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UCC Students’ Union Express “Shock and Disappointment” At Building Named After Dr James Watson



UCC Students’ Union has expressed “shock and disappointment” at the decision by UCC management to name a new building on campus after Dr James Watson.

In a letter issued to UCC President, Dr. Michael Murphy, Aidan Coffey, UCC Students’ Union President, has stated that “a character who professed views regarding race, gender and sexuality so out of keeping with the standards and expectations of us in the University should not be recognised with one of the highest honours that this institution can confer”.

Whilst acknowledging that ‘exceptional scientific records and achievements should be celebrated and acknowledged in their own right and in their own sphere’, Coffey claimed that “we in UCC should set different standards for our own honours, and we have the freedom and indeed the responsibility to decide the point at which racial prejudice overshadows scientific prowess; to decide the point at which a clearly demonstrated scholarly and academic brilliance cannot excuse alienating and incompatible social view.”

Coffey urged that management reconsider their decision and stated that “each and every building on our fine campus should reflect and echo an ethos of respect to which each and every student, staff member and visitor should aspire to. The naming of this building falls far short of this.”

Read the full letter here.



Uncategorized - June 15, 2016 - 1:54 pm - See Article

Childcare Assistance Fund 2016/17


Applications for childcare support are now open from students in full-time degree programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Financial assistance is means-tested and is limited to children under 12yrs of age who are enrolled in the UCC Crèche Cois Laoi, and those who are in alternative childcare while on a waiting list for Crèche Cois Laoi.   If funding is available, postgraduate students and students on placements may apply for support during the summer months (June-August 2017) also. The amount of subsidy awarded may vary from year to year depending on resources and numbers of successful applicants.

Just download the Childcare Assistance Application Form 2016-17 and submit your application to the Students’ Union, UCC, 54 College Rd., Cork by August 12, 2016.

Students' Union - June 10, 2016 - 12:37 pm - See Article

Student Leadership Awards 2016

11052427_10155539796720471_7323761115950006994_nApplications are now open for the annual UCC Student Leadership Awards.


These prestigious awards are for students who made outstanding contributions to student life here in UCC. Applicants should show how, through their demonstrable leadership abilities, they have made an outstanding contribution in specific areas of student life.


Any student who receives a Student Leadership Award will be have this accredited by the University and it will appear on your academic transcript.


The Awards will be presented at the annual Students’ Union Crossover Dinner which takes place on May 19th.


To Apply: Just download the  SLA_Application_Form, fill it out and email it back to awards@uccsu.ie

Deadline: The deadline for applications is May 1st, 5pm.

Uncategorized - April 18, 2016 - 4:31 pm - See Article

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