UCD Foundation Calling Campaign Autumn 2020

UCD Foundation will be running its Autumn Calling Campaign starting 5 October. 

It will be a six – eight week campaign with the possibility of full time summer work for top performers. We are seeking up to 50 enthusiastic students to join the team. Callers are paid €10.10 per hour. Callers who have previously worked for the Calling Campaign have found it a worthwhile experience where they learn techniques which can be applied both to sales and fundraising and enhance their current skill set, help a very worthy cause and also meet and speak with a broad range of interesting people (which includes your fellow student callers!)

Key Dates:

  • Close Of Recruitment: 24 September At 11am
  • Interview Offers Via Email: 24 September 
  • Interviews (Held via Zoom): 25 and 28 September (tbc)
  • Training day (Paid* And Compulsory): Saturday 3 October (tbc)
  • First Day Of Calling: 5 October


The role of student callers:

Students call graduates on behalf of the university, the purpose of the call is twofold. Firstly it is so we can engage with graduates about their time at UCD, and also make sure graduate feels connected and up to date about developments on campus.

Secondly, the caller will ask if the graduate would be willing to make a donation to the UCD Foundation to support the projects we are working on. This is a fundraising position and students are provided with full training prior to calling and supervisors will be on hand during calling to support callers during each shift. Student callers are not cold callers but important ambassadors carrying out good work for the university.


What we are looking for:

  • Fluent English Both Spoken And Written
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Energy And Enthusiasm For The Role
  • University Pride

Tips to stand out:

  • Previous Involvement With Charities Or Work Experience In General
  • Previous Experience With Fundraising And Sales Would Be A Bonus


The interview process is via zoom video call . If you are abroad during the application process it is ok to apply via email. However attendance of training will be compulsory and those who cannot attend cannot become a student caller. Non EU citizens will need a valid GNIB and everyone will need a PPS number and bank account in order to be paid.

The calling hours – 3-4 hour shifts (TBC):

Students are asked to sign up to a minimum of 2-3 shifts per week. Students may sign up to additional shifts if they become available. Allocation of shifts is also performance based. Top callers will be given first preferences of shifts.

Monday- Friday: 9:30 – 12:30, 12:45 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Additional hours may be provided and callers will be informed

To apply please complete the online form.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will not be issuing application confirmations and it may not always be possible to get in contact with unsuccessful applicants but we endeavour to do our best.

If you have any queries please email: evan.shinkwin@ucdfoundation.ie

Belfield 50 – Celebrating its Architecture at 50

This year’s UCD Festival included a very special panel discussion around campus architecture and the development of UCD at Belfield. The event forms part of a celebration of space and place at UCD, called BELFIELD 50, which is unfolding through 2020 and 2021.

As Ireland’s first purpose-built coherently modern campus, Belfield fundamentally changed the spatial identity of Irish universities. UCD commissioned the foremost modern architects of the period, national and international to design a ground-breaking educational environment at Belfield, that sought to differentiate itself from the traditional quadrangles of older Irish third-level environments.

This new campus, designed by a young Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert who won UCD’s international architectural competition in 1963, modified a distinguished old suburban landscape – a series of eleven separate demesnes – to create a designed place for learning, sport and university life.

Message in a Bottle

The UCD Intel Masters Scholars is a programme that rewards Creativity and Innovation, something that this global pandemic is asking a little bit of us all as we adapt to the new normal.

Since 2016, Intel has supported 49 UCD master’s student bursaries and co-supported a number of PhD students through the programme, with one of the highlights of the year being the annual live event run by the students themselves.

Created to promote Engineering and Science in UCD and the UCD Intel Masters Scholarship programme, in previous years the Scholars have organised a panel of speakers from UCD and Intel to discuss an interesting topic.

They were naturally disappointed when they were advised that this year’s event would not go ahead, well not in the format first envisaged.  Since then, and under the tutelage of Dr Kevin Nolan, Assistant Professor in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, along with UCD Foundation, they have put much thought and initiative into seeing how they might rise to the challenge and overcome this obstacle and perhaps have an alternative virtual event.

The end result is a very special online series called Message in a Bottle, a video series where the panel members and scholars have recorded short but very personal videos detailing their career paths.

You can see some examples below, while the full playlist is available on YouTube.


Its doors may be closed for now, but Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) – a creative alliance between the National Library of Ireland and UCD, housed in the historic Newman House on St Stephen’s Green – continues to inspire literature lovers with a wealth of online resources.

Its latest offering is RadioMoLI, an on-demand digital radio station for Irish literature.

There are dozens of interviews, lecture and readings available, with new recordings added weekly. Whether your literary tastes incline towards fiction, non-fiction or poetry, there’s something for everyone on RadioMoLI. What better soundtrack to accompany your pandemic baking or gardening?


The Feeling Better Project Offers Support for Uncertain Times

Whether working at home alone and in isolation or cooped up with family members or housemates, we could all do with a boost to our mental health as we adapt to the limitations, challenges and anxieties of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thankfully, help is at hand! As part of its Feeling Better Project, the Contextual Behavioural Science Research Lab in UCD School of Psychology is releasing a series of videos to promote positive mental wellbeing during the crisis.  

The videos – available on YouTube – cover a range of topics, including managing worry, staying grounded in the present moment, connecting to what’s important and practising self-compassion.

UCD Spinout Company Helps Athletes Optimise Their Training During COVID-19 Isolation

The sports technology start-up Output Sports has developed a single wearable sensor that enables athletes to track multiple components of their performance and share their training data with their coaches via an app.

The value of the company’s Output // Capture technology is underscored by current circumstances, in which athletes have had to adapt their training programmes to comply with social distancing requirements. Many are now training at home and being coached remotely.

Among the athletes using the system are Paralympic swimmer Nicole Turner and Leinster Rugby’s Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney.

Output Sports was founded in 2018 as a spinout from the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and is headquartered at NovaUCD in Belfield.

COVID-19 and Business: Impact and Response

The COVID-19 pandemic will have significant and lasting impacts, not least in the world of business. “We are looking at an entirely new world,” according to Andreas Hoepner, Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance in the UCD  College of Business.

In an Irish Times article, Prof. Hoepner and his colleague Prof. Brian Fynes assess the huge operational risk businesses are exposed to as a result of the pandemic, consider the outlook for companies that are focused on effectiveness versus those focused on efficiency, and discuss the importance of strategic supply chain management at this time.   

The College of Business has also launched the UCD Business Impact Podcast, in which thought leaders from academia and industry will discuss the most compelling issues facing society from a business perspective. In the first episode, Ireland’s leading expert on corporate governance Prof. Niamh Brennan discusses the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis.

Keeping Families Connected Through Digital Technology

Being critically ill in hospital and without the comfort of visits from family and friends can be an incredibly scary and lonely experience. This is especially true for older people, who may not have smartphones or other digital devices that would enable them to remain connected to their loved ones.

UCD alumna Suzanne Stewart experienced first-hand the emotional distress caused by COVID-19 when her partner was hospitalised with the illness, but thanks to digital communication technology she was able to keep in touch with him while she remained isolated at home. This relieved her own anxiety, and was – she believes – an important factor in expediting her partner’s recovery.

Along with friends Ciara Close and Emma Farrell – whom she met at UCD while studying for the Smurfit MBA in 2019 – Suzanne has launched a crowdfunding campaign to source 100 digital tablets for hospitals and nursing homes, to enable families to remain connected during this difficult time.

Covid19 Tablet Campaign #comfort4covid

A Special Message from Alumnus Michael Moloney

UCD Alumni from around the world have been sharing special video messages of support for our students, friends and fellow alumni as we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic together. That deep-rooted concern and compassion for one another is what makes the UCD community truly great.

Michael Moloney studied experimental physics at UCD School of Physics and was awarded the Thomas E. Nevin Medal when he graduated. He is currently CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) based in Washington D.C.

We’re Coping “Extraordinarily Well” With COVID-19 Restrictions

The people of Ireland are not showing signs of behavioural fatigue in the face of the restrictions imposed on us to ‘flatten the curve’ and contain the spread of COVID-19.

This is according to ongoing research by Professor Liam Delaney of UCD School of Economics and his colleagues in the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Behavioural Change Subgroup.

In an Irish Times article Prof. Delaney and co-author Pete Lunn of the ESRI look at how we’re adapting to the stresses and challenges of having our freedom curtailed, our social lives diminished, and our normal routines disrupted. Notwithstanding the inevitable worry and anxiety, a majority of the population are supportive of the restrictions, acknowledging our collective responsibility and the impact our behavior is having in limiting the spread of infection.