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Professor Sarah Moss to take up the role of Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UCD's School of English, Drama and Film. Learn More.


New College Research Strategy

The UCD College of Arts and Humanities Research Strategy 2020-2024 brings together and supports the combined research excellence from across the College’s Schools, Institutes, Centres and subject disciplines. The strategy provides a coherent and enabling framework for the development of interdisciplinary expertise.

Dr Conor Lucey wins Architectural History Award

The Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, has been awarded to Conor Lucey, Assistant Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD, for his book Building Reputations: Architecture and the Artisan, 1750–1830.

Emilie Pine wins UCD Research 2019 Impact Competition

Associate Professor Emilie Pine from UCD School of English, Drama and Film was announced overall winner of the 2019 Research Impact Case Study Competition. Her case study, ‘Communicating the legacy of child abuse and helping victims heal’, showcased research combining humanities-led inquiry and digital technologies to produce new knowledge of the scale and complexity of institutional abuse

First Ever UCD Arts and Humanities Alumni Advisory Group

The College of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce the formation of its first-ever Alumni Advisory Group. It was an honour to bring together such talented leaders from different industries at the inaugural meeting in the UCD University Club.

Colette Bryce announced as 2020 Creative Writing Fellow

Colette Bryce is a poet from Derry, with four collections published by Picador and a new collection forthcoming in spring 2020. Her latest book The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014) was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward, and Roehampton poetry prizes and winner of a Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney.

Congratulations to Dr Barbara Dawson 2019 UCD Alumni Award Winner for Art and Humanities

An astute observer of the international contemporary art scene and an outstanding curator, the first female director of Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, Dr Barbara Dawson has been one of the most significant figures in the Irish art world in recent decades. In her role, Barbara has led transformative changes for the Hugh Lane and has been a leading advocate for the visual arts in Ireland.

Colm Tóibín and Colin Barrett visit UCD for Rolex Mentorship Programme

It was a privilege to welcome authors Colm Tóibín and Colin Barrett to the UCD School of English, Drama and Film recently. They met with Creative Writing students and Anne Enright, Professor of Fiction, as well as Head of Creative Writing, Paul Perry.

UCD signs agreement with University of Nottingham

University College Dublin (UCD) and the University of Nottingham (UoN) acting through their respective faculties of Arts and Humanities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further develop educational and research links between both institutions. The signing ceremony took place at University College Dublin’s Belfield campus.

UCD Creative Fellows Inaugural Meeting,
October 2019

UCD was honoured to welcome home 19 alumni for the inaugural meeting of the first-ever UCD Creative Fellows group, chaired by Associate Professor P.J. Mathews, UCD School of English, Drama and Film, sponsored by Professor Sarah Prescott, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Humanities.

MoLI Opens to the Public

Dublin’s new landmark cultural institution MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland)welcomes its first public visitors, following Culture Night. MoLI celebrates the dynamism and diversity of Irish writers past and present.

Catherine Corless Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Speaking at the conferral, Emilie Pine, Associate Professor in Modern Drama at UCD, said the award recognised “the values of humanity Catherine exemplifies and the difference she has made to the world.”

New Craig Dobbin Professor Announced

Recently appointed the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies, Raymond B. Blake’s work has focused on the interplay between statecraft, citizenship, and political leadership to show the complexity of public policy decisions in modern Canada.

Transnationalising the Humanities

We live in an entangled world in which the local, regional, national and global are interconnected through intricate networks and loops of exchange.In 2018 a new Asia-Pacific Research Network was set up to further develop our transnational/transcultural research agenda and reach. The transnational research strand is led by the UCD Humanities Institute in partnership with the College of Arts & Humanities.

'Survivors' Stories' Launched by Minister Katherine Zappone

Survivors’ Stories, a collection of the recorded stories/transcripts of some survivors of residential institutions for women and children in Ireland, was launched this week by Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Frank McGuinness awarded UCD Ulysses Medal

Educator, playwright, poet and fiction writer Frank McGuinness has been honoured with the UCD Ulysses Medal at the opening of the exhibition "From Creativity to Legacy", which marks the ongoing transfer of his archive to UCD Special Collections.

Exploring South Indian History

The College of Arts & Humanities presents the inaugural international lecture of a new series. "Identity Issues of South India: A historical analysis up to 1967" will take place on Tuesday 16 April at 4pm in K114 in Newman Building.
This is a wonderful opportunity to explore South Asian History with visiting UCD History teaching fellow, Professor Selvanathan Lourdusamy.

Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty awarded RIA Gold Medal

UCD Arts and Humanities Professor becomes the first woman to receive the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal. Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty, an architectural historian from the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, was awarded the prestigious prize by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, TD, in a special ceremony at the RIA.

Graduate Study Fair 2019

Starting to plan the next phase of your academic journey? Come and meet us at the UCD Graduate Study Fair 20 February 2019.

Diarmaid Ferriter releases new book "The Border"

For the past two decades, you could cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic half a dozen times without noticing or, indeed, without turning off the road you were travelling.

Eiléan Ní Cuilleanáin lecture

Eiléan Ní Cuilleanáin to give lecture at UCD, 27 February 2019 - 'Instead of a Shrine: Poetry and Ritual'

Five funded PhD Scholarships announced at UCD Arts & Humanities

The College of Arts & Humanities at University College Dublin is pleased to announce 5 generously funded PhD studentships, with the Schools of Art History; English; History and Languages, Cultures & Linguistics. The award includes a stipend of €15,000 per annum (for four years), full fee waivers (EU and non-EU), and a travel allowance.

Bauhaus Effects

A major conference to mark the 100-year anniversary of the influential Bauhaus school gets underway in Dublin today (07.02.19). ‘Bauhaus Effects’ leads the Irish strand of the world-wide celebrations to mark the Bauhaus centenary, and reflects on the legacy of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.


LIVING INSIDE exhibition runs in Kilmainham Gaol from 9 February to 19 May 2019.
A story of pain and protest, change and continuity. The exhibition explores the different perspectives of six people whose lives were entangled in the history of prison reform in Ireland.

Atwood Awarded Ulysses Medal at UCD

Margaret Atwood was awarded the Ulysses Medal at O'Reilly Hall on 6 June 2018, at the Imagining: Home literary event.
The Ulysses Medal is the University's highest honour. Previous medal recipients include: Mary McAleese, Bill Clinton, Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien and Noam Chomsky.

Associate Professor Lynda Mulvin Elected Fellow

Congratulations to Associate Professor Lynda Mulvin who was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London on 1 February 2018 and formally admitted on the 28 March 2018.

Understanding New Rape Cultures

This one-day conference aims to reassess how changes in our communicative landscape – consistently advancing and invasive technologies, round-the-clock surveillance, the uptake of social and digital medias as essential life tools – have affected our understandings of rape culture.

Professor Linda Colley to give 2018 Annual Lecture

The Annual Lecture, "Inscribing a Modern World: Constitutions Across Histories and Literatures", will be given by one of the world's most eminent historians, Professor Linda Colley, Professor of History, Princeton University.

As part of its Decade of Centenaries commemorations, University College Dublin marks the Centenary of WW1 Armistice through various events.

UCD marks 43 who died and 445 who served and survived World War 1 as members of the British armed services.
Delving through WW1 records, UCD historian, Dr Conor Mulvagh, uncovered details of 488 staff students and graduates who served in the British army during the Great War through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

UCD Professor of Modern History Diarmaid Ferriter releases On The Edge, Ireland’s off-shore islands: a modern history.

The islands off the coast of Ireland have long been a source of fascination. Seen as repositories of an ancient Irish culture and the epitome of Irish romanticism, they have attracted generations of scholars, artists and filmmakers, from James Joyce to Robert O'Flaherty, looking for a way of life uncontaminated by modernity or materialism.

Professor Danielle Clarke Appointed Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

UCD Arts and Humanities welcomes Professor Danielle Clarke, Head of School for English, Drama and Film, to the new role of Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.