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 2018 - 31 July 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 August 2018 - 31 July 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.

53 9.28

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 13 1.27
Physical Sciences 20 2.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 0.50
Life Sciences 19 5.47

Highlight of the month

Prebiotics improve brain health



A nutritional supplement that helps healthy bacteria grow in the intestines can reverse age-related brain inflammation in mice. Similar dietary interventions that alter the human gut microbiome could help preserve cognitive function and promote healthy ageing in people.

Researchers at University College Cork fed mice a diet fortified with a prebiotic substance called oligofructose-enriched inulin, which supports the nourishment of beneficial bacteria throughout the colon.

After 14 weeks, the mice showed changes in their microbial gut communities. And compared to control mice fed standard chow, they experienced less stress-induced immune activation. The effect was more pronounced among middle-aged mice than among juveniles. 

In the brain, the prebiotics-fed mice also had fewer white blood cells and activated immune cells, indicating the potential of targeting the gut–brain axis to the combat age-associated neuroinflammatory impairments.

Supported content

  1. Molecular Psychiatry (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41380-019-0425-1

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 29.79% Domestic
  • 70.21% 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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