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 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

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 August 2019 - 31 July 2020 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
86 18.96

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 21 4.35
Physical Sciences 28 4.42
Earth & Environmental Sciences 14 1.22
Life Sciences 35 11.27

Highlight of the month

Was Tully a spineless monster?

© Humberto Ramirez/Getty

© Humberto Ramirez/Getty

The chemical compositions of fossilized eyes could bring us closer to solving the mystery of a bizarre extinct beast.

Approximately 300-million-year-old fossils of Tullimonstrum, or ‘Tully Monster’, reveal a bizarre slug-like aquatic creature with a long, clawed appendage where its mouth should be. Whether Tully was a vertebrate, like mammals and reptiles, or an invertebrate, like crustaceans and octopuses, is still debated.

A team led by researchers from University College Cork used a particle accelerator to compare the chemical properties of eye melanosomes — cell structures containing the ultraviolet-screening pigment melanin — in modern and fossil vertebrates and invertebrates, from sea bass to squid.

They found that across both existing and fossilised species, vertebrate eye melanosomes contained a higher ratio of zinc to copper than those of invertebrates. As for Tully, this ratio was closer to that of invertebrates.

Studying melanosome chemistry in many more invertebrates could help narrow down what type of animal Tully actually was.

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  1. Proc. R. Soc. B 286, 20191649 (2019). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1649

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 25.86% Domestic
  • 74.14% 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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