Financial Wellbeing Programmes

As an employer, UCD is keen to look at ways where we can facilitate better financial wellbeing through information seminars and superior deals for UCD colleagues. One element of the Financial Wellbeing Programme  is the series of lunchtime seminars detailed below.

As we develop our financial wellbeing offering further, keep an eye out for other initiatives including our new UCD Employee Discount Scheme Pilot with GroupSchemes. Feedback on this series of lunchtime seminars and other initiatives you would like to see is welcomed, please email

Lunchtime Seminars

  • Seminar 3 - Are you claiming all the tax credits you are due? – Wednesday, 14 March 2018

As part of our financial wellbeing programme Culture & Engagement – UCD HR have asked’s Barry Flanagan to give a lunchtime seminar on claiming your tax credits. Every year thousands of Irish taxpayers miss out on claiming their tax refund.

He will talk through some of the common credits and reliefs that are available for PAYE and Self-Assessment taxpayers. He will also detail how you can claim your tax refund.

If you feel you need further assistance with making your claim will take care of the paperwork and guarantee to retrieve your maximum legal refund for you. The average PAYE tax refund from is €995. can also assist if you have tax filing obligations outside of Ireland.

UCD employees will get a 10% discount when you apply for PAYE or Self-Assessed services with

For further information click here or download the slides from the day: presentation slideshow (PowerPoint)

Barry Flanagan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Tax Consultant (CTC) and Chartered Company Secretary (GradICSA). He has numerous years of experience in advising individuals on their tax obligations and entitlements.

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  • Seminar 2 - Saving money on your new or current mortgage - Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mortgage expert Trevor Grant, Affinity Advisors, addressed over 250 colleagues on the single biggest financial commitment most of us will enter in our lifetime. Given the number of offerings available in the mortgage market finding the right mortgage takes a lot of time and knowledge.  Research shows that the wrong decision could currently cost more than €30,000 in excess interest payments.  Equally recent Central Bank Research has highlighted the fact that 1/5 of existing mortgage holders or 100,000 borrowers could save thousands of Euro by switching mortgage provider. This seminar outlined the mortgage market, the application process and the best options available for new and switcher applicants.


  • Seminar 1 -Personal Health Insurance Seminar - Thursday, 19 January 2017

Well-known, independent personal health insurance expert Dermot Goode held a seminar for over 300 colleagues who were considering renewing their health insurance. Dermot, who runs PHI Consulting, presented the best deals in the market and gave those attending the necessary details to engage with the health insurers and what plans to ask for. Crucial information when there are over 365 plans in the market place.