Generous philanthropist and keen supporter of UCD to fund new athletics track

UCD is proud to announce, with the support of a major philanthropic donation, that it is now able to move forward with the design, planning and development of a new, state of the art €3 million track-and-field facility at the heart of Belfield campus.


The cost of the track will be covered in full by a generous donor, including its maintenance for the next twenty years. Philanthropy plays a critical role in UCD’s success and we are indebted to our many supporters who go above and beyond in an advisory, advocacy and financial capacity for the good of the University.


UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks said, “Our entire university community owes an enormous debt of gratitude to this donor, and to all donors to the University, for the remarkable generosity that is enabling us to transform the teaching, research and sporting facilities on campus for this generation and for generations to come.”


UCD is proud to be recognised as a centre of excellence in sports science and the new running track will be part of a comprehensive and far-reaching initiative to provide a world-class sporting environment at UCD.


The old running track at Belfield was precious to many. Indeed, world records were set on it, and UCD looks forward to setting and breaking many more of them in the exciting years to come.

Mark English, Olympian and UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete

Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan doing a lap of honour after setting the world record for the 4×1 mile relay on the Belfield track in August 1985

Intel Partners with UCD to fund 18 Masters Students

Intel Leixlip recently welcomed 18 Intel funded Masters students from UCD. The full time Masters students in Science, Engineering and related disciplines were on site to meet their Intel industry mentors and receive commendation for their achievements to date. The sponsorship programme is part of an ongoing strategic partnership between Intel and UCD.

In addition to providing the Masters students with financial support for their academic studies, the program also provides the students with employee mentors from Intel to give them a direct relationship to the world of work.

Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott said, “To borrow a phrase from Andy Bryant; Chairman of the Intel Board of Directors, “The ingredient we begin with is sand, everything else is value added by people,” So the bridge between sand and leading edge 14nm devices is the determination, ingenuity and creativity of the people working here, and that is why talent development is at the cornerstone of this [strategic partnership] with UCD.”

UCD President, Professor Deeks added, “As well as the scholarships being announced today, UCD is also pleased to partner with the Intel Women in Technology scholarship programme and is grateful to Intel for its support of the development of the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.”



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