About HR

UCD Human Resources is led by Tristan Aitken, Director of Human Resources, S.I.R.C. & Legal Affairs. The function is divided into three teams which report to Tristan. These are:

UCD Human Resources Strategy 2016-2020 - Growing through people

Growing through People is designed to support the UCD mission of providing a supportive community in which every member of the University is enabled to achieve their full potential. It envisages a supportive, developmental environment and is based on four key strands:

  • Transforming our Service and Partnership
  • Enhancing a Performance Culture
  • Developing our Talent
  • Becoming an employer and university of choice

Read the UCD Human Resources Strategy 2016-2020 - Growing through people

UCD Values

Collegiality: To work collaboratively and supportively with others demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and relationship building, where every contribution is valued.

Creativity: To develop and turn new and imaginative ideas into reality and to look for opportunities to go beyond traditional ways of doing things and break new ground.

Diversity: To show respect for and be inclusive of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Engagement: To participate proactively with people, activities, projects and initiatives which enhance the work of the University.

Excellence: To confidently pursue the highest standard in what I am doing and continuously commit to look for better ways to deliver the work of the University.

Integrity: To act in a way which is ethical, professional and is consistent with what I say and the values and expectations of the University.

Further Information

CIPD ‘HR & L&D team of the year’ 2019

"UCD’s HR strategy 'Growing through people' has driven an ambitious, interdependent and innovative programme of activity. In partnership with the university community and through a co‐create philosophy, the UCD HR team cultivated the conditions for transformational culture change which directly supports the university’s mission and develops UCD as a great place to work and thrive".

"The judges found this was an outstanding example of a team working together to deliver HR Transformation. The team demonstrated a lot of stakeholder engagement, created a new HR service delivery model, leading an outstanding transformation in a tough sector."

CIPD Team of the Year 2020