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 March 2017 - 28 February 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 March 2017 - 28 February 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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 13.87 9.70

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 36 9.49 5.33
Chemistry 19 2.81 2.81
Life Sciences 7 2.38 2.38
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.04 0.04

Highlight of the month

Ribosome pile-up controls the rate of protein production

©PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Getty

©PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Getty

Random malfunctions of the machinery that translates genes into proteins help regulate protein synthesis, according to new research.

Researchers at University College Cork observed that ribosomes, the molecular machines that synthesize proteins according to the instructions in RNA, occasionally misread the final instruction in the AMD1 gene. Rather than stopping, ribosomes sometimes continue until reaching a second stop signal further down the RNA. Malfunctioning ribosomes run into the stalled ribosomes ahead of them, piling up in a queue.

Eventually, the queue covers the end of the gene and prevents incoming ribosomes from accessing it, blocking protein production. The rate of translation and the number of protein molecules produced depend on the rate at which stalled ribosomes disengage and the distance between the two stop signals.

The team found genetic signatures of this mechanism in 80 vertebrate species, suggesting that it is widely conserved.

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  1. Nature 553, 356-360 (2018). doi: 10.1038/nature25174

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 March 2017 - 28 February 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 26.96% Domestic
  • 73.04% International

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

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

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