UCC | Academic Services – Student Support

We aim to provide a welcoming environment in which you are encouraged to realise your full potential and where every individual is valued and offered equal opportunity to progress.

Welfare and Student Support

We know that there might be times during your studies when you need someone to talk to, or you may have concerns that you need some support with – our welfare team is on hand to help.

We offer a free counselling service to all our students.

Counselling can offer support with a wide range of personal issues, including difficulties with anxiety, family problems, or personal relationships. We also hold lists of local health and support services so that if we can’t help, we can direct you to a specialist service that can.

Disability support

We pride ourselves on the support provided to students with additional needs. Our dedicated team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. If you have a disability and/or learning difficulty it is important that you notify us at the outset, by indicating this on your UCAS application form. This way, the right support can be put in place to help you make the most of your studies.

Careers Advice

Our aim is for you to become a successful and employable graduate. Planning a route for your career journey is essential and we proactively offer opportunities for you to develop the skills and knowledge you require to succeed in your ambitions.

We have high expectations of your ability to progress and achieve your goals. Above all, we are committed to supporting you in developing and managing your career aspirations during your time with us. Whether you plan to progress into postgraduate study, employment, professional training, a portfolio career, entrepreneurial activities, or simply wish to explore your options through experience and placements, our Careers team is on hand to deliver a wide range of services to support you.

These include:

  • Guidance to begin your career thinking early and to make well-informed choices that are right for you
  • Support in seeking work experience and employment opportunities
  • High quality resources, information and advice
  • Support in building an excellent graduate cv and digital profile
  • Knowledge of the graduate labour market

Academic student support

In addition to providing a bank of resources on the UCC Study Skills page on Moodle, our Undergraduate & Postgraduate Study Skills Tutor provides whole class sessions and one to one tutorials in the following areas:

  • What tutors expect: how to read module guides and assignment briefs
  • How to plan an assignment
  • Time and workload management
  • Written English (including grammatical accuracy and use of punctuation)
  • Academic writing style
  • Harvard referencing and how to avoid plagiarism
  • Research skills
  • Reading tips: how to get more from your reading and reading difficult texts
  • Proofreading techniques and creating a personal checklist
  • Higher order thinking skills: critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, synthesis
  • How to write good essays: introductions, conclusions and linking
  • Report writing and formatting
  • How to relate theory to practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Mind-mapping
  • PowerPoint and giving presentations
  • Computer skills
  • English & Maths for PGCE/Cert Ed students
  • Revision skills and exam technique

Students can book 50 minute tutorials for academic support tailored to individual requirements.