Past Events

Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Mentoring eventsReunions, Choral Scholars or Symphony Orchestra performances, Spoken Word events, Alumni Awards and the UCD Festival, or simply to pay a nostalgic visit to relive those great memories of student days.

We are delighted to welcome you back and are always looking for ways of improving and evolving our event programme to make sure we have something for everybody.

We will keep you informed about our events as they happen. Make sure to update your details with us at the link below to ensure that you receive email updates and that you’re not missing out on that special event!

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UCD Woodland Walkies, April 2017

UCD alumni and friends came back to campus for a day of doggy fun with their dogs for guided walks, an agility course and pet experts. It was a family fun day with a Vet Q&A, puppy orienteering and a dog show.

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UCD Alumni Receptions in India, March 2017

On Saturday March 25th, H.E Brian McElduff hosted a UCD alumni reception at the Irish Embassy in New Delhi the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed over 100 guests to the event which included a panel discussion on “Ireland and India’s relationship over the decades” with former Indian Ambassador to Ireland Kiran Doshi. The evening also saw the launch the latest book by UCD Professor Kathleen James Chakraborty, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, entitled “India in Art in Ireland”.

On Friday March 31st the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed alumni and friends to the first UCD Bangalore Alumni gathering. The president was joined on the night by his fellow UCD colleagues; Douglas Proctor and Lorraine Woods (UCD International), Prof. Ravi Thampi (UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering) and Prof. Jeremy Simpson (UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science). Alumna Rebecca Heins was introduced as the newly appointed Bangalore Chapter representative and delivered a talk on her journey from Bangalore to Belfield and back.


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UCD Brussels Alumni Reception, March 2017

On March 20th 2017, H.E. Mr. Éamonn Mac Aodha, Ambassador of Ireland, hosted a reception for UCD Alumni in the Irish Embassy in Brussels. This event marked the UCD 2017 Postgraduate Student Field Trip to the European Institutions. The evening was a great success and we were delighted to welcome our alumni and friends from the Benelux region, including EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and Judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh of the European Court of Justice.

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Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference, February 2017

On Thursday, February 9 2017, UCD hosted the Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference 2017. The conference brought over 530 alumni, professionals and students together in O’Reilly Hall, UCD with the aim of assisting women in their careers and professional development. The keynote lecture was delivered by Tina Roche of Business in the Community Ireland and there were numerous panel discussions that addressed women’s role in the media, in STEM, professional services and sport.

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UCD Foundation Day Medal presented to Colm Tóibín, February 2017

On Wednesday February 8 2017, the first international presentation of the UCD Foundation Day Medal was made to UCD alumnus Colm Tóibín in the Metropolitan Club, New York . The UCD Foundation Day Medal is presented to distinguished alumnus of national and international recognition whose influence and contribution is a source of great pride to University College Dublin. The President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks presented the medal in front of UCD alumni, supporters, friends and Irish diaspora gathered in New York to celebrate and honour the global success of Colm Tóibín.

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UCD London Alumni at the Pan Irish Universities New Year Gathering, February 2017

UCD UK alumni gathered in London City on February 1st as part of the annual Pan Irish Alumni Event. UCD London Chapter representatives, David O’Reilly and Eoin Lyons, were delighted to welcome old friends and new faces. A great evening was had by alumni who proudly sported their UCD colours as they kicked off the UK Chapter activities for 2017.

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UCD Dubai Alumni Reception, January 2017

On January 19th 2017, The President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed alumni from the United Arab Emirates to Dubai for the first UCD UAE Alumni reception. The president was joined on the night by his fellow UCD colleagues; Prof. David FitzPatrick (College Principle and Dean of Engineering), Prof. Joe Carthy (College Principle and Dean of Science) and Prof. Dolores O’Riordan (Vice-President for Global Engagement) as well as The Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Patrick Hennessy. Alumna Linda McLoughlin delivered an inspiring talk on “Leadership Lessons from UCD to the UAE” and the UCD UAE Alumni Chapter was officially launched with Irene O’Gorman and Caragh Curran at the helm!

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A Choral Celebration of Christmas, December 2016

UCD Choral Scholars were joined by Tristan Russcher – piano – and Michael Seaver – Clarinet – under the direction of Dr Desmond Earley, for 3 magical evenings in Newman University Church for the annual ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’. Each evening started with a mulled wine reception in Newman House. Thank you to our alumni and friends for their support of Alumni Relations and the Choral Scholars.

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“From Richview to London” UCD Architecture Alumni Event, November 2016

The School of Architecture held an alumni event in London on the 22nd November in Alan Baxter Ltd., an engineering design studio, in East London. There were presentations from notable alum such as; John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell, Niall McLaughlin and Kevin Bates. Prof. Hugh Campbell (Head of UCD School of Architecture) emceed the evening’s proceedings to more than 150 engaged attendees.

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Shanghai Reception, October 2016

On October 27th 2016 a UCD alumni reception was held in the Irish Consulate in Shanghai hosted by the Consul General Therese Healy and UCD President Prof Andrew Deeks. A conversational lively interview with Prof David FitzPatrick, Principal of UCD College of Engineering and Architecture and engineering graduate Rory Sexton, VP China Operations, Apple Inc. was the focus of the event with the discussion around Rory’s time in UCD and the story of his journey from UCD engineering to Apple in China. The room was filled to capacity and alumni and friends in attendance were thoroughly entertained and engaged.

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Diamond Jubilee Class of 1956, September 2016

UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’56 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Diamond Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 60 years.

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Golden Jubilee Class of 1966, September 2016

UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’66 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 50 years.

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GAA World Games, August 2016

Last month 58 GAA teams from 20 countries traveled to Dublin to compete in the GAA World Games. UCD were delighted to host three days of the Games here on campus. To coincide with the Games, UCD Alumni Relations invited our GAA affiliated alumni back to campus for an evening reception. Alumni from Australia, USA and Ireland convened in the UCD Clubhouse along with current BDIC / UCD students from Beijing. UCD Director of Sport and renowned Gaelic footballer Brian Mullins welcomed the international crowd before an evening of connection and reunion.

UCD Festival, June 2016

The inaugural UCD Festival took place on Saturday, 18 June 2016 for alumni, current & retired staff, and our local community and friends. Over 100 events took place on campus, there were debates, excavations, exhibitions, Picnics, 5k fun run, the student centre put on the family fun entertainment there was great activity all over Belfield. Attendees enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, meeting colleagues, making new connections, hearing thought provoking speakers, seeing inside the UCD labs and libraries and learning more about UCD today.

We hope you had a great day and look forward to welcoming you back to the next UCD Festival! The President of UCD Professor Andrew Deeks would like to thank all the alumni, friends and neighbors who joined us for this day of celebration, connection, discovery and exploration.

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Characters in Conversation: Celebrating History

Prof Diarmaid Ferriter (UCD alumnus, academic and Irish Historian) joined Catriona Crowe (UCD alumna and Ireland’s Premier Archivist) and Prof Roy Foster (the Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford) for our first Characters in Conversation event of 2016 titled Celebrating History.

Prof Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin, Head of UCD School of History introduced the event.

Related: UCD honours six for advancing understanding of Ireland’s revolutionary period (link)

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Robert Fisk – April 2016

Renowned journalist Robert Fisk delivered a lecture at UCD on Monday, 18 April 2016, entitled Life after ISIS. The event, hosted by the UCD Philosophical and Law Societies and supported by UCD Alumni Relations and University Relations, was attended by the President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. The audience of over 1,000 alumni, students and staff were kept captivated by Fisk’s insightful lecture and by the engaging Q&A session that followed. Following the lecture, Dr Fisk was presented with honorary life membership of the UCD Law Society.

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UCD Festival Launch – April 2016

The launch of the inaugural UCD Festival took place on 12th April in O’Reilly Hall. In attendance were UCD alumni who are contributing to the programme on the day including Fr. Peter McVerry, Miriam O’Callaghan, Dr. Rhona Mahony, Gordon Snell, Dr. Aoibheann Ni Shuilleabhain and Jarlath Regan. On Saturday 18th June, UCD will host the first ever UCD Festival. Visitors will experience an enormous variety of talks and exhibitions, theatrical performances, live music and family entertainment. This is a showcase event that will be an excellent opportunity to discover the facilities on campus, explore new buildings and the wonderful parkland.

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Third Act in Life Workshop – March & April 2016

Dr Edward Kelly, a graduate of UCD, has developed The Third Act workshop for people entering the third act in their lives and how to best develop and cultivate it. His workshop is based on the fact that Human Longevity has created a whole new Third Act in our lives, as we are living 25-30 years longer than previous generations. Dr Kelly delivered two ‘Third Act in Life’ workshops in UCD on Wednesday, March 9th and Wednesday, April 6th to over 100 UCD alumni.

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UCD House of Lords – February 2016

Over 250 alumni attended a UCD reception in the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords on Wednesday 3rd February 2016.

The reception was kindly hosted by Lord Adair Turner and his wife Orna Ní Chionna, a UCD Graduate. President Deeks addressed the attendees and highlighted key priorities for the coming year. and in particular to highlight one major priority – Big Data and the Digital Age. Professor Barry Smyth, Digital Professor of Computer Science, Dr Laura Toogood, UCD Graduate and digital expert, 11 year-old Lauren Boyle, daughter of a UCD graduate and European Digital Girl of the Year 2014/2015 spoke about how the digital world is changing all of our lives. Professor Orla Feely introduced the speakers and acted as MC for the evening. We are conscious that many of our graduates live and work in the UK. We aim to encourage a vibrant UCD alumni community so that our graduates can benefit from the strength of the UCD network and connections. All attendees were invited back to Belfield campus on June 18th to the first UCD Festival for a programme of events that will engage, connect and inspire all of our attendees.

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UCD Choral Scholars Concerts – Christmas 2015

UCD Choral Scholars were joined by Tristan Russcher – piano – and Cormac Ó hAodáin – Horn – under the direction of Dr Desmond Earley, for 3 wonderful evenings in Newman University Church for their annual ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’. Each evening started with a mulled wine reception in Newman House.