Hands On: Feel the Music

‘Hands On’ is an on-going collaborative research project that is currently taking place between the Department of Music and the Disability Support Service in order to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students at University College Cork. The aim of this project is to actively promote braille music literacy and also explore new technologies and teaching methodologies that can enhance both the approaches taken by the teacher and learner to create an environment, which is accessible to both visually impaired and sighted students learning side-by-side. This handbook has provided strategic teaching methodologies that have been compiled by experts who have detailed experience of working specifically with students that have sight difficulties. The focus, therefore, is to put in place an existing teaching framework easily accessible to those teaching music to blind and visually impaired students both in the University and in the wider community.


Robert Creed, a current undergraduate student at th e Department of Music

Robert Creed, a current undergraduate student at th e Department of Music Robert Lamb Photography

The ‘Hands On’ project has not only brought national organizations together, but has also assisted in creating an awareness within the music teaching community. With the support of funding from the National Seminar Series and Disability Service at UCC, Hands On: Feel the Music handbook was launched at which teachers, students and parents attended from across the country.




PsychSlam is an annual competition held by the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. The event gives Transition Year students the opportunity to gain experience with the discipline of psychology by researching a psychological topic of their choice and delivering a presentation to staff and students at UCC. One the fun and challenging aspects of PsychSlam is that the teams must use the PechaKucha method of presentation. With this method, students must condense their delivery to twenty slides of twenty seconds each in length. School teams are supported by mentors from the School of Applied Psychology, who offer guidance on readings and presentation style.

In 2015, nine schools from across Cork city and county took part in the inaugural event and were judged by selected staff and students of the School of Applied Psychology. Presentation topics ranged from the reliability of eye witness testimonies to the nature of online friendships and the neuroscience of love. This well attended event also heard of the psychological attributes which make Roy Keane mentally tough and how seeing altered selfies can make you reconsider your health habits.  Prizes were awarded for the top three schools along with an audience choice award.

The location of the competition at the heart of the UCC campus gave students a taste of university life and a chance to explore the environs of the college grounds. The students had a great day and had the opportunity to talk with current psychology students and staff, and to find out more about Applied Psychology as a course, and as a career.

Psychslam offers a unique opportunity for prospective students to engage with both psychological subject matter and researchers in a third level environment. The School of Applied Psychology enjoys strong relations with Cork’s secondary schools and looks forward to hosting PsychSlam again in 2016.



Restoration of Ancient Monuments

The Department of Archaeology in UCC has a long history of engagement with community groups on heritage matters. With great popular interest in our subject, there is  always scope to make the results of our research accessible to the general public. The Department regularly advises and supports the general public, local societies, schools and community groups on a range of areas relating to the archaeological heritage of Ireland. The aim is to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of this rich heritage, and so contribute to its protection through community-based support.

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UCC Archaeology recently carried out an archaeological excavation at the site of a standing stone pair in Clogagh North townland, near Timoleague, Co. Cork. This Bronze Age monument had been removed during field clearance some years ago. Following a request from the local community, Professor O’Brien and a team from the MA in Archaeological Excavation conducted a week-long investigation at the site. This located the original sockets, as well as three adjacent pits containing cremated human remains. Several other pits were discovered, as well as features connected to modern agriculture at this location. There are no early artifact finds, however radiocarbon dating of the cremations places the primary use of this monument in the period 1200–1000 BC. On completion of excavation, the two stones were re-erected in their original positions and the position of the cremation pits marked, thus restoring the monument.

School   School of the Human Environment
Contact Person Professor William O’Brien
Community partner   Clogagh National School, Timoleague, Co. CorkFr Patrick Hickey PP and Mr Bob Allen NT.
Date:  24th February, 2015