UCD Students’ Strategic Vision

The UCD Students’ Strategic Vision is a student-led initiative to prepare a Vision, from the perspective of students, of what UCD and it’s campus could look like in the future.

This Vision will provide a comprehensive reference document which can be used by the University, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and other organisations, to ensure that the views of students are taken into consideration when making any decisions which could affect the future development of the campus. It will also provide UCD Students’ Union with a clear and strategic statement of how UCD students would like to see the campus develop into the future, which will assist them in campaigning more effectively on campus related issues.

This initiative is being carried out by UCD Planning & Environmental Policy Students, with the support of UCD Students’ Union and UCD Estate Services. To ensure that the Vision accurately represents the best interests of students, there will be two phases of extensive consultation, where students will be asked to provide their views and ideas, while the final Vision will also be subject to approval by the full SU Council before it can be adopted as official policy.

Read more about the Vision

Update – February 2019

Thank you to everyone who took part in our online survey and on-campus face-to-face surveys, who provided us with interviews or written submissions, and who attended our Panel Discussion last November. We really appreciate the huge amount of detailed and useful information we have received, and we are current going through all of this material and using it to prepare the Draft Students’ Strategic Vision, which we hope to publish in mid-semester 2. Once this is published, a second consultation phase will take place in relation to this Draft Vision, to ensure that it accurately represents the views of students, and to identify any changes which should be made to it.

If you didn’t get a chance to provide us with your views, or would like to provide us with any additional comments, you can still do so by clicking on the button below.

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Panel Discussion – Thursday 8th November

As part of World Town Planning Day 2018 and the Irish Planning Institute’s Planning Week 2018, we ran a Panel Discussion on the Future Development of the UCD Campus on Thursday 8th November in the Planning & Environmental Policy Building, UCD Richview.


(Photograph by Roisín Moyne)

Speakers included:

  • Chair – Joe Corr, President, Irish Planning Institute
  • Louise McGauran, Senior Planner, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
  • Barry Murphy, President, UCD Students’ Union
  • Tom Phillips, Managing Director, Tom Phillips + Associates

The event was well attended and various topics were discussed, including Surrounding Area & Local Community, Student Accommodation & On-Campus Services, Environment & Sustainability, and Transport & Parking. For full details see the articles below published in the College Tribune and University Observer.

Panel Discusses Vision For Future Development Of Campus
(College Tribune, 20th November 2018)

The Strategic Campus Development Plan: time for a check-Up?
(University Observer, 21st November 2018)

Walk-Up Information Sessions – 12th to 15th November

Between the 12th and 15th November we held a number of walk-up information sessions at five locations across the UCD Campus. This gave students an opportunity to find out more about the initiative, and to discuss any issues or potential ideas they might have, and it also gave us an opportunity to interview students about what their Vision was for the future of the Campus.

  • Monday 12th November 2018: Richview School of Architecture, 11am to 4pm
  • Monday 12th November 2018: Student Centre, 11am to 4pm
  • Monday 12th November 2018: O’Brien Centre for Science, 11am to 4pm
  • Monday 12th November 2018: Newman Arts Building, 11am to 4pm
  • Tuesday 13th November 2018: Restaurant Building, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018: Richview School of Architecture, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018: Student Centre, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018: O’Brien Centre for Science, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018: Newman Arts Building, 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday 15th November 2018: Restaurant Building, 11am to 4pm

If you missed these information sessions, feel free to send us an email to consultation@ucdvision.ie and we can arrange to meet at a time which suits you.