The Power of Giving Back and Paying Forward – UCD Moore Centre for Business

On Monday 2 September UCD Moore Centre for Business was opened by founding donor and business leader Angela Moore to honour the legacy of her late husband, entrepreneur, philanthropist and UCD alumnus Dr George G. Moore. A native of County Louth, Mr Moore left Ireland in 1972 with two degrees from University College Dublin. He became one of the most successful Irish businessmen of his generation, and is remembered as one of the founding fathers of the data analytics industry.

Integrating fully with the Quinn School across three levels, the new €20m expansive wing includes interactive learning hubs, a 320-seat lecture theatre, and extensive co-working zones designed to mimic those in start-ups and innovation hubs. Key features of the new business centre include the PwC Lecture Theatre, the KPMG Skills Zone, the EY Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub and the George Moore Digital Collaboration Space.

Angela delivered a moving opening speech addressing all students present, stating:

“This is where your world opens up. The people that you will meet, the confidence that you will build..and when you leave here, remember who helped you, and what you got from UCD. Be sure to give back and pay it forward.”

“Philanthropy has the power to transform and UCD Moore Centre for Business will take the study of business to the next level. UCD looks forward to witnessing the future of Ireland’s bright business leaders as they open doors to the opportunities that lie within. On behalf of everyone in UCD Foundation, I would like to thank Angela Moore sincerely for her exemplary support of UCD College of Business and for enabling us to create a pioneering space that will inspire future generations to follow in the footsteps of Dr George G. Moore.” – Orla Tighe, Director of Development, UCD Foundation.

A tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna – Dr Mary J Farrell

UCD extended a warm welcome to Patricia O’Kelly and the Farrell Family and friends to UCD School of Medicine Conferring and Awards Ceremony for the presentation of the inaugural Dr Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.

Thanks to Patricia O’Kelly’s generous support, UCD School of Medicine has established The Mary J Farrell Community Care Scholarship Fund to honour her legacy. The fund will support a research elective for a medical student in a country general practice and has allowed the School to establish a medal as tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna. Dr Mary J Farrell graduated with first class honours in 1916 and with a distinguished career in England, Africa and Ireland, she laid the foundations for modern general practice care in Ireland.

Patricia O’Kelly and her cousins, Jacqueline Quinn, Jill Whyte and Lucius Farrell – nieces and nephew of Dr Mary J Farrell are pictured in the above photograph with Mary Ellen McMahon, the inaugural recipient of the Mary J Farrell Student Summer Research Award and Dr Sean Griffin, recipient of the Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.


UCD Foundation would like to wish a big congratulations to two members of our team, Ms Tara Belford, Advancement Officer at UCD Foundation and Ms Rebecca Lyne, Fundraising Assistant at UCD Foundation who both graduated from UCD on Monday 3 December.

Tara graduates with a Masters in Public Policy and Rebecca graduates with a Masters in Equality Studies. UCD Foundation commends both on all of their hard work over the years and is delighted that they bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to our ever expanding and diverse team.

We wish you both every great wish and success for the future – hats off to you both!

Intel Masters Scholarships awarded to 16 UCD graduate students in Science and Engineering

The Intel Masters Scholarship Programme has been successfully running for three years now and it aims to connect both researchers and students to fuel the innovation economy of Ireland. In addition to the scholarship, the recipients are assigned an Intel employee mentor to provide them with guidance and support on career development throughout their studies.

Speaking at a special award ceremony for the students at Intel Ireland’s Leixlip Campus, UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks described the scholarships as a key element of the strategic partnership between UCD and Intel:

“I am very pleased to see the strengthening of the relationships in education and research between Intel and UCD College of Engineering and Architecture and UCD College of Science as we continue to build our portfolio of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships supporting economic and social development in Ireland and globally.”

The strategic partnership between UCD and Intel was signed in March 2016 to deepen collaboration on research activities, talent development and national policy associated with education and research. UCD Foundation is delighted to announce the next cohort of Intel Masters scholars and we wish them every success for the year ahead.

Shire supports UCD Scholarship for Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering

UCD Foundation is pleased to announce that Shire plc, the global biotechnology leader in rare diseases, are supporting an academic scholarship programme for student’s undertaking the Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering in University College Dublin (UCD).

The scholarship, which will run from 2018 through to 2020, will be awarded to the top performing students each year. Separately, there will also be a prize funded by Shire for the best Bioprocess Engineering Design Project, submitted in semester 3 by a team of students.

Susan Hynes, Site Lead for Shire Dunboyne, said: “We are delighted to announce this collaboration with UCD’s Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering. Shire is committed to support the drive to expand skills and talent. This is essential in order to meet the demand for high calibre graduates in Ireland’s growing Biopharma sector and this university programme is a great way of doing this. This is key for us as we continue to build our presence in Ireland with our state-of-the-art biologics facility in Dunboyne.”

The Biopharmaceutical MEngSC Engineering programme provides intensive training for a professional engineer or scientist in the biopharmaceutical sector. The course content addresses the principal scientific and engineering challenges involved in the design, operation and management of biopharmaceutical production facilities today.

The scholarship will be awarded upon graduation in December, for both the individuals and design project teams.

Garfield Weston Foundation honours Breege O’Donoghue’s achievements and dynamic career

UCD Foundation are delighted to announce Ireland’s first Masters Programme in Retail Leadership launched on Monday, 1st of October 2018 at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

The MSc has emerged from a collaboration between the Garfield Weston Foundation and UCD leadership. Inspired by Breege O’Donoghue’s outstanding retail career with Primark, the partnership recognises Breege’s contributions to the sector by funding the creation of the MSc in Retail Leadership programme alongside numerous scholarships in her name.

The goal of the MSc in Retail Leadership is to provide students with a detailed understanding of the retail landscape as the business world undergoes fundamental technological and commercial challenges. Students will develop critical skills and competencies to enhance their management careers in retail and related industries.

The programme is open to graduates from a wide variety of disciplines including general business, social sciences, digital technology, philosophy and financial management who want to pursue a leadership career in the retail and allied sectors. Modules on the course include retailing fundamentals, leading retail in a digital age, marketing insights and analytics, marketing strategy, retail consumer experience, omnichannel marketing, retail and digital procurement as well as an industry project.

For information on how to apply for the MSc in Retail Leadership click here.

The Roy Foster Lecture – Celebrating 50 Years of Anglo-Irish Literature


Professor Roy Foster, Professor Margaret Kelleher and Dr Joe Hassett

A fantastic crowd gathered for Professor Augustine Martin’s Memorial Lecture on Thursday evening, 26 April 2018. The inspiring lecture by Professor Roy Foster on the topic of ‘All the House I Have: Yeats and Friendship’ focusing on W.B. Yeats and Friendship was given to a full house at FitzGerald Debating Chamber, UCD Student Centre.


Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of UCD’s Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama programme gave introductory remarks and Dr Joe Hassett, UCD alumnus, accomplished lawyer and Yeats scholar responded to the lecture. The event also marked the 50th Anniversary celebration of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD; a wonderful day for the Martin family, friends and UCD faculty, staff, students and alumni.


The Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama was established in 2015 and honours the contribution and legacy to Irish literary studies of the late Professor Augustine Martin, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama (1979-1995). This scholarship is sponsored by a generous donor and 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, a unique educational and cultural experience that will be invaluable to the scholar’s future life and career. For information on how to apply for the 2018 UCD Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship, download this pdf.


The 2018 Roy Foster Lecture

Professor Margaret Kelleher, Dr Joe Hassett and 2018 Gus Martin Memorial Postgraduate Scholar Edel Drevno


Sky’s the Limit for 2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars – The Worlds of Science, Engineering and Drones Collide

2018 Intel Masters Scholars with Drone Pilots and Guest Speakers

On Friday 6 April, the 2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars presented Sky’s the Limit in UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. Special guest speaker Bernard Capraro, Silicon Technology Research Manager at Intel Ireland, kicked the event off with an insightful talk about Intel Ireland and the future of their industry.


The talk was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Intel Masters Scholars Clara Zehe and Abel Paul Kannan, who brought together great minds from Intel and UCD alike for a conversation spanning everything from Intel’s pioneering research, cutting edge technology and robotics to an audience of students and faculty in the worlds of Science, Engineering and Technology.


The event was a soaring success and culminated with Intel Movidius Research Engineer Sam Caulfield and drone pilot PhD students Evan O’Keefe and Siyuan Chen hosting UCD’s inaugural drone flight demonstration and showcase in UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.


The UCD Intel Masters Scholarship Programme was established in 2016 to support the development of a pipeline of masters graduates with key skills matched to the future business needs of the IT industry and to help fuel the innovation economy in Ireland.

For more images from the event click here.


Photos by Ste Murray

Clara Zehe and Abel Paul Kannan

Bernard Capraro, Paula Williams and Dr Eleni Mangina

Drone Pilot Evan O’Keeffe