University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork

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Template:IrishUniInfoBox University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork - or more commonly University College Cork (UCC) - is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and is located in Cork.

The university was founded as a college in the 1840s under the original name of Queen's College, Cork which became University College, Cork under a charter issued after the Irish Universites Act, 1908 became law. The terms of the Universities Act, 1997 were used to rename the university after resolution by the Senate of the National University of Ireland.

The university was named the "Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2003-2004" [1] (,,8444-815589,00.html).



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UCC Quadrangle

Queen's College, Cork was founded by the provisions of an act which enabled Queen Victoria to endow new colleges for the "Advancement of Learning in Ireland". Under the powers of this act, the three colleges of Belfast, Cork and Galway were incorporated on the 30th day of December, 1845.

The original site chosen for the College was particularly appropriate in that it is believed to have had a connection with the patron saint of Cork, Saint Finbarr. His monastery and school of learning were close by at Gill Abbey Rock and the mill attached to the monastery is thought to have stood on the bank of the south channel of the River Lee, which runs through the College lower grounds. This association is also reflected in the College motto "Where Finbarr Taught, Let Munster Learn" which is also the current university motto.

On this site (on a hill overlooking the valley of the Lee), the Tudor Gothic quadrangle and early campus buildings were built by Sir Thomas Deane. Over the coming years the College gained a standing for excellence in various fields, including mathematics and medicine.

The medical buildings were built in stages between 1860 and 1880, and the faculty quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its graduates. The first two women to graduate in medicine in Ireland did so in 1898 (this was notable as it was more than 20 years before women were permitted to sit for medicine at the University of Oxford).

In the following century, the Irish Universities Act (1908) formed the National University of Ireland, consisting of the three constituent colleges of Dublin, Cork and Galway, and the college was given the status of a university college as University College, Cork. The Universities Act, 1997 made the university college a constituent university of the National University and made the constituent university a full university all purposes except the awarding of degrees and diplomas which remains the sole remit of the National University.


Today the university is a dynamic university of over 14,500 students of which 12,000 bachelor degree candidates and 2,500 postgraduate students and are supported by 3,000 staff of which 800 faculty.

The university is one of Ireland's leading research institutes, with the highest research income in the state. The university's internal research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments. The university has seven faculties in Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Law, Medicine, and Science.

Student numbers, currently at over 14,000, have increased greatly since the late 1980s, precipitating the expansion of the campus by the acquisition adjacent buildings and lands. This expansion continues to the present day to meet the needs of an ever growing student population, with the construction of the Alfred O'Rahilly building, the extended Áras na MacLéinn (Devere Hall), the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, and (beginning 2005) an extension to the Boole Library - named for the first professor of mathematics at UCC, George Boole who developed the algebra that makes computer programming possible.

The university has a number of related companies, these include: Cytrea ( which is involved in pharmaceutical formulations. Firecomms ( an ICT company who concentrate on optical communications;Alimentary Health ( a biotechnology and healthcare company; Optical Metrology Innovations ( who develop laser metrology systems.

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Universities of Ireland
Republic of Ireland: Dublin City University | National University of Ireland | University of Dublin | University of Limerick
NUI Constituent Universities: Cork | Dublin | Galway | Maynooth
Northern Ireland: Queen's University of Belfast | University of Ulster
QUB University Colleges: St Mary's | Stranmillis

Other degree awarding authorities in Ireland
Dublin Institute of Technology | Higher Education and Training Awards Council | King's Inns | Pontifical University of Maynooth | Presbyterian Theological Faculty Ireland

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