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 Classical Society Inaugural Lecture 2019

The UCD Classical Society held their inaugural lecture on Thursday 25 April 2019 in the FitzGerald Chamber in the UCD Student Centre. A large crowd of students, alumni, and friends gathered to enjoy a wonderful lecture entitled Arcana imperii: soft power and the secrets of the Augustan Revolution” given by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill from the University of Cambridge. The evening was rounded off with a post-lecture reception in the Student Centre.

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Frank McGuinness Symposium April 2019

Irish playwright Professor Frank McGuinness was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honour the University can bestow on 24 April 2019. In recognition of his immense contribution to education and Irish literature, the Donegal native received the honour at a special ceremony marking his retirement from the UCD School of English, Drama and Film.

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UCD Alumni Reception, Embassy of Ireland, Brussels, March 2019

An alumni reception took place in the Embassy of Ireland, Brussels to mark the annual SPIRe Postgraduate Student Field Trip to the European Institutions. The event was hosted by H.E. Ms Helena Nolan, Ambassador of Ireland and Professor Colin Scott, UCD Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion attended and addressed the crowd. The eventing also included a speech from UCD Brussels based alumna Maeve Doran Schiratti.

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UCD Alumni Reception – Carnegie Hall, NYC, March 2019

The President of University College Dublin, Professor Andrew J Deeks was delighted to welcome so many alumni, friends and corporate partners to the beautiful Weill Terrace Room in Carnegie Hall, New York on March 15th for a pre-concert reception.
The reception celebrated the inaugural performance of theChoral Scholarsin Carnegie Hall and also gave us the opportunity to invite New York-based renowned architect Steven Holl, of Steven Holl Architects to lead us through his ambitious plans for the Future Campus project and the new UCD Centre for Creativity.

College Principal, Professor Sarah Prescott ended the evening showcasing current creativity in the UCD College of Arts & Humanities.

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UCD Graduate Study Fair – O’Reilly Hall, February 2019

UCD held a Graduate Study Fair in the O’Reilly Hall on 20 February 2019 for prospective postgraduate students to find about graduate study in UCD. Staff from Registry, the Graduate Study Office and UCD’s colleges and schools were joined by 5 alumni who had undertaken postgraduate study at UCD and discussed their programmes and career journeys to date.

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UCD Alumni Reception Dubai, UAE

We were delighted to welcome back our Dubai based alumni to an alumni Reception at the Irish owned Bonnington Hotel in Dubai on January 24. The reception date coincided with the launch of the UCD Global Centre in Dubai, by Ambassador Aidan Cronin.

Ambassador Cronin also attended the evening reception where he greeted UCD graduates and friends based in the UAE. He spoke about the importance of graduates of all Irish universities connecting overseas and how we are all ambassadors for our country.

The evening also featured an address given by UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement Dolores O’Riordan and a Q&A with Commerce graduate, Aisling McVeigh. Aisling happily discussed her career as a Riverdance dancer and is now Marriott Hotel Group Senior Manager for Luxury Brand Marketing. We look forward to more events later in the year.

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UCD Alumni Reception, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia based alumni were delighted to attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Gerard McCoy at the Embassy of Ireland in Riyadh on Tuesday, January 22. UCD Vice- President for Global Engagement addressed the room, giving updates on campus changes and developments and introducing the UCD highlights video for 17/18.

This was followed by a Q&A with alumna, Dr Paula Kenny, Associate Professor of Law at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University. Following the Q&A, guests were invited to network and mingle with the speakers and catch up with former classmates. A wonderful evening was had by all.

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UCD Career Mentoring 2018/19

Now in its 5th year, this year’s UCD Career Mentoring programme matched over 180 second year undergraduate students from the UCD College of Arts and Humanities, the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and the UCD College of Science (Chemistry) with alumni volunteer mentors. Through this programme, mentors will share their professional experience to help develop students’ understanding of the workplace, enhance their employability skills and add positively to their experience as students. Alongside representatives from UCD Alumni Relations, UCD Career Development, and participating UCD Colleges and Schools, alumni and students attend the launch event on Thursday, 24 January 2019 where they took part in training and met each other for the first time.

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UCD Alumni Reception Copenhagen

UCD alumni gathered in the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen in January, very kindly hosted by Ambassador Cliona Manahan. Prof Paul Fanning, Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement welcomed alumni, introduced the UCD highlights video and facilitated an ‘in conversation’ with two alumni living and working in Copenhagen – Rory Byrne and Fergus Murphy. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet us and we look forward to lots more engagement with our alumni in Denmark.

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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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