University College Cork (UCC) has been declared a ‘Health Promoting University’ by HSE South.
A letter received by UCC from Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE South, marks the university out as a leader nationally for its efforts under the umbrella of the UCC Health Matters initiative, remarking: “While many third level institutions are committed to health and wellbeing, UCC can take pride in being the first 3rd level institution to have followed the HSE South’s Framework for Health Promoting Universities and to gain formal recognition.”
A ceremony took place on Wednesday 25 February 2015 along with Cllr. Mary Shields, Lord Mayor of Cork to mark the culmination of several years of work, at which the HSE South presented UCC with a flag representing the University’s continued commitment to health promotion.
Architect and joint co-ordinator of the initiative Dr Michael Byrne, who is also Head of UCC’s Student Health Department, comments, “The success of the UCC Health Matters initiative partly lies in its collaborations, collaborations between students and staff, between professional practitioners and expert academics, collaborations that have improved the effectiveness and reach of all the health promoting activity on campus. Particular thanks must go to the Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE South for its encouragement and support.