four stick men holding up a sign that says FAQ; Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question is not here, please let us know by emailing skillscentre@ucc.ie

You can also listen to an interview with Kathy Bradley, the Skills Centre Coordinator, gave to Shush!Sounds from UCC Library

What does the Skills Centre do?

The Skills Centre delivers targeted skill sessions to all students of University College Cork. These generic skills, such as Note taking, Time Management, and Writing Workshops foster learning through the provision of learning skills and strategies that will allow the student become a more engaged learner in the academic classroom and a more confident learner in assessments. The Skills Centre aims to ease the transition of first-year students and new entrants to UCC. It provides students with the opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have about their approach to their studies and it offers a range of supports and practical skills, in conjunction with academic departments, thereby enhancing and promoting student learning and development.

Who is the Skills Centre for?

The Skills Centre caters for all UCC students whether they are postgraduate, undergraduate, full or part-time. The staff in the Skills Centre are looking forward to welcoming all students to their sessions. The transitional sessions at the beginning of semester 1 focus on many of the transitional skills that are required at third level. All students are welcome to secure a seat in the sessions, book early to avoid disappointment.

Further sessions, such as those aimed at improving Critical Thinking and Writing Skills are developed with all students in mind.

Do I have to register with the Skills Centre before I speak to someone?

No, all you have to do is call in and have a chat with the staff at the Skills Centre. If you would like to register you can do so here

If I am having difficulties organising my studies what should I do?

The Skills Centre has a range of skills sessions that could address this for you. Time Management, Note-taking and Study Skills sessions may all be of benefit you. You can book these sessions directly yourself or you can drop into the Skills Centre, in the basement of the Boole Library and speak to an Adviser, or you can book a one-to-one session. 

Where can I find out about skills sessions?

Information about the skills workshops will be posted on the Skills Centre website. You are welcome to call to the Skills Centre. It is located in the basement of the Boole Library. The Basement floor is marked Q-1.

SPEAK Frequently Asked Questions

When does the SPEAK programme commence?

The first SPEAK programme will commence in February. There will be a variety of start dates. It is important that you indicate your availability on the application form so that the programme can be matched to your availability were possible.

Do you have to attend all sessions?

Yes. It is highly recommended that you attend all sessions. This is to ensure that you maximise your learning and that you can develop all of the skills required to ensure the delivery of successful presentations in the future.

How much is it?

The fee for the SPEAK programme is waived for UCC students. The programme is very popular and you MUST apply online to be considered. If your application is not successful in the first round you will be placed on a waiting list for the next available programme.

Where and at what time is it held?

The SPEAK programme will be delivered in the Skills Centre, Q-1 Boole Library. Once you have been awarded a place on the programme you will be notified of the time and day of your session.

Who teaches it?

The SPEAK programme is designed by Kathy Bradley, UCC Skills Centre Coordinator. Kathy has worked extensively developing communication methodologies across varying platforms including business development, storyboarding, and social media marketing. The performance element of the programme is designed in collaboration with the Department of Theatre under the direction of part-time lecturer and PhD candidate, Scotty Walsh. Kristina Decker, PhD Candidate and Skills Centre tutor will draw on her years of experience in teaching theatre and drama to lead some of the SPEAK sessions.

How long will each session be?

Each session will be delivered in over approx 50 minutes in the Skills Centre. The sessions will begin at 5 minutes past the hour and finish at approximately 5 minutes to the hour.

What level of commitment is needed to complete the programme, ie. is there homework involved?

Like any skill that you want to perfect practice is involved. There will be not set ‘homework’, however practice of all the skills you gain is encouraged.

Have another question?

Remember you can email skillscentre@ucc.ie , phone on 021 4903839, or drop by the Skills Centre in the Basement of the Boole Library.