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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The UCD School of History strives to be a model of inclusion. It is committed to celebrating diversity within the School community and promoting an environment where equality of opportunity is created for allWe respect and value student diversity in all the modules we offer. Our learning environment is designed inclusively, so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible, removing all barriers. Students are provided with equal opportunities to access, participate, and succeed, regardless of background, personal circumstances, age, disability, or pace of study. UCD is a university for all where diversity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of our institution at every level. Students are encouraged to approach staff to discuss their learning needs. Any information disclosed will be treated with confidentiality and respect.

The School of History Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is responsible for promoting, mainstreaming and evaluating equality, diversity and inclusion related initiatives, policies and actions in the School in relation to both staff and students. For further information or supports with EDI matters, please contact the Director for EDI, Dr Fionnuala Walsh: fionnuala.walsh@ucd.ie.

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without such support. It is a contributory payment which helps students meet some of the day-to-day costs associated with being in college.

UCD Laptop Scheme

The UCD Laptop scheme is available to you if you need a laptop for your studies and may not be able to finance it. This is a long term loan scheme, where eligible students can borrow a new, free laptop for the duration of your studies. This scheme is open to new and continuing students. To be eligible for a laptop you must be registered as a full or part-time student in 2022-23 and be from a low income household (annual income below €50,840). Students who enter through the HEAR pathway, do not need to provide supporting documentation. Non-EU fee-paying students, Erasmus and Study Abroad students are not eligible to apply.

Supporting documentation must be provided to be considered for this scheme. Your application will be assessed on your eligibility, and on the information you provide in the final question of this application. Applications for the UCD laptop scheme are open. Please submit your details using this form. Please email all@ucd.ie with any queries.

Disability Support

All students with a disability, significant ongoing illness or Specific Learning Difficulty have the opportunity to receive reasonable accommodations and supports. These may include classroom supports such as informing your lecturers about your disability and/or exam supports, e.g.extra time for exams (10 minutes per hour). To receive these supports students are invited to complete a short meeting called a Needs Assessment with UCD Access & Lifelong Learning.

Disability supports will be in place for the duration of your programme, there is no need to have another Needs Assessment meeting each year. However, if you are returning from a Leave of Absence or a break in your studies between degrees, please contact our team to check your supports are still in place for the new academic year. To make an appointment for a Needs Assessment or to review your supports email disability@ucd.ie

Lifelong Learning

Would you like to study History without the full-time commitment? Lifelong Learning is the perfect opportunity to explore new areas of interest guided by lecturers who are leaders in their field. Hosted by UCD Access & Lifelong Learning in collaboration with Schools across the college and cultural partners, these 4 to 8 week courses are engaging, participative and open to adult learners regardless of their educational background. No exams, no assignments: just turn up, enjoy your class, and meet some like-minded learners who share your interests.

There are a variety of ways to participate in Lifelong Learning from Zoom courses, to on-campus evening lectures, to day-time courses in easily accessible galleries, museums, and community centres.

UCD Alumni can avail of a 10% discount on Lifelong Learning courses. People in receipt of a non-contributory pension or social welfare payment can avail of a 33% discount.

Click here to see this year’s full Lifelong Learning programme.

Open Learning

Open Learning allows students the opportunity to study individual UCD undergraduate modules without the full-time commitment. Modules can be studied for purely interest (audit: no exams!) or academic credit. All of our modules have been carefully selected to ensure that no prior knowledge is required. This is a great way to explore new subjects, experience campus life and learn new skills. As a fully registered UCD student, you can access all of the university’s support services and campus facilities.

Click here to see the range of History modules being offered this academic year.

Further Information

UCD EDI further information


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For more information on UCD policies for staff:

Career Break Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)
Maternity Leave Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)
Parental Leave Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)
Paternity Leave Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)
Out of Hours Email Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)
Support for Employees Taking Family-Related Leave:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie) 
UCD Core Meeting Hours Policy:  Governance Document Details (ucd.ie)