University College Cork (UCC)


University College Cork (UCC) is a collegiate, progressive and dynamic university in the heart of Cork city in the south of Ireland.

Founded in 1845, UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience. We have a proud tradition of independent thinking, significant achievements and strong academic and professional leadership.

UCC is also Ireland’s first five-star University with internationally-recognised research in science, food, engineering, medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities.

Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research outputs and peer esteem indicators, UCC is an internationally competitive, globally-focused, research-led university that is focussed on creating and supporting world-leading clusters of researchers, building on the research strengths of the institution — but don’t take our word for it:

  • UCC is the top ranked institution in Ireland, 16th in Europe and 52nd worldwide, based on top 1% of research publications, CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015
  • UCC is the top performing university internationally, based on obtaining the highest number of ‘A’ scores — 21 out of 28, EU U-Multirank Exercise 2015
  • UCC is the world’s leading ‘green’ university — the first in the world to be awarded the esteemed ‘Green Flag’ by the Federation for Environmental Education, Copenhagen and the 2nd in the world in the Greenmetric World University Ranking Exercise 2015
  • UCC is the Irish University of the Year for 2016, Sunday Times Good University Guide

To discover more about UCC and our research ambitions, please visit

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University College Cork (UCC) published between 1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

61 15.13 10.37

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 40 10.67 5.90
Chemistry 21 2.97 2.97
Life Sciences 6 2.32 2.32
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.04 0.04

Highlight of the month

Taking the pulse of an exotic star system



An international team of scientists have studied the pulses of light emitted by a white-dwarf pulsar, providing new insights into its behaviour and structure.

AR Scorpii, which sits around 380 light-years from Earth, is the first white-dwarf pulsar to be discovered in the universe.  It is a binary star system containing a burnt-out, rapidly spinning remnant of a star called a white dwarf, which pummels its neighbouring red dwarf star with charged particles, causing the system to emit pulses of light. 

By analysing data provided by the Kepler K2 space observatory as well as Earth-based telescopes, physicists from the University College Cork in Ireland, in collaboration with colleagues from America, have observed the long-term stability of the pulses emitted from AR Scorpii. 

The work shines new light on the structure and behaviour of this unique star system.

Supported content

  1. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 845, L7 (2017). doi: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa8300

View the article on the Nature Index

1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 26.88% Domestic
  • 73.12% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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