GENOVATE is a four-year collaborative European project involving partners in seven European universities. It is an action-research project based on the promotion of a Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) in each partner university. The project will draw on international best practice in supporting interventions in three key areas to promote gender equality in research and innovation: (i) recruitment, progression and research support; (ii) working environment, work-life balance and institutional culture, and finally, (iii) the increasingly important domain of standards and diversity in research excellence and innovation. The project will adopt a contextualised approach which will be supported by an ongoing knowledge-exchange system within the consortium and by ongoing participatory evaluation, both of which will maximise the shared learning of all partners at every step of the process.

GENOVATE is funded by an EU FP7 grant through the Science and Society topic SiS.2012.2.1.1-1 Ensuring equal opportunities for women and men by encouraging a more gender-aware management in research and scientific decision-making bodies.


GENOVATE Consortium

  • University of Bradford (Project Coordinator), UK
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
  • Ankara University, Turkey
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy
  • Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia
  • University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Spain


School Staff from multiple schools involved including School of Applied Psychology
Discipline Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Staff members involved
  • Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire, GENOVATE Scientific Coordinator, ISS21 and Applied Social Studies
  • Nicola Maxwell, National Project Coordinator, GENOVATE, ISS21
  • Siobhán O’Brien, Project Administrator, GENOVATE, ISS21
  • Dr. Carol Linehan, School of Applied Psychology and ISS21
  • Prof. Geraldine Boylan, UCC Equality Committee, and Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Dr. Linda Connolly, Sociology and ISS21
  • Dr. Siobhan Cusack, Office of VP for Research and Innovation
  • Prof. Louise Kenny, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon, Department of Law
  • Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Department of Law

Prof Helen Whelton, Graduate School, College of Medicine & Health; Dental School (Former team member)

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

The School of English supports the activities of Munster Literature Centre and in turn benefits from connections to Cork’s vibrant community of creative writers.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

UCC and Cork City Council co-sponsor this prestigious literary prize, awarded annually to the best collection of short stories published that years. Previous winners include Jhumpa Lahiri, Yi Yunhome_foc_portrait Li, Edna O’Brien and Colin Barrett.

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Information Services Strategic Fund currently fund half of the value of the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. The winner gives a public reading in University College Cork.

The School of English and the Munster Literature Centre, in collaboration with UCC Library, co-sponsor a series of public lectures, Reading Writing. This year’s speakers include Kevin Barry, Nick Laird and Zadie Smith. [segment on last year’s prize from RTE News)

Irish Times mention of Reading Writing :

School   English
Discipline Creative Writing
Contact Person
Community partner   Munster Literature Centre
Date:  29.1.15

Monastic Ireland AD1100-1700: landscape and settlement.

In December 2013 the Monastic Ireland project received funding of €369,000 from the Irish Research Council for its three-year ‘Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement’ research project under the Advanced Project Grant scheme (2013-16). The project’s website was launched by Minister, Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 4 December 2014. The project team is currently preparing an international workshop on the project in April 2015 as well as an international Monastic Europe conference in Ennis, in August 2015. The project is led by Dr Rachel Moss, TCD (PI) and Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme (PA) monasticand Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, School of History, UCC. Dr Annejulie Lafaye is the postdoctoral researcher on the project, with Dr Keith Smith and Dr Mirian Clyne being the postdoctoral research assistants.  See;

The aim of the tourist website is to provide visitors with access to educational, practical and entertaining information based on high quality historical and archaeological information.  This information is accompanied by a tour of each site.

The educational resource is for teachers and students wishing to develop local history and archaeological projects. This website revolves around the existence of monastic and church sites in every locality in Ireland and how these buildings and landscapes can be used to connect young people with their historic and archaeological environs and make them the custodians of their own heritage


School School of History
Discipline History
Staff members involved Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Date: 2013-2016

Responding to Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Contemporary Ireland

This engagement project involves a series of seminars and round table discussions focusing the issues of housing and homelessness in contemporary Ireland. The initiative is aimed specifically at providing advocates, agencies and organisations who are working to address homelessness access to international experts in the field of policy and practice.  To date participants from the Cork Social Housing Forum, Cork Youth homelessHomeless Forum, Threshold, Dublin Regional Homeless Executive have registered as participants.

The first event in the series, which is jointly organised under the EcoWell Initiative by Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, UCC (ACE) and the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, will be held on Friday 23rd January 2015 from 10.00am – 12.30pm at the ETB Offices Lavitt’s Quay, Cork.

This event will be led by Professor Stephen Gaetz, Dean of Research, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Canada & Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Homeless Hub).  The title of the seminar is “O Canada Lessons from the Canadian Response to Homelessness”

A second event in the series will be held in March 2015 and will focus on the topic of housing security and will be addressed by international experts from Denmark and Scotland.


School Applied Social Studies & ACE
Discipline Social Policy
Staff members involved Dr Cathal O’Connell, Mr Joe Finnerty, Dr Seamus O’Tuama

The Centre for Planning, Education and Research

The Centre for Planning, Education and Research was approached by local communities in Cork to assist them in formulating community action plans. Collaboration was possible by academic staff supervising student group projects that matched the skills of the students to the needs of the community groups. In 2013, two graduates transformed a research project into a “grassroots-led” regeneration plan for MacCurtain St in Cork City. M.Plan students worked in close collaboration with the Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group and made a formal presentation to the community, local businesses and the Town Council as part of an ongoing consultation exercise for the Youghal Town Centre Strategy. In 2014, M.Plan students started a new project resulting in the submission of a Planning Study based on the town of Passage West.

All Ireland, All Active

The School of Education founded and co-lead a cross border initiative ‘All Ireland, All Active’ with the University of Ulster which examines the links between physical activity and obesity in young people. It provides academics, practitioners, politicians, policy makers, parents, active sport participants and industry partners a space to collaborate to develop common pedagogical
(teaching and learning) strategies in Sport and Physical Activity settings across schools, clubs and communities on the Island of Ireland. Students have become involved and B.Ed. students are involved in community-based volunteering to encourage fundamental movement skills for people with disabilities in the Glen in Cork City.

The Department of Irish fosters engagement with the wider community on an on-going basis through its promotion of Irish literature and poetry through readings and workshops, its language courses in UCC and Gaeltacht locations and by offering translation assistance to community groups and public bodies.


Having Our Say: Children’s Voices in Housing Estate Regeneration

Dr Cathal O’Connell and Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan from the School of Applied Social Studies led an exciting project in 2013 that involved 78 children and young people from Knocknaheeny aged 6 to 19 years.  The project set out to hear their views about the regeneration of their area using a variety of creative methods including focus groups, photography, art and rap.

Dr Cathal O’Connell says that ‘While estate regeneration can affect children and young people’s lives in many ways, their voices are seldom heard in regeneration programmes and this research represents a first step in doing so.’

The research found that far from being apathetic children and young people have clear ideas and expectations of regeneration.  They want a safer neighbourhood, a cleaner environment, a better reputation for the estate, and improved life chances and opportunities, including education and work.  They also want to be involved in the decision-making around regeneration.

The research shows the importance of actively listening to the voices of children and young people and enabling them to influence change.  The report recommends that Regeneration Guidelines and Estate Management Practice include consultation methods with children and young people and that local employment clauses be incorporated in regeneration programmes, especially in relation to apprenticeships and employment for local young people and unemployed persons.

The research was funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Irish Research Council, and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC.

School Applied Social Studies
Discipline Social Science
Staff members involved Dr Cathal O’Connell
Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan
Dr Lorcan Byrne
Date: 2014