Over the past 50 years, UCD’s Belfield Campus has evolved into Ireland’s largest science centre, providing the broadest range of science research and education programmes and producing the highest number of science graduates in the country. The UCD Science District is the strategic integration of science with related disciplines including Agri-Food, Biomedicine, Engineering, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). A centre for science excellence, it provides facilities which both attract and generate the highest level students, graduates and staff in the fields of Science and Engineering.
UCD’s School of Chemistry is located in the showpiece building of the Science District – the O’Brien Centre for Science. The School is accommodated in 6,300 square metres of scientific research space for researchers working in pharmaceutical science, food & health, nanomedicine, etc. In an adjacent wing, 32,000 square metres of undergraduate, taught postgraduate, research, innovation and outreach facilities are available for School use. There are three floors of world-class dedicated teaching labs with in-built video projection facilities and adjacent auditoriums for pre-practical talks. We have designed these labs along with a new undergraduate curriculum aimed at transforming the first year undergraduate experience. For more advanced practicals, the labs are equipped to provide one extracted hood per student.
Other facilities include:
- A fully equipped restaurant and coffee shop with seating for 350
- A 250 seat public engagement/school’s outreach auditorium
- Advanced Learning Environment rooms to educate students in developing team-work and communication skills
- Balcony-mounted breakout ‘pods’ for small group discussion and problem solving
- An electronic BlackBoard system for remote access to educational materials prior to attendance/participation in events
- Dedicated secondary school student Outreach Labs (Discovery Suites) – students can be a “Chemist for a Day”
- UCD Innovation Academy(Innovation Hub) where students at all levels learn about entrepreneurship and conversion of ideas into practical reality
Our aim is to act as a national and international beacon for Irish Chemistry and to support the lifecycle of the Chemist from the wide-eyed school children who will discover the joy of Chemistry to the ambitious PhD students and technology entrepreneurs who will innovate and work together to drive knowledge discovery and economic development.