Graduate Orientation

GradsConnect Virtual Welcome 2021/22

A welcome for all incoming graduate students (taught & research) from UCD's President, Professor Andrew Deeks and Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Barbara Dooley.

Professor Dooley also discusses supports available to you as graduate students at UCD, in conversation with Philip Smyth of the UCD Institute for Discovery. See links below for further info. 

Welcome to Ireland's Global University!

Welcome to UCD, No 1 in Ireland for Graduate employability. Orientation in September 2021 will have a few elements & the paths differ slightly for graduate taught & graduate research students. All Graduate Studies events will be virtual, to respect social distancing requirements. Please see below for further details & check with your School on programme-level activities.

<strong>Welcome</strong> to Ireland's Global University!

 Programme/School Orientation

  • Provided by your School or Programme Office

  • You will receive information directly from your School regarding their planned activities. Smurfit students should refer to the SISweb Incoming Students Portal for Orientation details/information.

  • Research students should liaise with their Principal Supervisor

 BrightspaceIntroduction to UCD on Brightspace

UCD has a Virtual Learning Environment called Brightspace, to access teaching, learning and assessment materials for taught modules. When you log into Brightspace, you will also be able to access the Introduction to UCD module, which must be completed by all incoming students. It will cover topics including: Academic Integrity, the Active Bystander Programme: UCD Says No to Sexual Misconduct, UCD for ALL & Discover IT.

To access Brightspace:

  1. Accept your offer
  2. Go to UCD Connect
  3. Log into SISWeb
  4. Begin Step 1 of Registration
  5. You can then log into Brightspace & begin the 'Introduction to UCD' module, located in the "My Modules" section.

Graduate Research Student Induction 

(Incoming Graduate Research Students only)

Relevant to incoming graduate research students only

  • An induction event was held via Zoom on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at 11:00 (GMT +00:00).


  GradsConnect Virtual Welcome 2021/22

UCD's President Professor Andrew Deeks and Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Barbara Dooley will welcome all incoming graduate students (taught & research) on Friday, 24th September 2021 at 14:00 (GMT +00:00).

Services & Supports


COVID-19 Arrangements

UCD remains committed to providing the best experience for all our students whilst prioritising the safety of our staff and students