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UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work

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Frequently Asked Questions for Alumni/Past Students

Have a query?

You can contact us as follows:


Telephone: 01-716 34 20

Or the answer to your query may be below!

How do I access my Academic Transcript?

If you began your course of study from 2000 onwards, and have completed your Degree/Diploma, you can access your Academic Transcript online via the Student Information System (SIS) web free of charge. Some exclusions apply. You can also order a hard copy. Please see UCD's Academic Transcript page for further details. 

If you require your original parchment, or the Certificate you received on graduating, please contact the National University of Ireland (NUI) who have a Document Service for Graduates. 

What is the National Framework of Qualifications (NQF)?

The NFQ is a framework or structure to compare levels and standards of various qualifications. This helps students make decisions about their qualification choices, and will help you consider the progression opportunities available. 

Who makes awards in the NFQ?

As a result of the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999, a number of awarding bodies have a statutory basis to make awards in Ireland and have had their qualifications included in the NFQ. These bodies include Universities which make awards at NFQ Levels 7-10.

My Certificate/ Diploma/Degree award was made before the introduction of the NFQ - is it recognised?

The NFQ was introduced in 2003 but as part of the legacy and historical awards process, all Diplomas and Higher Diplomas in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work are now Level 8 (NFQ).

The Certificate in Safety and Health at Work is understood to be a continuing award and therefore to have always been an award at NFQ Level 7.


What is meant by the Historical Awards Process?

In the interest of award holders, employers and other stakeholders, the NUI has placed a number of historical awards on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) including the Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work. 

To view the approved legacy awards mapped to levels of NFQ, please see the List of Approved Legacy Awards document. The Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work is on page 7.

How do I know what standard of knowledge and skill applies to each NFQ level?

The NFQ consists of a system of ten levels, based on standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with that level. The best illustration of this is the NFQ fan which incorporates the levels and awards made for the different kinds of learning.

Are there equivalent UCD levels to the NFQ levels?

Since 2005, Academic Council has approved UCD Level Descriptors which equate with the NFQ. To look at the various skills and competencies required for each UCD level and equivalent NFQ level, please read the UCD Level Descriptors  document.

Are there equivalent UK levels to the NFQ levels?

The Irish awarding bodies and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies have undertaken an exercise to cross reference the qualifications frameworks in the UK and Ireland. The exercise resulted in Qualifications can cross boundaries- a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland. This leaflet is a useful guide for employers, learners and other interested parties, designed to enable broad comparisons to be drawn between qualifications and their levels In Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is there a European Qualifications Framework?

Yes, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an overarching framework that links the qualifications frameworks of different European countries together. It covers qualifications at all levels and in all sub-systems of education and training (general and adult education, vocational education and training as well as higher education).

The main role of the EQF is to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries and systems. In this way, the EQF supports individual mobility and lifelong learning, helping those moving from one country to another to work, or to continue their education or training. European countries are encouraged to develop their national qualifications systems and to link those systems to the EQF. Ireland completed the referencing of the Irish NFQ to the EQF in 2009.

I am a past UCD OSH student. How can I keep in touch regarding job opportunities, seminars or events?

Currently, we have hundreds of alumni on our emails contacts database. This is a very important resource allowing alumni to keep in touch and be informed of up-to-date career opportunities, seminars and other alumni events. If you are a CSHW alumni and would like to be included on this database, please email giving details of your course and the year you graduated. If you are already on the database, and your contact details have changed, please do not hesitate to let us know. We always love to hear from our alumni and what they are doing!

Please note we will never pass on your details to a third party. For every email notification you receive (on average 4 per month), you will be given an 'opt-out' choice regarding future correspondence. 

What events do CSHW organise for alumni?

Alumni events such as breakfast seminars took place annually for a number of years. As the numbers were relatively low, these events stopped running.

However, we do hold Stakeholder events, Guest lectures and are currently planning CPD days for alumni. 

If you have any ideas regarding topics for the CPD day or would like to contribute in some way, please contact the Centre for Safety and Health at Work at 01-716 34 20 or 

Are there any other benefits, for UCD alumni?

Yes, the University's alumni department, UCD Alumni manage a number of events and network with many UCD alumni groups throughout the world. Services are also provided for UCD alumni, such as Library Access.

Alumni can join the UCD University Club. Situated adjacent to O’Reilly Hall overlooking the lake, the University Club is the ideal place to relax, entertain or conduct a meeting. It houses meeting spaces and state-of-the-art cafes and resturants. For further information, see the Alumni Membership page or phone, +353 1 716 2187. 


I have just finished my Certificate/Diploma/Degree/MSc. When and how am I conferred?

Students who successfully complete the MSc in Occupational Safety and Health, are normally conferred in the December following the publication of their final grades. The event is organised by the UCD Conferring Unit who get in touch with the students individually and publish a schedule on their website page. 

The University does not confer Certificates and Diplomas but the parchments of these awards are posted out to the student, so please ensure your contact details are correct on the SIS Web system before you graduate. 



What if I change my address, name or details?

All written correspondence will be sent to the home address that you gave on your online application and registration documentation. If you move address the address change should be made online via the Student Information System (SISWeb) by you. 

If you are locked out of the Student Information System, contact the IT Help Desk at 01-716 2700. Have your student number handy!