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Personal Difficulties

UCD is aware that sometimes students face difficulties that may impact their academic studies. Examples of this might include the death of someone close, divorce or separation, mental or physical health issues, and family issues, among others.

Every academic programme in UCD has a dedicated Student Adviser who can offer you time and space to explore any issues of concern you may have. We also have specific Student Advisers for Mature Students and Postgraduate Research Students.

Student Advisers can help you find pathways to deal with personal, social and emotional issues and can advise you about appropriate UCD policies, procedures and services.

Student Advisers work closely with academic and administrative staff as well as other student support staff to help you stay on track or get back on track when you are experiencing personal difficulties.

If you need help, then please reach out to your Student Adviser or other emergency supports available to you.

Some unforeseen circumstances may fall under the Extenuating Circumstances policy. Details of the Extenuating Circumstances policy can be found here


UCD Student Advisers are not an emergency service. In an emergency, please call 999 or 112 in Ireland. If you are on UCD campus, please dial 01 716 7999.

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