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 June 2017 - 31 May 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 June 2017 - 31 May 2018 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.

57 11.50

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 17 6.57
Physical Sciences 28 3.58
Chemistry 19 1.78
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 0.83

Highlight of the month

The brighter side of encapsulation



Polymer-encapsulated fluorescent dyes could help us understand ion fluxes that regulate essential processes in the body, such as cell growth and cross-membrane transport.

A University College Cork-led team has developed a versatile potassium-sensitive fluorescent probe that penetrates and stains a broad range of tissues, including neurons, cancer cells, and organ models, with unexpectedly high efficiency. To generate the probes, the researchers encased ion-selective, red-light-emitting dye molecules in tiny polymer particles, enhancing the fluorescence intensity of the dye three-to five-fold inside the target cells. 

Live cell assays demonstrated that the probes can be used to monitor intracellular potassium fluxes in the brain, gut, and other tissues. Brain imaging experiments revealed that the probes can facilitate the visualization of epileptic seizures, which can be useful for developing better therapies. This approach may also provide bright, selective, and photo-stable probes for high-resolution cell imaging techniques, such as confocal and two-photon microscopies.

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  1. Advanced Functional Materials 28, 1704598 (2018). doi: 10.1002/adfm.201704598

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 26.96% Domestic
  • 73.04% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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