|Office of the Registrar & Deputy President
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to your studies in UCD shortly and I know that many of you that have
been working or studying abroad will now be making your way back to Ireland.
I am particularly aware of our students who have been affected by the death and injury of friends and classmates
in Berkeley in June and those who were involved in the days and weeks after the accident. At 5.30pm on
Wednesday, 9th September we will be holding a short remembrance ceremony in O’Reilly Hall, to which
you are invited. We will also be installing a commemorative bench in the Rose Garden beside Belfield House to
remember those who were killed and injured in the Berkeley accident. The garden will be open all day on
Wednesday, 9th September and I hope that you will find time to visit this quiet and tranquil spot, near the centre
of our busy campus.
I recognise that many of us in UCD have been affected by the accident in Berkeley. I want to remind you that
the staff who work with you, in particular your Students Advisers, are available to offer you support, if you
need it. For further information on coping with grief and trauma, you can consult the UCD counselling website on
For students who were classmates of those who were killed or injured, the Heads of the School of Medicine &
Medical Science, Politics & International Relations, History & Archives and
Biomolecular & Biomedical Science have plans in
place to meet with these classes, around the first day of term. Further details of these meetings will be provided
to you through your UCD email account.
For those of you who may find it hard to cope in the aftermath of the tragedy, our Health and Counselling Services
will be at your disposal. You may access these services by going to the Student Health and Counselling service on
1st floor of the Student Centre building or by telephone at 7163134/7163143.
Prof Mark Rogers