Established in 1845, University College Cork, (UCC) is one of the premier research institutions in Ireland. As Ireland's first five-star university (QS), UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally-sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience, second to none in Ireland. Supporting approximately 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University provides the full range of academic disciplines and plays a crucial role in the development of Ireland's knowledge-based society.
Recognised internationally for the quality of its research UCC is ranked in the top 2 percent of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research output and peer esteem. In the five years to 2012 the number of citations per journal publication has grown by 30 percent and 62 percent of Ireland's most highly-cited researchers are from UCC. Our researchers collaborate with close to 700 of the world's top universities across 110 countries.
UCC’s strategy for research is aligned with key Government policies including the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (SSTI) and Building Ireland’s Smart Economy and the University has made strategic investments in key research areas, including life sciences, health, nanotechnology, energy and the environment, all of which are crucial to Ireland’s economic future.
Central to this are centres of excellence in nationally prioritised thematic areas including Nanotechnology, and Photonics (Tyndall National Institute), Food and Health, Pharmaceuticals, and the Environment (ERI). The impact of this strategy and its implementation is reflected in UCC's success in winning competitive internationally peer-reviewed research contracts (over €79M in 2010/2011), an increase of 28 percent over the previous 5 year period.
Research funding from EU sources has increased by over 200 percent in the two years to 2012, reinforcing UCC’s position as one of the top universities in Ireland in terms of Framework Programme 7 (FP7) success rates. Up to July 2013 UCC was involved in over 190 projects, including over 30 as coordinator, across all research areas and funding schemes, representing a drawdown of over €67M over the lifetime of FP7.