Liffey Trust honours founder Séamus McDermott by awarding Entrepreneurial Scholarships to UCD Students

To honour the incredible contribution of UCD alumnus, Séamus McDermott to entrepreneurship in Ireland, the Liffey Trust together with UCD Foundation is delighted to announce that Emer O’Doherty (Medicine, UCD, Year 1) has been awarded the inaugural Séamus McDermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

The Séamus McDermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship has the principal purpose of promoting the concepts of job creation, entrepreneurial development and education for life, in the minds of undergraduate students commencing their studies in University College Dublin.

First year students enrolled at UCD for an undergraduate course of their choice can obtain a scholarship valued at up to €12,000.

Séamus McDermott is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UCD, he founded the Liffey Trust in 1984 and to date has helped with the creation of over 1,000 jobs as well as mentoring some of the country’s leading business people through their formative years. He also lectured on management and engineering in Ireland and overseas.


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Helping Children Develop Healthy Eating Habits

A national campaign to encourage parents to give healthier snacks to their children, “Start”, has been launched on the back of new UCD research funded by Safefood, part-led by the Newman Fellow in Food Safety Dr Christine Shan.


Mentored by Professor Pat Wall & Professor Celine Murrin, Dr Shan is based in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, which is at the cutting edge of research and research programmes.

Newman Fellow in Food Safety, Dr Christine Shan

Dr Shan, “Our research funded by Safefood has shown that, for today’s children, treat foods, which are dominated by unhealthy options, have become normalised into daily lives. Rewarding good behaviour and child’s requests are the two biggest triggers. We encourage parents, grandparents, childcare practitioners and nannies to try healthier options, and to make a treat as a ‘real’ treat. We are also calling out the industry to develop healthier treats.”


Safefood, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Government-led Healthy Ireland initiative have launched the new Start campaign to encourage parents to say no. It includes tips for parents on fighting the pressure to give children unhealthy foods which are lacking in nutrition. This advice also deals with social norms, the constant availability of treats, price promotions and routine treating.

UCD Year in Review 2018-2019

We are delighted to present the President’s ‘Year in Review’ video for 2018/2019, which showcases some of the extraordinary campus highlights from this period, along with a look-forward to UCD’s Future Campus project which will dramatically change the arrival experience into the university.