Please find below the answers to the most commonly asked questions at SPIRe, if you cannot find the answer you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact the SPIRe administration office.

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School Support

Student support is very important to the School of Politics and International Relations and there are several points of contact at SPIRe depending on your requirements. If you require additional support from the university please see the section below.

Module coordinator

Each module has a module coordinator, and the role of the module coordinator is to oversee all aspects of the module. If you have any questions or concerns about the module please contact the module coordinator. If you do not know who the module coodinator is please ask the module lecturer, your tutor, and consult the module's Blacboard page. If for any reason you are having problems contacting or getting a response from a coordinator please feel free to contact the module tutors or the School office. 

SPIRe Tutors

One of the most important roles of the tutors is to be a source of support and guidance to students and to monitor and advise on your progress. Please consult the section below which details the name and contact details of all SPIRe tutors. You may contact your tutor by email, and cc your query to the School Undergraduate Administrator, Yuko Conlon at: yuko.conlon@ucd.ie

The School Office (G314)

E-mail: spire@ucd.ie   Telephone: +353 (01) 716 8397

The School Undergraduate Administrator (Ms Yuko Conlon) will help with any questions regarding student administrative or organisational matters. When the Office is closed, or if the Administrator is not available, your queries should be sent by e-mail to: spire@ucd.ie. You should include your UCD student number in all correspondence with the School.

The University provides a range of advice, support and resources (these services are listed below) and you should consider availing of these if you require advice or assistance on any matter.  Please feel free to avail of these (see below) but always, if you are able, also let the School know if you are having difficulties. Remember the sooner an issue is identified and the appropriate people are made aware the more likely it is that it can be dealt with and we can help you.

UCD Student Advisers

Provide support to students throughout their university experience

UCD Chaplains

Provide both religious and pastoral care

UCD Student Health and Counselling Service

Provides on-campus medical, psychological and psychiatric care,

UCD Access Centre

Provides advice and support to students with disabilities, long term medical conditions or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)

UCD Student Support

Provides a wide range of practical supports and links

Student Union Welfare

The Student’s Union provide a wide range of help and support include welfare advice

Tutorials are an important part of the learning experience for your degree. It gives you an opportunity to enage with certain topics in  detail and discuss your opinions with your peers and tutor. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know other SPIRe students and also your tutor who is happy to help with any questions or concerns you might have. If you miss a tutorial, please fill out the Tutorial Absence Form MS Word / PDF ‌and submit it to the SPIRe office (G314) with accompanying documentation (doctor's note etc.).

‌‌Semester 1:

  • POL10160: Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • INRL10010: Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • POL20010: Individuals & the State
  • POL20020: Comparative Politics

Semester 2: 

  • POL10160: Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • INRL10010: Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • INRL20040: Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • POL20050: Analysing Politics

Eman Abboud

Module: INRL10010

Email

Jeanne Magnetti

Module: POL10160

Email

Mai Abdalla

Module: POL10160

Email

Tyler McDonough

Module: POL20020

Email

Lita Alita

Module: POL20010

Email

Lynette Moore

Module: POL10160

Email

Leticia Barbabela

Module: POL20020

Email

Apirada Ngamwongsakollert

Module: POL10160

Email

Shamiso Chigorimbo 

Module: INRL10010

Email

Orla Ni Cheallachain

Module: POL20010

Email

Vidushi Dahiya

Module: POL10160

Email

Sadhbh O'Neill

Modules:POL10160/POL20020 

Email

Kevin Deegan

Module: INRL10010

Email

Arya Pillai

Module: INRL10010

Email

Mathieu Doogan

Module: POL20010

Email

Caty Priebe

Module: INRL10010

Email

Sarah El Said 

Module: INRL10010

Email

Sara Sobkowicz

Module: POL10160

Email

Rebecca Ely

Module: INRL10010

Email

Terence Tianyang Song

Module: POL10160

Email

Benjamin Kemp

Module: POL10160

Email

Alana Stewart

Module: POL10160

Email

Yuanxin Li

Module: INRL10010

Email

Paul Turner

Module: POL20010

Email

Leticia Lottis

Module: INRL10010

Email

Sandra Varas Godomar

Module: INRL10010

Email

SPIRe understands that you might have circumstances outside your control which means that you will be unable to complete assessments and sit exams. The School of Politics and International Relations and UCD generally have a variety of excellent support services for students who are in need (see other sections on this page).

It is important that you advise us of problems as early as possible; preferably in advance of the deadlines that you are concerned about. 

Problems of various kinds may be taken into account in marking work, or considering whether or not a late penalty should apply for an essay. It is important that you speak to the module coordinator or tutor.

You should also familiarise yourself with the university's Extenuating Circumstances Policy and you will be required to do the following:

  • Submit an Extenuating Circumstances application form to the School office during open office hours
  • Provide an original medical certificate or other supporting documentation in addition to the declaration. This will be placed on file, and may be taken into consideration in assessing your work. 

You must submit a hard copy to SPIRe. You can find the relevant tutor's/module's post-box in the G300 corridor in the Newman Building. The hard copy of the essay should have a completed Declaration of Authorship Form (Essay Cover Sheet) MS WordPDF. You also need to submit a soft copy via SafeAssign on Blackboard

Please ensure that you completed work adheres to the School's guidelines (Guidelines for Essay Writing) and accepted referencing system (Harvard Reference Guide) before you submit your essay. 

You should make every effort to submit your work on time. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact the relevant module coordinator at the earliest opportunity to discuss a possible extension. If you submit your essay late without prior notification to the module coordinator please refer to the University's Late Submission of Coursework Policy and Form.

Plagiarism, either intentional or unintentional, is a very serious offence, and SPIRe takes possible incidents of Plagiarism very seriously. If you are unsure of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it please consult the library's helpful guide.

UCD Policy on Plagiarism‌

Plagiarism Example (PDF)

Degree compliance is your responsibility. If you are unsure if you have met your programme/subject requirements it is essential that you consult with the relevant programme office as soon as possible.