University College Cork (UCC) was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. UCC supports about 20,000 students with 150,000 alumni worldwide and is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research output and peer esteem. In 2010, UCC was the first third level education institute worldwide to receive the Green Campus award. In 2013, it became the first third level institute to hold a Green Flag award, and in 2016 successfully renewed its Green Flag award.
UCC has six priority research areas (Health and Wellbeing; Food and Nutrition; Future and Emerging Technologies; Sustainability and Climate Action; Culture, Society Rights and Identify; Financial and Business Services) delivered by four colleges (Celtic Studies and Social Sciences College of Arts; Medicine and Health; Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science) supported by five research institutes (BioSciences Institute; Tyndall National Institute; ISS-21; Food Institute; Environmental Research Institute).
Researchers at Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine (MaREI), coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork (UCC) are responsible for the development and delivery of Ireland’s national climate change adaptation platform Climate Ireland together with the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). This work is funded by Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Environmental Protection Agency.