University College Cork (UCC)
Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh (COC)


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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

Count Share
55 8.87

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 21 1.83
Chemistry 13 1.16
Life Sciences 21 5.50
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 0.82

Highlight of the month

Using bacteria to get to the core of parasite infection



Bacteria that reside specifically inside roundworms could be used to deliver targeted treatments to these parasites.

Roundworms that infect sheep and other animals have developed resistance to common anti-helminthic drugs, and hence alternative treatments are being sought.

Now, researchers at University College Cork in Ireland and colleagues have conducted DNA analyses to investigate the differences between the microbiomes, or bacterial environments, of two types of roundworms and of the lamb guts they infected.

The team found significant differences in the microbiomes. They also discovered that the lamb and roundworm microbiomes changed as the two became more exposed to each other over time.

Interestingly, Escherichia coli/Shigella bacteria were more specifically located inside the roundworms. The researchers were able to infect roundworms in a Petri dish with engineered E. coli, suggesting this bacterium could be used as a drug-delivery vehicle for treating the parasite.

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  1. The ISME Journal 13, 2664–2680 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0462-4

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 24.85% Domestic
  • 75.15% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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