Get Ready for Cork Discovers, A European Researchers’ Night Initiative

Cork is getting set to host its first European Researchers’ Night under the banner Cork Discovers – a world of research. On the night there will be a series of free events, at venues within the University College Cork campus and across the city, designed to illustrate how research impacts on our daily lives.

An international team of researchers will host a programme of interactive and entertaining events to demonstrate what they really do for society as well as answering some interesting and amusing questions. Do you want to know how to build your own Star Wars set? ‘Have you ever wondered if scientists really can “un-extinct” an animal?’ Or why elephants have long noses, or why bananas don’t grow on humans? Come along to Cork Discovers and find out! There is sure to be something of interest to participants of all ages.

European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide event, dedicated to raising public awareness of the positive role of research in society. It takes place every year on the last Friday in September. This year 27 countries and over 300 cities will be involved, making it a truly international celebration of the positive impact of research on the modern world. In Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Science Gallery Dublin will host another European Researchers Night event under the banner PROBE, so wherever you are in the country make sure to get involved.

The Cork Discovers Night has been funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call under the Horizon 2020 programme following a successful application submitted by project partners from UCC Academy, Teagasc, Cork City Council and coordinated by University College Cork.

Questions and active participation will be encouraged. The goal is to develop inquisitive minds so unleash your curiosity and put our researchers to the test. Great entertainment is guaranteed!

Cork Discovers takes place on Friday 28th September 2018 and in advance, there will be a series of school visits and other outreach events. Further details will be announced throughout the summer.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818789.

 

UCC Academy launches new strategic plan

UCC Academy CEO Arlene Vithaldas presented the new business strategy to the UCC Academy team at the Mardyke Arena on 23rd January 2018. She also welcomed the most recent joiner to the PrimeUCC team, Magdalena Tyndyk.

Previously, UCC’s leadership team (UMTO) endorsed UCC Academy’s strategic plan to support a number of the university’s strategic objectives on 4th December 2017. The strategy was presented to the board of the company on 16th January 2018.

For more information on UCC Academy please visit About Us.

Conference Office Administrator Required

UCC Academy DAC (the “Academy”) was set up to promote the strategic aims of University College Cork (the “University”).  The Academy carries out a number of projects to internationalise the University, to enhance the financial sustainability of the University and to improve or maintain its international rankings.  The Academy has four principal areas of activity, working in partnership with the University: to support internationalisation and the operation of the University’s overseas offices; to provide project management and related services; the operation of specific services on behalf of the University; and to procure highly specialised skills and talent, on a short or medium term basis, as required by the University.  UCC is in the top 2% of the world’s universities.
The Role of the Conference Office Administrator – Finance and Operations

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a range of duties including but not limited to:

Job Responsibilities

Financial

  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of financial administration in the operation of the Conference Office.
  • To work closely with the Conference Office Manager in the management of the conference office annual budget.
  • Responsibility for the preparation of all new business quotations, to include analysing and accurately costing the resourcing requirements in collaboration with the clients, assessing client deliverables, venue and catering requirements, and all other services required for client events.
  • Establish, maintain and contribute to continuous improvement of finance procedures for the conference office.
  • Prepare weekly financial reports for weekly finance meetings including: monthly bank reconciliations, purchase ordering and procurement for events, set up new company system activity codes, preparation of quotations and event budgets, invoicing of clients and follow up cash collection.
  • Have overall responsibility for the creation and submission of monthly conference office bank account reconciliations and report directly to the Academy Finance Manager on same.
  • Maintain clear tracking systems for financial operations to include, client quotations issued and followed up, invoices issued to clients and follow up, conference and event management budgeting and post event follow up and reporting against actual costs.
  • Manage the procurement process for new suppliers and comply with public sector procurement requirements at all times in relation to the procurement of goods and services for conference events.
  • In relation to the management of conference delegate fee, process and track individual bank transfers as required.
  • Preparation, follow up, coding and tracking of business invoicing.
  • Act as point of contact with clients and suppliers on all financial matters.

Operational

  • Support the Conference Office Manager as required in the delivery of the Conference Office business and operational plans
  • Coordinate all activities to successfully execute conferences, including on site event management.
  • Update and maintain the Conference Office calendar of activity for the Pipeline of all potential conferences, creating daily status reports
  • Organise and book rooms, catering, third party suppliers, equipment and other services as required. Proactively providing solutions.
  • Management of Conference Office inbox, implementing and maintaining a clear, user friendly filing system for emails and documents.
  • Develop and keep up to date detailed operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required.
  • Registration, set up and liaison with all conference delegates, responding to all delegate queries in a timely and professional manner.
  • Liaise with all external Conference Organisers in relation to on campus services and facilities, organise accommodation, travel and social tours for conference delegates.
  • Proactively keep Conference Office website and social media up to date
  • Other appropriate duties as may be assigned by the Conference Office Manager

Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria

  • At least 2 years financial administrative and clerical experience.
  • Experience of budgeting and financial modelling.
  • Working knowledge of financial management systems.  Highly numerate.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent IT skills to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel & Power Point.
  • Ability and experience to work both independently and as part of a team, working to tight deadlines.
  • Be highly motivated with proven organisational skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of the Agresso financial management system
  • Part qualified/qualified accountant

The Package

Term: The post is 1.0 FTE from start date to July 2019

Salary: Competitive salary of €25,000 plus a bonus of up to 10% of salary payable after 12 months and on completion, based on agreed measurable performance metrics

Pension: 8.01% defined contribution pension after 6 months

How to Apply

To apply, please click apply now to submit a one page CV and a short covering letter (no more than one A4 page) outlining why this role is of interest and how you meet the requirements.  Your cover letter and CV should use a font size no smaller than size 11.

Closing date: 5 November 2017

UCC ACADEMY DAC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

In submitting your CV you are deemed to give your consent to the Academy to share your CV and personal details with the University and individual departments within the University for the purposes of recruitment.

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Five tips for academics to get the most out of social media

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We’ve come a long way since the days of Friendster and Bebo, and social media has become more than just a way to catch up with friend. Social media is not only a way to keep abreast of the latest news in the world, but also a way to engage with an audience you may not have known you had.

Whether you’re a PhD toiling away at research, or a professor wondering how to best engage your first years, social media has made it so much easier to reach a wider audience and to fully engross the one you already had. Here we run through some simple tips to use widely accessible tools to help you out. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not check out our previous article on social media tools.

Before I get on to how to best use your own content, it’s worth noting that using pre-existing material can help build your profile and ensure there’s a steady flow of content. Of course, you should never plagiarise someone else’s work, but sharing links to interesting articles or blogs can help in keeping your audience engaged.

Not to get bogged down in overly technical jargon, and without going too in-depth, but a lot of modern social media platforms value consistency over almost everything else. A good example of this is YouTube, whose algorithm typically favours channels who post videos on a regular, reliable basis, which results in those channels showing up as suggested videos more often than their ‘less reliable’ colleagues.

You should set yourself a goal of posting regularly. A good place to start is once a week, maybe a fortnight if you’re caught for time. Ultimately, or ideally, you should be aiming to post once every other day (or, if you’re particularly ambitious, several times per day!).

Of course, producing that amount of regular, totally original content may distract from your “bread & butter” work, so sharing useful, relevant articles can be useful to keep the algorithms on your side.

This should be the foundation on which you build your online platform. While you may recoil at the word, blogging is really just a synonym for online publishing, typically specifically referring to self-published pieces.

Language is key when blogging, as you want to make the terms & words used as accessible as possible. Some people say you should presume that five year-old children are your audience, but I think that’s a bit reductive of a saying – you can respect your audience while still simplifying your content.

It’s important to be consistent with the style of writing you use. If your blog is usually very serious and technical, suddenly becoming conversational and humorous may be a bit jarring for the reader.

Variety may be the spice of life, but sudden changes do nobody any good. It’s also advisable to try to avoid using overly technical language, also known as jargon. While you might know what reversing the polarity of the neutron flow means, your readers mightn’t.

At the same time, you don’t have to ‘dumb it down’ too much. Simplicity, accessibility and regularity are keys to success when blogging.

Twitter, quite like pop icon Madonna, seems to be changing itself in new, wild ways every other week, most recently allowing some users to double the character count of their tweets to 280. Images are crucial to succeeding on the platform, as they break up the monotony that scrolling through blocks of text can bring. Even if you’re tweeting a link to an article or something you’ve done, using a photo offers you the ability to tag people without taking from your precious character count.

On Twitter, almost more so than other platforms, it’s crucial to act appropriately. And while that has other meanings, I use the term “act appropriately” here to mean choosing who you tag in Tweets, what hashtags you use and what images you use; everything has to be relevant to what you’re sharing.

The goal of tagging people in photos, or using hashtags, is to attract people who may be interested in you, not something unrelated you think might titillate or excite the general public. Be true to yourself, be true to your content, and the retweets will follow.

Almost everyone has a Facebook account – my 83 year-old grandmother has a Facebook account – which makes it an ideal platform to build and maintain a vast & varied audience.

Above I referred to YouTube, and their content algorithm: Facebook are trying to overtake YouTube as the primary video hosting platform, and tend to give priority over what shows up in people’s timeline to videos. Now, I’m not suggesting you go out and become the next Alfred Hitchcock, but adding a video (even a GIF, or animated picture) to your posts should help you access more and more people than otherwise.

As Shakespeare himself said, brevity is the soul of wit, so it’s best to keep your video under a minute – any longer and people may give it a skip!

If you’re a bit unsure about how to produce your own vids, don’t worry: plenty of pre-installed computer programs like iMovie and even Windows Movie Maker are more than capable of easily producing something quick & professional looking.

If you want to try something else, you can try using EditShare’s Lightworks program (which is free), or something like Final Cut Pro (which isn’t).

If video isn’t for you (which is fair enough), putting a picture with your text post is better than text alone.

Video killed the radio star, but podcasting brought them back. Millions of people listen to podcasts daily, whether it’s on your morning commute or while working, the world is podcast mad.

Microphones are surprisingly cheap these days, and you can get a half-decent USB microphone for less than €20. If you’re working/studying at a University, it may be worthwhile giving a call to your campus radio station or audio visual department, as their equipment will likely be of higher quality (and possibly free). If you’re worried about editing your podcasts, Audacity is a free audio editing software that works on pretty much every computer going.

SoundCloud is traditionally the first port-of-call for podcasts, as the hosting site allows for relatively easy access to iTunes and other popular podcast services. Mixcloud is a decent alternative if SoundCloud doesn’t suit (as is hosting the audio on your own site, but that’s a bit more complicated).

Anchor is a relatively new platform that allows you to use your smartphone to record audio, mix in songs from Spotify as well as adding background songs and sound effects. The learning curve on Anchor might be a little steeper than you’d expect, but for the level of versatility it offers, it’s worth giving it a go.

Project Manager Required

UCC Academy DAC (the “Academy”) was set up to promote the strategic aims of University College Cork (the “University”).  The Academy carries out a number of projects to internationalise the University, to enhance the financial sustainability of the University and to improve or maintain its international rankings.  The Academy has four principal areas of activity, working in partnership with the University: to support internationalisation and the operation of the University’s overseas offices; to provide project management and related services; the operation of specific services on behalf of the University; and to procure highly specialised skills and talent, on a short or medium term basis, as required by the University.  UCC is in the top 2% of the world’s universities.

The Client: UCC College of Medicine and Health (“CoMH”)
Since 1849, University College Cork holds a long and proud history of medical education. The College of Medicine and Health is one of four Colleges in the University and provides future medical and health professionals with a world-class, student-centred education, based on knowledge, informed by research and with an awareness of societal needs.

The College of Medicine and Health at UCC is the most comprehensive in the Country; it provides programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health and Health Promotion, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Hearing Science and Pharmacy. It is large in scale, with an international focus on the diverse needs and of disciplines mirroring today’s complex integrated healthcare systems. We are the primary academic partner to nine hospitals in the South/South West region of Ireland.

World-class standards and a strong tradition of excellence and leadership in all clinical disciplines give its students and academics the tools they need to develop to the highest calibre. The College of Medicine and Health at UCC is committed to continually linking brilliant minds, cutting edge technologies, excellence in teaching and research, all of which take place in a stimulating and challenging environment.

 

The Position: Project Manager
 A framework masterplan was established by Cork County Council (CCC) in 2011 and sets out the broad principles for the development of a Cork Science and Innovation Park (CSIP), with a focus on innovative Science and Technology developments in sectors: Health & Wellbeing, ICT, Energy & Environment.

The first building in the Cork Science and Innovation Park represents a €12m investment from UCC, supported by its partners, which include Cork County Council and CIT.  The project will embed innovative developments in Science and Technology in a number of sectors: Health & Wellbeing, ICT, Energy and Environment.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Manager to support the College of Medicine and Health (CoMH) in successfully planning and building the first building in the new Cork Science and Innovation Park.

 

Job Responsibilities

This role will report to the Head of the Project Centre, and will work directly with the Project Sponsor/Principal Investigator and the CoMH to ensure the following project tasks are completed:

  • Secure sign-off on the project governance, scope and business requirements
  • Perform secretariat activities for the Steering Group/Working Groups
  • Work with Project Sponsor and all stakeholders to define occupancy criteria for the building
  • Develop and document the evaluation criteria for prospective occupants and ensure alignment with the public service and funding objectives agreed between the stakeholders
  • Collate user requirements of the facility and provide UCC Building & Estates Department with requirements approved by the Steering Group
  • Develop standard contracts for tenancy and occupancy
  • Develop and maintain project deliverables and ensure key project documentation, reports and plans are accurate and complete
  • Ensure that project tasks are prioritised and that work is completed based on the critical path of each project
  • Support the clear and timely communication of project progress to stakeholders
  • Support scheduling and coordinate meetings and workshops, and prepare supporting agendas, inputs and outputs
  • Monitor tasks and deliverables to ensure project milestones are achieved
  • Close the project and transfer to operational staff

Essential Criteria:

  • A university degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Strong commercial acumen and numeracy skills
  • Track record in leading and supporting project delivery
  • A strategic thinker – able to understand UCC’s long term objectives for the CSIP
  • An influencer – able to drive positive change through influencing the business owners to prioritise and drive the business objectives
  • A strong communicator – able to articulate project objectives with multiple stakeholders including University management and staff members, third party providers, landlords, prospective CSIP tenants and other stakeholders
  • A doer – able to implement the agreed strategy and monitor and report upon progress against plan.

Desirable Criteria:

  • A qualification in project management

The Package:

Term: The post is for 0.6/0.8 FTE over a one year fixed term
Salary: Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a one-page CV and a short covering letter (no more than one A4 page) outlining why this role is of interest and how you meet the requirements.  Your cover letter and CV should use a font size no smaller than size 11

Closing date: 3 September 2017

UCC Academy DAC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

In submitting your CV, you are deemed to give your consent to the Academy to share your CV and personal details with UCC and individual departments within UCC for the purposes of recruitment.

Apply Here.

Wanted: Web Editor To Strengthen The UCC Academy Brand

UCC Academy DAC (the “Academy”) was set up to promote the strategic aims of University College Cork (the “University”).  The Academy carries out a number of projects to internationalise the University, to enhance the financial sustainability of the University and to improve or maintain its international rankings.  The Academy has four principal areas of activity, working in partnership with the University: to support internationalisation and the operation of the University’s overseas offices; to provide project management and related services; the operation of specific services on behalf of the University; and to procure highly specialised skills and talent, on a short or medium term basis, as required by the University.  UCC is in the top 2% of the world’s universities.

The Position
Working with the UCC Academy team to strengthen the UCC Academy brand and promote the work of the Academy through digital channels. This role reports to the Digital Marketing Executive.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Academy CEO and core functions, for example PRIME, the Project Centre and Internationalisation to design new landing pages and content;
  • Implement the agreed changes on the website;
  • Liaise with the Academy Team to write and post updates and features twice monthly, and maintain existing content, across various online channels, including the Academy website;
  • Schedule weekly social media and monitor existing channels to grow engagement rates across the website, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts;
  • Digitally promote the work of the Academy as directed by the Academy CEO;
  • Take on digital assignments for UCC clients as required, and as agreed by the Academy.

 Essential Criteria:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent relevant experience;
  • Experience in website management, publishing and content production;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; with an ability to engage effectively with staff, students, and external organisations;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • WordPress proficient and HTML skills;
  • Experience in graphic design.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in digital marketing, social media and Google analytics;
  • Terminal 4 experience.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Salary: €25,000 plus 10% bonus based on satisfactory performance
  • Pension: After 6 months you will be eligible to join the UCC Subsidiaries Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 8.01%;
  • Term: 12-month contract, starting immediately

How to Apply

To apply, please click “apply now” and submit a two-page CV and a short covering letter (no more than one A4 page) outlining why this role is of interest and how you meet the requirements.  Your cover letter and CV should use a font size no smaller than size 11

Closing date: 27 August 2017

UCC ACADEMY DAC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

In submitting your CV, you are deemed to give your consent to the Academy to share your CV and personal details with UCC and individual departments within UCC for the purposes of recruitment.

Apply here.