Taoiseach to Officially Open New State-of-the-Art Student Services Center at UCC
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will officially open UCC’s new state-of-the-art student services center, the Hub, today.
Located in the heart of UCC’s main campus, the historic 170-year-old Windle Medical building, once used to train generations of doctors, has now been preserved and transformed into the Hub – a single point of contact for academic services and students, student support services, student clubs and associations.
The Hub also offers new flexible spaces for study, learning, teaching and events.
The Taoiseach, who graduated from UCC in 1981, will officially open the Hub this morning before touring the facilities.
His visit will include meeting with students and staff to learn more about the role of clubs and societies in UCC; meeting with the staff of the Roots café which offers training and employment to people supported by the Cope Foundation; discuss UCC’s response to Covid-19 with Dr Michael Byrne, UCC Student Health Officer and Dr John MacSharry, UCC Schools of Microbiology and Medicine; a tour of the UCC student media library and a tour of the university’s ‘quiet zone’, a space designed to be a place of respite and calm for students, and in particular students with autism.
In addition, members of Misneach, a hip hop performance group made up of young people from Kabin Studio youth center in Hollyhill, are also expected to perform during Mr Martin’s visit.
UCC and the community group are working together on a research and community partnership, through UBUNTU: Local is Global, a celebration of hip hop arts and culture led by UCC Professor Griff Rollefson and his EU-funded CIPHER project, which tracks the impact of hip hop music from around the world.
The Hub building itself has a long history and was mentioned in James Joyce’s seminal 1916 novel,while Joyce’s father studied in construction.
Today it spans five floors and UCC has named the two top floor rooms after UCC’s first female medical graduates – Dr Dora Allman and Dr Lucy E Smith, both graduated in 1898.
A large multipurpose event space, the Atrium, takes up most of the ground floor of the Hub; a new public space, between the Hub and the Quad, allows for outdoor events, and the former anatomy amphitheater has been transformed into an intimate 70-seat indoor amphitheater.
UCC President Professor John O’Halloran described the Hub as “the beating heart” of the UCC campus.
“We are truly pleased to finally officially open this magnificent facility and are thrilled to have a proud UCC graduate Taoiseach cut the ribbon for a development that enhances our student experience by bringing services together under one roof. roof,” Professor O’ said. Halloran commented ahead of the Taoiseach’s visit.
The Hub was designed by award-winning architects O’Donnell+Tuomey. It is fully accessible and one of the most energy efficient on campus.