UCC Named Ireland’s Top University

In the Sunday Times, due to be released on the 4th of October, UCC has been named The Sunday Times University of the Year for a record breaking forth time.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide is now in its 14th year of publication. It provides the definitive rankings for Irish third-level institutions, together with profiles of each institution and a view from students of what it is like to study there. It also contains the first full listing of 2016 courses and the first round entry points needed to access these courses from the recently-completed 2015 admissions cycle.

This year, UCC was recognised by a new ranking system initiated by the EU Commission. The U-Multirank, which assesses 1,200 universities and higher education institutions in 83 countries, placed UCC at the top of the table. It was measured by grading 30 different headings, A for excellent down to E for poor and got 21 A grades across the 30 headings.

One of the main factors in UCC’s success in the league table is its ability to generate research income. It is the top institution nationally for this measure, generating the equivalent of more than €120,000 for every member of academic staff in research income, a total of €83.9m last year.

The investment has paid off, with UCC now placed 52nd out of 750 leading universities based on research papers published in top academic journals.

UCC President Dr Michael Murphy welcomed the announcement, commenting:

“We are very pleased to have been named University of the Year for a fourth time, coming as it does during our celebration of the life and legacy of George Boole. The award recognises UCC’s tradition of independent thinking, exceptional student experience, considerable track record for innovation and particularly our rate of graduate employment. It is also welcome recognition of the hard work of staff, students and all those who contribute to our success.”


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