Canvas account? 1. Go to http://sit.ucc.ie 2. Click on the Canvas icon. If you have any queries regarding your canvas account please visit http://sit.ucc.ie for more information.

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SKILLS CENTRE The Skills Centre helps you find your academic feet in UCC. Our approach is 100% student-centered:

You are our main concern! We can show you how to manage your assignments and navigate the academic challenges of university life. You can attend our courses or work with our tutors faceto-face throughout your writing process.

For any kind of writing project, a short reflective essay or a 10,000 word dissertation we can help.

Our tutors also help you understand how to organise your work effectively, develop a proper academic argument, understand the assignment question and engage with any other concerns you might have. Using different activities to suit all learning styles and needs, our team encourages you to improve your written and verbal academic communication. The best thing is, you don’t need to bring in a finished paper and all our services are FREE for UCC students.

This confidential and nonjudgmental service supports the development of graduate attributes. We encourage collaborative learning and skills development, so you can work towards improvement in a comfortable environment. Tutors and staff use the language of positive psychology to engender in all our students the conviction of their ability to become critical, confident communicators. We are here whenever you need us!

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MATURE AND QQI STUDENTS We are here to support you through your undergraduate journey. We can advise and direct you as you settle into student life, so do reach out. We strive to make the transition as smooth as possible. Some of our main supports are:

Get in touch Skills Centre +353 (0)21 490 3839

Pre-entry application support & guidance

skillscentre@ucc.ie

Academic & IT Skills workshops pre-entry

http://skillscentre.ucc.ie

A dedicated mature student orientation programme Advice & support on financing your studies

Mature Student Support +353 (0)21 490 4803 mso@ucc.ie

Life Coaching Tutorial support Events throughout the year

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INTERNATIONAL OFFICE University College Cork welcomes over 3,000 international students every year, from more than 100 countries worldwide. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures which they share with the campus community through international festivals and performances, thus

enhancing and enriching life at UCC. These students are enrolled in full degree, Erasmus, study abroad programmes, joint degree programmes or postgraduate programmes. The International Office supports and advises international students in all aspects of life away from home.

Get in touch International Office Roseleigh, Western Road +353 (0)21 490 4734 internationaloffice@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/international

UCC PLUS+ PROGRAMME

UCC PLUS+ +353 (0)21 490 4805 uccplus@ucc.ie

The UCC PLUS+ Programme provides a variety of personal, practical, academic and financial supports to students who have entered UCC as part of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) Scheme.

Details on the HEAR Scheme www.accesscollege.ie/HEAR

www.ucc.ie/en/uccplus

and for UCC PLUS+ see www.ucc.ie/en/uccplus

Peer Assisted Student Support +353 (0)21 490 4810 peersupport@ucc.ie

UCC PEER SUPPORT Throughout your first year at UCC, you will receive support and guidance from your Peer Support Leader (PSL). Your PSL is an experienced UCC student, trained to assist you in transitioning into the University and becoming part of the UCC community. At orientation, you will meet a PSL who will guide you through your first day on campus. You will also be assigned a PSL who will provide you with ongoing help and support throughout your first year. Peer Support Leaders are volunteers who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, life experiences, courses and years. They are there to LISTEN to your concerns, INFORM you on resources available to you and LINK you to supports in the University should you need them. They may not be able to resolve every issue for you directly but they will know who in the University can help you. Nothing is too small to ask or talk to your Peer Support Leader about.

WHAT CAN A PEER SUPPORT LEADER DO FOR ME? PSLs are there to listen, support and guide you through your first year journey. They can meet you one-to-one, listen to your concerns and give you the benefit of their experience. It can be once-off or regular contact. PSLs won’t judge you and anything you discuss will remain completely confidential. They can offer practical help in dealing with issues that may arise, for example, guidance on timetables, locations, joining Clubs & Societies, becoming a class rep, accessing student services etc., or they can just provide a listening ear if you’re finding things difficult.

HOW CAN I MAKE CONTACT? You don’t have to, they will contact you! Your PSL will email you during Freshers’ Week to see how you are settling in and periodically throughout the year after this. Should you have any questions about the programme you can email the Peer Support office at peersupport@ucc.ie. Your query will be treated confidentially. Based on what you need and want, you will be put in touch with a PSL. Contact with a PSL is on your terms. If at any point during the year you cannot find your PSL’s contact details in your email you can find them on the Peer Support website by entering your student number here: www.ucc.ie/en/peersupport/ supportleaders

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UCC STUDENT WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR Taking good care of yourself as you face the challenges of your new university life can be daunting. Student Wellbeing is here to help. We will be offering skill building classes and tips on how to look after yourself as you negotiate the many new and exciting steps of building your student life.

your mental health and wellbeing. We can give you practical tools to help you get more out of each day. We will be letting you know about the many support services that are available for free. Now that you are part of our UCC community, there are lots of people, both students and staff, here to help you.

Let us help. You don’t need to wait for a problem to get serious before taking action. You can schedule a Wellbeing Check-up to see if things are in balance, if some changes are needed to prevent problems or to help you to flourish. Together we can work out a Wellbeing Action Plan just for you.

UCC Student Wellbeing offers free mindfulness classes to build your resilience and help you respond better to difficult and challenging times. You can learn simple self-care and stress management practices to promote

Remember no matter what situations arise during your time in UCC, you do not have to go through them alone.

Maura O’Neill, Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

NITELINE

Get in touch Maura O’Neill Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator maura.oneill@ucc.ie

Niteline is a listening service run for students, by students. Niteline has two contact options for students, a Freephone number or an instant messaging tool. It is a 100% anonymous, non-judgemental, non-directive, confidential service. It is run by UCC students who have been trained by the Cork Samaritans. The service is available to any student who needs someone to talk to about any issue or concern they may have. Niteline runs Monday – Thursday, 9pm-1am during term time. The Niteline number is 1800 32 32 42. You can access the instant messaging service and more information regarding Niteline at: www.ucc.ie/en/peersupport/ niteline

Get in touch Niteline 1800 32 32 42 www.ucc.ie/en/peersupport/niteline

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Remember

“You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” (Winnie-the- Pooh)


SUPPORTING UCC STUDENTS

SUPPORT TREE SHOWING STUDENT SERVICES The “Acorn to Mighty Oak” has come to symbolise students’ academic, personal and professional development journey throughout their time at UCC. In alignment with this rich metaphor, the support services available to students are presented in the form of a Support Tree. This tree depicts the support services currently available to students and provides links to further information about each service.

STUDENTS’ UNION

SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

STUDENT HEALTH & WELLBEING • • • • • •

STUDENT COUNSELLING & DEVELOPMENT STUDENT HEALTH CHAPLAINCY PEER SUPPORT NITELINE STUDENT WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR

• • •

SKILLS CENTRE

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICE MATURE STUDENT OFFICE UCC PLUS+ STUDENT BUDGETING ADVICE SERVICE Student Assistance Fund

ACCOMMODATION & COMMUNITY LIFE STUDENT SOCIETIES HEALTH & SAFETY FOR STUDENT ACTIVITY STUDENT MEDIA INCORPORATING THE MOTLEY, UCC EXPRESS AND UCC 98.3FM

LANGUAGE CENTRE SILVERCLOUD FREE ONLINE WELLBEING PLATFORM FOR STUDENTS WITH A UCC EMAIL ADDRESS

EXAM APPEALS OFFICER

STUDENT EXPERIENCE OFFICE

STUDENT IT SERVICES

• • •

ACCESS & PARTICIPATION •

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE CO-ORDINATOR

STUDENT LIFE

CAREER SERVICES

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

ASK.UCC.IE

DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

LIBRARY

PROGRAMME SUPPORTS & TUTOR/ SUPPORT SYSTEM

STUDENT ADVISOR & OMBUDSMAN DEAN OF GRADUATE STUDIES

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES PROGRAMME

KEEP WELL WEBSITE

FAMILY FRIENDS

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• CORK - OUR HOME, YOUR HOME • SOCIETIES • CLUBS • STUDENTS’ UNION • UCC GAISCE PROJECT

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CORK - OUR HOME, YOUR HOME

So... if you’re interested in having a good time then the People’s Republic is the place to be! Our campus has all the ingredients for an amazing student experience. But, if you want to explore our home town, Cork’s vibrant city centre is right on your doorstep and is only a 15-minute walk or 5-minute cycle away. With a huge selection of bars, pubs, clubs, live music venues, theatres, cafés, museums, galleries, parks, greenways, and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, there is something for everyone. As Ireland’s foodie capital, you will be spoilt for choice with the best of local and international produce available in the iconic English Market which is a covered food market that has been in operation since 1788. Farmers’ markets are hosted practically every day of the week all over the city, including one on our main campus.

The main shopping thoroughfare, St. Patrick’s Street, is home to numerous national and international high street brands but you will also find smaller artisan, vintage and independent boutiques. You can check out the Cork cultural scene on www.WhazOn.com which is a monthly publication that features information on live music, gigs, festivals and other cultural events.

Baltimore

Cork City is a hub of culture and business and is home to over 150 multinational companies. Just over two hours to Dublin, and served by Cork Airport with routes to all major European cities, we are well connected. It is the perfect place to live, learn and have fun! County Cork is the largest and most southerly county of Ireland. It is a place of great wit and culture, it has a proud tradition of independent thinking and is known as the ‘Rebel County’. Sport has long been the social language and currency of Cork and the province of Munster, and we are extremely proud of our long sporting tradition. With a diverse range of sports on offer from GAA, soccer, rugby, athletics, boxing, hockey, cricket, rowing, road bowling, to name but a few. Cork is blessed with excellent stadia - Páirc Uí Chaoimh (GAA), Turners Cross (soccer), Irish Independent Park (rugby) and lots of running tracks, including one at our own Mardyke Arena in UCC.

If you like the great outdoors, you will not be disappointed. Cork boasts some of Ireland’s most magnificent landscapes and incredible natural amenities, including beaches on the highly acclaimed Wild Atlantic Way, greenways and trails, hillwalking, river sports and much, much more...

find out more about cork on these websites We aRe Cork: www.wearecork.ie

Yay Cork: www.yaycork.ie Pure Cork:

www.purecork.ie

Blarney Castle

The English Market

St. Patrick’s Street

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SOCIETIES Fáilte! My name is Mary O’Donnell and I am the President here at UCC Societies. Firstly, I’d like to extend a massive welcome to UCC, one of the most diverse and inclusive campuses in the country! Here in UCC, we pride ourselves on giving students the best university experience in the country, going way beyond lectures and tutorials. We have more than 100 societies spanning every interest you could possibly think of! From knitting to online gaming, law to medical research, psychology to film, there really is something for everybody! Every single one of our societies is run by students for students, so you can be sure there are some like-minded individuals at the helm. And who knows, maybe that could be you running your dream society some day! Getting involved with societies offers you a whole host of opportunities, from making friends outside of your course to going on trips in Ireland and abroad, as well as organising small and large events right here in UCC! You can really get some once in a lifetime experiences just by signing up! We’ve had societies like Choral who have represented UCC in international competitions in Italy, Cancer Society who organise the UCC Relay for Life every year to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and Surgeon Noonan who send teams of student doctors to Africa to help develop lives and healthcare! I first got involved in UCC Societies through the Irish Traditional Music Society (UCC TradSoc) and spent three years on the committee. I got to organise over 70 concerts in UCC, as well as three festivals. I also played at Electric Picnic twice and I represented UCC in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam at the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam for St. Patrick’s Day. I also met some of my closest friends through TradSoc, and it led me to run for 38

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the Societies Executive through which I met so many more amazing people. Societies have given me some of my favourite memories from college, so I’d strongly encourage you to get involved in any capacity. This is just a small snippet of all the incredible societies we have and all the amazing work that they do and this year we’re going to do even more! But to achieve that, we need you! If you want to get a taste of what Societies have to offer, check out our social media pages! You can find us on Facebook at UCC Societies, or on Twitter and Instagram @uccsocieties! We’ve got photos, videos and so much more that will give you some of the highlights of the amazing times you could be having this year! Maybe you’ll come across a hobby you already love or you might discover something completely new that takes your fancy! You can sign up to as many as you like so don’t be afraid to give something new a go! Most societies have their own social media presences too, so don’t be afraid to check them out to see what they get up to during the year! Feel like we’re missing something? If the society you want to join doesn’t exist yet, you can always set one up! If you and your friends share an interest that you think would make a perfect society, get in touch with us and we’ll show you how you can go about creating a brand new one! Don’t be afraid to reach out if you have any questions. You can contact me at president@uccsocieties.ie!

Societies are an amazing way to learn new skills, make new friends and, most importantly, have fun! Joining up will be one of the best decisions you make in your time at UCC, so make sure you don’t miss out!


SOCIETIES

Creative Scribble Choral Dramat DJ An Cumann Drámaíochta Film Irish Traditional Music Journalism Knitting Music Musical Orchestra Photo Comedy Science, Engineering & Food Science Architecture Biology Biomedical Chemical Engineering Foodies Genetics Geology Maths Physics Science WiSTEM Biochemistry & Biotechnology Data & Analytics Business & Law Consulting BIS Commerce Entrepreneurial & Social Economics Enactus Law Accounting & Finance International Development Medicine & Health Clinical Therapies Dental GP Medical Translational Medicine Pharmacy

Surgical Emergency Care Medical Research and Technology AMSI Charitable, Development & Religious FLAC Friends of MSF HOPE Foundation Samh Simon Surgeon Noonan St. Vincent de Paul Engineers without Borders Christian Union Islamic Alzheimers Cancer Guide Dogs Political & Activism Europa Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin Social Democrats Young Fine Gael People Before Profit Labour Animal Welfare Students for Sensible Drug Policy Environmental Feminist Vegan Connolly Youth Disability Activism & Awareness Failte Refugees Government & Politics Co-Operative

International Students LGBTQ+ Macra na Feirme Netsoc (online gaming) Sci-Fi Simpsons SEASoc WARPS (gaming) Slavic Arts, Cultural & Debating Philosoph International Relations An Chuallacht English French German Italian Japanese Korean Archaeology Planning Psychology Criminology Chinese Arabic Sports Studies & Physical Education

Social Africa Dodgeball Harry Potter Fashion Horse Racing Indian

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CLUBS Hello everyone! I’ll start by introducing myself – My name is Cian Scully & I am the ‘21/22 Clubs’ Executive President. I’d like to welcome you all to UCC & I hope you are all excited for the year ahead and experiencing what the college student life is all about! We on the Clubs’ Executive are there to provide support and oversee the general day-to-day running of the 53 clubs currently active in UCC along with the Department of Sport & Physical Activity. With 53 clubs available, I can assure you there is something there for everyone, even if you don’t come from a sporting background before starting at university, so we heavily encourage as many students to come along and join a club! UCC’s proud sporting tradition started back in the 1800’s where medicine students joining the rugby club would adapt the skull and crossbones as their logo and overtime it has evolved to the point where all 53 clubs wear the symbol proudly. It is a symbol recognised worldwide as a reflection of our sporting excellence and with the launch of the sports strategy programme in 2019, our focus will be to ensure the future of UCC Sport on a local, national & international scale. This year we will be trying our best to get every student back on the pitch, in the water, in the arena or wherever their respective activity occurs while providing a safe environment to allow for students to get active again. The lingering effects of Coronavirus have resulted in club activity at an all time low but the Clubs’ Executive and DSPA are committed to doing everything in our power to see you get active, involved & meet new people! I wholeheartedly encourage you get out there and experience as many new clubs as you can & my top priority will be ensuring you get the chance to do so. We must be patient and meticulous with our actions however, and the most important thing to us is the welfare and safety of our students as not to cause harm – due to this club activity may be restricted and slow to start for a while but we plan to return to full 40

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scale sporting as soon as we’re able. Saying all of that however, we are very excited for the year ahead. While challenging, we are excited to see what it presents to us and are looking forward to seeing plenty of you dawn the skull & crossbones with pride! There is a vast variety of clubs available here at UCC from GAA and Rugby to Surf, Dance, Archery and even Trampoline. As mentioned previously, there really is something here for everyone & every club contains an eclectic group of people from all walks of life so it’s a great way to meet new people where you wouldn’t have otherwise! My background personally is with the Trampoline Club & I can honestly say I’ve met some of my closest friends and most influential people in my life through this sport. Sharing experiences over the last 4 years with these people made my UCC experience great. Here at UCC, we try and ensure that sport is deeper than what happens on a pitch or in the hall and the results that come of competitions. While our successes at local, national and international level are important to us – the social, mental and physical aspects of sport in UCC play just as much of an important role. Our clubs host events throughout the years aimed at people with all levels of experience and I can attest to the fact that getting out and involved is a great way to unwind from college stress as well as allowing you to meet new, interesting people. To help you in doing this, there are many facilities available to you where you can burn off some energy or simply workout to clear your head. We are extremely fortunate here in UCC with the sports facilities we have. Just a five-minute walk from campus is the Mardyke Arena which every UCC student has access to – Just scan your student card on the way in! The arena has some of the best sport amenities in the county, catering for both indoor and outdoor sport including rugby and GAA pitches, water-based synthetic pitches, the outdoor running track,

indoor climbing wall, an indoor sports hall, twenty-five meter swimming pool and a variety of indoor gym facilities. You may want to avail of the Human Performance Laboratory located at the Mardyke Arena, where our exercise physiologist, Trevor Woods, caters for all students, elite or recreational. We have a great number of resources for you to avail of, ready for you to kickstart a healthy lifestyle or to assist the elite athlete to perform to his/her maximum potential. For more details, contact Trevor at t.woods@ucc.ie. Or what about a game of 5-a-side soccer or basketball? Just drop into Ferry Lodge on Mardyke Walk or contact Betty Young at b.young@ucc.ie to book the synthetic pitch or the Mardyke Arena sports halls. So once again, welcome to UCC and I hope each one of you will enjoy the next few years of your college life. If you have any questions at all then please make sure to get in touch by emailing me at president@uccclubs.ie or calling up to see me on the first floor of the Hub building in the Clubs & Societies Area, my door is always open! Le gach dea-ghuí, Cian Scully.


CLUBS Aikido aikido@uccclubs.ie

Handball handball@uccclubs.ie

Olympic Handball olympichandball@uccclubs.ie

Archery archery@uccclubs.ie

Hockey hockey@uccclubs.ie

Olympic Weightlifting olympicweightlifting@uccclubs.ie

Athletics athletics@uccclubs.ie

Hurling hurling@uccclubs.ie

Powerlifting powerlifting@uccclubs.ie

Aussie Rules aussierules@uccclubs.ie

Inline Hockey inlinehockey@uccclubs.ie

Rover Scouts rovers@uccclubs.ie

Badminton badminton@uccclubs.ie

Judo judo@uccclubs.ie

Rowing rowing@uccclubs.ie

Basketball basketball@uccclubs.ie

Karate karate@uccclubs.ie

Rugby rugby@uccclubs.ie

Boxing boxing@uccclubs.ie

Kickboxing kickboxing@uccclubs.ie

Sailing sailing@uccclubs.ie

Camogie camogie@uccclubs.ie

Kung Fu kungfu@uccclubs.ie

Snowsports snowsports@uccclubs.ie

Canoe canoe@uccclubs.ie

Lacrosse lacrosse@uccclubs.ie

Soccer soccer@uccclubs.ie

Chess chess@uccclubs.ie

Ladies Gaelic Football ladiesfootball@uccclubs.ie

Squash squash@uccclubs.ie

Cricket cricket@uccclubs.ie

Ladies Hockey ladieshockey@uccclubs.ie

SubAqua subaqua@uccclubs.ie

Dance dance@uccclubs.ie

Ladies Soccer ladiessoccer@uccclubs.ie

Surf surf@uccclubs.ie

Darts darts@uccclubs.ie

Made2Move madetomove@uccclubs.ie

Swimming & Waterpolo

Equestrian equestrian@uccclubs.ie

Motorcycle motorcycle@uccclubs.ie

Table Tennis tabletennis@uccclubs.ie

Fencing fencing@uccclubs.ie

Mountaineering mountaineering@uccclubs.ie

Taekwon-Do taekwondo@uccclubs.ie

swimmingandwaterpolo@uccclubs.ie

Flag Football flagfootball@uccclubs.ie

Tennis tennis@uccclubs.ie

Futsal futsal@uccclubs.ie

Trampoline and Tumbling trampoline@uccclubs.ie

Gaelic Football gaelicfootball@uccclubs.ie

Ultimate Frisbee ultimatefrisbee@uccclubs.ie

Golf golf@uccclubs.ie

Volleyball volleyball@uccclubs.ie

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STUDENTS’ UNION | AONTAS NA MAC LÉINN ABOUT US | FÚINN FÉIN Run by students, for students, UCC Students’ Union is the chief representative body for all students in UCC. We are an autonomous body run by an executive team of 6 full-time officers and numerous part-time representatives who are democratically elected by you, the student body, every year. Our offices and adjoining SU Common Room are located at the heart of UCC’s campus at 54 College Road, behind the Boole Library and O’Rahilly Building (ORB). When you become a UCC student, you automatically become a member of your Students’ Union, and we work all year round to represent you and support you throughout your time as a student. It’s our job to look after all of your needs and ensure you have a great student experience! This includes everything from giving advice on exams, helping you out with financial issues, and connecting you with mental health services all the way to organising the best events across the campus and city for you, as well as campaigning on issues that affect students and unionising to bring about positive change.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED | CONAS A BHEITH PÁIRTEACH As mentioned, now that you are a UCC student you are automatically a member of UCC Students’ Union. However, there are a few ways you can get more involved with your Union. As a first year, the easiest way is to become a Class Representative or an Entertainments Representative. Every course has one of each and they are elected within the first few weeks of college. Some courses will have more than one of each depending on the number of students in a course. It’s a Class Rep’s job to represent the interests of the class they represent. This involves communicating with their course department if issues or problems arise for their course, representing their course at Student Council and giving feedback to the Union. It’s an Ents Reps job to organise class parties, nights out, trips away, hoodies for their class and generally makes sure everyone in their class has a fun experience and the chance to make new friends and memories in college.

GET CONNECTED | BUAIL LE CHÉILE Stay connected to your union by following us on Instagram and Twitter @uccsu, and checking out our website www.uccsu.ie. Here we provide up to date information on things that affect you, including academic updates, information on student grants, student services, health, finances and more, as well as the latest information on upcoming SU events! You can also find details about SU services including the Grinds Service, class hoodies, printing, second hand books and Welfare & Education services. At UCC we are also lucky to have great student media, including Motley Magazine, the Express Newspaper, and the Radio UCC 98.3FM, which will all keep you up to date on the latest news on campus!

You can Find Out More and follow what we’re up to on social media ucc students’ union

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Asha Woodhouse, President | Uachtarán

Luke Mulcahy, Ents Officer | Oifigeach Siamsaíochta

Haigh a cháirde, my name is Asha and I’m your Students’ Union President this year! As Uachtarán, I am the principal representative of the UCC student body, representing over 22,000 students (including you!) on over 60 committees across the University, including the UCC Governing Body, where many strategic decisions are made.

Story horse, I’m Lukey and I’m going to be your Entertainments Officer for the year. My job will be to organise events and try to provide as enjoyable a college experience as possible! I’ll be trying to make this as interactive as I can through social media and other platforms.

My job is also to support the SU Executive team, ensure we are implementing union policy shaped by the student body, and oversee campaigns and events run by the union. I’m a big believer in putting students in control of the issues that affect you and your student experience. As your Union, we’re here to support you, work with you and represent you to improve your student experience! If you encounter any issues during your time in UCC, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or one of your SU officers by email, call, or drop by the offices for a chat.

I will be involved in organising Freshers’ Week, RAG Week, Arts Ball and much more. For those who want to get involved in the planning of these, there will be interviews for the “ents crew”, and those who get involved will gain invaluable experience, meet lifelong friends and be rewarded with some free tickets. My door is always open, and feel free to get in touch at any time through social media or at ents@uccsu.ie!

Sinéad Roche, Education Officer | Oifigeach Oideachais Hello Everyone! My name is Sinéad Roche and I am the Education Officer in your Student Union this year! My job is all about making sure the student voice is heard and represented during all academic decision making. Also I can help with issues involving timetables, exams, your classes and anything that involves the academic parts of university life! I always wanna hear the student voice to make sure I know how students are feeling, as I sit on a number of committees, the student voice is really important! You can get in contact with me at education@uccsu.ie or by phone on 086 184 2699

Your SU Officers D’Oifigígh Aontas na

Mac Léinn

Caoimhe Walsh, Welfare Officer | Oifigeach Leasa Hello! My name is Caoimhe Walsh and I am currently the Welfare Officer in your Students’ Union 2021/2022!

Maeve Richardson, Communications & Engagement Officer | Oifigeach Cumarsáide & Rannpháirtíochta Fáilte a cháirde! My name is Maeve Richardson and I’m the Communications and Engagement officer for UCC Student Union. My job is to manage all communications internal and external to the Students Union. Whether it’s working with posting on Instagram or dealing with journalists, I’m your go to! I manage the Student Community Support team and co-chair Green Campus as well as many other initiatives in UCC. It is also my job to ensure students are engaged with UCCSU so if you have any issues you’re passionate about that you believe we should fight for or should bring attention to contact me at engagement@uccsu.ie

Siobhán Murphy, Commercial & Fundraising Officer | Oifigeach Tráchtála & Tiomsaithe Airgid Hi everyone! My name is Siobhán and I’m your Commercial and Fundraising Officer for 2021/22! I have just finished my BA and I’m looking forward to a year of hard work. I am responsible for working with businesses both local and further afield, making sure that students are getting as many deals as possible, and bringing in revenue for the Union. I am also responsible for the charitable aspect of the Union, working with your Entertainments Officer for events like RAG Week. If you ever want to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact me at comms@uccsu.ie

My job is to be your support system and I am here to help you with any non academic problems that you may have during your time in UCC such as exam stress, mental health, accommodation, financial, sexual health and physical health! I am always open to help and just be there for a chat anytime you need! I will be running Welfare weeks and health promotion campaigns throughout the year and running weeks such as SHAG Week, Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, Addiction Awareness and Harm Reduction Week as well as other campaigns that will be run throughout the year! I also have sanitary products and condoms available in my office so feel free to pop in at any time if you are in need! I am always here for you no matter what your issue may be and never hesitate to drop me an email or a phone call or even pop into the office if you are looking for someone to chat to! #BeginBelongBecome

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and Development, which are both located on College Road across the road from the SU Common Room.

The SU works with students to provide you with vital assistance services year round. If you have any queries or issues with your academic work don’t hesitate to contact your SU Education Officer Sinéad Roche at education@uccsu.ie

gigs, competitions and parties across campus. It’s an incredible week that you will never forget, with so many people working together to fundraise for deserving charities! The week is like nothing you will have experienced before. It is the highlight of the year for many UCC students and is a great chance to give something back. To get involved in organising events, shaking buckets or if you even want to throw us some ideas, give your SU Entertainments Officer Luke Mulcahy a shout at ents@uccsu.ie

Free condoms are given out at the Welfare Office and STI consultations can be booked at Students Health also. If you require further information or wish to talk about any issues affecting your student experience whether they be financial, sexual, physical or mental, feel free to contact your SU Similarly, we understand that the Welfare Officer Caoimhe Walsh at transition to your new life in college welfare@uccsu.ie can be extremely difficult mentally, especially after the difficult year COMMON ROOM | SEOMRA we have all had. If you’re having COITEANN any difficulties with your welfare; mental health, sexual health, The SU Common Room is located accommodation issues or any behind the O’Rahilly Building and non-academic problems, contact is attached to the Students’ Union Caoimhe Walsh, your SU Welfare Your SU Representatives | offices. It is a great place for all Officer at welfare@uccsu.ie students to go and chat, have lunch D’Oifigígh Ionadaí na Mac Léinn and just generally relax. Alex Angland The Common Room is a large open SEFS Rep plan area with sofas, four large sefsrep@uccsu.ie screen TVs with SKY+, a pool table, and a kitchen with free tea/coffee Meadhbh Kehoe making facilities and a microwave. Business & Law Rep The Common Room is renowned blrep@uccsu.ie WELLBEING | SLÁINTE for its lunchtime gatherings and all kinds of activities and social events. Abbie Moloney Adjusting to your new life here There is also a common room in UCC can be overwhelming. It Medicine & Health Rep located on Brookfield campus on is many students’ first time away medandhealthrep@uccsu.ie the left before the main entrance. from home and getting to grips with organising your timetable, Daniel Cunningham GRINDS | TEAGASC maintaining your social life and CACSSS Rep studying can be a lot to juggle, Everyone needs a bit of help with artsrep@uccsu.ie in addition to any difficulties you their subjects from time to time. may face due to the pandemic. We have an online grinds service Daniel Byrne It is important to prioritise your where you can register to look for Equality & Diversity Rep wellbeing, avail of the services a tutor if you need some extra help. equality@uccsu.ie available to you in UCC and seek Just go to: www.grindscentre. support when you need it. com/ucc or email your SU Alicia O’Sullivan Education Officer Sinéad Roche at Environmental & Sustainability Every UCC student is entitled education@uccsu.ie Rep to membership in the Mardyke environmental@uccsu.ie Arena Health & Leisure Centre

Get in touch

No Issue is too big or too small - Níl aon fadhb ró mhór nó ró beag

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Each year the SU, Clubs and Societies organise Raise & Give Week. If you haven’t heard of RAG Week before, it’s a series of events,

Darragh Ó Caoimh Ionadaí Gaeilge & Cultúir irish@uccsu.ie Stephen O’Riordan Council Chair councilchair@uccsu.ie


STUDENT COUNCIL | COMHAIRLE NA NDALTAÍ All students are welcome to attend Student Council which takes place monthly during the academic year. It is the main forum of discussion for the students of UCC and is attended by all class reps and the SU Executive. This is the space where your issues are raised and dealt with. You can ask any of the SU Officers questions, submit and debate ideas on SU policies or actions that you want your SU to take, make your voice heard on any issue or simply find out what is going on in the university. Keep an eye out for posters, emails and social media updates for details, or contact the Council Chair Stephen O’Riordan at councilchair@uccsu.ie for more information.

CLASS REPS | IONADAÍ NA RANGANNA Class Reps are the most important link between their class, department and the SU. Elected in the initial weeks of term, just after Freshers’ Week, the reps will receive full training in areas such as public speaking, conflict resolution, organisation and campaigning. Class Reps will also receive support through Student Council, College Committees and from their College Representative throughout the year. As well as liaising between their class, department and the SU, Class Reps also vote on behalf of their class at Student Council on a variety of important issues. For more information, contact your SU Education Officer Sinéad Roche at education@uccsu.ie

ENTERTAINMENTS REPS | IONADAÍ SIAMSAÍOCHTA Ents Reps are an important part of the student experience. An Ents Rep is connected to a vast amount of entertainment businesses throughout Cork and within UCC that offer experiences to all students. An Ents Rep will help bring your course or class together by organising events and socials that everyone can enjoy.

The Ents Rep of a class also acts as a link between students and your SU Entertainments Officer Luke, who will help to cater to the social and entertainment needs of everyone in your course. It is important to socialise, relax and get to know the people who you will share your journey through UCC with, and utilise the college’s vast amount of events and entertainment. For more information, contact your SU Entertainments Officer Luke Mulcahy at ents@uccsu.ie

TLDR All of us in the Union were in your shoes not so long ago! We understand the excitement and nervous energy you’re feeling right now. It’s normal to be apprehensive, especially in the climate you’re starting college in. You have worked so hard to get here and deserve to be here. All of us are here for you, from helping you to organise a night out with your friends (Luke), to helping you understand any complicated academic terminology (Sinéad), to simply being there if you need a chat (Caoimhe). We’re here to support you, work with you, and represent you to improve your student experience when it comes to both local and national issues that affect students, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Remember how far you’ve come and how far you still have to go. welcome to the most formative period of your life. You’ve got this!

Get in touch UCC Students’ Union 54 College Road, Cork City +353 (0)21 490 3218 info@uccsu.ie UCC Students’ Union @UCCSU @UCCSU www.uccsu.ie

Asha Woodhouse President president@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 855 4031

Maeve Richardson Communications & Engagement Officer engagement@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 184 2658

Sinéad Roche Education Officer education@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 184 2699

Caoimhe Walshe Welfare Officer welfare@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 184 2697

Siobhán Murphy Commercial & Communications Officer comms@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 184 2700

Luke Mulcahy Entertainment Officer ents@uccsu.ie +353 (0)86 184 2701

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UCC GAISCE PROJECT The UCC Gaisce Project is a new HOW CAN I GET and exciting student led initiative INVOLVED? that supports students in University Take the first step on your Gaisce College Cork undertaking their journey today by contacting Gaisce Award. us directly via our social media channels. If you would like to WHAT IS GAISCE? undertake an award, we will pair Gaisce - The President’s Award is you with a PAL who will support a self-development programme you through your Gaisce journey. aimed at young people between Alternatively, if you would like to the ages of 15-26. There are three become a PAL, we will assist you Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold. with the application and training process!

WHAT DOES THE UCC GAISCE PROJECT DO? The UCC Gaisce Project provides a support network for students to connect with fellow Gaisce participants and President’s Award Leaders (PALs). We are currently supported by the Civic and Community Engagement Committee, Clubs, Societies, the Students’ Union, the Career Services, the Graduate Attributes Programme and the International Office. Our mission is to ensure that every UCC student has the opportunity to partake in Gaisce and to reach their full potential.

Get in touch uccgaisceproject@gmail.com www.gaisce.ie

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WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED? Gaisce at UCC promotes the development of lifelong friendships, the learning of key skills, and the development of the Graduate Attributes. Participation in Gaisce allows students to achieve both their Gaisce Award and one or more UCC EmployAgility Awards. Gaisce promotes positive mental health, and offers students an invaluable experience.

And stay tuned for our official launch, happening on October 11th, during Community Week 2021!

“Gaisce” is an old Irish word meaning “great achievement” Will you join the 20,000+ young people every year in Ireland who receive Gaisce Awards in recognition of their achievements?

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ÁRAS NA MAC LÉINN - STUDENT CENTRE Áras na Mac Léinn’s mission is to enhance the campus experience by providing exceptional services and activities to the UCC community. Áras na Mac Léinn is centrally located at the heart of the campus.

GROUND FLOOR Information Desk Located on the ground floor at the main entrance to the centre, the Information Desk is staffed by a team of students who help their fellow students with information, direction and advice. An Siopa A small mini-market at ground level. ‘An Siopa’ provides a range of products for students including lunches, confectionery, sandwiches/wraps, soft drinks, and newspapers as well as stationery, USB keys, leap cards and gifts. Collegegear Located on the ground floor, Collegegear stocks a great range of UCC clothing – hoodies, t-shirts, sports gear, jewellery and watches, ties, bags, beanies, lab coats and lab glasses and a range of giftware including mugs, crystal and UCC prints. Department and Societies Hoodies are also available to order. Banking Bank of Ireland is the financial provider on campus. Opening Times: September 2021 - May 2022, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm. Cash Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:30pm Bank of Ireland also provide 6 ATMs across campus. Áras na Mac Léinn (3), UCC Central, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex and the Western Gateway building. Contact any staff member at Bank of Ireland UCC for all your financial needs or just for some advice.

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Contact Bank of Ireland on +353 (0) 21 4277321 or online at: www.ucc.ie/en/anml/retail/ bankofireland Unisalon Located next to the bank, Unisalon is a professional hair salon using Milkshake, Alphaparf and Wow hair products. The salon is open to the public. Specialising in colour from classic to creative and balayage techniques. Regular promotions on offer. For appointments contact +353 (0)21 490 3059

FIRST FLOOR Upstairs Café Located just above Café Oasis, on the first floor, Upstairs Café serves a selection of pastries, cakes and scones. It also has a deli counter where sandwiches, wraps, rolls and salads are freshly made to order each day. There is additional seating available here.

Club Áras (New Bar) Club Áras – New Bar is a fully licensed bar for Club Members (UCC staff and students). Located on the first floor of the Student Centre the bar provides Café Oasis regular evening and night-time A café bar located on the ground entertainment. The Nom Nom floor, Café Oasis has a colourful and Bistro serves breakfasts, hot spacious interior and a spectacular lunches and evening meals daily. view of the campus. The café serves fresh pastries, scones, Nom Nom Bistro sandwiches, hot food and soup This contemporary bistro serves daily, as well as a full range of teas hot food all day from 10am – 9pm. and coffees. Café Oasis also hosts Specialising in fresh produce and art exhibitions and all students are home cooked dishes. Nom Nom welcome to exhibit. Bistro offers a wide selection of breakfast treats including full First-Aid Room/ Baby Feeding breakfasts, pastries, pancakes, Room cereals, yogurts and fresh fruit. Located on the ground floor of Lunchtimes offerings include curry the centre, access to the room is dishes, Cajun dishes and Italian provided by the Information Desk food. Pizza is served until 9pm Staff. each night. Passport Photo Machine Devere Hall A passport photo machine is Devere Hall is the venue for all located on the ground floor next to major events on campus including the First Aid Room. the conferring ceremonies, concerts, conferences, fairs Lockers and functions. Located on the ground floor, there is a large number of lockers available for hire. Contact the Information Desk for further details. n’s Léin Mac nhance a n Áras n is to e erience LOWER GROUND FLOOR p l io miss mpus ex ceptiona a x c e Lowercase Book Shop e g s th in ie rovid ctivit Located on the lower ground floor, by p es and a munity. m c Lowercase Book Shop stocks servi UCC Co nn is e éi h L t a range of undergraduate and c o t Ma a d n t s postgraduate textbooks from ca e Ára lly lo a r t n across all academic disciplines, and ce us. amp offers convenient online access to a on c broad range of core course texts.


ÁRAS NA MAC LÉINN - STUDENT CENTRE SECOND FLOOR Meeting Rooms Six meeting rooms (located on the second floor) are available on a booking system for registered clubs and societies. Enquire at the Information Desk or book online at: www.arasroombookings.ie

Student Counselling & Development

Áras na Mac Léinn The Student Centre, University College Cork T12 XR6F +353 (0)21 490 2714 http://studentcentre.ucc.ie Listen to UCC98.3FM! For more info and how to get involved see: www.ucc.ie/en/983fm

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THE HUB The Hub is UCC’s newest building, and your first port-of-call for student services and student life. The Hub, a partnership between staff and students, delivers a unique state of-the-art building for the whole university community. Located between ‘the Quad’ and ‘the Kane’, the Hub is centrally placed on main campus making it really accessible.

Before the Hub, many of UCC’s student services were scattered and dispersed around UCC and its satellite locations. Some of these services are now represented in this fantastic new building, including The First Year Experience Co-ordinator, Career Services, UCC PLUS+, the Disability Support Service (DSS), the Mature Student Office (MSO), Student Financial Advice, Peer Support, and a brand new service called Student Central.

UCC’s campus radio station, UCC98.3FM, will be broadcasting out of the Hub, and other campus media organisations like the award-winning University Express and Motley Magazine are based on the ground for you budding journos out there! UCC’s Clubs & Societies have offices on the first floor of Hub, and they will be waiting for you to drop by to find out about the vast range of activities you can get involved in! Outside of the various services that will call the Hub ‘home’, there’s plenty of space to meet up with friends, study, and even just rest and relax. The building’s public spaces, will offer a versatility that’s unique on campus: one day there could be a farmers’ market, the next a careers fair, the day after a concert or even just a casual space to eat your lunch with your classmates - we even have kitchenettes and microwaves for everyone to use! There’s something for everyone in the Hub.

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Get in touch

There are 5 counselling rooms located on the second floor of the centre. To make an appointment contact Student Counselling & Development at: +353 (0)21 4903565 or email counselling@ucc.ie.

University Express Newspaper Motley Magazine Newsroom

hub facilities Coffee Shop Kitchens Microwaves & Hot Water

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FOOD OPTIONS OUTLETS: UCCentral (The Main Rest) By the Boole Library in the main catering building. This restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Mini Restaurant 1st Floor above UCCentral. Pizza Place. Elements Café Located just inside the entrance of the Kane Building. Gourmet Coffee Bar, made-toorder sandwiches. Also serving tossed salads and freshly baked confectionery.

Bobo Café Located in the Glucksman buiding. Bobo is an independent artisan café that serves a creative daytime menu and a tasty weekend brunch. Bio Café Ground Floor of the Bio-Science Building. This restaurant has a bistro feel, offering a selection of speciality coffee, salad bar, made-to-order wraps and sandwiches, filled baked potatoes and a selection of home-made pastry and bakery products. The Coffee Dock Ground Floor of the O’Rahilly Building. Offers Starbucks coffee, speciality teas, hot and cold beverages and gourmet snacks. The Maltings Café Ground Floor of the Tyndall Institute building; opposite the Mercy Hospital. Offers a breakfast and lunch service, soup, ‘grab n go’ products, pastry and bakery items and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Brookfield Café Basement Level of Brookfield Health Sciences Complex. Offers a healthier way of eating. Breakfast, lunch and evening services available, offering a wide selection of products, made-toorder sandwiches and wraps, salad bar, pastry and bakery corner, hot and cold beverages, and daily hot dishes. Café Diem Ground Floor of the Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields. This cosy café offers a selection of ‘made-to-order’ sandwiches and paninis, homemade soup, pastry items, light snacks as well as tea and coffee and cold beverages.

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Pharmacy Café Ground floor of the Cavanagh Pharmacy Building on College Road Riverside/Western. Offers Starbucks coffee, speciality teas and hot and cold beverages. Also serving soup, ‘made-to-order’ sandwiches, pastries and snacks. Riverside/Western Gateway Café Ground Floor of the IT Building, Western Road (behind Brookfield). Offers a healthier way of eating. Breakfast and lunch available, offering a wide selection of products, ‘made-to-order’ sandwiches & wraps, salad bar, pastry and bakery corner, hot and cold beverages, and daily hot dishes. Nosh + Coffee Mardyke Sports Arena. Offers pastry and bakery items and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Café Oasis Ground floor of the Student Centre. A great place to sit and have coffee and watch the world go by. Nom Nom Bistro Located at Club Áras -New Bar on the First Floor of the Student Centre. Upstairs Café First Floor of the Student Centre. This café serves pastry items, light snacks as well as tea/coffee and cold beverages. There are 17 computers with full internet access located here which are free of charge to students.


CRÈCHE Crèche Cois Laoi is located on the grounds of the Brookfield Health Science Complex on College Road. It is fully equipped with the most up-to-date facilities including a nursery room, 2 toddler rooms, two preschool rooms, sleep rooms, an after school room and a carefully designed outdoor play area. The crèche caters for children aged between 5 months and up to 12 years, and has the capacity for 82 children. Crèche Cois Laoi is registered for the National Childcare Scheme (HIVE).

Currently crèche fees are subsidised by the University for full-time students. A Student Union subsidy is also available for students and is means tested. Forms are available from the Students’ Union. Crèche Cois Laoi is registered for the Goverment’s Pre-school Scheme (ECCE) for children aged between 2 years 8 months and 5 years 6 months.

Get in touch

Crèche Cois Laoi is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. It remains open for 51 weeks of the year, closing for one week for the Christmas holidays. Students and UCC staff seeking a place for their children in Crèche Cois Laoi at UCC should contact the crèche in order to be placed on our waiting list and to check availability.

Childcare / Crèche UCC Crèche Manager +353 (0)21 490 1606 +353 (0)21 490 1607 creche@ucc.ie c.bennett@ucc.ie

CAMPUS WATCH University College Cork is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for UCC students and to foster a positive relationship between our students and the wider community.

Respect for local residents and other members of the general public

That the views, values and beliefs of others are respected

The University requires its students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and reasonable manner at all times to ensure:

That no damage or injury is caused to any person or property

Dignity, honesty and integrity

That the University community is free from intimidation and discrimination

Respect for all members of staff Respect for fellow students

Respect for and adherence to the rules, regulations and policies of the University

Compliance with the academic processes of the University

That the University is not brought into disrepute

Get in touch Campus Watch +353 (0)21 490 3849 campuswatch@ucc.ie

Campus Watch will respond to formal complaints from students, members of the community and other stakeholders, in relation to alleged breaches of the UCC Standards of Conduct. To make a complaint, or if you would like to know more about Campus Watch, please contact us by email or by phone.

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UCC GREEN CAMPUS UCC was the first University in the world to be awarded a Green Flag and has a Gold Star from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In fact, the Green Campus programme, that now runs in every university in Ireland, was developed right here in UCC. UCC Green Campus Initiative, is a committee of students and staff who work together to initiate campaigns and projects around the themes of waste, energy, water, travel, biodiversity, food, and climate change. By bringing together students, academics, researchers, admin, and estates staff, the most exciting and innovative ideas can be brought to fruition. For example, did you know that the vegetables served in the main restaurant come from our university farm in Curraheen. Or that UCC has its own community garden. The committee also run a number of social events throughout the year and take part in international campaigns around global issues such as climate change. Being a part of Green Campus is fun, engaging and educational. It will support and enhance your experience at university and you will also gain invaluable skills that will improve your future employment opportunities. In turn, you get the opportunity to contribute to one of the greenest universities in the world, and make a real difference to your local environment. In the last number of years, UCC has made a considerable effort to work towards being a “single-use plastic free” campus. While on campus you should have your reusable water bottle and coffee cup with you as you will save money. You can also visit our single-use plastic free café at the Biosciences Institute. 52

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UCC have also recently changed how we manage our green spaces to encourage greater biodiversity. We also have our own honey bee hives and sell our “Alma Nectar” honey in the Visitors’ Centre. To get involved with Green Campus visit our stand during Freshers’ Week or contact: greencampus@ucc.ie

Get in touch UCC Green Campus 6 Carrigside, College Road greencampus@ucc.ie GreenCampusUCC www.ucc.ie/en/greencampus

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• VALUING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES • EQUALITY • STANDARDS OF CONDUCT • BYSTANDER INTERVENTION AT UCC • YOUR ACADEMIC TIMETABLE • CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR STUDENTS • CAMPUS MAP

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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.

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University College Cork expects students to behave in a manner which ensures that the University can meet its legal, statutory and contractual obligations, that all students and staff are treated with dignity and respect and that all University property and facilities are used appropriately.

All students should uphold the good name of the University in their actions both on and off campus. It is important that you read and accept the Student Code of Conduct before beginning your life at University College Cork.

STUDENT CHARTER The UCC Student Charter is issued jointly by the University and the Students’ Union. It makes explicit some of the reciprocal responsibilities which members of the University, both staff and students, have to each other. Please take the time to read it. www.ucc.ie/en/current/policies

EXAMINATIONS The Student Records and Examinations Office (SREO) supports the entirety of the student lifecycle, from primary registration, through examination, to graduation at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The SREO provides a student-centric service, ensuring the integrity of the examination process in addition to curating the perpetual student record. The Guide to Examinations for Staff and Students (https://www.ucc.ie/ en/exams/procedures-regulations/) provides the information you will require on examination regulations and procedures. Please ensure you read this guide carefully. SREO may be contacted with any queries at: sreo@ucc.ie or +353 (0)21 490 2422.

Formal communication will occur through a student’s personalised uMail account

All information with regard to your module registration, formal written examination schedules and examination results may be accessed through the student portal: www.ucc.ie/en/sit/

For all information on your programme, please access the appropriate information in the College Calendar, Book of Modules and Marks and Standards: www.ucc.ie/admin/registrar/modules/

PLAGIARISM Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material such as graphics, pictures, movies or sounds without acknowledging its source. Students must always cite where they obtained the information in a bibliography. Students must always cite where they obtained the information they present for assessment. Please view the UCC policy on plagiarism: www.ucc.ie/en/current/policies #BeginBelongBecome

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VALUING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES University College Cork is committed to creating an environment where all students learn, work, and live together, transcending cultural, racial and other boundaries. Students flourish in an academic environment where they can learn from the diverse backgrounds and opinions of those around them.

EQUALITY University College Cork is committed to equality of opportunity for all students and staff irrespective of gender, civil status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, family status, marital status and/or membership of the Traveller Community. UCC works towards the creation of an equal environment for all through the UCC Equality Committee.

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The Equality Committee includes students and staff from all parts of the University. The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment against any student or staff member in the University. For further information on equality visit www.ucc.ie/en/ edi/equalitycommittee

In UCC, we believe that our people are our most important asset.


STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

THE UNIVERSITY REQUIRES ITS STUDENTS TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN AN APPROPRIATE AND REASONABLE MANNER WHICH ENSURES DIGNITY, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY RESPECT FOR ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF AND RESPECT FOR FELLOW STUDENTS RESPECT FOR THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACADEMIC PROCESSES OF THE UNIVERSITY THAT THE UNIVERSITY IS NOT BROUGHT INTO DISREPUTE THAT THE VIEWS, VALUES AND BELIEFS OF OTHERS ARE RESPECTED THAT NO DAMAGE OR INJURY IS CAUSED TO ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY THAT THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY IS FREE FROM INTIMIDATION AND DISCRIMINATION Please take the time to become familiar with the student rules www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/policies

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BYSTANDER INTERVENTION AT UCC The UCC Bystander Intervention programme was developed to tackle issues of sexual and relationship violence, by educating and empowering students to support the development of a visible, pro-social institutional culture which stands against unacceptable behaviour and abuse but instead fosters a culture of positivity and support. The programme, modelled on the work of Dr Rachel Fenton, highlights the danger of normalising abusive behaviour, and cultivates an understanding of a bystander’s capacity to intervene. The blended learning programme at UCC provides students with a safe environment to better understand appropriate social interactions and to identify unacceptable behaviour, ensuring an understanding of the importance and meaning of consent, but also more broadly, personal assertiveness and social responsibility.

Students take the online modules at their own pace, completing a series of quizzes and interactive engagements, culminating with an in-person reflective group workshop where students share their learning experience and participate in role-plays to articulate their learning and intervention capacities.

WHY BYSTANDER A 2020 USI/NUIG Sexual Experiences survey reported: 29% of females, 10% of males, 28% of non-binary students reported non-consensual sex by incapacitation, force, or threat of force; 51% of first year students, 62% of second year students and 66% of third (or subsequent) year students reported experiencing sexual hostility since beginning college. Students who had attended workshops, events, and talks related to sexual conduct consistently reported higher awareness of supports and services.

YOUR ACADEMIC TIMETABLE In previous years, the MyTimetable service was used to give students access to personalised module timetables. However, due to the nature of online, blended and on-campus teaching, the MyTimetable service has been temporarily withdrawn. In the meantime, your detailed timetable will be made available to you through Canvas after you have completed programme and module registration. Find out more here: www.ucc.ie/en/build/ roombookings/timetables/

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CRIMINAL RECORD FOR STUDENTS Implications for Your Degree Programme A number of programmes in UCC, especially in the areas of medicine, health, social work and education, require students to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes. The University uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to assess the suitability of such applicants, and in some cases, may also require applicants to provide an enhanced disclosure by the completion of an affidavit.

When the NVB returns a disclosure, it will be reviewed by UCC to establish if a student is suitable for placement. All offers of places at UCC are subject to UCC’s Terms & Conditions of Admissions, which includes UCC’s Student Vetting Policy. For further information please contact the Admissions Office or visit: www.ucc.ie/studentvetting Implications for Travel A criminal conviction could restrict a student’s ability to travel abroad. Some countries including the United States, Canada and Australia could refuse entry. In many countries, where a visa is required,

a criminal conviction will, at the very least, delay the processing of a visa application. Implications for Your Career A criminal record could prevent a graduate from obtaining a licence to work or professional membership in a chosen field. Many professional and vocational bodies require their members to be of ‘good character’ and may reject applicants convicted of certain crimes. A conviction or even a finding of guilt, involving theft or fraud could bar a student from work in an industry where they have access to other people’s money or property such as banking, finance or retail.

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