University College Dublin is a research-intensive global university with purpose, drive and ambition which has been flourishing for over 160 years. The University has 35,000 students, including 12,000 graduate level students and 1,800 PhD candidates. The Governing Authority is seeking to appoint a new President of UCD.

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of the next UCD President. I am delighted to launch this website, the pages of which will be updated with information as we move through the process.

The University is ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. We are number one in Ireland for graduate employability, an endorsement of the success of our graduates and the quality of our education. The University has 42 subjects ranked in the top 100 QS World University Rankings and four in the top fifty

As part of our strategic plan “Rising to the Future 2020-2024” we are embedding our four strategic themes into our means of working. Through the continued recruitment of faculty we are working to improve our student-to-staff ratio, and improvements to our campus are developing apace as is our digital transformation. UCD faculty, staff, students and wider community members can be proud of how they rose to the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to strengthen our engagement with industry and are constantly exploring new ways of reaching out to our alumni globally.

Over the past ten years, UCD has truly become ‘Ireland’s Global University’, establishing three joint colleges in China and global centres in the USA, China, Malaysia, India, and the Middle East.  International students make a vital, vibrant contribution to our cosmopolitan Dublin campus in Ireland’s capital city, and some 17% of UCD students are now taking part of their degree at a partner university overseas.

The President is the Chief Officer of the University and a member of the Governing Authority. The President sets the vision for the University and provides the leadership to achieve our ambition.  

UCD is very well placed for the future.  We look forward to our search process attracting a variety of highly qualified candidates, who share UCD’s values and who are excited by the challenge of leading University College Dublin over the next 10 years.

Yours sincerely,

Marie O Connor Signature

Marie O’Connor