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Pension Schemes

UCD currently operates defined benefit pension schemes. It is one of the terms and conditions of your employment in UCD to be a member of the pension scheme. Your Explanatory Booklet is available on your online pensions records, however booklets for the various schemes are available as follows 1995 UCD Contributory Pension Scheme Explanatory Booklet and UCD Model Pension Scheme Explanatory Booklet and Single Public Service Pension Scheme Booklet.  Please ensure you are looking at the correct leaflet by reading the first paragraph on each leaflet carefully.  If you are unsure which scheme you are a member of please in the first instance visit our Retirement section for further guidelines on your pension scheme allocation. Alternatively, you can email with your personnel number and request your pension details.


Online Pension Self Service

Online pension records are available to pre 2013 pension scheme members through the UCD Employee Self Service (ESS) system. Visit here for information relevant to member’s online pension records including access to the UCD ESS system, the UCD Pension Self Service User Guide and an overview of the key benefits of this service. This service includes access to an online pensions calculator which allows you to model different retirement scenarios by selecting different retirement options, ages at retirement, changing work patterns or your predicted salary at retirement.

Note: This service is currently unavailable for members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme, which includes staff who joined the public sector in a pensionable capacity since 1st January 2013.


Single Public Service Pension Scheme Members

Members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme can access their scheme resources online through the Single Scheme website provided by DPER. The member section of this site includes the scheme member booklets, the latest scheme news items, links to relevant legislation with online calculation tools including a retirement benefits calculator tool and a purchase and transfer in calculator tool.

Single scheme members should firstly consult this website for any pension queries. For additional queries members can email with their personnel number and request further information.


Pensions-related information

The UCD Pensions Office also provide information on pension related matters such as Normal Retirement, Early RetirementAVC’sNotional Service or PRSA’sTransferring Pension Benefits and Leaver Benefits.

See here for contact details for the UCD Pensions Team.


Pensions Seminars

The UCD Pensions Office delivers several pensions seminars each year including seminars for New Starters, Notional Service and AVC’s, Mid-Career Financial Planning and Retirement Planning courses. For an overview of each of these seminars, scheduled seminar dates and the option to book a place on one of these seminars, visit the People Development services section.


Further Services

It is very important that any changes in family status such as marriage, birth of children, separation or divorce are promptly advised and updated on your HR record.  Please see Update My Details area of the web site for more information.