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Who attends Lifelong Learning classes in UCD?

Anyone is welcome to attend our Lifelong Learning courses. There are no entry requirements, the courses are open to all and provide a chance to explore a subject without concerns about assessment.

When do Lifelong Learning courses start?

Courses taking place in Autumn generally start around the end of September or the start of October. Our Spring courses start in January and February. Each course lasts between 2 and 10 weeks, depending on the course itself.

Specific information on course start dates and duration is available in our brochure, on our website, and on your booking receipt. This receipt is emailed to you automatically when you book your place.

How can I receive a brochure and stay informed about all Lifelong Learning courses and events?

Our brochures are generally sent out in summer. To receive a copy, and to stay up to date on all of our courses and events, be sure to keep an eye on our website. Please note that under GDPR, in order for us to send you out materials by post, you will need to have ticked the "By Post" option under "Contact Permissions".

Where are Lifelong Learning courses held?

Lifelong Learning courses are held in a variety of locations including the UCD Belfield campus, with a number of courses also taking place in our Cultural Partner venues, such as the National Library and the National Gallery. The location of each course is listed in the brochure, on our website, and will also be on your booking receipt.

How do I find out which classroom my course will be held in?

The location and classroom will be written on your receipt. This receipt is emailed to you automatically when you book in. We also email students in advance of the class to reconfirm the venue.

Are there any reduced fees available?

Students who are unemployed, those in receipt of a social welfare payment or non-contributory pension, those whose annual income is less than €12,000, and UCD staff members are eligible for a 33% reduction on Lifelong Learning fees. UCD graduates can avail of a 10% discount on all Lifelong Learning courses. In order for us to apply this discount, you will need to call us on 01 716 7123 or drop by our centre before you book yourself onto a course.

We also offer free places on courses by means of our Bursary.

What is the policy on refunds?

Under the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013 (SI 484/2013) (“Regulations”), distance contracts may be cancelled and a refund sought upon a written request within 14 days from the date of receipt of payment. However, in accordance with section 13(2) of the Regulations, if the contract is fully performed within those 14 days or, where the contract is for the supply of a service delivered by means of digital content only, the service has commenced within those 14 days , the consumer may lose the right to cancel the contract and seek a refund. By booking a Lifelong Learning course online, you hereby consent to Access and Lifelong Learning proceeding with the delivery of the course on the prescribed date and if the course is fully delivered within 14 days of your online booking or, where the course is delivered by means of digital content only, the course has commenced during those 14 days, you will lose your right to cancel and seek a refund.

What happens if I am ill or unable to attend?

If a student misses their course due to illness or extenuating circumstances they can request a deferral. This request must be made in writing, with supporting documentation by emailing all@ucd.ie.

Where can I get a reading list for my course?

Not all courses will have a reading list, but if they do, it will be available online alongside the course description. For the majority of courses, the book list contains suggested reading for those interested in investigating the subject further. Your tutor can guide you as to which reading might be most suitable, so please await the start of the course should you wish to make any purchases.

Is there parking available on the UCD campus?

On Belfield campus, parking is free after 5:00pm each evening, except for premium rate hourly paid spaces and spaces associated with UCD Sports and Fitness. Please note that clamping is in operation, Lifelong Learning students should only park in official car parks. Further information about parking at UCD is available through the UCD Estates Website.