UCD Future Campus

UCD is embarking on a significant new phase of campus development, which will involve the creation of some 22,500m2 of high-quality teaching, learning, research and engagement space. The development plan includes a Centre for Future Learning, which will enable state of the art education provision in a building designed to support small group teaching and active learning, and a Centre for Creativity which will, inter alia, house expanded engineering provision and the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

This phase of development will relieve capacity pressures on existing campus buildings and will also facilitate student place growth of some 3,300.

Overall, Future Campus will demonstrate our unparalleled ambition, global reach, and commitment to creativity and innovation.

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UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Science Phase III

The third and capstone phase of development for the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science will build on the already highly successful gains delivered in Phases I and II, including the development of approximately 42,000sqm of new or refurbished space for cutting-edge laboratories, specialised research institutes, and a Discover Science space for engaging the general public.

This collaborative building provides a vision for science in the 21st century by linking education, research and innovation to develop life-enhancing products, services and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Phase 3 will see the culmination of the wealth of work on the Science District, creating one of Europe’s largest science districts and provide world-class facilities for our students. This will help cement UCD’s current position as the destination of choice for the top 5% of science students in Ireland. With the number of science students expected to increase to over 6,000 by 2026, the completion of the 67,000sqm UCD O’Brien Centre for Science is an urgent priority for UCD.

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Student Residences

We strive to provide our students with the best facilities and services for on-campus accommodation. As demand for residences far exceeds supply, we have devised a residential masterplan to increase the number of beds on campus from 3,168 to 5,200, creating a living community in a new residential village.

Seamless pedestrian routes will allow smooth integration between the villages, while Activity Hubs are provided within, making student accommodation more than just a place to sleep.

Complete with lounges, study spaces, a gym, function hall and wellbeing centre – these elements will create a greater sense of space and place, and ultimately make for a home. These vibrant and socially engaging hubs will enhance and integrate with the wider university. Supporting shops, cafes, banks, parking and bike space will further aid the quality of on-campus living.

Building design will be conscious of the surrounding landscape and will exist in harmony with the area. A range of student amenities and common spaces will additionally comprise a mix of outdoor spaces within the courtyard, as well as a multi-use external courtyard and outside active area.

All together, this will reinforce our healthy campus ethos, promoting the well-being of its inhabitants, and providing a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment.

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New UCD Athletics Track

As we approach the finish line in the construction of UCD’s world-class athletics track, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the donors whose vision and commitment have made this wonderful milestone possible. Their generosity to UCD is phenomenal, and their dedication and support give our students the confidence and inspiration to succeed.

Having this fantastic facility right on their doorstep will be a game-changer for our elite athletes, and it will benefit our entire UCD community. Its impact will extend far beyond our campus, as we pursue our mission to Build a Healthy World.

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