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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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.

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What it 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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In Conversation: UCD and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 has disrupted lives across the globe since it was first detected in December 2019. Thirteen months on, experts have developed and continue to develop solutions to support the management of symptoms and also, to stop the virus in its tracks in the form of a vaccine.

On Thursday 4 February and as part of the UCD 'In Conversation' series we heard from the experts Dr Cillian De Gascun, Prof Teresa Lambe and Prof Karina Butler who are connected to UCD and have been leading in the fight against this deadly virus and making significant impact in the fields of vaccine development and trials, laboratory testing, viral evolution and immunisation.

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UCD In Conversation: ''Belfield at 50 - Spaces and Pictures''

Take a trip down memory lane as we discuss Belfield’s ever-changing campus design, from the water tower, to the lake, to the surprising details you might have missed. Hear from Dr Ellen Rowley, who curated UCD’s architectural history for the book book ‘Making Belfield,’ and Daniel Holfeld, who captured the atmospheric qualities of UCD’s architecture in the ‘Conveying Space’ photographic exhibition. The conversation is moderated by Seán Rocks, who presents ARENA, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, popular culture, and entertainment programme. 

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UCD Alumni Awardees In Focus Conversation IV

This was the fourth and final episode to mark the UCD Alumni Awards 2020.

This week we were joined by UCD Alumni Awardee in Research, Innovation and Impact Dr Sandra Collins – Director, the National Library of Ireland and UCD Alumni Awardee in Engineering and Architecture Róisín Heneghan – Award-winning architect with broadcaster and UCD alumnus Pat Kenny, a long-time friend of the UCD Alumni Awards.

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UCD Alumni Awardees In Focus Conversation III

This was the third of four special episodes to mark the UCD Alumni Awards 2020.

This week we were joined by UCD Alumni Awardee in Health and Agricultural Sciences Professor Delia Grace Randolph – Epidemiologist and food safety expert and UCD Alumni Awardee in Science Dr Cormac Kilty – Biotech entrepreneur  in conversation with  broadcaster and UCD alumnus Pat Kenny, a long-time friend of the UCD Alumni Awards.

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UCD Alumni Awardees In Focus Conversation II

This was the second of four special episodes to mark the UCD Alumni Awards 2020.

This week we were joined by UCD Alumni Awardee in Business Mark Pollock – Athlete, explorer, motivational speaker and author; UCD Alumni Awardee in Sport Dr Jack McCaffrey – Dublin GAA football star, and paediatric doctor and UCD Alumni Awardee in Law Sally Hayden – Journalist and photographer focused on humanitarian crises. They were in conversation with broadcaster and UCD alumnus Pat Kenny, a long-time friend of the UCD Alumni Awards.

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UCD Alumni Awardees In Focus Conversation I

This was the first of four special episodes to mark the UCD Alumni Awards 2020.

We were joined by UCD Alumni Awardee in Social Sciences, Sharon Donnery, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Ireland and UCD Alumni Awardee in Arts and Humanities, Dalton Philips - CEO, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in conversation with broadcaster and UCD alumnus Pat Kenny, a long-time friend of the UCD Alumni Awards. This conversation reflects our strategic theme, Creating a Sustainable Global Society.

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