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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What it Takes… to excel in the hybrid workplace

Learn from UCD alumnae Criona Turley, CEO at Capella Workplace Solutions, and Dr Ellen Brady, Talent and Organisation Strategy Manager at Accenture as they share insights on:

– Resetting habits for the future of work
– What to expect from employers during this transition
– How to navigate career changes, progression & promotions

This valuable conversation offers expert advice and suggestions on how to achieve the healthy blend between the office office and your home office while aspiring to hit professional goals in this ever changing environment.

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UCD Golden and Diamond Jubilee Reunion 2021

Join alumni from the classes of 1961 & 1971 as we mark this milestone anniversary.

Featuring alumni from the Classes of 61 and 71 in conversation and reminiscing with former broadcaster and arts manager, Doireann Ní Bhriain (BA 1970, HDip Ed 1971), widely known for presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 amongst many other presenting and broadcasting roles. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane with: Dr Tony ScottCharles Lysaght from the Class of 1961, and  Éanna Ní Lamhna, Class of 1971, as well as messages from Frances Fitzgerald MEP, Class of 1971 and Dr Desmond Green, Class of 1961.

Enjoy a showreel of alumni memories and hear from UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks who joins the celebration.

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Cybercrime causes, trends and prevention

Cybercrime is one of the fastest evolving and expanding criminal areas globally, with law enforcement and other defence entities often lacking the necessary resources and research to keep up. 3.96 billion people use social media, so it’s inevitable that identity theft, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and, sadly, child predators will be a reality for some.

Join our panel of experts, Cliona Curley, Cybercrime Analyst and Co-Founder of CyberSafeKids, Paul Darcy, Digital Forensic Specialist and Cindy Murphy, President and Founder of Tetra Defense, a US-based Digital Forensics, Incident Response and Cyber Risk Management company.

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Ireland’s Housing Crisis

Housing in Ireland continues to be a headline topic across the media as more people feel the dream of owning a home seems ever out of financial reach. With a younger generation unable to afford a property of their own and another older generation facing an impending insecure retirement paying rent, what’s the reality behind the headlines and what we can do to make a change?

Cian O’Callaghan, Social Democrat TD and UCD alumnus, Michelle Norris, Director, at the Geary Institute for Public Policy at UCD and Aidan Regan, Associate Professor, UCD School of International Politics and Relations appear in this episode of UCD in Conversation.

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Sustainable Development, what role does sport play?

While sport is known to be an offender when it comes to unsustainable practices there has been a major shift within clubs, organisations and events to refocus and seize the opportunity that comes with engaging in sustainable development. Carbon neutral stadiums, social inclusion projects, contribution towards mental health, skills development and philanthropy are examples of how sport is contributing to building a healthier, happier world.

Join Professor Eleni Theodoraki from UCD’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science in conversation with Giovanni Di Cola, Special Advisor at the International Labour Organization and Dr Míde Ní Shúilleabháin, Voluntary Chair of the GAA Green Club Steering Group as they discuss the power Sport has in contributing to the truly global issue of our planet’s sustainability.

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The Irish economy on the frontier of globalisation: policies for today and tomorrow

This conversation considers Ireland’s economic position today, the economic challenges and opportunities faced as we emerge from the pandemic, and the role of policies in building resilience to the crises of tomorrow. Sharon Donnery, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, and Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec, speak with Emmet Oliver, Lecturer at the Quinn School of Business and former journalist and broadcaster.

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Bloomsday 2021: Why Ulysses Matters

On Bloomsday 2021, we were joined by 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 at the National Library of Ireland, as they discussed the significance of Ulysses for the work of MoLI and Joyce’s significance for UCD. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the living legacy of a book that has shaped Dublin’s identity and Irish literature for the last 100 years.

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UCD Festival @ Home 2021

The unique and award-winning UCD Festival brought the global UCD community of students, alumni, future students and the wider general public together to join us for an engaging free virtual festival in 2021.

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Global Perspectives Series

Global Perspectives is an interview-style mini-series supporting the UCD Festival @home 2021 featuring UCD alumni, academics, and friends worldwide. These lively and virtual discussions focus on global topics of interest to our UCD community and beyond.

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UCD Festival@home 2021 Launch

Join Broadcaster, writer and UCD Festival literary curator Rick O'Shea in conversation with some of this year's festival collaborators, including science communicator Phil Smyth, UCD School of Architecture's Ellen Rowley and UCD Newman Fellow and Poet Julie Morrissy as they talk through the festival programme and preview some of the festival highlights that will feature across the festival weekend 27-29 May 2021.

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UCD in Conversation: 100 Days of Biden

Featuring our guests Professor Liam Kennedy, UCD Clinton Institute, Dr Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent for the Irish Times and Professor Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies, University of Birmingham, we will reflect on the paramount first 100 days of President Biden’s term. Rife with executive orders, economic stimulus packages, vaccinations for the masses and social revolution, have President Biden’s first 100 days lived up to expectations?

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What it Takes… to navigate the future of work

2020 raised significant questions about how work as we know it will change, and what we can do to make the most of it. Hear from UCD alumnus Nubi Kay’, Ops Program Manager at Stripe and President of African Professional Network Ireland, who walks us through how to harness the emerging trends and challenges facing today’s workforce, including:

– Emerging jobs and industries to consider
– New in-demand skills to learn
– What remote work will look like post-pandemic

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UCD in Conversation: Transforming Ireland’s Energy Sector

Professor Andrew Keane, Director of the Energy Institute at University College Dublin and Director of the SFI Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP). Paul Manning, co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer for NovoGrid appeared in conversation with PJ Rudden, Founder of Aengus Consulting Ltd, and Chairman of Construction Innovation and Digital Adoption at Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, to discuss energy production in Ireland and how UCD spin-out NovoGrid can improve energy efficiency with GridBoost technology.

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What it Takes... to land a job overseas

Hear from UCD alumni with extensive experience working overseas: Ause Abdelhaq, who has worked in Nairobi and London, and Ciara Gaffney, who works in Sydney. No matter where your job search takes you in the world, our experts  answer your questions on:

– Modifying your job search outside of Ireland
– Marketing your strengths as an international applicant
– Adapting to professional life in a new country

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UCD In Conversation: The Gender Impacts of COVID-19

To mark International Women’s Day, the UCD Alumni team were delighted to have Frances Fitzgerald MEP join us to discuss her European Parliament report “The gender perspective in the COVID-19 crisis and post-crisis period” with Prof Ursula Barry, Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at UCD.

No one has been left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic but women have been particularly impacted personally, socially and economically. They remain at the forefront of the crisis in Europe making up 76% of healthcare workers, 93% of childcare workers, 95% of domestic cleaners and 82% of cashiers and they will continue to be impacted by COVID long after vaccines have led us back to a new normal. This important discussion explores the impacts of COVID as a gendered experience and the actions that must be taken to create a more equal, post-COVID world.

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What it Takes… to start your business

If you’ve been considering kicking off a business venture, tune in for expert advice from UCD alumni who have been in your shoes. Hear from two entrepreneurs in the tech space: Aisling Quinn, Founder of MoShoppa and Sweat25, and John Crowley, Founder of Aqus Café, Aqus Community, & Partner Juggling.

This session features advice on the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship, from UCD alumni who have successfully built their business from the ground up. We cover:

– Personal skills and qualities needed in an entrepreneur
– How to find people with complementary skills to start a business
– Resilience and adaptability in the face of setbacks
– Common startup mistakes to avoid

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Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference

Although the conference took place online this year, we still experienced inspiring discussions, breakout sessions and networking. Speakers discussed being a leader, embracing change, mental health, gaining equal footing and the future of work. Mentoring circles offered participants a chance to have valuable face-time in small groups with inspiring leaders.

You watch back the key discussions on the UCD Alumni Network.

What it Takes...to master personal branding

People do business with people, and everyone needs a valuable Personal Brand story to build successful and sustainable business relationships. In this interactive, fast-paced Masterclass led by strategic marketing and business development expert (and UCD alumna) Carol O’Kelly, Carol leads us through...

– Key elements in creating a sustainable and engaging Personal Brand
– Why strong Personal Branding helps attain a thought leadership position
– Crafting an authentic Personal Brand Story for each attendee

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What it Takes… to negotiate effectively

Part of the Women in Leadership 2021 programming, this webinar discusses mastering the art of negotiation to get ahead in your career.  Stephen Boyle, Negotiation Trainer, Lecturer and Consultant, shows us how to create successful negotiations with practical techniques to get the most out of:

– Preparing an effective strategy for negotiating
– Obtaining a fair salary when applying for new roles
– Seizing opportunities for promotions and career growth
– Gender differences in negotiation strategies

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What it Takes… to map a career change

The last year has accelerated career changes for many of us. To help navigate the big questions that come up along the way, our expert alumni speakers walked us through:

– Practical considerations to bear in mind when making a career change
– How to market yourself after a career break
– How to hone in on the career you really want

Hear from UCD alumnae Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Careers Coach specialising in career changes, and Radwa Khorshid, Manager of EMEA Customer Success at Hubspot.

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