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 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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UCD Boston Alumni Chapter Event – 8th February 2018

We were delighted to welcome over 70 UCD alumni and friends to join us at the first UCD Boston Alumni Chapter event of 2018, in association with the Irish Network Boston. The event took place on 8th February and was held in The UMass Club. The evening was truly enjoyable with a warm and friendly atmosphere, it consisted of a lively panel discussion on ‘Current Trends in Digital Health – How it will change our lives’ followed by lots of networking and reconnecting. The stellar line-up of panellists included Chris Coburn, Chief Innovative Officer & President of Partners HealthCare International, Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthBeacon; and Sasha Said, Vice President, Leerink Transformation Partners (LTP). The evening’s discussion was moderated by Mary Codd, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Prof Michael O’Neill, Associate Dean – Director of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School ICON Chair of Business Analytics. You can view all photos from the event by clicking the link below.

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UCD Career Mentoring Launch, January 2018

Over 70 UCD students from both the College of Social Sciences and Law, and the College of Arts and Humanities were matched with alumni mentors who have a shared interest in their chosen field for the fourth UCD Career Mentoring programme in 2018.

Alumni and students met for the first time at the opening event in The Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in the UCD Student Centre on January 25th. College Principal, Professor Colin Scott, opened the event and welcomed all attendees. We are very grateful to our alumni mentors who have volunteered their time to support UCD students with their professional expertise.

Experienced mentor Niall O’Flynn spoke to the attendees and gave advice to both mentors and mentees on what to expect from the programme. We wish all of our mentors and students the very best of luck with their partnership.

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Choral Celebration of Christmas – UCD Choral Scholars

This December UCD Choral Scholars performed their ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’ to an audience of over 1,000 UCD alumni, friends and supporters over 3 sell-out festive evenings in Newman University Church. Guest conductor Mark Armstrong directed the performances featuring favourites by composers ranging from Britten to Rutter to Lauridsen, in addition to the world premiere of a new work by Colin Mawby, commissioned by the UCD Choral Scholars with support from The Arts Council.

The choir were joined on each evening by Tristan Russcher on piano, Michael Seaver on clarinet and David Agnew on cor anglais and oboe.

Thank You for coming along to support and Merry Christmas to all.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Anglo-Irish Literature in UCD

The world-renowned Irish playwright and UCD Graduate, Marina Carr enchanted our audience in the Garrett FitzGerald Chamber on Wednesday evening. Marina read from two of her plays, Hecuba and Woman and Scarecrow, and held a fascinating conversation with Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of UCD’s Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama programme. The event also paid tribute to the founding role of the late Professor Roger McHugh, inaugural Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, and celebrated 50 years of the MA programme which he founded. Dr Mary Canning, who was a doctoral student of Professor McHugh, gave the closing remarks.

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UCD France Alumni Chapter Launch

UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to launch the France Alumni Chapter on 30th November 2017. The event was held in the Embassy of Ireland, Paris, in the presence of H.E Ms Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, along with Professor Michael Brophy, Head of French at UCD, and Avril Donohue, Global Alumni Relations Coordinator at UCD. We were delighted to welcome 140 UCD alumni to the very first event in Paris, and we very much look forward to future engagement with our UCD alumni community in France. A special thanks also to the work of the France Chapter Representatives – Maurice Stack, Cormac Ryan, Ciaran Mac Guill and Desmond Mc Getrick, for their support in organising the event with such an engaged and enthusiastic group of alumni in Paris.

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UCD President’s London Visit 2017

UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks, welcomed our London-based alumni to a reception and panel discussion in the elegant Drapers’ Hall, London on November 29th 2017. The theme was Cybercrime – Industries on the Frontline. There was a stellar line-up of panellists, most of whom are UCD alumni and all are experts in the field of cyber security. Speakers included Paul Gillen, Managing Director, Head of Security Operations at Barclays, Philipp Amann, Head of Strategy, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, Eric Sheehan, Head of IT Information and Cyber security at Gatwick Airport, Vincent Rezzouk-Hammachi, Head of Data Privacy and Data Management Services at Mazars. The discussion was moderated by Cheryl Baker, Director of UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation. The event was kindly hosted by Mazars Ireland and special thank you to Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars for supporting the UCD alumni community. Thanks also to the work of the chapter contacts, David O’Reilly and Eoin Lyons for their support in organizing the event with such an engaged and enthusiastic group of alumni in London.

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UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour 2017

UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome our Australian based Alumni to the first ever UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour in October 2017. Throughout the tour, events were held in the cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, with over 300 UCD alumni in attendance across the three events. Over the last 163 years, UCD has grown from strength to strength and today is Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university. We are working hard towards achieving our vision for 2020 – bringing the best of the world to Ireland and the best of Ireland, including its distinct cultures, to the world by developing our strategic relationships to grow global engagement. Alumni engagement is a key aspect of this strategy, and we are proud to have over 2,500 alumni in Australia, with Alumni Chapters in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. We look forward to visiting Australia again in 2018!

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Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in Student Activities

UCD Student Services celebrated 25 years of the UCD President’s Award this October 5th through the launch of an impressive memoir publication. Since the Awards inception in 1993, a total of 278 recipients have been honoured with a President’s Award for their contribution to student life on campus. Former recipients and UCD alumni, Gavan Reilly and Sinead Ingoldsby, on the night reflected on the enormous impact and importance of University activities outside of the classroom to their own personal development and career. Many other recipients were captains and chairpersons, social activists and campaigners, administrators and representatives, all of whom continue to be influential, successful and active by making a difference to society, nationally and globally. It is through these inspirational role models that we have established the University’s standing on the world stage.

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Golden & Diamond Jubilee Classes of 1967 & 1957, September 2017

UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Classes of ’67 and ’57 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden & Diamond Jubilees and a reconnection with classmates after 50 and 60 years.

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