Engage@ucd - Employee Engagement Event - Tuesday, 7 November - O'Reilly Hall - 10 am to 4pm

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Map of O'Reilly hall and the exhibition

Are you making the most of the development opportunities, supports and benefits available to you as a UCD employee? No matter what stage you are at in your career, drop-in to O’Reilly Hall between 10:00-16:00 on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 for our inaugural UCD employee engagement event.

In support of our objective of becoming an employer of choice, we are gathering in one place the development opportunities, supports and benefits available to you. The event is about you and ensuring that you get the most from your time as part of the UCD community.

The format is designed to suit your busy day. Drop-in and browse the stands, get advice from our experts on hand or book a seminar of interest (below). There will also be an opportunity to network with colleagues over complementary tea and coffee.

Seminar programme and booking

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10:00-10:40        

The Mortgage Market & You (First time buyers & house movers)

Trevor Grant, O’Reilly Hall

 

As a mortgage is the single biggest financial transaction most of us will enter into in our lifetime it is essential that we are fully informed regarding all of our options and how to best avail of them. This seminar will be aimed at first time buyers and house movers with the objective of helping you identify the most appropriate mortgage available and ultimately save as much money as possible in the mortgage transaction.

Trevor Grant has worked within the mortgage industry for the past 25 years since graduating from UCD in 1992.  He has held a number of senior positions in that time and is currently a Director of Affinity Advisors and Chairman of The Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors www.aema.ie

Affinity Advisors offer reduced fees for UCD staff.

Book Now (Opens InfoHub, Login required)

10:50-11:30        

How to cut the cost of your health insurance

Dermot Goode, O’Reilly hall

 

Personal health insurance is one area where knowing the right questions to ask can save you considerable sums of money, particularly in a market with rapidly increasing premiums. Well-known independent health insurance expert Dermot Goode will brief those renewing their health insurance within the next 3 months. He will cover-off the best deals in the market, arm you with the necessary details and the names of plans to ask for when renewing your insurance.

Dermot Goode is the leading expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland. He has over 25 years experience in healthcare having worked with VHI, BUPA Ireland, Cornmarket Healthcare Division and healthcare consultancy roles with Irish Pensions Trust and Mercer Ltd. He developed the Total Health Cover concept to show individual consumers and employers how to find the best health insurance cover at the lowest cost, but more importantly how to source other complementary healthcare products such as Medical Cash, Dental, Eye-Care, Travel, Health Screening and many more to build the best healthcare package to suit your requirements.

Total Health Cover offeres a reduction on their personal consultation fee of 24% to UCD staff, reducing the cost to €95.

Book Now (Opens InfoHub, Login required)

11:00 - 11:30

International opportunities for employees

Catherine Convery & Eve Brosseau, Robing Room, O’Reilly Hall

 

This session will outline the funding opportunities under Erasmus+ for teaching and administrative staff mobility both within Europe and the rest of the world. It will also offer information on EU funding for collaborative projects in higher education, such as Joint Masters programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building projects.

Catherine Convery manages the Erasmus+ KA103 funding for students and staff mobility to EU partner countries, including bi-lateral agreements with partner institutions. Catherine also acts as the contact person for the UNICA network. Eve Brosseau is responsible for Erasmus+ KA107 International Credit Mobility funding for student and staff mobility to/from non-EU Countries and is the point of contact for UCD staff applying for other Erasmus+ collaborative projects.  Eve also promotes engagement with Universitas 21 and other university-wide networks.

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11:40-12:30        

The Remortgage Challenge - Paying too much for your mortgage?  You could be saving thousands of euro by switching providers

Trevor Grant, O’Reilly Hall

 

This seminar is aimed at those interested in switching or remorgaging with the objective of helping you identify the most appropriate mortgage available and ultimately save as much money as possible in the mortgage transaction.

Trevor Grant has worked within the mortgage industry for the past 25 years since graduating from UCD in 1992.  He has held a number of senior positions in that time and is currently a Director of Affinity Advisors and Chairman of The Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors www.aema.ie

Affinity Advisors offer reduced fees for UCD staff.

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12:00-12:50

Plants just want to grow!

Dr Caroline Elliott Kingston, Robing Room, O’Reilly Hall

 

Growing your own food is easy and allows you to eat food that is fresh, local and chemical free. Growing ornamentals is fun and simple to do. This demonstration will take the mystery out of plant growing and show that everyone can be ‘green-fingered’ with just a little knowledge.

Dr Caroline Elliott Kingston, lecturer and Gordon Kavanagh, Horticulture Lab Technologist, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science.

Book Now (Opens InfoHub, Login required)

12:40-13:00

Stop overpaying on your household bills now!

Mark Whelan, O’Reilly Hall

 

bonkers.ie’s Mark Whelan thinks too many people are overpaying on their household bills. In this talk, Mark will share his tips on strategies on how to save hundreds of euro over the 2017/18 academic year.

Mark Whelan is bonkers.ie’s Head of Communications & Events and is a regular contributor to The Irish Independent, The Sunday Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Mail, Today FM and more on the subject of personal finance.

Book Now (Opens InfoHub, Login required)

 

13:10-14:00        

How to cut the cost of your health insurance

Dermot Goode, O’Reilly hall

 

Personal health insurance is one area where knowing the right questions to ask can save you considerable sums of money, particularly in a market with rapidly increasing premiums. Well-known independent health insurance expert Dermot Goode will brief those renewing their health insurance within the next 3 months. He will cover-off the best deals in the market, arm you with the necessary details and the names of plans to ask for when renewing your insurance.

Dermot Goode is the leading expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland. He has over 25 years experience in healthcare having worked with VHI, BUPA Ireland, Cornmarket Healthcare Division and healthcare consultancy roles with Irish Pensions Trust and Mercer Ltd. He developed the Total Health Cover concept to show individual consumers and employers how to find the best health insurance cover at the lowest cost, but more importantly how to source other complementary healthcare products such as Medical Cash, Dental, Eye-Care, Travel, Health Screening and many more to build the best healthcare package to suit your requirements.

Total Health Cover offeres a reduction on their personal consultation fee of 24% to UCD staff, reducting the cost to €95.

Book Now (Opens InfoHub, Login required)

13:10-13:50        

Personal resiliance

Oonagh Fagan, Robing room, O’Reilly hall

 

More resilient people are able to adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor. It has been found that those who deal with minor stresses more easily can also manage major crises with greater ease, so resilience has benefits for daily life as well as for the rare major catastrophe.

Oonagh Fagan is a highly experienced and qualified Trainer and Facilitator. She has 15 years’ experience delivering Positive Mental Wellness, Resilience, Health, Lifestyle, and Addiction Programs. She has delivered a wide range of these services to employees, and managers across business and communities in Ireland.

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14:00 - 14:30

UCD Mediation Service – An Overview

Marcellina Fogarty, Robing Room, O’Reilly Hall

 

This seminar is aimed at all University employees and will provide information on the UCD Mediation Service. It will cover what mediation is, the circumstances in which it can be availed of, how the process works, and the benefits of using the service. The availability of this service is a valuable support for employees and one which may be of benefit to you or a colleague now or in the future.

 Marcellina Fogarty, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

 

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14:10-14:50

Financial Wellness and empowering UCD employees on money matters

Dermot Ryan & Simon Spendlove, O’Reilly Hall

 

Understanding your finances and knowing how to make the most of your money can bring a great sense of stability to a family or an individual. Our Financial Wellbeing seminar covers the perfect mix of topics to help you make the most of your finances.   The seminar will cover the following:

Tax, did you know that 89%* of employees with PAYE only income over pay tax?Budget updateSavings e.g. for educationPensions & AV

Dermot Ryan has over 17 years’ experience helping Public Sector employees and their families with their finances.  Since joining Cornmarket in 2001 he has gained both his Qualified Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Advisor qualifications. He specialises in ensuring his clients have a clear understanding of their pension scheme.

Simon Spendlove is a Qualified Financial Advisor and has worked closely with Public Sector employees for the past 6 years as a Financial Consultant with Cornmarket. He is meticulous with his advice to clients. He specialises in educating clients on their pension scheme and the complexities of Public Sector finance.

Cornmaket are industry experts in Public Sector finance. Our aim is to ensure the complexities of your finances are easy to understand but most of all, provide you with the information you need to tackle any financial concerns you have at this moment or in the future.

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14:40-15:20

Retirement and you - top tips

Derek Bell, Robing Room, O’Reilly Hall

 

12 things to think about as you approach retirement

 Derek Bell, Retirement Planning Council of Ireland. The council provides support and help to people in Ireland to help them make a smooth transition from employment to a meaningful and fulfilling retirement.  Established in 1974, we have over 40 years’ experience and are a Registered Charity and Not-For-profit organisation.  We have developed to become a Centre of Excellence in providing Retirement Educational Programmes.

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15:00-15:40

UCD Income Protection Plan and UCD Voluntary Life Assurance Plan

Tracy Langford, O’Reilly hall

 

This presentation will provide employees with information regarding the UCD Income Protection Plan and the UCD Voluntary Life Assurance Plan. It will cover who is eligible to join the plans, the benefits provided to employees and the cost of cover. Through the presentation we hope to promote the benefits to members of these insurance arrangements helping them to make an informed decision in relation to the provision of adequate insurance cover.

Tracy Langford is a consultant with Willis Towers Watson and is responsible for the day to day account management of a portfolio of corporate clients, along with providing consulting services and employee benefit solutions, including risk arrangements, for these clients.

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List of stands and exhibitors

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Total Health Cover

The only intermediary in Ireland dealing exclusively in healthcare benefits (health insurance, dental, vision-care, cash plans). We review cover for individuals and employers to help them source the best products at the lowest cost covering all 325 plans across VHI, Laya & Irish Life Health.  All services are provided on a fee basis which ensures the best advance at all times. For all UCD employees, there is a 24% reduction in our standard fee, reducing the cost to €95.  Dermot Goode will be running two seminars on the day to give an overview of the market and how to save money on your health insurance costs.

www.totalhealthcover.ie   

 

Affinity Advisors

A mortgage is the single biggest financial transactions most of us will enter into in our lifetime.  Therefore, it is essential that we are educated fully regarding all of our options and how to best avail of them.   The wrong decision could cost you thousands so independent market wide advice and education are key with so many any offers available in the market. We will provide two educational workshops regarding the mortgage market. Where required we will provide UCD personnel with FREE support throughout their mortgage journey and with any issues they currently face with their mortgage.

www.affinityadv.ie

 

Bonkers.ie

Bonkers.ie is Ireland’s favourite price comparison and switching service. The company’s Head of Communications, Mark Whelan, is a regular contributor to The Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Mail, Today FM on the topic of how consumers can save money on household bills. Mark will share savings tips and strategies that can save households hundreds of euro on their bills over the course of the coming academic year.

www.bonkers.ie

 

VHI

VHI Healthcare will be offering a discount of 10% to all UCD employees on our Multitrip travel product. We look forward to meeting with you on November 7th to discuss this offer and to answer any questions you have on our range of products and services.

 

Laya

We are delighted to demonstrate to UCD employees the benefit of choosing Laya Healthcare to be your healthcare provider. We have been providing healthcare services to our members for the past 19 years and are extremely focused on innovation with the goal in mind to deliver comprehensive healthcare solutions. The following are some of laya healthcare’s benefits:

  • FREE Heart Screening every 2 years exclusive to Laya Healthcare
  • Excellent orthopaedic and ophthalmic cover
  • CareOnCall offering online GP consultations 7 days a week, a home prescription service and unlimited phone access to GPs, nurses and physios
  • Laya Healthcare Claims App makes it easier to submit a claim for everyday medical expenses

Our promise to look after you always’ extends to our new digital member services. Members Area is our one-stop digital home where all your membership details can be accessed securely in an instant wherever you are.

www.layahealthcare.ie

 

Irish Life Health

Irish Life Health offers comprehensive health cover, providing fast access to private treatment, should you ever need it. You will be covered for an extensive range of public, private, high-tech hospitals, as well as scan centres and consultants. Providing real peace of mind, for when it matters most. Our aim is to help you take a proactive approach to your health and wellbeing to help you stay fit and healthy from the outset.  We deliver cover that’s clear and transparent, offering you smarter ways to stay healthy. Ways like Back – up, a personalised advice and treatment service that helps prevent back and neck pain becoming an even bigger problem. Ways like our Digital Doctor Service, which offers direct video access to a GP via your smartphone, tablet or PC. Call to our stand to avail of discounts only available to UCD employees and further information on our plans.

www.irishlifehealth.ie

 

Inspire Wellbeing

Inspire Workplaces provides UCD’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Inspire Workplaces promotes positive mental wellbeing and resilience in the workplace through its employee assistance programmes, people and organisational development services.  Inspire Workplaces are delighted to be attending the UCD staff engagement day to provide an overview of the new Employee Assistance Programme under the Office of Government Procurement contract.  Our Key Account Manager, Denise Byrne, will outline the broad range of services, from online resources to information services to counselling supports.

Visit EAP (Intranet only)

Healthy UCD

Healthy UCD is a campus wide community initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the whole UCD Community of employees and students. Launched in November 2016 the Healthy UCD Steering Committee aim to deliver a range of opportunities for all members of the community to improve the quality of life experience at UCD, by enhancing the work life balance aspects of everyday activity for the work force and the student population. Through a variety of annual and regular events and activities (step challenge, healthy eating week, mindfulness etc.) it is intended to provide an improved workplace experience for all employees and a rounded holistic learning for students. Creating awareness around Health issues – mental, physical, spiritual and emotional it is intended to add value for all to the working and studying life at UCD.

Drop by for a free bottle of water to promote our message of encouraging proper hydration.

http://www.ucd.ie/healthyucd/

 

DBC Belfield Chartered Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic

In a landmark partnership with Ireland's largest university; University College Dublin (UCD), we established a Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Centre of Excellence at the UCD Institute for Sport & Health in 2012. The clinic is open to the general public as well as providing services to students and staff of the College. Our Belfield clinic provides both pitch-side and physiotherapy services to UCD's AIL Rugby Squad, UCD's League of Ireland Soccer Team, and UCD's Sigerson & Fitzgibbon Cup GAA Teams. In addition to this we also manage the Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine services to the UCD AD Astra Elite Athlete Academy. We are also a service partner to the Irish Hockey Association. We offer a very competitive UCD employee discount of €50 which is the best price available in the south Dublin area.

www.dbc.ie

 

UCD Physiotherapy Hub

We will conduct brief physical assessments, giving employees an opportunity to compare their results to normative values. Then provide education regarding recommended exercise volumes and the different types of exercise they should undertake. Along with this we will provide advice on the different classes and resources available to them here in UCD to help them achieve their goals. UCD Physio Hub was established at the Sports Centre in 2015 to drive community health promotion and student learning in an inclusive gym environment. Promoting physically active lifestyles for all is facilitated via Physio-led community health screening, exercise and education programmes

 

Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk & Compliance Office

Call to our stand to check out our Office Desk Ergonomics display and how to set up your working desk so as to minimise musculoskeletal problems. We will also have details of training we offer that can be used in everyday life such as first aid, defibrillator, manual handling and firefighting. Another service we offer employees is a Pregnant Employee Risk Assessments to ensure that an individual’s working conditions do not have an impact on their pregnancy. Drop in for details.

www.ucd.ie/sirc/

 

HealthCheck at Beacon Hospital

Beacon HealthCheck is a comprehensive health screening programme for both men and women. We have an experienced multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals, all with access to the latest in diagnostic technology. Health screening is a proactive approach to your own personal wellbeing.

Our screening tests are designed to assist with identifying and reducing life altering health risks such as Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer and Diabetes. Following your Beacon HealthCheck our experts will provide you with the recommendations necessary to achieve a healthier lifestyle. You will leave with a full understanding of your health requirements and any lifestyle changes which may be needed. We are the only Health Screening to offer same day results.

Beacon Hospital are delighted to provide all UCD staff a 20% discount on a full HealthCheck at Beacon Hospital. Appointments must be booked by 30/04/2018 to avail of this discount. Please quote “UCD Staff” when booking.

http://www.beaconhospital.ie/our-services/beacon-healthcheck/

 

HSF

HSF health plan provides health cash plans that gives you cash back for everyday medical expenses. These include:

  • Dental bills (ALL dental procedures are covered)
  • Optical
  • GP & prescriptions (including a prescription service)
  • Chiropody, physiotherapy plus many more areas of cover.

HSF also provide a number of free help lines, including a GP advice line available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. With premiums starting from under € 2.50 per family (policyholder, their spouse/partner and all dependent children up to the age of 21) per week, we are affordable for everyone. HSF health plan can either be used to complement private medical insurance or as a low-cost alternative, but unlike private medical insurance, HSF health plan does not impose an excess on claims. HSF health plan is the trading company of the charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund. Based in Ennis, we have been operating in Ireland since 1949.

www.hsf.ie

UCD Sports & Fitness

UCD staff enjoy a 55% discount on membership at UCD Sport & Fitness. Membership includes access to two state of the art gym floors, over 120 FREE fitness classes per week, luxurious Tepidarium and anytime access to the 50 metre Olympic pool. Trainer services are also included in your membership to ensure you get the fitness results you want. Trainers provide free fitness assessments and gym plan design with full one to one instruction. All this for a little as €1.23 per day, less than a cup of coffee!

https://www.ucd.ie/sportandfitness/

 

Wrkit (formerly GroupSchemes)

Wrkit provides the UCD Group Scheme which hosts exclusive offers bringing together hundreds of discounts from hundreds of partners across 30 different categories. UCD staff can make big savings on everyday expenses such as Insurance, Grocery Shopping, Energy costs along with luxury treats including; cinema/theatre tickets, restaurants, travel, gyms, high-street brands and much more. The platform also provides online learning to assist personal development & our resources section which includes articles on categories such as Mindfulness, Healthy Eating & Wellbeing. All hosted in one single location!

If you missed the opportunity to sign up for the 12 month pilot then there will be another chance to get in on the deals at the Culture & Engagement stand on the 7th.

 

Travelhub

Travelhub will be joined by one of our partner travel operators: Dublin Bus and a partner bike shop: Belfied Bike Shop. Avail of the Government Tax saver schemes and save up to 51% on the price of your commuter ticket or bike and accessories. UCD will pay for your commuter ticket or bike for you upfront and will deduct the full cost from your gross, pre-tax salary. As a result, you can save between 30 - 51%, depending on your tax rate. You can spend up to €1,000 on a brand-new bike and accessories. You can choose from over 25 travel operators including Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas and private coaches such as Swords Express, Wexford Bus, Matthews, Buslink. Travelhub will be on site on Tuesday, 7November to answer any queries you have regarding these fantastic benefits schemes.

https://ucd.travelhub.ie/

 

UCD IT Services

 

UCD Library

UCD Library is a world class research library which provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of the UCD community for learning, collaboration, knowledge creation and community engagement.  At Engage@UCD we will use our Welcome Garden to highlight the wide range of resources, services and facilities we have to ensure that you get the most from your time as part of the UCD community. From Travel Guides to Health and Wellbeing, DVD’s to Book Clubs, drop in and find out more.

www.ucd.ie/library/

UCD Alumni Relations

In UCD Alumni Relations we stay in touch with our alumni and create a mutually beneficial tailored programme of events and communications that will support you, whether you are recently graduated or entering a new chapter in life after retirement. We also want to involve you in supporting UCD’s aspirations through your talent, time and resources.

We have many benefits and services available to our alumni, including reunions and other social events, regular communications including our annual alumni magazine, UCD Connections, professional development opportunities and volunteering opportunities including student mentoring.  

Wherever you go, whatever you do, we’re here to support you.

Come and meet the team on November 7th to find out more.

Visit UCD Alumni site

 

UCD In the Community

UCD in the Community can support employees by:

  • supporting their community engagement
  • developing community projects
  • capacity building for community-based learning
  • offering the opportunity to showcase your community engagement
  • connecting your students to community-based organisations

If you have an idea for a community-based project, are interested in volunteering within an organisation or simply want to get more involved, come chat to us.

www.ucd.ie/ucdinthecommunity

 

UCD Volunteers Overseas

UCD Volunteers Overseas provide opportunities for employees to be involved in the yearlong ‘Volunteering and Development Education’ programme that runs from November – October each year. Leadership positions are open to UCD employees that allows them to engage in a series of development education training, and team building events while also carrying out their own individual fundraising activities throughout the year. This programme also provides participants with a one-month overseas placement on a range of development projects in India, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Uganda.

UCDVO also provide a range of courses and events related to global justice and development issues for staff to get involved with, and these include our ‘Be the Change’ activism course, our ‘Skills in Development Education’ facilitation course, our Annual Conference, and our Development Film Series.

www.ucdvo.org

 

UCD Volunteers Overseas Book Sale

Browse the stock for fantastic book bargains. Proceeds will go to a UCDVO education fund, supporting local staff, associated with our various overseas projects, to engage in further education to benefit their communities. To donate novels (no academic books) drop them to O’Reilly Hall from 8am on Tuesday, 7 November or contact ros.mcfeely@gmail.com / carl.lusby@ucd.ie to arrange collection.

 

UCD Festival

The yearly UCD Festival celebrates the thinkers, creators, educators, innovators and fun makers. It is a day like no other on campus that affords all employees, in addition to those retired, an opportunity to show off their place of work, bring family and friends onto campus, showcase the research taking place in UCD and enjoy a great day of free events. Over 250 students and staff volunteer each year to make the UCD Festival a success. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer at UCD Festival 2018 let us know. If you have feedback or an idea for an event that you would like to submit for selection in the Festival programme please submit your idea now. Visit the UCD Festival stand to find out more, to give feedback and submit suggestions.

www.ucd.ie/festival

 

Employee Clubs & Societies

Find out what UCD has to offer in terms of clubs and societies for employees and speak to club representatives.

If you can't find a club then consider starting one yourself. The engagement stand will provide a chance to identify like-minded individuals and kick start new clubs.

Image of club sign-up wall

Bord na Gaeilge UCD / Irish Language Services

Bord na Gaeilge is UCD’s cross- faculty Irish language board. We facilitate all UCD employees who wish to engage with the Irish language and its associated culture. Our services include;

  • free language courses at 5 levels
  • bilingual workshops in traditional Irish music song and dance
  • an Irish language book club with guest authors/poets
  • Irish language walks and weekly yoga classes

We provide a translation service to all schools/centres/units and we organise cultural workshops for visiting groups, on request.

Our Summer School, ‘Tionól Gaeilge UCD’ is aimed at Irish and international adults and consists of language classes, lectures and cultural events. The 2018 school will run 2-6 July.  

Cuireann Bord na Gaeilge UCD réimse leathan seribhísí ar fáil do bhaill foirne na hOllscoile, idir ranganna agus imeachtaí cultúrtha. Is deis iontach í feabhas a chur ar do chuid Gaeilge agus aithne a chur ar dhaoine eile! Beidh fáilte is fiche romhat!

www.ucd.ie/bnag/en

UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business

UCD Smurfit School offers a range of full- and part-time specialist MSc courses for both business and non-business graduates, as well as a full- and part-time Executive MBA courses and PhD/research opportunities. Our portfolio of top-ranked Open Enrolment Programmes are the meeting point between intellectual stimulation, great teaching, and cutting-edge research. Programmes on offer include a range of short courses and industry programmes; 12 specialist Diplomas and two MSc pathway programmes. Taught by academic and industry leaders, our diplomas and short courses offer executives the latest academic theory and business knowledge applicable to real-life situations. Our portfolio of programmes includes business finance, coaching, strategy, leadership development, corporate governance and business development. Each one is a highly practical executive programme enabling you to make an immediate impact to your organisation.

www.smurfitschool.ie

 

UCD Teaching & Learning

UCD Teaching and Learning offers accredited programmes in University Teaching and Learning for faculty and academic-related staff. The programmes are designed to be flexible, research-informed and practice-based and offer academics at different stages of their careers opportunities to review and improve their teaching skills and understanding of approaches and theories in effective higher education.

UCD Teaching and Learning offers training/development opportunities for tutors and demonstrators. Tutor Induction Workshops take place in September and January and a five ECTS blended learning module (NFQ level 9) "Introduction to University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and Teaching Assistants" is also offered. The aim of this module is to enable those currently supporting teaching at UCD to review and enhance their teaching, learning and assessment practices. 

UCD Teaching & Learning provides a seminar series for post-doctoral and research fellows to introduce participants to the concepts underpinning good practice in third-level teaching and learning.

http://www.ucd.ie/teaching/

 

Access & Lifelong Learning

UCD for ALL – UCD is committed to fostering an environment that is attractive and inclusive to all students, including students with a disability, mature students and students who for a variety of social and economic reasons are under-represented in university.  There are several alternative pathways and supports available. We also offer part-time learning opportunities for all learners through University Access, Lifelong Learning or through Open Learning. The Lifelong Learning programme has been particularly popular with UCD employees as the classes are on subjects including Art History, Literature, History, Classics and the Environment. UCD employees receive a 33% discount on the course fee.  Classes take place in Belfield and in various cultural institutions in Dublin. Employees who wish to prepare for undergraduate study have also participated in University Access. The other option is to register for Open Learning, which offers over 250 modules across over 25 schools in UCD.  Students can opt for audit or credit and can also accumulate their study towards a certificate or diploma.

www.ucd.ie/all

 

People Development & Organisation Effectiveness

We will be showcase the development options currently available. There will also be an opportunity for a speed coaching conversation with a member of our team to help you start to explore your particular development needs/options. We will also highlight how the various initiatives currently being developed will connect together to support all employees in planning their development to enhance their career opportunities.

www.ucd.ie/learninganddevelopment

 

UCD International

The Global Relations & Partnerships team, UCD International, will be on hand to provide information on global engagement opportunities for UCD employees. This will include information on funding opportunities under Erasmus+ for teaching and administrative staff mobility, both within Europe and the rest of the world. Employees can also gain further information on EU funding for collaborative projects in higher education, such as Joint Masters programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building projects.

www.ucd.ie/international

HR Services

Come and talk to the HR Resourcing team about the improvements they have made to the hiring forms & see the new Work@UCD website. Whether you are about advertise a post or applying to a particular competition the Resourcing team will be available to answer your questions.

At this event, HR Services are formally launching their new HR helpdesk to the UCD community. The HR Operations team will also be on hand to explain the services they provide with respect to employee benefits, HR policies & procedures and HR IT systems.

UCD Pensions Office will also be available to answer all your pensions related queries.

www.ucd.ie/hr

 

Payroll

A team from the Payroll Office will be present to answer any queries employees may have in relation to understanding their payslips. The Payroll Office team will be on hand to explain how statutory deductions such as PAYE, USC, PRD, and PRSI and voluntary deductions such as VHI/LAYA/Aviva, IPP and union dues impact on gross pay and how final net pay is calculated. The payroll team will also be available to explain the system of tax credits and the circumstances when emergency tax applies.

Employees should bring a recent payslip along to the event so that they can raise their specific query with a member of the payroll team.

http://www.ucd.ie/bursar/payroll/

 

Cornmarket

Cornmarket provide advice to UCD employees on AVC’s. In addition to our AVC service, Cornmarket also provide financial advice to public sector employees on an individual basis. Understanding your finances and knowing how to make the most of your money can bring a great sense of stability to a family or an individual. Cornmarket are industry experts in Public Sector finance. Our aim is to ensure the complexities of your finances are easy to understand but most of all, provide you with the information you need to tackle any financial concerns you have at this moment or in the future. As well as attending Cornmarket’s seminar, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions or speak to your Cornmarket Consultant privately.

www.cornmarket.ie

 

Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson will be providing employees with information on the key benefits and the cost of the UCD Income Protection Plan and the UCD Voluntary Life Assurance Plan operated by UCD. A presentation will cover who is eligible to join the plans, the benefits provided to employees and the cost of cover.

 

Trade Unions

The three representative unions, SIPTU, IFUT and IMPACT will host a stand. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is the primary representative organisation for university academics, researchers and senior administrative staff in Ireland. It is a trade union affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

http://www.ifut.ie/

 

EDI Support Networks

Support Networks are a very important means of providing peer support, obtaining information, and also providing a platform for consultation on various initiatives in the University. Members of the following Support Networks will be on hand to provide information on the benefits of joining the Network and/or the supports that they can provide:
  • LGBTI Staff Network
  • Staff Disability Network
  • Dignity and Respect Contact Persons
Please feel free to approach any of the members of these groups.
 

Retirement Planning Council of Ireland

We provide support and help to people in Ireland to help them make a smooth transition from employment to a meaningful and fulfilling retirement.  Established in 1974, we have over 40 years’ experience and are a Registered Charity and Not-For-profit organisation.  We have developed to become a Centre of Excellence in providing Retirement Educational Programmes.

Delivering carefully designed programmes, our team of experienced Programme Leaders provides information and guidance on retirement issues to organisations and their soon-to-retire employees.  Many organisations choose to provide retirement planning to spouses, partners or friends of their employees as the change that retirement brings affects them too.

The Planning for Retirement Programme covers the following topics: - Change and Identity; Personal Relationships; Managing your Money; Personal Taxation; Legal, Health, Diet and Exercise; Social Welfare Entitlements and Developing a Plan for the Future.  Our service is available nationwide.

In addition, all course attendees may avail of FREE lifetime support on any matter relating to their retirement.

www.rpc.ie