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 August 2017 - 31 July 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 August 2017 - 31 July 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.

56 10.77

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 27 3.52
Life Sciences 19 6.01
Chemistry 19 1.70
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 1.08

Highlight of the month

Bacteria buddies improve the social life of mice

© Life On White/Stockbyte/Getty

© Life On White/Stockbyte/Getty

Mice raised without microbes are less sociable than their germy companions.

There is mounting evidence that the microbiome, the bounty of bacteria that lives in all animals, controls its host’s behaviour, but how and where this occurs within the brain is uncertain. 

Researchers from University College Cork compared gene activity in the amygdala, one of the brain’s emotion processing hubs, of germ-free mice, to that of mice with a microbiome, before and during a sociability test that revealed impaired sociability in germ-free mice. 

The team observed excessive gene activity in the amygdala of germ-free mice before the test, and an increase in splicing — whereby cells produce many different proteins from a single gene — during the test. This suggests that microbes help moderate social behaviour via gene activity in the amygdala.

Pinpointing how the microbiome affects brain development and social behaviour could improve our understanding of how neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, arise.

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  1. eLife 7, e33070 (2018). doi: 10.7554/eLife.33070

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 26.05% Domestic
  • 73.95% 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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