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 Alumni Reception China

A great evening was had at the Westin Chaoyang, Beijing where UCD alumni gathered to attend a panel discussion on “Sustainable Food Production”. It was an informative and engaging discussion. The panel was chaired by UCD’s Vice-President for Global Engagement, Dolores O’ Riordan and speakers included members of the Agrocycle Project, Dr. Tom Curran, Director of the MSc Environmental Technology degree programme at University College Dublin; Professor Shane Ward from UCD’s School of Biosystems & Food engineering; Manor Farm’s Justin Carton and UCD Alum and Maynooth University lecturer Maire Nic An Bhaird

UCD Alumni Reception and DGA Award Presentation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We were delighted to welcome our Malaysia based alumni on November 11 to see Professor Datin Dr Norlinah Mohamed, UCD graduate, senior consultant neurologist receive the UCD Distinguished Graduate Award 2018 from University President Professor Andrew Deeks in the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

The award was presented in association with University College Dublin’s Medical Graduates Association. This prestigious award is awarded to outstanding graduates of the UCD School of Medicine, who are nominated in recognition of their lifelong achievements to medical education, research and clinical practice.

In conjunction with the award presentation a medical symposium was also held where Dr Norlinah Mohamed delivered the keynote address. This was followed by an Alumni Reception attended by University President, Professor Deeks.

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UCD Alumni Reception the Harvard Club Boston, Massachusetts

A wonderful and enthusiastic group of alumni gathered in the Harvard Blub of Boston on the evening of November 28 to see former US Ambassador to the UN and Harvard Professor, Samantha Power and her husband, Professor Cass Sunstein in conversation with Professor Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute. The event was Chaired by UCD’s Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Colin Scott.

Following the lively conversation and some excellent questions to the panel, guests were invited to a reception where they caught up with former classmates and mingled with the speakers.

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UCD Alumni Engineering Milestone Reunions

Prof David FitzPatrick, Prof Eoin Casey, Prof David Timoney and Prof William O’Connor were delighted to welcome back the Engineering Classes of 1973/1978/1983/1988/1993/1998/203/2008 over a series of nights in October and November. All who attended had the most wonderful time reliving the university experience!

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UCD Arts and Humanities Lecture 2018

The Annual UCD College of Arts and Humanities Lecture, “Inscribing a Modern World: Constitutions Across Histories and Literatures”, was given by one of the world’s most eminent historians, Professor Linda Colley, Professor of History, Princeton University on 1 November 2018 and attended by students, staff and alumni.

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UCD Alumni Law Milestone Reunions

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean UCD Sutherland School of Law, was delighted to welcome so many of the classes of 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008 back for their Law Milestone Reunion which took place on Friday 19 October 2018. A great night of reminiscing and catching up was had by all!

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UCD Alumni Medicine Milestone Reunions

The School was delighted to welcome back our alumni to the 2018 UCD Medical Graduates Association Alumni Reunion which took place on Friday, 11th May 2018. Now firmly established as a key highlight of the School calendar, this event was attended by graduates from the Medicine Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2017.

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UCD Alumni Event Sydney

A wonderful crowd gathered down under for the inaugural UCD Chapter Alumni event in Sydney, where the Chapter Charter was launched.

The evening featured an impressive panel discussion on ‘Disruption in Financial Services, moderated by the very talented Paul Colgan, Editor-in-Chief Business Insider.

The expert speakers on the panel gave insights into the hype vs the reality of AI, open banking, data privacy and the future for fintechs. Based on the event’s success there will be similar events in 2019.

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UCD Golden and Diamond Jubilee

September 21 saw the return of the classes of 1968 and 1958, who joined us for a wonderful afternoon of reuniting with old friends in the beautifully contemporary O’Reilly Hall on UCD Belfield Campus.

The welcome address was given by President Andrew J Deeks before lunch was served in the main hall, followed by further speeches and the presentation of a specially commissioned UCD pin presented by the hosts of each table.

Class photos were then taken before a tour of the modern campus took place to see how much student life has transformed today.

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UCD Physics 54 event

July 5 saw the return of the annual Physics event with over 120 alumni, staff, students and friends joining us for what proved to be a wonderful evening of topical physics talks in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science followed by our alumni reception in the UCD School of Physics Common Room and old first year lab.

We were delighted to welcome two incredible speakers to this year’s event – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford who has been credited with one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th Century- introduced the audience to pulsars with Stars, cars or watches? Dame Bell Burnell was later joined by Professor Brendan McClean, Director of Physics at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, who discussed the Evolution of Radiation Physics in Medicine.

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UCD Festival

On a very sunny Saturday 9 June the UCD Festival returned for the third time with a free day of discovery for the curious of all ages. Over 16,000 people visited the UCD campus for the biggest UCD Festival yet, which is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular fixtures on the summer family festival calendar.

Festival goers were invited to open their minds and let loose their imaginations as they explored a taste of the innovation, creativity and research that takes place on UCD campus every day with a host of high octane activities for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees were greeted with a jam-packed schedule of fun and interactive events, with six festival zones and over 100 free events to enjoy. This year’s festival was kindly sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council, AIB and UCD Sport and Fitness.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next UCD Festival.

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UCD School of Computer Science Inaugural Lecture

We were delighted to welcome so many of our alumni back to campus on Thursday 12 April for our first lecture in the new UCD School of Computer Science Alumni Lecture Series in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. Our three speakers – Siobhan Grayson, Professor Padraig Cunningham and Associate Professor Brian MacNamee – had the audience captivated for what proved to be an energetic and engaging session across three diverse topics.

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Roy Foster Lecture: Celebrating 50 Years of Anglo-Irish Literature in UCD

A fantastic crowd gathered for Professor Augustine Martin’s Memorial Lecture on Thursday evening. The stimulating and inspiring lecture by Professor Roy Foster on topic of ‘All the House I Have: Yeats and Friendship’ focusing on W.B. Yeats and Friendship was given to a full house at FitzGerald Debating Chamber, UCD Student Centre. Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of UCD’s Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama programme gave introductory remarks and Dr Joe Hassett, UCD alumnus, accomplished lawyer and Yeats scholar responded to the lecture. The event also marked the 50th Anniversary celebration of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD; a wonderful day for the Martin family, friends and UCD faculty, staff, students and alumni.

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UCD Classical Society Inaugural Lecture 2018

On Thursday, April 19 the UCD Classical Society held their inaugural lecture in the familiar surrounds of Theatre P in the Newman Building. Those in attendance were captivated by Professor Paul Cartledge’s lecture entitled “Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Sparta: an Other View?”. After the lecture guests were invited to a reception in the UCD Common Room. This event was the highest attended UCD Classical Society lecture for more than 15 years and it was wonderful to see so many alumni from a multitude of studies enjoy the evening.

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2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars present Sky’s the Limit

On Friday, April 6 the 2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars in Engineering and Science presented Sky’s the Limit in UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. The event brought together great minds from Intel and UCD alike for a panel discussion spanning everything from Intel’s pioneering research, cutting edge technology and robotics for an audience of students in the worlds of Science, Engineering and Technology. The day was a soaring success and culminated with Intel Movidius Research Engineer Sam Caulfield and drone pilot PhD student Evan O’Keefe hosting UCD’s first ever drone showcase.

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UCD Dramsoc Reunion Dinner

On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, UCD Dramsoc hosted their Reunion Dinner in Astra Hall. The event saw current members and alumni celebrate UCD Dramsoc’s 91 year history. In addition to extracts from past shows being performed on the night, guests were entertained with speaking notes from Willie White and Catriona Ennis as well as an In Conversation piece with Camille O’Sullivan.

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UCD Brussels Alumni Reception 2018

A great evening was had at the Embassy of Ireland, Brussels for the UCD School of Law and UCD Alumni joint annual reception. The event took place on Thursday 22 March. Thanks to H.E. Ambassador Nolan for hosting a very enjoyable event. We look forward to more events in 2018 with our Brussels Chapter!

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UCD Women in Leadership 2018

On Thursday, February 8 2018, UCD hosted the third Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference. The conference brought over 620 alumni, students and professionals together in O’Reilly Hall, to a day of panel talks and keynote discussions, given by influential alumni and friends of UCD. Keynote addresses were given by Anne Anderson, former US Ambassador, Breege O’Donoghue, Former Board Member of Primark and Mark Fenton of MASF consulting. Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law, gave the opening address. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Women in Leadership Conference.

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UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group Launch

UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghail TD and Senator Joe O’Reilly were delighted to launch our UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group in Leinster House. This event saw Ministers, TD’s, Senators, staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas and Members of the Media celebrate their connection to UCD. The event took place on Tuesday 20 February.

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UCD Saudi Arabia Alumni Reception

UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and Ambassador Tony Cotter were delighted to welcome our Saudi Arabia based alumni to join them for an evening reception in the Ambassador’s residence in Riyadh. The event took place on Sunday 21st January. You can view all photos from the event by clicking the link below.

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