About Us

About Us

UCC Academy is the in-house consultancy of University College Cork. We are a diverse collective of over 40 highly experienced project and programme managers, internationalisation specialists and subject matter experts.

We work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the University to define, develop, drive and deliver key projects that further the University’s strategic goals.

While our primary interaction is with UCC, we also engage with strategic external partners nationally and internationally.

Why UCC Academy?

We provide:

* specialist expertise in project and programme management and relevant subject matter experts

*additional agile capacity to support project execution

*a cost-effective service

Mission

As UCC’s in-house consultancy, we work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the University to define, develop, drive and deliver key projects that further the University’s strategic goals.

While our primary interaction is with UCC, we also engage with strategic external partners nationally and internationally.

Values

Our core values support our mission, shape the way we work and reflect the essence of UCC Academy.

 

Ways of working

Our key objective is to work with UCC colleagues to identify and define potential projects that have a measurable impact in support of UCC’s strategic goals.

*We develop projects by designing and maintaining clear plans, including timelines, deliverables and risk management.

*We drive projects through single or multiple phases, managing all elements of their execution, identifying and solving problems, and removing barriers as they arise.

*Where there is a requirement for additional specialist skills (e.g. technical writing, digital media and communications, event management), we provide subject matter experts from our team, who work closely with University colleagues to bring the necessary expertise to bear.

*Ultimately, we deliver projects that further UCC’s strategic goals. Our service is cost-effective (e.g. does not attract VAT).

*Upon completion of projects, we transfer full ownership back to our University sponsors.

*We ensure that every opportunity is taken for knowledge and skills exchange among the project participants, during its life-cycle and on completion.

History

Incorporated in 2012, UCC Academy was established to promote the strategic goals of University College Cork.  In 2013 Arlene Vithaldas was appointed as CEO and UCC Academy become operational in 2014 with the set-up of PrimeUCC and overseas offices in East China and Delhi. In 2015, the Project Centre, an initiative of the Office of the Bursar, was established to provide professional project management expertise in support of strategic projects to the University and external partners. In 2016, at the request of the University, UCC Academy established Conference UCC as a service to UCC Conference Ambassadors and third parties. 

Governance

UCC Academy DAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of University College Cork and is governed by a Management Agreement between the company and the University. The Academy reports to University Management Team (Operations) annually. The current Board Members are Liam Barrett (Chair), Susie Horgan, Doug Kelleher, Professor Stephen Byrne, Nora Geary and Diarmuid Collins.