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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John O'Halloran
Deputy President and Registrar
Office of the Deputy President and Registrar
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

UCC's Student Council is the primary decision making body of the Student Union. At least 6 times a year, reps from each class come together to discuss issues and to mandate officers to pursue a particular course of action.
The president and deputy president of the Student's Union sit on Governing Body https://www.ucc.ie/en/ocla/govbod/member/ . This is the highest body within UCC - https://www.ucc.ie/en/ocla/univgov/orgstruct/ . The SU positions are elected by the main student body as representative of them, for a term of one year.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

UCC Committee on Staff is responsible to the Governing Body for the oversight of development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the welfare and conditions of employment of staff, the assurance of equality and compliance with relevant employment law, health and safety requirements and best practice in personnel management.
Non-academic staff representatives to governing body are elected by the democratically by the remainder of non-academic staff in the university. More information is available on the university statute available - https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/support/ocla/governingbody/documents/GBElectionsRegulationMay11.pdf


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Academic Council is the primary internal authority responsible for academic affairs. Its terms of reference and membership are laid out in the Principal Statute of the University. Academic Council meets approximately 6 times per academic session. https://www.ucc.ie/en/academicsecretariat/academiccouncil/
Academic staff are elected to governing body democratically by the population of academic staff in the university. Further information is available in the university statute - https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/support/ocla/governingbody/documents/GBElectionsRegulationMay11.pdf


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

UCC's governing body has representation from a number of external organisations - https://www.ucc.ie/en/ocla/govbod/member/
In addition, UCC's Civic Engagement Plan outlines a plan for "best practice governance infrastructure for engagement, with dedicated support roles and a Community Advisory Council. Establish a Civic Engagement Committee in each college and a college Champion(s) with responsibility supporting each college’s activities on an ongoing basis." https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/centralmedia/UCC_Civic_Engage_2017a.pdf


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

See governing body membership - https://www.ucc.ie/en/ocla/govbod/member/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.