UCD for ALL Student Experience

As part of our outreach commitments, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning works with a number of secondary schools, further education colleges, adult learners and other linked institutions located in Ballyfermot, Crumlin, Clondalkin, Greenhills, Tallaght, South Dublin, Bray, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Wicklow, and Laois. 

Many of the people we work within these areas are keen to find out more about the realities of studying at university, so we have invited them to spend a day at UCD ‘shadowing’ people like you; a current, undergraduate student. This is designed to give these prospective students, who have been encouraged to already start thinking about entering higher education, the opportunity to experience it now, first hand.

What’s involved?

A UCD student spends the day (8.30 am – 2.00 pm) on campus with two prospective students who are interested in your area of study. Our hope is that you will be able to offer your prospective students the widest range of typical student activities on the day, but all we expect you to do is what you normally would - If that involves some time spent in the library preparing for a tutorial or an essay, you should do that. Similarly, if you plan to spend some social time with your friends between classes, please do - We want your shadows to get a realistic impression of what student life is like on a day-to-day basis.

You will have two different prospective students with you each day. Ideally, UCD students selected to participate in UCD for ALL Student Experience would be available all three days, but if you can only do one or two days you can still apply. Please just let us which days you are available on the application form.

Briefing Session: Attendance at a 50-minute briefing session is compulsory for all UCD students who wish to take part.

All of these briefings take place at the UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre, 1st Floor, James Joyce Library Building.

What do I get from participating?

Apart from an opportunity to show off your campus and the satisfaction of helping to reassure a prospective student that they will cope, you also get:

• The opportunity to help a prospective student learn more about UCD, the campus, and specific areas of study.
• An opportunity to develop transferable skills in communication, flexibility, organisation, time management, etc.
• Lunch vouchers are provided each day.

When will I find out if I can take part?

Recruitment takes place at the end of January, with the experience itself taking place in mid-February. We try to take on everyone who applies, however, if your timetable/availability doesn't suit, we may not be able to invite you to take part.