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Current Stage 1 Students

You are very welcome to stage one (first year) History. As a stage one student undertaking history you will have chosen between 1 and 4 of our modules (see below). These are designed to provide you not only with an introduction to the discipline of history, but also a sense of key periods in the past.  Full details of the modules are available through UCD Course Search.

School Support

We take student support very seriously in the School of History and have a range of points of contact and support depending on your requirements. The university also provide a range of professional supports should you need them through your time with us (see next section).  Please remember that asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness but of self-confidence and strength.  

Stage One Coordinator

Nathan Millin is the Support Coordinator in the School of History and is available to help students with any general questions or personal problems they may have. Students are very welcome to contact Nathan by email to make an appointment: (opens in a new window)nathan.millin@ucd.ie

Office Hours during Autumn Trimester (18 September 2023 - 1 December 2023): 

Wednesdays: 2-4pm in K113 - no appointment necessary

Thursdays: 1-3pm in K113 - by appointment only. 

Module Coordinator

The role of the module coordinator is to oversee all aspects of the module and please first refer any questions about a module to the relevant module coordinator. If for any reason you are having problems contacting or getting a response from a coordinator please feel free to contact (opens in a new window)history@ucd.ie 

Stage 1 Tutors

One of the most important roles of the tutors is to be a source of support and guidance to students and to monitor and advise on your progress. You may contact your tutor by email.

The School Office (Room K107)

E-mail: (opens in a new window)history@ucd.ie       Telephone: 01 716 8375

The School Office is an extremely important part of the School, it is the administrative hub of School activities. Office hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00. The School Administrator (Claire Gibney) will help with any questions regarding student administrative or organisational matters.

Personal well-being and good health are central to academic achievement and over the course of your studies you may experience personal problems that may affect your academic work - perhaps an illness, a bereavement, loneliness, financial difficulties or relationship problems. While we would wish to support you as much as we can, and always feel free to talk us, there are issues that require certain professional supports and expertise. We can advise on where you might get most appropriate support if you wish. As a starting point the University provides a range of advice, support and resources to help students tackle such problems (these services are listed below) and you should consider availing of these if you require advice or assistance on any matter.  Please feel free to avail of these (see below) but always, if you are able, also let the School know if you are having difficulties. Remember the sooner an issue is identified and the appropriate people are made aware the more likely it is that it can be dealt with and we can help you.

UCD Student Advisers

Provide support to students throughout their university experience

UCD Chaplains

Provide both religious and pastoral care

UCD Student Health and Counselling Service

Provides on-campus medical, psychological and psychiatric care,

UCD Access Centre

Provides advice and support to students with disabilities, long term medical conditions or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)

UCD Student Support

Provides a wide range of practical supports and links

Unfortunately, most of us at some stage will suffer from illnesses that affect our ability to meet deadlines or fully achieve our potential. If you find yourself in health or other difficulties (e.g. bereavement; family problems) it is very important that you contact the School as soon as possible. The School of History and UCD generally have a variety of excellent support services for students who are in need (see other sections on this page).

It is important that you advise us of problems as early as possible; if at all possible, tell us in advance of the deadlines that you are concerned about. Please note that any issue relating to extenuating circumstances submitted to the School is dealt with in strictest confidence by staff.

Problems of various kinds may be taken into account in marking work, or considering whether or not a late penalty should apply for an essay. It is important that you speak to the tutor or module co-ordinator. They will ask you to:

  • Complete a school copy of an Request for late submission of coursework form during open office hours
  • Provide an original medical certificate or other supporting documentation in addition to the declaration. This will be placed on file, and may be taken into consideration in assessing your work.