Supports for Social Sciences Students
Social Sciences Office
Many of the supports you may need as a student are listed below. If you have any questions about these, or cannot find what you are looking for on this page, contact us!
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Your Social Sciences Student Advisers
Student Advisers can assist students in finding pathways to deal with personal, social and emotional issues and can advise of appropriate UCD policies, procedures and services, for example advice on financial supports or academic challenges.
Student Adviser: Social Sciences undergraduate students
|T: 01 716 8366 / E: Kieran.Moloney@ucd.ie|
Student Adviser: mature students
|T: 01 716 7542 / E: Catherine.Tormey@ucd.ie|
Student Adviser: international students
|T: 01 716 8406 / E: Colum.Cronin@ucd.ie|
Visit the UCD Student Advisers website to learn more about this valuable support to current students.
Relevant Policies and Guidance
If you are experiencing difficulties during your time in UCD, accessing supports and being aware of your options at the earliest point is advisable. See below for some policies that may be relevant to you:
Student Health Service, Counselling, Welfare Officer and Chaplaincy
Your Student Health Service provides a wide range of healthcare supports on campus; routine and urgent, including doctor appointments, prescriptions, sexual and reproductive health, screening and mental health.
Your Student Counselling Service is a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors.
UCD Estates operate Unicare, which provides medical assistance and emergency medical information to students and staff on campus. This service operates an emergency line, 01 716 7999, which is operated 24 hours a day.
Students' Union Health and Wellbeing: The UCD SU website provides information and contact details for the SU Welfare Officer.
Chaplains are available throughout the year for support, guidance and advice in complete confidence for all students, "of all faiths and none". An open-door policy exists to enable you feel welcome and to seek assistance, especially in times of distress, illness and bereavement.
With over 80 recognised societies, UCD has something for everyone. Societies are an excellent way to make friends and be part of the UCD Community outside of the classroom. See more about all of UCD's Student Societies here.
UCD Writing Centre provides free, one-to-one tuition and a range of workshops on all aspects of the writing process.
Your key contacts to help you understand your fees and financial planning are listed below.
Many students could not succeed in university without some financial support. You are encouraged to seek advice and support on the range of grants and financial assistance available to you. Click on the links below for contacts, deadlines and information.
The Student Desk in the Tierney Building is your first port-of-call for queries on your fees and fee status. The Student Desk can assist international students with documents to open a bank account in Ireland.
The Student Grant Scheme is the main financial support available for eligible students attending full-time programmes at UCD. Click here for more information on applications and deadlines.
SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. See their website for full details on whether you are eligible for a grant, the process and deadlines.
There are a number of forms of financial assistance in UCD. Click on the links below for contacts, eligibility and further details.
- The Student Support Fund (SSF) is a means-tested fund intended to help students who are experiencing financial challenges in college as a result of ongoing low income.
- Student Welfare Fund: The purpose of this discretionary fund is to offer financial assistance to students who encounter acute and unexpected difficulties during their time of study in UCD.
- UCD Access and Lifelong Learning provide Scholarships & Financial Supports under a number of schemes.
- The UCD Students' Union provide information and advice on their own financial schemes to support students.
UCD Access and Lifelong Learning are here to help you receive the supports that you may need in managing your disability whilst studying in UCD.
For help regarding disability, please register in order to receive these supports by filling out and submitting a UCD Evidence of Disability Form. If you have already registered for support and you have a query please email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend on our Disability Support - Drop In Sessions.
Irish Sign Language Interpreter: if you require an Irish Sign Language Interpreter for an event or ad hoc session it is necessary to make this request at least two weeks in advance to email@example.com to give yourself the best possible chance of sourcing an interpreter.
DARE students and students wishing to register for disability supports can find more information on the support available here on the Access and Lifelong Learning website, including
- contact details for designated support people in Access and Lifelong Learning
- classroom and exam accommodations and assistance
- slides from UCD Access and Lifelong Learning's information session for students and parents/guardians
- guides to managing your disability.
The UCD Library and its team is here to support your learning, research and preparation for assessment.
The main library for Social Sciences subjects is the James Joyce Library beside the Newman Building
Visit the Library's website for subject study guides, check for texts and online resources, and much more: Library Website
Your Library Liaison is Marta Bustillo. Her contact details and how she can support your learning is available here: Library Liaison, Social Sciences
Not Found the Information You were Looking For?
If you still have not found what you were looking for, contact the Social Sciences Office and we will be happy to help you.