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National Volunteer Week: Top Tips for Giving Back

National Volunteering Week 2022 is here! From mentoring students and speaking at events, to writing testimonials and contributing to orientation videos, alumni make a real difference to the university community in so many ways. By volunteering, alumni enrich the lives of current students and help build a vibrant community in Ireland and abroad.
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Earth Day: Top Tips for Changing the World

This year’s Earth Day theme asks us to invest in our planet. Our alumni and faculty bring their expertise and suggest actionable steps towards building a healthy world in this year’s edition of the UCD Connections magazine. In this article, Dr Tom Ryan writes that “87% of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset for our country.” If this is the case, why not turn this awareness into action this Earth Day?
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5 Tips for Reading Ulysses

To celebrate Bloomsday 2021, UCD Alumni hosted a special In Conversation webinar event, entitled Bloomsday 2021: Why Ulysses Matters. The event featured Simon O’Connor, Director of Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Professor Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD, and Katherine McSharry, Deputy Director of the National Library of Ireland, who discussed the significance of Ulysses for the work of MoLI and Joyce's significance for UCD. If you’ve been meaning to read James Joyce’s Ulysses but never quite got to it, there’s no better year than 2021 as we head towards the 100 year anniversary of this ground-breaking novel. Here are some of the helpful tips from the webinar for reading Ulysses. 1. Don’t start at the beginning:…
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UCD Festival@home 2021

The unique and award winning UCD Festival brings the global UCD community of students, alumni, future students and the wider general public together to join us for over 100 free online events. The UCD Festival@home 2021 took place from 27 – 29 May. For the second year we were not on campus but instead brought you all the inspiring, fun and informative activities of the regular festival through a virtual platform. You can now watch back the exciting and engaging events that ran across the weekend, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy including workshops, demonstrations, workouts, performances and more. Visit https://festival.ucd.ie/ to join in the fun.
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#UCDTogether Campaign

Throughout December, we featured stories from our alumni across the globe. Little snippets and insights into how our UCD community were doing through a time of continued uncertainty. As always it was wonderful to hear from our alumni community at a time when so many things are still uncertain.
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The Choral Scholars – New Album Launch

The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study. Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the…
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Making Belfield – Space and Place

Belfield 50 marks the five decades since University College Dublin transferred its administration and the faculties of Arts, Commerce and Law from Earlsfort Terrace to join Science on the Belfield campus. To celebrate this special anniversary, alumna and professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, Finola O'Kane, along with architectural historian, Ellen Rowley, have written and designed this beautifully designed book. It focuses on the campus' evolution since the late 1960s, and explicitly since 1970. For the past generation or more, the original Belfield masterplan by Andrzej Wejchert has not been analysed or appreciated, and public opinion has often misunderstood the architecture as a ‘concrete jungle’. The book ‘Making Belfield’ examines the architecture from an academic perspective, to focus…
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UCD Connections 2020 is here!

Your chance to get a printed copy of UCD Connections 2020! For those alumni based in Ireland, our annual UCD alumni magazine will be available with The Irish Times on Friday, 11th September and with the Sunday Business Post on Sunday, 13th September 2020. As there will be a reduced amount of printed copies this year, please do pick up a copy. For alumni abroad, our updated UCD Connections website (www.ucdconnections.ie) will be live on the morning of Friday 11 September, when you can read the articles online.
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UCD Together

Over the past few months, we have been delighted to bring you stories from our alumni across the globe. Little snippets and insights into how our UCD community were adjusting to life in lockdown.
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UCD Alumna Hazel Chu elected Lord Mayor of Dublin

  UCD alumna and Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin. Ms Chu studied history and politics at UCD before going on to train as a Barrister at the King’s Inn. She later completed a Masters in Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit. Speaking after her election, Ms Chu said she would use the position to have “an open and frank conversation on the topic of racism and gender inequality.” We wish Ms Chu every success in the role.   Read our exclusive interview with Hazel Chu in the recently released UCD Connections 2020.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Up7WgFJAc&feature=emb_logo