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That's a wrap folks! Another year over and planning has started for WORK / LIFE @ UCD 2020. If you've got some feedback for us, the please send it on via the form below.

Post event updates:

  • Dermot Goode has a post-event update about choosing health insurance cover on our Financial Wellbeing page.
  • Wriggle Learning have a new updated deals for UCD staff including a great offer on a Microsoft Surface Pro, just in time for Christmas. See our Special Offers page for more.
  • Affinity Advisors have announced the winners of the Dundrum vouchers on their site
  • Winners of feedback draw on the day were:
    • Bridin Walsh
    • Carmen Munozgarcia 
    • Niamh Cantillon

WORK / LIFE @UCD 2019 (Event took place in November 2019)

Re-imagined, re-designed and ready to roll. Our annual employee engagement event returns to O'Reilly Hall on Wednesday, 20 November, 10am to 3pm, in a new format.

Drop in to visit our 4 new zones: Sustainability, Career, Engagement and Life. Find out about the development opportunities, supports and benefits available to you as an employee of UCD.

Goodies for you

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Amazing prize draw

Come along on the day, give us your feedback as to what you would like to see at Work/Life@UCD 2020 and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes. All submissions included in draw for: 1st €300 Blue Book Voucher (sponsored by Affinity Advisors), 2nd €250 Dundrum Voucher (sponsored by Dillon Solicitors), 3rd €250 Voucher for Roly’s Bistro (sponsored by AIB).

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Seminars & Workshops

Check out the listings below then book your place (booking opens 6 November)

10:00 -11:00am

Making your garden pollinator friendly

Tops tips and advice from Dr Dara Stanley and Ger O'Connor (SAP Landscaping) and David McCormack (Estate Services)

  • Dara is an Assistant Professor in Applied Entomology in the School of Agriculture and Food Science and Earth Institute at UCD. She is an ecologist who leads a research team investigating the interactions between insects and plants, with a special interest in pollinating insects. Current projects are investigating the role of pollinators in crop production, the conservation of rare bumblebees, the effects of climate and pesticide use on pollination services, and the role of honeybees in sustainable livelihoods in Africa.
  • Ger is currently a Contracts Manager with SAP Landscapes Ltd. and has 30 year’s experience in landscaping industry, 21 with SAP. Ger is experienced in moving with the changing landscaping industry over this time and implementing new ideas and techniques. Currently assisting DLRCC in management of wildflower and pollinator friendly initiatives within the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. Keeping up to date with latest machinery to manage efficiently wildflower and pollinator friendly areas.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

10:30 - 11:30am

Your renting rights

Andrea Wesolowski from the RTB will be on site to talk about renting in Ireland. Learn about rules governing deposits, notice periods and upcoming legislation.

Important changes to notice periods and rent pressure zones have been introduced in 2019 and you can find out more on the day.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

11:00 - 12:00pm

Legal advice for life - wills, enduring power of attorney

Valerie McAllister, Dillon Solicitors will discuss the importance of Wills, matters to consider when making a Will and she will also speak about the importance of having an Enduring Power of Attorney in place.

  • Valerie McAllister is a Senior Legal Executive with a National Certificate in Law, a Diploma in Law and  B.A. Degree in Law and Business. Valerie has experience in many areas of law to include immigration and naturalisation, conveyancing, wills and probate, family law, marine law, litigation and personal injuries.

Presentation followed by Q&A.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

11:30 - 12:30pm

'The Irish residential property market: 2019 review, 2020 outlook'

  • Barry Cull - Head of 'Homes AIB' in Dublin South.
    Barry is responsible for leading AIB’s Homes strategy and managing the team across Dublin South to deliver the best mortgage customer experience in their community. Barry holds a B.Comm from NUI Galway as well as a QFA and Professional Banker accreditation from the Institute of Bankers.
  • John Fahey  - Senior Economist AIB
    John Fahey, has responsibility for the Irish economy as well as the major international economies and related interest rate and foreign exchange markets. Before joining AIB, John spent eight years at Ulster Bank, and previously worked in the Economics Department at NUI Galway, where he taught courses in economics. John holds a B.A and M.A in Economics from NUI Galway.
  • Phil Browne  - Financial Planning Specialist AIB  / Irish Life
    Phil Browne is an experienced Financial Planning Specialist. Phil provides advice on areas such as, Income Protection, Life and Illness Cover, Mortgage Protection, Investments and Pensions.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

12:00 - 1:00pm

Managing lunchbox fatigue - healthy lunch options for adults

Bored with you daily lunchbox offerings? Craving that treat to spice up your lunch?

Come along and find out how to make your lunch interesting, appetising and healthy! Julie Dowsett, UCD School of Agriculture & Food will give some practical suggestions and ideas in this interactive workshop. Attendees will also receive a branded Healthy UCD lunchbox so that you can put the suggestions into practice!

  • Julie is a registered dietitian with 19 years experience working in St Vincent's University Hospital. She has worked in UCD since 2006 where runs a PhD Development Programme, upskilling researchers for a career in the agri food sector. She also works in Executive Education. Julie is a Fellow of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for dietitians in Ireland.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

12:30 - 1:30pm

Top tips for buying your home

Buying a house or apartment? Our panel of 3 experts brings together the information you will need to know on mortgages, the legal aspects and what to look for when buying.

  • Trevor Grant - 'how to get a mortgage and what options are available in the market'. Trevor Grant is a Director of Affinity Advisors, an award winning financial advisory firm specialising in the provision of market-based mortgage and protection advice.
  • Lorna McArdle, Solicitor, Dillon Solicitors, the stages involved in a purchase and sale of property and issues to be particularly aware of
  • David Swaine, Property Partners O Brien Swaine, top tips for buying a property. The presentations will be followed by Q&As.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Fuss-free, healthy lunchboxes for kids

"Finding making the daily lunches a challenge? Come along to this workshop where Dr Sarah Brown will give some practical tips, advice and suggestions to thane the challenge out of making the school lunches. Attendees will also receive a branded Healthy UCD lunchbox.

  • Sarah is a registered dietitian with a background in community dietetics and youth health promotion.  Her research focuses on school and retail food environments and the dietary behaviours of children and teenagers. Sarah currently works as a part-time Assistant Professor in nutrition and dietetics at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and also holds a post-doctoral research position in childhood obesity at RCSI working with the W82GO programme at Children's Health Ireland, Temple Street.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Renovating your home - some issues to consider

Our panel of 3 experts look at different areas to consider when renovation your home.

  • Trevor Grant, Affinity Advisors, switching your mortgage to save money for renovating your home. Trevor Grant is a Director of Affinity Advisors, an award winning financial advisory firm specialising in the provision of market-based mortgage and protection advice.
  • Michael Pike, Architect, UCD School of Architecture & Planning, planning pitfalls and things to consider. Michael is principal of GKMP Architects and an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. GKMP Architects are concerned with the design of housing and public space.
    Since inception the practice has received a number of architectural awards.
  • Susan Andrews is Programme Executive with SEAI for the Home Energy grants programme, which offers financial incentives for energy efficiency in the residential sector. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Susan has an MSc in Strategic Management and BSc in Business and Marketing, along with eighteen years’ experience across a variety of sectors including Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

2:00 - 3:00pm

'House plants - what to get and how to look after them'

  • Hannah Mooney has worked with SAP Landscapes for the last 3 years. As Contracts supervisor in charge of the interior plant maintenance business, Hannah supervises installation and maintenance of interior plants. Hannah previously worked with Woodies as on-site horticulturist advising customers on indoor plants and planting. Hannah has a personal interest, not just commercial, in interior planting.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

2:30 - 3:30pm

Top Tips for Retirement - Things to think about and prepare in advance of your retirement date

The council provides support and help to people in Ireland to help them make a smooth transition from employment to a meaningful and fulfilling retirement.  Established in 1974, we have over 40 years’ experience and are a Registered Charity and Not-For-profit organisation.  We have developed to become a Centre of Excellence in providing Retirement Educational Programmes.

  • Derek Bell, Retirement Planning Council of Ireland.

Book your place (booking opens 6 November)

Zones in detail

Greener Homes with the Susutainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Susan Andrews will be on site to talk to you about the latest grants and technology for your home.

  • Susan Andrews is Programme Executive with SEAI for the Home Energy grants programme, which offers financial incentives for energy efficiency in the residential sector. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Susan has an MSc in Strategic Management and BSc in Business and Marketing, along with eighteen years’ experience across a variety of sectors including Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
UCD Hospitality

Drop in and have a chat to us about the eating options on campus, sustainability initiatives we are undertaking and collect a free reusable lunchbox for use at our International Street Food Market every Thursday.

KSG catering

Environmental and sustainable restaurant practices are important to us and KSG Catering will be highlighting the recent green initiatives we have taken across our units on campus. On the day we will be:

  • Giving out free KSG branded water bottles
  • Giving out free Ecoffee Cups and highlighting the 10% discount available for using a reusable cup
  • Have some small bites from our Enrich healthy eating program
  • Have samples of our disposables and explain the steps customers can take to reduce their waste footprint when using our cafes
UCD Smarter Travel

Come and find out about active and sustainable commuting to UCD, recently upgraded bike parking areas, public repair stands, bike security and secure bike parking area, Dart Shuttle bus services, electric vehicle (EV) facilities. Bleeperbike will be with us on the day promoting their bike rental services and providing promo codes for a free days use of a bleeperbike. Drop down for some back up bike lights, high vis slap wraps and high vis snoods.

Smarter commuting with Travelhub

Travelhub will be on site on Tuesday, 7 November to answer any queries you have regarding these fantastic benefits schemes. They will also be joined by a representative from Dublin Bus and Belfield Bike Shop.

  • Avail of the Government Tax saver schemes and save up to 51% on the price of your commuter ticket or bike and accessories.
  • UCD will pay for your commuter ticket or bike for you upfront and will deduct the full cost from your gross, pre-tax salary. As a result you can save between 30 - 51%, depending on your tax rate.
  • You can spend up to €1,000 on a brand new bike and accessories.
  • You can choose from over 25 travel operators including Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas and private coaches such as Swords Express, Wexford Bus, Matthews, Buslink.
  • Apply today through the UCD microsite
Sourcing furniture with UCD WARP IT

Got furniture in your office you don't want or looking for furniture? UCD Warp (Waste Action Reuse Portal) It is a web based, furniture reuse platform, part of the Green Campus initiative managed by UCD Estate Services to reduce our carbon footprint by diverting furniture from landfill, and reduce the costs to the University of storage and purchase of new furniture. UCD Warp It was launched in April 2019 and has an online catalogue of office furniture available to UCD staff and to charity/non- profit organisations in Ireland. Register online via UCD Warp It

Campus Developments

Find out more about our campus development plans. We will have on display details of Future Campus Phase 1 which consists of the Centre for Creativity, the Centre for Future Learning as well as landscaping and urban design upgrades. Also on display will be a model of the Student Residential Masterplan and initial plans for 3,000 new beds and a student amenity building.

UCD Green Campus

Come and find out how you can get involved. The Green Campus initiative is a programme run by An Taisce in third-level institutions. The aim of Green Campus is to encourage students and staff to work together to implement projects and initiatives that will raise awareness of environmental issues and improve the environmental performance of their institution. Additionally, by successfully following a 7-step programme, participating organisations will be awarded the An Taisce “Green Flag”. More information on the An Tasice Green Campus initiative and the 7-steps can be found here.
UCD is currently working towards the Green Flag under 5 themes:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Action/Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Commuting
  • Waste reduction/recycling
  • Water Conservation
Belfield Bike Shop

We will have a range of bikes and electric bikes available under the bike to work scheme. Also a range of accessories.

Volunteering opportunities with UCD in the community

Find out about the UCD Voluteering Policy and opportunities within UCD and with organisations nationally & internationally.

International volunteering opportunities with UCDVO

UCD Volunteers Overseas support student volunteers to engage in environmental, educational, healthcare, construction and computer training projects in disadvantaged communities overseas. Come and find out how you might get involved as a staff volunteer.

UCD Festival

Meet some of the UCD Festival team and learn how you can get involved in the Universities largest public engagement event. Learn about how to become a volunteer or how you can submit ideas and content for the UCD Festival 2020 taking place 6 June 2020.

UCD Alumni Relations - volunteering and more!

Come along and find out more about the volunteering opportunities with UCD Alumni Relations - mentoring, buddy programme for international students, career panels etc.

Special Olympics Ireland - Learn how you can get involved

Special Olympics Ireland offer a year-round sports training and competition programme for people with an intellectual disability. UCD employees identified this charity as the one they would like to support following a process to establish an external charity of choice. We would love to chat with you about how you can get involved.

UCDVO book sale

Secondhand books and baked goodies sale in aid of UCD VO. Drp down to browse the wide range of books available!

Culture & Engagement

Learn about events and initiaves focused on employee engagement. We've got programmes covering fitness, health, art, personal finance, employee clubs and more. See how you can get involved or find out how  you can start a club of your own.

UCD Staff Photography Club

The Club aims to provide a relaxed and welcoming setting for staff to learn more about photography, share their photos and develop their skills. Membership is open to any staff member with an interest in photography, regardless of skill level. You won't need a 'fancy' camera and we'll try as much as possible to tailor monthly challenges to camerphone users as well as SLR owners. Sign up at our stand and get a free online profile pic while you're there!

UCD Purl Jam

UCD Purl Jam is a craft group at University College Dublin that was established in September 2017 by Dr Niamh Nestor (Student Adviser in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine) and Catriona Keane (Student Adviser in UCD Science). We welcome all levels of experience, from total beginner to totally experienced. Come along to our stand and check out some of the group's work.

UCD Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Come along and find out about employee support networks (Multicultural Staff, LGBTQI, Disability, Women at STEM) on campus, parenting supports, dignity & respect colleagues and much more.

UCD Jazz Society

For the first time, Students from UCD Jazz society will entertain with the crowd with some smooth jazz over lunch.

Your renting rights - with the Residential Tenancies Board

The RTB will have experts on site to talk about renting, deposits, disputes and new legisltation.

Organizing your life with Google

Employees have access to a broad range of Google applications via Connect, but are you getting the most from them? We'll have experts from Google on site to show you how to get the most from Drive, Doc's, Sheets and more. Learn how shared calendars, video hangouts and photos can help you organise your life!

Wriggle Learning

Wriggle specialise in digital learning for education. We offer HEAnet pricing to all staff at UCD on Apple equipment and discount Microsoft pricing, for personal purchase. We will have a range of equipment on display including Apple MacBook Air 13”, iPad, Surface GO and Surface Pro. Come along and find out the savings you can make.

Affinity Advisors

A mortgage market specialist can ensure you avail of the best offer in the market and not just the single mortgage package offered by an individual bank. This applies whether applying for a mortgage or switching your existing provider. Trevor Grant, Affinity Advisors will be on hand during the day. Affinity Advisors is an award winning financial advisory firm specialising in the provision of market-based mortgage and protection advice. They offer a free on-site advisory service available to all UCD employees. For further information log on to www.affinityadv.ie or contact Trevor Grant on 087 2721146 or 01 6533120 or email trevor@affinityadv.ie.


HSF health plan is an employee health benefits provider. We provide employee cash plans to help cover the cost of everyday health care expenses like GP fees, prescription costs, dental fees and glasses. Benefits include hospital, physiotherapy and complementary treatments, specialist consultations, health screening, personal injury and eye laser surgery. UCD offers direct payment form salary if you choose to purchase a plan. Drop into the stand to find out more or contact us on 1890 451 451 or email enquires@hsf.ie

Cornmarket Health Insurance Comparison Service

Cornmarket are offering UCD employees a Free Health Insurance Comparison Service at Work/Life@UCD 2019. This service will help you to find the best health insurance cover at the most competitive price.

Cornmarket have been looking after their clients' financial needs for over 45 years. Now over 100,000 customers trust them with their health insurance – and they’ve grown to become Ireland’s largest broker. You’ll benefit from their detailed, comprehensive market knowledge and team of friendly experts. They will search the hundreds of plans available to find the best value cover for you & your family.

You can book a Free Review of your cover on the day by emailing Dermot.wells@cornmarket.ie or phoning 01 4708037. Timeslots on the day are allocated between 10am and 3pm.

Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. A member of the Irish Life Group Ltd. which is part of the Great-West Lifeco Group of companies. Cornmarket receive a commission when setting up an Irish Life Health insurance product.

Total Health Cover

Dermot Goode is the leading expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland and has presented to UCD employee on several occasions detailing how to save money on health insurance. He runs the only intermediary in Ireland, Total Health Cover, dealing exclusively in healthcare benefits (health insurance, dental, vision-care, cash plans). Total Health Cover will review cover to help you source the best products at the lowest cost, covering all 340 plus plans available across VHI, Laya and Irish Life Health. All services are provided on a fee basis which ensures the best advance. For UCD employees, there is a 24% reduction in their standard fee, reducing the cost to €95.

UCD Sport & Fitness

Have a chat with one of our fitness instructures. Find out what’s available that might suit you. UCD staff enjoy savings of up to 57% off of public memberships packages at UCD Sport & Fitness. These savings are extended right through to benefit UCD staff family members also. Your membership includes....

  • Unlimited gym and 50 metre swimming pool access.
  • Over 130 free fitness classes per week including Yoga, Pilates and Body Balance.
  • Ongoing free fitness assessments with our qualified personal trainers.
  • Complimentary gym plan design and updates.
Healthy UCD

Learn about healthy eating and get health advice for life from the team at Healthy UCD (also see our talks on lunchboxes and healthy eating in the seminars section).

Legal Advice

Legal advice from Dillon Solicitors (also see our legal talk in the seminars section).

UCD Library

All UCD staff have access to the Library - use your UCARD to access a world of information, help and support.

The Library provides you with information and access to resources supporting healthy living, study skills (2nd & 3rd Level) and runs regular courses on Google, social media, preserving your digital memories and using open access resources.
We have books too. An extensive fiction collection, a Book Swap, DVD's and much more.
Drop by the Library stand and find out how we can support you!

Improve your profile with LinkedIn

Looking to improve your online profile, make better use of groups or improve your search for new staff? Rachel and Angelique from LinkedIn will be on site all day to help you maximise your time online.

  • Rachel Cronin: Having worked in staffing and talent acquisition roles for over 6 years both in Sydney and Dublin, Rachel has a clear passion for talent. Having transitioned to Customer Success, she is now focused on ensuring her customers are set up for success for their own talent strategies with the LinkedIn solution they have.
  • Angelique O'Connell: Angelique has worked at LinekedIn for almost 5 years across Talent Acquisition, HR and Customer Success. Having worked on talent strategies with some of our largest Corporate Global accounts, Angelique is very data driven and passionate about our customers being successful through LinkedIn.
Staff Mobility Opportunities with UCD Global

Erasmus+ funding supports staff mobility for academic and professional staff between Programme Countries (Europe) and Partner Countries (the rest of the world).

Find out more about this programme from UCD Global staff.

People & Organisation Development

On the day the People and Organisation Development team will be on hand to talk with you about the following initiatives:

2019/20 Programme Catalogue
The 2019/20 Programme Catalogue is designed to support all employees and teams in their professional development within UCD and reflect the UCD competencies, Faculty, Technical and Job Families Frameworks. The range of training courses enable staff to engage with programmes identified in their P4G development plan. Leadership and people management skills are developed through our dedicated programmes, supported by coaching and mentoring.

Performance for Growth (P4G) is the UCD framework that provides the opportunity for all employees to have at least one annual conversation with their line manager, Head of School or alternate reviewer, within which achievements and challenges of the previous year are reflected on and goals and objectives for the coming year agreed. From that conversation a development plan is decided on and career aspirations are explored and supported where possible.

Newly Appointed Assistant Professor Programme
Created specifically for the newly appointed Asst Professors, this programme’s objective is to support new faculty so that they feel more connected to UCD and to provide opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary relationships that will be useful and fruitful for their career and enjoyment of life at UCD.

Post-Doctoral researchers
UCD Research Skills & Career Development provides Post-doctoral Researchers with access to training and development opportunities across four core competency areas of Research and Research Management, Personal and Professional Excellence, Teaching Learning and Mentoring and Innovation and Transferable Skills.

Bespoke team events
UCD People & Organisation Development design and deliver customised solutions to help schools and units to work more effectively. This service is available through your HR Partner and the People and Organisation Development specialist. We collaborate with you on whatever your particular challenge might be, whether it is bringing your strategy to life so that it has meaning for everyone in your school or unit or whether it is helping you to respond to a major change impacting your area. Support can also be provided with customised workshops on team dynamics/teambuilding using a variety of tools to build on what is already working well and explore areas for change.

A range of leadership programs and workshops have been introduced over the past few years at UCD, these programs, introduced by the People and Organisation Development unit, have been designed to support and develop leaders at all levels to help UCD build and strengthen its internal capability to fulfil the 2020 strategy goals and beyond.

Retirement Planning Council

The Retirement Planning Council will provide advice on how to approach retirement and expertise on the state pension and PRSI contributions.

Pensions Information

The UCD Pensions Team will be available to go through any pensionable service queries, discuss retirement plans or give you a better understanding of how your pension benefits work.


Cornmarket will guide you through the Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) option for augmenting your pension.

Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson, the Income Protection and Voluntary Life Assurance Brokers for the University will be on hand to discuss these benefits.

HR Advice

The HR Helpdesk is the primary point of contact for a wide range of general HR queries. Some of the issues you might want to ask us about on the day include:

  • Salary/Hourly Payments
  • Hourly Set-up Forms
  • ESS Timesheets
  • Statutory/Non-Statutory Leaves
  • Update Personal Details
  • Employment Confirmation requests
  • Travel Pass/Bike to Work
Gaeltacht UCD

Gaeltacht UCD- UCD Global Centre for Irish Language & Culture

Free Services for UCD Employees

  • Irish Language Courses from Beginner to Advanced Levels
  • Cultural & Recreational Activities through Irish
  • Translation Service for all UCD Offices
  • Global Irish Language Summer School for Adults (reduced rate)

Learn Irish, make friends & have fun!

Innovation Academy

UCD Innovation Academy designs and delivers immersive workshops, modules and programmes that build the creative confidence and capacity for innovation among learners across industries and sectors. Upcoming programmes include:

  • UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership (Part-time) L9 NFQ (February 2020)
    This programme is designed to equip middle and senior managers with the leadership skills to drive innovation across their organisation. Participants will develop the mindset, skillset and an actionable toolkit to quickly apply what they have learned in class to make an impact.
  • UCD Professional Diploma for Entrepreneurial Educators (Part-time) L9 NFQ (June 2020)
    This course is offered free of charge to UCD Academic, Teaching or Training and Development staff. Participants will reflect on their teaching practice, explore new innovations in teaching from around the world and develop the leadership skills to effect change in their unit or institution.
  • Bespoke Innovation Workshops (1-2 Day)
    These short bespoke workshops can be designed to meet the needs of the school or unit and cover a range of topics in a playful and immersive way. Workshop topics include Design Thinking, Hackathons, Creative Collaboration, Barriers and Enablers of Innovation etc. 

Contact Culture & Engagement

Culture & Engagement, UCD HR 3rd Floor, Roebuck Offices University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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