From Newman, to the UCD graduates of today, University College Dublin has led the way in every sphere of Irish life through ground-breaking research, scholarship and innovation, and by providing education and professional training to generations of outstanding graduates and leaders of Irish society.

Your gift to UCD Foundation may be made in a variety of ways and may allow you to Leave a Legacy.  UCD Foundation is happy to assist you in finding the type of gift that best meets your needs.

Fund Research

UCD is committed to becoming a leading international research-intensive university where innovation and creative discovery is encouraged and supported. UCD’s status as an emerging research-intensive university is reflected in its success in securing significant funding and the value of research contracts.

Endow a Building

The Campaign for UCD is transforming the campus. It takes courage to commit to raising funds for new buildings. UCD’s objective is to continue to enhance the world-class facilities available and to develop the quality of the Campus environment for students, staff and the wider community alike.

Establish a Scholarship

As part of UCD’s commitment to the development of under graduate and graduate education in Ireland, UCD has a scheme of awards and scholarships –These awards are intended to underline UCD’s commitment to research excellence and to attract and to retain the very best students from all disciplines and backgrounds.

Memorial Gifts are a special way to honour a loved one, colleague or friend who has passed away. By supporting the university, these gifts ensure a legacy for the deceased that extends far into the future.

Any gift may be designated a memorial gift.

Please find below memorial funds that have been established to honor the person named.


Professor John O’Connor Memorial Award in Equine Clinical Studies

John O’Connor is remembered by generations of veterinary students for his unfailing calm competence, his good humour and courtesy in the face of obstacles and his provision of well-timed advice on matters veterinary and non-veterinary.

Professor John O’Connor Memorial Award in Equine Clinical Studies award was established in memory of Professor John O’Connor, the Professor of Veterinary Surgery, who taught at UCD until 1990. It celebrates the achievement and scholarship of Professor John P O’Connor at UCD: an inspirational role model for students and for the development of equine surgery in particular. The award is for a graduate veterinarian, studying for a higher degree and/or specialist clinical qualification in equine surgery or medicine who wishes to take undertake a specific piece of work or travel in connection with their studies.

This award was made possible through the kindness of Professor O’Connor’s wife, Mary and family.  It commemorates his pioneering work as a skilled and innovative veterinary surgeon, a scholar, editor and teacher.

Professor O’Connor qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1950, and spent some time working in Staffordshire and in Co. Limerick. Having spent a very successful 10 years in practice, during which time he was a founding member of the Limerick Veterinary Clinical Society, he moved to take up a lecturing position in the then Veterinary College of Ireland in Large Animal Surgery in 1961.

He quickly established a reputation as a skilled and innovative surgeon, and the development of equine surgery in particular in Ireland owes much to his efforts.   Awarded a Masters Degree for a thesis on “Cryptorchidism in the Horse” in 1968, a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for work on equine orthopaedics in 1974, and an Associate Professorship from UCD in 1980.

Read More

James and Maria Purcell Scholarship for New ERA Students

The James and Maria Purcell Scholarship was established in 2006

- to celebrate James and Maria Purcell‘s life, the value they put on education and the encouragement they gave their own children for life long education and

- to promote and support students who for a variety of economic and social reasons are under represented at UCD and to encourage and facilitate their participation in higher education.

The gift to establish this award was made possible through the kindness of Ms Phyllis Purcell’ a UCD Commerce graduate (BComm1948).

The James and Maria Purcell Scholarship is awarded annually to a New ERA student from a DEIS school who has participated in the UCD New ERA 5th Year Summer School.

DEIS School – Delivering Equality of Opportunities in Schools ( Department of Education & Science Equality Initiative in Schools)

Read More
The Roger McHugh Memorial Award in Anglo Irish Literature

The Roger McHugh Memorial Award in Anglo Irish Literature

The Roger McHugh Memorial Award in Anglo Irish Literature was established in 2007 in memory of Roger McHugh, the founding Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, an inspirational role model for students who taught at UCD until the late 1970s. It commemorates his pioneering work as a scholar, editor and teacher and his achievement in setting up a world-class postgraduate programme in the subject.

This award celebrates the achievement and scholarship of the first Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD and is an award for academic excellence.

The Professor Roger McHugh Memorial Scholarship in Anglo Irish Literature was made possible through the kindness of Professor McHugh’s wife, Patricia and children, Muireann, Fiona, Conor and Cian.

Roger McHugh was born on 24 July 1908. He was educated Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Synge Street and University College Dublin. He was appointed a member of staff in the English Department of UCD in 1934 and was appointed a statutory lecturer in 1948. In 1965 he became Professor of English and one year later in 1966 he was appointed the first Professor of Anglo–Irish Literature and Drama. Roger McHugh was a well-respected academic and scholar and wrote numerous articles, books, plays and ballads. His play Rossa won the Abbey Theatre Award for an historical play in 1945.

There is a second Roger McHugh Award for the best scholarly essay to be published by the New Hibernia Review.  This is funded by the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota and the School of English at University College Dublin.

Read More
Pat McAdam Scholarship

Pat McAdam Scholarship in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Pat will be remembered as ‘the best teacher we had at school. That teacher who made us want to be our best, that teacher we wanted to please, that teacher that we wanted to be’.

The award celebrates Pat McAdam’s life as a teacher and her talent with students - the talent that encouraged her students to strive for more, to learn more and to want to be more and promotes and supports excellence in Chemical Engineering education.

The Pat McAdam Memorial Award, established in 2009 in memory of Pat McAdam at the request of Mr Martin McAdam (BE 1982), their daughter Kate and Pat’s parents Paddy and Kathleen O’Connor, celebrates and honours the life and work of a much-loved teacher.  The award will be formally known as the Pat McAdam Memorial Award in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and will be awarded annually to a UCD Stage 2 Chemical or Bioprocess Engineering Student.

Further details on the recipients of The Pat McAdam Scholarship in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering may be viewed here.

Read More
The Bertram Broberg Memorial

The Bertram Broberg Memorial Fund in research in fracture dynamics, biomechanics and mathematics

“Bertram had always been passionately interested in encouraging young researchers and he was always stimulated by their scientific problems.”

The Bertram Broberg Memorial Medal was established in 2010 in memory of the eminent scientist, Professor Knut Bertram Broberg, whose research interests spanned a wide range of fields covered by the College. It aims to distinguish young researchers who have recently completed a Ph.D. thesis on a topic overlapping with the research interests of Professor Broberg.

Speaking at the establishment of the Bertram Broberg Memorial Medal, College Principal, Professor Nick Quirke, said that it was “heartening to see the selfless leadership that such an eminent academic is continuing to provide to future generations of UCD researchers.”

Further contributions to this Fund would be most welcome. To make a charitable gift, please visit our Ways to Give section

Read More

Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship

The UCD School of English, Drama & Film is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama. This scholarship honours the contribution and legacy to Irish literary studies of the late Professor Augustine Martin, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama (1979-1995).

Thomas Augustine Martin was born in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim in 1935. First educated locally, he later attended Cistercian College Roscrea, where he later taught English and Irish following postgraduate studies. Professor Martin joined the UCD School of English in 1964 as lecturer and was involved in redrawing the school’s curriculum as a founder member of the Association for Teachers of English (ATE). In 1973 he completed his doctoral thesis on Irish novelist and poet, James Stephens. In 1979 he was appointed Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama.

Beyond UCD, Professor Martin was a respected figure nationally and internationally in academia, the study of Irish literature and politics; he served as a member of Seanad Éireann (1973-1981) and was Chairman of the Board of the Abbey Theatre (1985). Professor Martin edited the second level text books Exploring English (1 and 3) and Soundings, reviewed here. He received a Jacobs Award in 1968 for his presenting of the RTÉ English literature programme Telefís Scoile.

This scholarship is funded by Yeats’ scholar Dr Joseph Hassett, who was supervised in his doctoral work by Professor Martin, and who has inaugurated the scholarship to mark Professor Martin’s legacy and the impact of his career at UCD. This scholarship will provide full tuition (international fee) to a graduate of a North American college/university to pursue the UCD MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, September 2015-August 2016, a unique educational and cultural experience that will be invaluable to the scholar’s future life and career.

Find more information and application details here

Read More

Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film is pleased to announce the continuation of the Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship to enable a Brazilian student to pursue the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin. The scholarship honours the pioneering contribution to Irish studies in Brazil made by Professor Maria Helena Kopschitz.

By supporting Brazilian students to further their education in Anglo-Irish literature this scholarship will strengthen the long tradition of cultural links between Ireland and Brazil. UCD is proud to be part of these important connections and foster close relationships with Brazilian and Latin American students.

Maria Helena Kopschitz (1930-2008) was Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Fluminense Federal University, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Throughout her postgraduate education her work focused on the work of Samuel Beckett. Professor Kopschitz retained strong links with Ireland throughout her career and was a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the Irish Studies Institute, and Honorary Research Fellow of the English Department at Queen’s University, Belfast. She was a highly accomplished and sensitive translator and frequently worked in collaboration with the famous Brazilian concretist poet Haroldo de Campos. Her legacy of translation includes poems, plays, and short stories – as well as the Samuel Beckett lyrical prose piece, Ping – translated into Brazilian Portuguese, and also texts of Brazilian authors translated into English. She was Vice-President of the Brazilian Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (ABEI).

The 2014 Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship was awarded to Richard Costa, an English Language and Literature Student from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina at the Inaugural Inaugural Maria Helena Kopschitz Lecture.

In 2015, the award was made to Thaís Vidal Fetka e Silva, a graduate of the Linguistic and Literary Studies programme at University of Sao Paulo (USP).

The Maria Helena Kopschitz Lecture has been an annual event held to honour the legacy of Maria Helena Kopschitz while celebrating Irish-Brazillian academic relations. Details of the Inaugural Maria Helena Kopschitz Lecture can be found here.

The 2016 Maria Helena Kopschitz Lecture was delivered by Professor José Roberto O’Shea on the topic of The Process and Challenges of Translating Joyce, video of the lecture can be found here and a podcast recording can be found here

Further information on the context for the Professor Maria Helena Kopschitz award can be found here.

The School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship. Full details of the 2016 UCD Maria Helena Kopschitz Scholarship can be found here.

Read More

The Randl L. Shure Nursing Scholarship

The Randl L. Shure Oncology Nursing Scholarship programme was set up in 2012 at the Mater Private hospital in memory of Randy Shure, former director of the hospital.

Randy had been a committed and highly enthusiastic board member of the Mater Private since 2007. He was passionate about healthcare and the improvement of the patient experience. Very sadly, Randy passed away in August 2011, aged 47, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

It was suggested to him that a scholarship programme be established in his memory at the Mater Private. Randy was delighted with the idea and approved of the scholarship initiative.

To reflect Randy’s stated preference, the scholarship is open to nurses working in the Mater Private Cancer Centre, with the specific aim of advancing their skills in working with patients who are dealing with cancer. The scholarship facilitates them in undertaking Masters and other Post-Graduate courses in UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in areas such as palliative care, pain management and psycho-oncology. It is awarded on an annual basis to an agreed number of successful candidates.

In the establishment of the scholarship, Randy’s legacy at the hospital will be one of increased compassion and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality care to those who have to travel a similar journey to that which he sadly travelled.

Read More

The Thomas O'Hanlon Memorial Award in Veterinary Medicine

The Thomas O'Hanlon Memorial Award in Veterinary Medicine was established in 2012 in memory of Thomas Patrick O'Hanlon (MVB 1969, MRCVS) by his wife Ann and his family to celebrate and honour his excellence as a scholar, colleague and a veterinary surgeon.

Tom will be remembered for his great natural inquisitiveness coupled with an innate learning ability and a continuous thirst for knowledge. He had a Master of Science in European Food Regulatory Affairs and had plans to follow on with a PhD. As a philanthropist, he showed great kindness and practical help to his fellow man and this Award will ensure his legacy for future generations.

Thomas was born and raised in the parish of Horeswood where he attended National School. Educated in Mount Mellary Abbey in Cappoquin, Waterford, he studied Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin and graduated in 1969. He worked locally for a short time and then proceeded to take up employment with the Department of Agriculture where he continued to work until his retirement on 8th March 2010.

Upon graduating, Tom worked as a temporary Veterinary Inspector and worked in Donegal, Kerry and Mayo where he met his wife Anne. After four years Tom took up the position of Veterinary Inspector at Carlow District Vet Office and later Senior Vet Inspector for Cork, Waterford and Wexford. In 1998 he became the Senior Superintendent in Beef Control and covered all of Ireland from his base in Johnstown Castle in Wexford. Over the course of his career he visited the USA, Australia, Germany, UK and Egypt.

Tom engendered in his staff self-motivation and personal development in all areas of one’s work and life. He had a vast knowledge of most topics and could go into staggering detail on any given topic and had a phenomenal memory that could cover such topics as legal judgments, regulations, politics (both national and international), genetics, microbiology, history, pharmacology as well as veterinary to name a few. He will also be remembered for his forensic ability to critically analyse situations/options and final solutions.

Tom will also be remembered as a great family man and had always taken a keen interest in their welfare. He was father to Karen, Jenny, Claire and Laura and he was also a grandfather.

Read More

The John Moore Newman Fellowship

John D. J. Moore was a friend of Ireland and, most especially, of University College Dublin. During his distinguished business and diplomatic career, John Moore was a much loved and admired figure. His service as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland in the 1960s is still recalled with the fondest of memories. His love for Ireland and things Irish was deep and sincere, and the feeling was mutual. As a tribute to his many achievements, Moore was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University in 1976. Furthermore, in 1989, UCD honoured his memory by establishing the John Moore Endowment Fund.

In September 2011, Dr Andrew Sanders was awarded the John Moore Newman Fellowship with the proceeds of the John Moore Endowment Fund. Entitled Conflict and Diplomacy: the Irish-US Model, Dr Sanders’ three-year Fellowship will be spent investigating the involvement of the American Ireland Fund in influencing peace building across Ireland. Dr Sanders is mentored by Professor Liam Kennedy and based in the UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies.

Recently, Dr. Sanders has published his second book Times of Trouble: Britain’s War in Northern Ireland, the book which he co-authored represents the first academic study of the British Army’s Operation Banner in Northern Ireland (1969-2007), the single longest deployment in the history of the army.

Read Dr Sander’s recent article on dissident republicanism in The Telegraph.

Read More

Dr Nicholas and Mrs Maura Martin Scholarship – Summer Medical Electives

The Dr Nicholas and Mrs Maura Martin Scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of Dr Nicholas Martin (BDS 1945, MB BCh BAO 1947) and Mrs Josephine Mary (Maura) Martin, nee Bugler (BDS 1950)

- to celebrate and honour their life’s work in the field of medicine.

- to honour Dr and Mrs Martin’s memory at UCD where they were educated and first met

- to support electives; the scholarships are for stage 4 or stage 5 medical students studying for the MB BCh BAO degree.

The scholarships will support clinical electives, research electives or humanitarian electives related to medical care.

The gift to establish this scholarship was made possible through the kindness and generosity of their children Dr Paul Martin (MB BCh BAO 1978), Mr Thomas Martin (BComm 1977) and Dr Una Martin (MB BCh BAO 1983).

Nicholas, although born in County Limerick, spent his entire life in Dublin.  He was a consultant at St. Vincent’s Hospital and taught generations of students at the Dental Hospital where he met Maura who came to Dublin from Ennis to attend UCD.  She provided dental care for many years to disabled children throughout Dublin. Nicholas and Maura were married for 52 years.

For an account of Reetesh Bose’s, the 2015 scholars, medical elective please click here

For further information regarding UCD School of Medicine’s scholarships please click here.

Read More

No matter how your life has been enriched by UCD, you can leave your own enduring legacy through a planned legacy gift.

Legacy gifts, big and small, are very important to the University. Leaving a gift in your will extends your charitable giving beyond your lifetime. If there is a particular school or college you wish to benefit, an area of research that is close to your heart, a scholarship you would like to establish for future generations, or you have just enjoyed many years of happy attachment to the University, you can make a difference to its future by leaving a gift.

Honorary gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate or pay tribute to a living person, to celebrate a special occasion or achievement, or merely acknowledge the honoree’s importance in your life.

Any gift may be designated an honorary gift.

Find below honorary funds that have been established to honor the person names.

Australia 1984 Scholarships in Rugby

Australia 1984 Scholarships

Australia 1984 Scholarships was established in 2009 and honours the contributions and continuous involvement of three remarkable UCD RFC alumni to rugby in UCD: Finbar Costello (BComm 1961), Adrian Burke (BComm 1962) and Ned Thornton (BComm 1963). These scholarships are named after the UCD RFC First XV of 1984/85 who toured Australia and was the last UCD RFC team to have made an appearance in the Leinster Senior Cup final since 2010. The selectors of the rugby scholarships include two members of the 1984 team, Bobby Byrne and Declan Gardiner.

These scholarships were made possible through the generosity of John Gardiner (BCL 1984), captain of the 1984/85 team.

The purpose of the Australia 1984 Scholarship Fund is to

– develop the potential of elite rugby players receiving full time third level education in UCD into professional rugby players who will be supported in turn by the development programme in UCD and in Leinster.

– award three scholarships annually to elite undergraduate or post graduate players who will play an influential role in the UCD RFC First Team Squad

The Australia 1984 Scholarship recipients:

Tom Fletcher
Shane Grannell
Michael Twomey

Danny Kenny
David Lynch
Kieran Moloney

April 2010 – Launch of the Australia 1984 Scholarship Fund
September 2011 – Australia 1984 Scholarships Awards 2011

UCD Rugby Football Club (UCD RFC)

UCD RFC is one of Europe’s leading University Rugby Clubs. Established in 1910, the Club celebrated its centenary in 2011.

The mission of the Club is to create a rugby development and playing environment which caters for the needs of student players from the elite to the recreational level. A high standard of coaching and development enables players with potential to progress to representative level and onto professional rugby, while studying for academic qualifications. This enables the key teams within the Club to be competitive and successful in their respective competitions.

The Club operates an Academy where up to 40 players participate in a programme which sets individual development goals and creates a framework for realisation of their potential.

Read More
Professor Muiris X FitzGerald Scholarship Fund

Professor Muiris X FitzGerald Scholarship summer medical electives

This scholarship fund was established to honour the contribution of Professor Muiris Xavier FitzGerald, former Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at University College Dublin and at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, to UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science. It recognises Professor Muiris Xavier Fitzgerald’s’ pioneering work as a scholar, editor and teacher and his respected position as the leading medical educator and mentor to generations of medical students and young doctors in Ireland.

The Professor Muiris X FitzGerald Scholarship Fund was made possible through the generosity of the John Henry Newman Foundation. The award will provide support for students undertaking a four to eight weeks hospital rotation in North America and/or the Developing World.

Further contributions to this Fund would be most welcome. To make a charitable gift, please visit our Ways to Give section

Read More

For further information on how to leave a gift of your will, contact:

Mark McDonnell
Associate Director
Tel: +353 1 7161286
Email: mark.mcdonnell@ucdfoundation.ie