UCC Students’ Union

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Food bank

The Food bank is an initiative of the student’s union. It started in 2019 and reopened in 2021 to provide food and hygiene products to students who go through financial hardships and food insecurity.

After paying fees, rent and bills, students have hardly any money to feed themselves and many are not in a position to ask for money from their guardians or parents.

As a testament to its need, the food bank ran out of food within 50 mins of opening on 6th October 2021. Since then, it has run on an appointment basis, opening only on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The food bank has seen an overwhelming response from students, staff, and local businesses. Their GoFundMe page also helped raise the much needed funds.


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GCDE Theme: State of human development; Basic needs, Human Rights and Responsibilities.


Introduction to Ireland course for displaced students

This is a short summer course launched in 2022 as a response to the Russia/Ukraine war, which has displaced several students. The course aims to make newcomers aware of student life in Ireland and inform them of how to avail basic needs. It will also include a 30-minute English language training course on each training day.

Highlights of the course:

  • Life in Ireland for a young adult
  • Ireland, politics and society
  • Getting sorted: Communications and services