Andrea Graham, Fermoy (2nd right) pictured with Prof. Ciaran Murphy (BIA UCC), Linda Ryan (Bank of Ireland), Ciaran Williams (Dingle) and Patricia Lynch (BIS UCC), at the launch of Business Information Systems (BIS) Anthology, showcasing the creative work of BIS students, in UCC on Thursday, March 10th. (Pic: John Roche Photography)

Each year the Business Information Systems (BIS) programme in UCC invites students to showcase some of their creative work, and to express those sides of themselves less visible in their academic work, in an annual anthology publication.

This year’s Anthology, the 18th edition, titled ‘Out of Self’, which comprises of 42 submissions, was officially launched on Thursday, March 10th in UCC. BIS believes that part of its remit in a University is to help to prepare its students for life, develop confidence in their abilities and themselves, critically analyse, determine a position and take positive action to make a meaningful and lasting impact for themselves and others.

Speaking at the Anthology launch, which was attended by students, their families, and BIS staff, Professor Ciaran Murphy, Head of Business Information Systems at UCC said “Problems are best solved by creative, divergent thinkers in new, unexpected and different ways, by people who have the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts, to free their imaginations and explore new combinations and possibilities.”

He continued “Creative thinking is not some mysterious talent bestowed at birth – it is a learnable skill and like all skills, some will be better at it than others, and those that are will enjoy competitive advantage. The BIS team wants our students to enjoy that advantage, and we are very proud of the work created here by our students.”

This, and previous editions of the BIS Anthology, have been sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Anyone interested in learning more about BIS (CK 203) in UCC can find out more at