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People & Organisation Development aim to provide information to help new staff & faculty become familiar with the University and their new role. We also aim to assist managers to support that process effectively through the following induction and orientation programmes. 

To support you at this time, an Orientation session is available for new or recently joined employees. The aim is to provide information on the UCD strategy, structure and some key services which will help to settle you into working life in UCD.  For more information on what is covered at the session please see the outline for the most recent session in March - Orientation Programme Agenda March 2023

Some resources to help you settle into UCD, including the UCD Values, can be found here on LinkedIn Learning.  


The next Orientation Programme Event will take place on 17th & 18th May 2023.  This Hybrid Orientation Programme comprises of a 2.5 hour in person session on Day 1 followed by a 1 hour online session on Day 2 (Note: It will place over 2 consecutive days).  Please book via the - New Staff Orientation link.

If you have any queries regarding the orientation webinar, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

Joining a new organisation can be both interesting and challenging. It can take time to settle in and find your way around.  Local induction, part of the UCD Orientation Process,  refers to the role specific induction process that takes place when an employee member joins the University.  This process equips the staff member with the necessary information to participate fully in their new role.

Your Manager or Head of School/Unit has responsibility for managing and coordinating local induction. The Induction Process is an important way of ensuring that the new staff member and the school/unit derive real benefit from their appointment. The aim is to enable the staff member to perform to their full potential as soon as possible.

A successful programme will involve a team approach and will give the new staff member the opportunity to meet their colleagues and to gain an understanding of the role of every member of the team.

Detailed checklists are available and these cover the pre-arrival period right up to the end of the employees first month.

The EDI in Higher Education eLearning programme is an interactive tailored online resource that provides UCD employees with an awareness of key equality and diversity topics in a University context. The self-paced programme is an essential overview of EDI principles and practices for new employees and comprises of four parts: 

  1. An introduction to Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  2. Recruitment and Selection
  3. Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students in Teaching and Learning Settings
  4. Putting Policy into Practice

Find out more on the EDI website.

This one hour lunchtime seminar is aimed at all employees who have commenced work in UCD within the last few months and who are members of the Single Public Service Scheme.

All new entrants to pensionable public service employment on or after 1 January 2013 are, in general, members of the Single Scheme.


For details of upcoming events or to book your place, please visit the People Development booking centre.

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

 Additional Resource:

The Faculty Induction event is aimed at all new academic employees and will provide an overview of the services and key personnel that you will need to know in the early stages of your academic life in UCD. We very much look forward to welcoming you as a faculty member to UCD.

The next Faculty Induction will take place in October 2023 (date tbc).

To book your place please visit the UCD People Development Booking Centre

Some useful links: 


UCD Research Portal 

Setting up your Research Profile  (RMS)

Link to Research Professional training 


UCD Teaching & Learning 



Faculty Development Framework



This development programme is specifically for Assistant Professors.

For further information, see the dedicated Newly Appointed Assistant Professors Development Programme page. 

There are a wide range of resources and supports available to you throughout your career with UCD. Below are some useful links to aid you in becoming familiar with the University and your new role.

UCD People & Organisation Development

Roebuck Offices, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 4919 | E: peopledevelopment@ucd.ie