UCC Students' Union

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The UCC Students’ Union is a students' union in University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland. It is established in accordance with the charter, statutes and regulations of the Governing Body of the college as the sole representative body for UCC students. Each student is automatically a member by virtue of a student levy.

The Students' Union have a representative that sits on autonomous committees (the Media Executive, Societies Guild Executive and the Clubs Executive) that oversee the running nearly all of the extra curricular activities for students in UCC. The Student Council of the Union also acts as the Student Parliament for UCC, and represents students on a number of committees including UCC's Governing Authority, Academic Council, and externally at national bodies such as the Union of Students' in Ireland (USI).


The UCC Students' Union was established in 1973, and replaced a body known as the Students' Representative Council. While different years have seen their role in different ways, the core principle of the students' union is to represent and support their members at every level within the university, and outside on at such levels as they deem necessary, and to ensure that a quality education and social experience is provided for them throughout their University life.

Current Union records date from 1938, and, while the exact establishment date is unclear, the 'Students' Representative Council' (otherwise known in Irish as Comhairle Teachta na Mac Léinn CTM) was established around 1908, presumably in line with the 1908 Universities Act. In its early years, all officers served in a voluntary capacity. The first full-time officer of the Union came with the introduction of a paid President in 1940, and expanded over time to 4 full-time officers in 2004. The most recent addition to UCCSU's full-time officers is a 5th sabbat, a Commercial & Communications Officer.

The Union's Centenary in June 2008, was marked with a visit from the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O'Keeffe who joined President Kris McElhinney and officers for the opening of the new Union offices at 54 College Road, and launch of their Students' Union Common room project which was to be opened on the site of the old stables in September 2008.


Union Publication records date from 1972 and include Students' Union Handbooks, the copies of the Union paper, and other Union publications including the current incarnation the UCC Express. (Over the years, the paper has been known variously as: 'Aire', 'The Gazette', 'The University Examiner', 'The Campus Chronicle', and 'The University Xpress')

As well as the UCC Express, the union publishes Motley Magazine.

Organisation and Services[edit]

There are currently six full-time sabbatical officers (President, Campaigns Officer/Deputy President, VP Education, VP Welfare, VP Commercial & Communications & Entertainment Officer) combined with a number of voluntary or non-sabbatical positions, which are elected each year by the students.

The Union employs 3 other full-time members of staff directly (an administrator, a secretary, and an entertainments/common room manager) and a number of part-time student help. The Union also provides other services to students - jobs portal, the Nitebus service, education advice & grinds, welfare advice & free condoms, a second-hand bookshop, etc.

The Union holds 2 directorships on Student Facilities & Services Ltd. (SFS Ltd.) as well as the Chair of its Board of Management. The President is also a director of Maradyke Arena Ltd. and UCC Accommodation Ltd.

The Students' Union has 2 publications; a fortnightly newspaper, The UCC Express, and a monthly magazine, Motley. The Express and Motley are editorially independent and are supported by the Media Executive.


Within the Students' Union, the Media Executive, Societies Guild Executive and the Clubs Executive are the autonomous umbrella organisation of the 2 student publications, 91 student societies and 60 clubs, respectively, within UCC. These bodies are elected to act on their behalf and co-ordinate activities which includes administering funds. These bodies foster, co-ordinates and promotes activities in UCC. The policy of the Students' Union in the matters of societies and sport are determined by the relevant subcommittee for the Executive officers to support and represent.


UCCSU is an active member of Union of Students in Ireland - a body whom the students of UCC pay upward of €130,000 in membership and more in running costs to associate themselves with.

UCCSU was also one of the more active members of FUSU (Forum of University Students' Unions), however it has disbanded since 2009. It has since been replaced by an ad hoc group composed of the University Students' Union Presidents, known as 'USUP'.

Elected Officers[edit]

Year President Deputy President Education Officer Welfare Officer Commercial and Communications Officer Equality Officer Societies President Clubs President Oifigeach na Gaeilge / Irish Officer Entertainments / Events Officer Postgraduate Officer Chair of Council Campaigns and Projects (Resumed by Deputy in 2008/2009)
2014/2015 Mark Stanton Dick Murphy Joe Kennedy Cian Power Barry Nevin Rob O'Sullivan Aaron O'Sullivan Jim McEvoy John Prendergast Paidi Brady Padraig Collins Aidan Coffey
2013/2014 Podge Haughney Annie Hoey Gavin Lynch-Frahill Dave Berry Eoin Kirby Mary Collins Padraig Rice Jim McEvoy Timmy Collins James Murray "Cuddley" Dave Mc Carthy Eoin Roche
2012/2013 Eoghan Healy Sam Ryan PJ O'Brien Dave Carey James O' Doherty David Berry Jamie Hooper Brian Phelan Ruth Ni Riada Ash O' Hagan Ann Marie Harte Susan O' Sullivan
2011/2012 Ben Honan Shane Murphy Cat O'Driscoll Dave Carey Eoghan Healy Audrey Walsh J.D O'Connell Shane Carroll Reamonn O Braonain Cian Barrett John O'Donoghue Daniel Dilworth
2010/2011 Keith O'Brien Daithí Linnane Gregory Thomas Higgins Padraig Rice David Carey Damien O'Rourke Shane Carroll Siobhán de Paor Tara Copplestone Seán Ó Sé Cat O' Driscoll
2009/2010 Eoin Hayes Ian Power Michele Conroy Rebecca Murphy Trish O Callaghan Megan Morris Seán Ó Sé Sam Fitzpatrick Ian Murphy Hazel Nolan
2008/2009 Cal Diolúin Dan Curran Dan Ahern Keith O' Brien Ian Power Ciara Lynch Ciara Nic Liam Frederic Chesne John McNally Ady Abdelhaq
2007/2008 Kris McElhinney Diarmuid Angland Aidan Healy Dave Frisby Olga Seleznova Dave Tierney Cian Ó Beacháin Corina Durack Jonathan C. Irwin
2006/2007 Richard Morrisroe Derek Doyle Sonya Donnelly Peter Lynch Kris McElhinney Gavin Dillion Martina Ní Mheacair Dan Curran Linda Kelly Dave Tierney
2005/2006 Padraig McAmhloaibh Richard Morrisroe Sarah Simkin Kris Mcelhinney Aislinn Collins Steven Manning Irene Ní Dhubhda Sonia Ní Rian Jonathan Coleman Philip Healy
2004/2005 Frank Milling Séamus Ó Ceallaigh Séamus Ó Ceallaigh Conor Flavin Gearóid Breathnach Padraig McAmhlaoibh Andrew O'Leary/Steven Manning Niamh Ní Ghriffin Meaga Mary O'Sullivan/ Dialena LeDesma Una Casey Michael Walsh
2003/2004 Cáit Meighan Deirdre O'Leary Deirdre O'Leary Jack Mulchahy Denise Coughlan Tommy Reidy Kieran Healy Óige Ó Ceillichear Mary O Sullivan Barry Mc Guinness Rory Scarrott
2002/2003 Tommy Reidy Anna Delany Cáit Mehigan  ? JP Quinn Joe o Flynn Avril Mulcahy Bernadette O'Sullivan Esther Walsh
2001/2002 Paul Kearney Joanne Murphy Cathal O'Sullivan John Coughlan JP Quinn Andrew O'Leary Christina Ní Shuird Maura Lyons Niamh Griffin Diarmuid Cowhie Tommy Reidy
Year President
1996/1997 Sheila Griffin
1995/1996 Martin Clancy
1994/1995 Diarmuid Conway
1993/1994 Fergal Shanahan
1992/1993 Michael Muldoon
1991/1992 Neil O'Brien
1990/1991 John M O'Connor
1989/1990 Michael McGrath
1988/1989 John T Kelleher
1987/1988 Michael Smyth
1986/1987 Michael Cosgrave
1985/1986 Nazli McDonnell°

°2nd Woman President.

Year President
1939/1940, John Gleeson
1940/1941 James Buckner
1941/1942 James E. Young
1942/1943 P.M. Quinlan
1943/1944 Dermot Gleeson
1944/1945 M.F. Carey / Donal Coleman
1945/1946 James J. Sweene
1946/1947 Kenneth P. Roche
1947/1948 Sean Crotty
1948/1949 Diarmuid Cantillon
1950/1951 Timothy McElligot
1951/1952 Arthur Kennedy

Notable ex-officers[edit]

Micheál Martin the Irish politician and current leader of Fianna Fáil, was on the UCC Student Union.[citation needed]

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