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UCC is all the business

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:53pm

€25 million has been promised by the Government for UCC’s new business school.

Earlier this year UCC bought the Trinity Quarter site, previously known as Brooks Haughton’s builders’ yard, for its new Cork University Business School (CUBS). It’s understood it will house 4,000 students and 200 staff when it’s up and running.

It’s one of five higher education institutions across the country to benefit from a €96 million investment as part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040.

The funding has been approved in principle to help support up to 14,000 new places for students in higher education institutions. Fine Gael Senator and leader of Seanad Éireann Jerry Buttimer described it as significant funding for a key Cork educational project.

Senator Buttimer said: “The announcement of €25m by Government in the proposed new UCC Business school in Cork city centre is a significant and a strong commitment to Cork. This new business school, which is city facing on Copley Street, further connects UCC to Cork city but also allows for the expansion of the university. This will allow for further growth of the university and enhance the student experience. This project is a wonderful opportunity to regenerate and revitalise a section of the city.”

The successful projects being backed through the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) are:

€25m Maynooth University, Technology Society and Innovation Building

€6.6m IT Sligo, Extension to Central Campus Project

€25m UCC, Cork University Business School Project

€15m NUI Galway, Learning Commons Project

€25m UCD, Future Campus Project

The funding was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.


Professor Anthony McDonnell, Head of the Department of Management and Marketing explained: “This new building is critical to being able to continue satisfying the demand for our business programmes and matching our ambition to further improve the quality of our offerings.”

According to Professor McDonnell: “This demand is strongly centred on a positive but challenging learning experience which is focused on blending high quality and relevant research with a business focus.”

He notes that there are part-time programmes in human resource management and project management that are still open for individuals that want to progress their careers to the next level in the coming months. These programmes allow those that seek to continue working but who wish to update their skills and knowledge for their own personal, professional and career development.

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management is a 12 month part-time programme which provides a structured educational opportunity for early career human resource professionals or those seeking to enter into the HR profession. The programme provides a comprehensive coverage of the main role span of the HR professional in contemporary organisations and is accredited by CIPD - the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Professor McDonnell added: “This programme will provide you with a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating HR systems, learning and development activities, the impact of employee legislation, managing employee relations, and approaches to rewards and performance management within different organisational contexts. Graduates have gone onto work in HR roles nationally and internationally across domestic and multinational companies, as well as in the public sector.”

There are also a nested set of Level 9 offerings in Project Management which means individuals can progress from a Postgraduate Certificate to Diploma to Masters if they so wish. The Certificate is completed within 12 months while the Diploma and Masters takes an additional year.

Professor McDonnell said: “Our project management offerings seek to equip participants with a broad perspective of project and project management including technical, managerial and business skills. Academic and expert practitioners deliver an impressive curriculum that is relevant, current and research-informed. These graduates have tended to move onto/continue working in technical areas including medical devices and pharmaceuticals, mid-level management roles in the food and beverage sector, public sector and charities.”

For full details of these and other programmes available at Cork University Business School go to

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