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 April 2017 - 31 March 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 April 2017 - 31 March 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.

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Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 21 2.34
Physical Sciences 30 4.39
Life Sciences 12 5.40
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.38

Highlight of the month

Making the most of reading mistakes



Occasional mistakes in processing produce longer versions of some human genes, enabling them to do double duty.

Viruses commonly read past the stop signal at the end of their genes to generate alternative, longer versions. Known as stop codon readthrough, this process has also been recently observed in mammalian genes that carry a specific signature near their stop signal. Now, researchers at University College Cork have identified human genes with the same genetic signature and shown that stop codon readthrough of one gene, the vitamin D receptor, creates a longer version with different properties.

The team used bioinformatic analysis to identify 23 stop codon readthrough sites in the human genome. Six were already known, and testing confirmed stop readthrough in the remaining cases. Readthrough was most common in the vitamin D receptor. The longer version of the receptor may provide an alternative function since it is much less responsive to its ligand, but the details remain unclear.

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  1. Journal of Biological Chemistry 293, 4434−4444 (2018). doi: 10.1074/jbc.M117.818526

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 30.27% Domestic
  • 69.73% 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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