Programme Office and Student Advisers:
Your Programme Office should be your go-to for finding out info about the nuts and bolts of your degree. Whether you’re concerned about credits, timetables, electives or if your course is the right fit for you. There’s a Programme Office for every major College and contact details for each can be found HERE
As well as Programme Offices to help you with the nitty gritty of your course, there are also Student Advisers who can offer one to one support in times of need for every academic programme in UCD.
Whether you’re dealing with personal, emotional or academic issues, the Student Advisers can point you in the best direction regarding UCD procedure, policies and support services. The list of current Student
Advisers for each course can be found HERE
Deadlines, Late Submissions & Plagiarism:
Now that you’re in UCD a few things will change about the work you have to submit and the conditions you have to submit it in. Unlike secondary school, the deadlines for assignments in college are pretty airtight. Bar something catastrophic happening, which we’ll get to later, submitting something after the deadline can have consequences. In general, you might find your work marked down from a B- to a C for one week, or to a D+ for two weeks. UCD’s policy on the late submission of coursework can be found HERE
One of the biggest pitfalls faced by new students in a university setting is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s ideas or work without due credit being given to them through proper citation.
While it can happen unintentionally for most students, UCD defines the act of plagiarism not by the intention, but by the committing of the act itself. UCD’s policy on plagiarism can be found HERE
An excellent guide on how to avoid plagiarism through proper citations from UCD Library can be found HERE
Your Students Union:
Whenever you have a problem or question in your first few weeks in UCD, UCDSU always has you covered. From issues with your education to concerns about your welfare, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, we have democratically elected and trained officers to support and represent you! If you ever have a question or an issue that needs solving, come into the SU corridor located in the Old Student Centre and we’ll sort you out with an appointment. For more info on your UCDSU officers and what they can help you with have a look HERE
UCD Library Writing and Maths Support Centre:
Two things UCD students may find difficult when they move into 3rd level education are maths and essay writing. Most students find themselves having to do some form of maths or statistics, even in courses where it might not be expected such as Politics or Psychology. UCD’s Library has a dedicated Maths Support Centre which can provide a group for a huge number of modules. Similarly, getting used to academic essay writing can be difficult for new students. UCD Library also has a Writing Centre which provides tuition on all aspects of writing, whether creative, research-based or as part of a formal presentation.
For information on both the Maths Support Centre and the Writing Centre respectively you can look here:
Maths Support Centre
UCD Writing Centre