Support for Science Students
There is a range of support available for Science students from our Science Office, Peer Mentors, Student Advisers and the Chaplaincy.
As you embark on this new phase of your academic life in UCD, I hope this year will offer you many opportunities and challenges and the chance to forge new and lasting friendships that will offer you both support and fun! I hope this experience will allow you to achieve all your goals and with our help you will be encouraged to strive to fulfil your potential.
Our aim is that all communication between us will flow clearly and effectively. We work closely with the Student Advisers and central administration allowing us to provide you with all the support, knowledge, experience and pastoral care required throughout your studies in UCD.
The Science Office will be your first point of contact and we encourage you to come to us for information, support and advice on any issue.
The Peer Mentor Programme is an initiative that was started by UCD Science in 2006 and is now a programme across the University in all undergraduate programme areas.
All incoming Stage 1 students will be linked with a Stage 2 or Stage 3 Science Student (a ‘Peer Mentor’) who was in your position only a year or 2 ago. They are available to help welcome you into UCD Science, help you get to know the ropes, answer all of your questions and offer good advice on things such as where to go, how to fit it all in and how and when to join clubs and societies.
You will meet your mentor during Orientation and exchange contact details so that you can contact them during the year. Your mentor can also then contact you to let you know of group meetings. It is also a good idea to keep in touch with your Peer Mentor and to attend mentoring meetings as a way of meeting other Stage 1 students and entering into the spirit of college life.
For more information, see the Peer Mentoring website.
Catriona Keane and Julia Maher are the Student Advisers for Science. Catriona and Julia are available to meet with students in relation to personal, social or practical issues, from simple requests for information to more serious matters.
There is an open door policy for you to drop in during the day. Catriona's office is in E0.55 in Science East and Julia's office is located within the Science Office in E1.09. Or if you would prefer to arrange an appointment, you can phone Catriona on 716 2271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Julia on 716 2389 or by email on email@example.com
The Chaplaincy offers friendship, support, assistance and encouragement. An open-door policy exists to enable students feel welcome and to seek assistance, especially in times of distress, illness and bereavement. There is particular attention given to students’ special needs at the beginning and end of the academic year.
Any of the chaplains can also be contacted via the general office situated at the Newman building G002.
Contact Ms. Anne Tynan, Senior Executive Assistant on +353 1 7168372 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org