Appointment of President


University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally renowned University where excellence in teaching and research is aligned with an inclusive and respectful environment, in which all staff and students can flourish and thrive. Founded in 1845, UCC is a comprehensive research-intensive institution comprising four academic colleges delivering a rich tradition of collaborative teaching, research and scholarship that has true global impact. Located in Cork City, which is known for its vibrancy and culture, UCC’s distinctive features and character owe much to its location and history.

UCC continues to build on its achievements with passion and drive. With 3,000 staff, 22,650 students and over 200,000 alumni worldwide, the University continues to further enhance its position as a world-leading university. It is in the top 1.1% of all universities globally, and the top university in Ireland for graduate employability and industry collaborations. UCC also has a strong commitment to sustainability, ranking 9th globally in UI’s Green Metric World University Rankings. In its next President, UCC is seeking an outstanding leader with an exceptional understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face UCC’s community. Candidates are sought who will bring dynamic, modern, values-based leadership skills to inspire colleagues such that the extraordinary talents of all staff and students are fully realised. The University is looking for an individual who will have a significant external role representing UCC regionally, nationally and globally; someone who can demonstrate a commitment to the values of a comprehensive, research-intensive, international university which aspires to excellence in all its endeavours.

For a confidential discussion regarding this role, please call Dr Sinéad Gibney or Ms Michelle Scanlon at Perrett Laver on +353 (0) 1 905 3537.

 The deadline for applications is 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday 21st May 2021.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As a University, UCC strives to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of its student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  UCC encourages applicants to consult its policies at initiatives at UCC welcomes applications from everyone, including those who are under-represented in the protected characteristics set out in UCC’s Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.

More information on the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit at UCC can be found HERE. Information on the UCC’s PLUS+ Programme can be found HERE

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Additional Information

UCC Annual Sustainability Report 2018-19

UCC Athena Swan Institutional Action Plan 2019 – 2023

UCC 2020 Financial Statements

Universities Act 1997 National Report 2020

UCC Sports Strategy 2019 -2022

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Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae, detailing academic and professional qualifications and experience, full employment history and relevant achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, why the appointment is of interest and what they believe they can bring to the role. The closing date for applications will be 12 noon (Irish Local Time), 21st May 2021

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Living in Cork

Identified as one of the top ten city destinations by the Lonely Planet guide and one of Europe’s top eight ‘ideal and cultural and creative cities’ by the European Commission, Cork is a place not just to visit, but to live; offering a quality of life and an academic and cultural experience which reflects positive Irish values.

Cork is set to become the fastest growing city in Ireland and is one of three cities targeted to receive considerable government investment. Business and professional opportunities will strengthen in line with this pace.

Cork city metropolitan area has a population of approximately 211,000 and serves a metropolitan population of over 305,000 with a combined population of 542,868 in Cork City and County.

The region boasts of 27 Beaches, 42 Castles and historic houses, 6 Nature Reserve Parks, 45 Museums and Attractions, 21 Galleries and 24 Festivals per year.

Cork has a reputation for  being welcoming of both people and businesses and was voted number one small European city for business friendliness. Cork is easy to get around and 60% of people in Cork get to work  in 30 minutes or less. Unemployment is low and business opportunities exist across a wide range of sectors and skill sets, drawing talent locally as well as from overseas. Entrepreneurial spirit is embraced and encouraged across Cork, start-up success is underpinned by strong support structures and a “can do” attitude is evident and encouraged everywhere.

 Further details on Cork can be found below