Undergraduate FAQs and Forms 

Please find below the answers to the most commonly asked questions at SPIRe, if you cannot find the answer you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact the SPIRe administration office.

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You must upload your assignments in Brightspace. They are checked against Urkind, UCD’s originality/similarity checking or plagiarism prevention tool in Brightspace. 

For Academic Year 2020-21:

Students must upload their essay to Brightspace. Submission of a hard copy essay is NOT required. 

Please ensure that you completed work adheres to the School's guidelines (SPIRe Guidelines for Essay Writing) and accepted referencing system (Harvard Reference Guide) before you submit your essay. 


Normal Procedure: 

Some lecturers/tutors will ask you to submit a hard copy as well. You can find the relevant tutor's/module's post-box in the Politics corridor (3rd Floor in Area G) in the Newman Building. The hard copy of the essay should have a completed Declaration of Authorship Form (Essay Cover Sheet) MS Word / PDF.

Plagiarism, either intentional or unintentional, is a very serious offence, and SPIRe takes possible incidents of Plagiarism very seriously. If you are unsure of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it please consult the library's helpful guide.

UCD Policy on Plagiarism‌

Plagiarism Example (PDF)

A normal late submission of coursework penalty applies during Autumn 2020-21 trimiester.

You should make every effort to submit your work on time. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact the relevant module coordinator at the earliest opportunity to discuss a possible extension. If you submit your essay late without prior notification to the module coordinator please refer to the University's Late Submission of Coursework Policy.

The following Google form should be submitted where you know that for good reason that a deadline cannot be met prior to the due date. (UCD login required)

Level 1 & 2 modules: Late Submission Application Form Spring 20-21

Level 3 modules: Late Submission Application Form Spring 20-21 

Tutorials are an important part of the learning experience for your degree. It gives you an opportunity to enage with certain topics in  detail and discuss your opinions with your peers and tutor. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know other SPIRe students and also your tutor who is happy to help with any questions or concerns you might have.

If you miss a tutorial, please fill out the Tutorial Absence Form Spring 20-21 (Google Form)‌.

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SPIRe understands that you might have circumstances outside your control which means that you will be unable to complete assessments and sit exams. The School of Politics and International Relations and UCD generally have a variety of excellent support services for students who are in need (see other sections on this page).

It is important that you advise us of problems as early as possible; preferably in advance of the deadlines that you are concerned about. 

Problems of various kinds may be taken into account in marking work, or considering whether or not a late penalty should apply for an essay. It is important that you speak to the module coordinator or tutor.

You should also familiarise yourself with the University's Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

For a short-term illness (e.g. tonsillitis), please refer to the "What if I cannot meet my essay deadline?" and "What if I miss a tutorial?" sections above. 

The Extenuating Circumstances application process has been moved to online. See the links below for the details.

Social Sciences Students (DN550 / DN700)

If you are experiencing ill health or a personal situation that is preventing you from completing coursework, or end of term exams, you must make an Extenuating Circumstances application. Applications must be made online through your SISWeb.  The online system now allows you to upload your supporting evidence when making your application so please have this ready.  Your application cannot be processed without supporting evidence.  The Social Sciences team will support you with your application so you should contact us as soon as you can. More information on Extenuating Circumstances is available on our website here.

Arts Students (DN500/DN520/DN530)

What are Extenuating Circumstances? (Student Desk)

School Support

Student support is very important to the School of Politics and International Relations and there are several points of contact at SPIRe depending on your requirements. If you require additional support from the university please see the section below.

Module coordinator

Each module has a module coordinator, and the role of the module coordinator is to oversee all aspects of the module. If you have any questions or concerns about the module please contact the module coordinator. If you do not know who the module coodinator is please ask the module lecturer, your tutor, and consult the module's Blacboard page. If for any reason you are having problems contacting or getting a response from a coordinator please feel free to contact the module tutors or the School office. 

SPIRe Tutors

One of the most important roles of the tutors is to be a source of support and guidance to students and to monitor and advise on your progress. Please consult the section above which details the name and contact details of all SPIRe tutors. You may contact your tutor by email, and cc your query to the School Undergraduate Administrator, Yuko Conlon at: yuko.conlon@ucd.ie

The School Office

E-mail: spire@ucd.ie   (A meeting via zoom available on request.)

The School Undergraduate Administrator (Ms Yuko Conlon) will help with any questions regarding student administrative or organisational matters. When the Office is closed, or if the Administrator is not available, your queries should be sent by e-mail to: spire@ucd.ie. You should include your UCD student number in all correspondence with the School.

The University provides a range of advice, support and resources (these services are listed below) and you should consider availing of these if you require advice or assistance on any matter.  Please feel free to avail of these (see below) but always, if you are able, also let the School know if you are having difficulties. Remember the sooner an issue is identified and the appropriate people are made aware the more likely it is that it can be dealt with and we can help you.

UCD Student Advisers

Provide support to students throughout their university experience

UCD Chaplains

Provide both religious and pastoral care

UCD Student Health Service

Provide on-campus medical service

UCD Student Counselling Service

A free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors.

UCD Access Centre

Provides advice and support to students with disabilities, long term medical conditions or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)

UCD Student Support

Provides a wide range of practical supports and links

Student Union Welfare

The Student’s Union provide a wide range of help and support include welfare advice

Examinations Feedback Service is currently suspended. 

The following information is for reference only.


If you wish to check your grade for each exam question, come to Room G314 Newman Building, Politics Admin Office between 10am and 4pm. (Closed for lunch between 1-2pm)

If you wish to review your script, send a request to spire@ucd.ie one working day in advance.

Please include the following information.

  • Student number
  • Full name
  • Module code and name

If you wish to review your script with your lecturer:

  1. Make an appointment with him/her by sending an email. (See here for staff details)  
  2. Also send an email to spire@ucd.ie so that the admin staff members will prepare your script before the appointment. Please indicate your student number, full name and the module code/name.

Degree compliance is your responsibility. If you are unsure if you have met your programme/subject requirements it is essential that you consult with the relevant programme office as soon as possible.