The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL)

The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), is a flagship programme which has seen University College Cork open its doors for the first time to students with intellectual disabilities.

Inclusive education for people with intellectual disabilities is being promoted at primary and secondary level, however adults with intellectual disabilities are largely denied opportunity for 3rd level participation.


life3The CCL programme which initially began in 2009 as a pilot initiative with three service providers in the Cork area, namely Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity and Cope Foundation has now developed into a two year part-time NUI special purpose certificate programme.  To date the programme has over 40 graduates and another cohort of 23 students enrolled in September 2014.  The programme is characterized by innovative teaching and learning activities designed to help students develop strategic skills to promote self-reliance and independence and increased participation in society.

The programme exemplifies a creative, mutually enriching synergy between the university and the local civic society and represents a bespoke response to an educational need identified by the local community. The CCL course provides structured opportunities for embedded knowledge exchange facilitating interaction and shared learning between students with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled students pursuing programmes such as sports studies, social work, occupational therapy and speech and language etc. at UCC.

School Applied Social Studies
Staff members involved Dr Máire Leane, Applied Social Studies, Course Director,
Ms Deirdre Madden (Disability Office), Lecturer
Ms Nicola Maxwell, Applied Social Studies, Lecturer
Ms Andre Kenneally, Applied Social Studies, Course Co-ordinator,
Date: 24 October 2014

The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project

The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the College of ACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund will run a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers, who work on development of an original performance piece based on a fourteenth-century pilgrimage account through a series of workshops and outreach activities.

School School of History and Drama & Theatre Studies
Discipline History
Staff members involved Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Date: October 2014-June 2015



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)

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