Science, Leadership, Healthcare

School Mission

To improve healthcare in Ireland and around the world by educating and training health professionals and translational medicine scientists who together form a community that is driven by a commitment to service, enquiry and continuous improvement.

Our Vision

To be internationally recognised as a dynamic, research-intensive Medical School fully integrated within Ireland's global University and within Ireland's leading academic health system.

Our Values

Reflecting the University's values, the School prioritises excellence, integrity, collegiality, engagement and diversity.  In addition, the School commits itself to public service, clinical leadership and collaboration with its partners in healthcare.

School's Strategic Priorities

Our strategic priorities have been refined in the context of the University Strategic Plan and have been aligned with the objectives articulated in the UCD Strategy 2015 - 2020. In summary, our strategic objectives include:

1 - Translational and Clinical Research

To substantially increase the quality and quantity of translational and clinical research in areas of national significance and global importance through internal focus and external collaboration.

2 - Education & Training

To be internationally recognised as a leading European Medical School with a strong portfolio of professionally relevant undergraduate and graduate programmes that allow high calibre students reach their full potential as medical practitioners and healthcare leaders.

3 - Research / Teaching Linkage

To innovate in teaching and assessment, and to undertake comprehensive medical education research which impacts upon our programmes and which exploits research/education linkages.

4 - High Calibre Students & Staff

To continue to attract and retain high calibre students and staff who are driven by the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice and who have clear pathways for individual progression.

5 - Ireland's Global Medical School

To continue to attract a diverse cohort of international students and to offer elective opportunities around the world so that our graduates emerge competitive for careers in global healthcare leadership.

6 - Based on Quality Science

To maintain a strong scientific basis to internationally benchmarked programmes which support our ambition to produce graduates who are inquisitive, critical thinkers throughout their careers.

7 - Community Engagement

To build an enduring sense of community and proactive engagement with University business among our patients, and clinicians, our researchers, our alumni and other stakeholders.

8 - Extensive Clinical Training Network

To support our education and research endeavours on campus and across our clinical training networks by further strengthening our educational and research infrastructure (including facilities and clinical networks).

9 - Resourcing Our Ambition

To maintain a strong financial performance, diversified income and a resource allocation that is consistent with our School's strategic priorities.

10 - Measuring Our Performance

To consistently and constructively question our assumptions and collect appropriate key performance data that supports informed decision making and organisational development.