About HR

UCD Human Resources is led by Tristan Aitken, Chief People Officer and Director of SIRC & Legal Services. The function is divided into three teams which report to Tristan. These are:

A detailed list of contacts can be found in the Helpdesk Section or the online Staff Directory.

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.

UCD Human Resources Strategy 2022-2024 – The Revolution of Work

Our strategy - The Revolution of Work, builds on successes and progression already achieved through our previous strategy, Growing through people, and envisages a supportive, developmental environment and culture based on four established strategic pillars:

  • Transforming Service Partnership
  • Building Organisational Capability
  • Enhancing our Performance Culture
  • Becoming an Employer and University of Choice

Find out more by exploring out strategy below or download the PDF: HR Strategy 2022 - 2024

Previous strategies

Read the UCD Human Resources Strategy 2016-2020 - Growing through people or view the video on YouTube.

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