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Financial Assistance

January 22nd, 2013

Financial Assistance In UCD

UCD itself has a range of financial supports to help students most in need. If you think you might qualify, get in touch with your faculty student adviser, or else the Students’ Union welfare officer ([email protected]) , who can provide you with more information.

1) Student Welfare Fund

This fund offers financial assistance to students who encounter unexpected difficulties during their time in UCD. Such unforeseen difficulties would be lost of part time job, bereavement or your parents have suffered a drop in their income. When applying to the Welfare Fund its very important to email either your student adviser, or SU Welfare Officer ([email protected]) to arrange to meet him first. The Welfare Fund Committee meet every two weeks throughout the academic year to consider applications. Students can therefore apply at any time. Applications are available at this link or in the Welfare Office in the Students’ Union, as well as every student adviser’s office.

Guidelines to the Welfare Fund are available here

2) Student Assistance Fund

This fund is means-tested and is intended to help those finding it difficult to make ends meet as a result of ongoing low income.  It is important to gather all relevant information for this fund as early as possible. Applications are now open, and the guidelines are available to download: (Student Assistance Fund Guidelines 2013-14).  The Fund is open to online application from the 14th October 2013 in your SIS Web account, the fund is scheduled to close at 5pm on 31st October 2013. No applications received after this time will be considered.  ESF regulations require appropriate receipts for any monies allocated. Each application will only be considered for approval if the application includes appropriate receipts to the value of €750.

3) SVP Emergency Fund

The UCD Saint Vincent de Paul Society offer financial assistance up to €150, for those who experience sever unexpected severe difficulties. Applications can be made during an advisory clinic, which is held weekly during term-time. The clinics happen every Thursday in term time in Health Sciences B302.

The clinic runs 11.30am-1pm. - Online support for eating disorders:

January 11th, 2013 – Online support for prevention of eating disorders is an online programme available to all students in Ireland. It aims to provide support for students who have difficulties with food or body image.
Three main benefits of becoming a ProYouth member:
1) Do the screening questionnaire to assess your personal risk of developing an eating disorder
2) Join a supportive online community of students around the country discussing healthy body image and supporting each other with problems in this area
3) Access free, confidential and anonymous support from a counsellor
Participation in ProYouth is voluntary, completely anonymous and free of charge for UCD students.
To join ProYouth log onto
You can read more about the initiative on their Facebook page.

Guide to extenuating circumstances in UCD:

December 18th, 2012

Sometimes, things may happen that are outside our control during exam time. In UCD, these incidences are well defined as “Extenuating Circumstances” that can be taken into account by the examinations board.

You can read the student guide by clicking on our “Guide to Extenuating Circumstances“, and also you can download the forms yourself here (exten. circumstances form) if you find yourself in difficulty. Contact you Student Advisers, or Student Union officers if you need assistance in filling the forms out.

Cyber-bullying in U.C.D:

December 16th, 2012

During exam time more and more of us are online constantly as we’re studying.  While we’re online we need to be mindful of one another’s feelings and to be careful that what we post doesn’t hurt or offend people directly.

Please be moderate with your comments posted on the various “Spotted - U.C.D.” pages.  If you feel a comment is hurtful you are able to report it for abuse. We need to stand up to bullying comments as a community.

If you’ve been affected by cyber bullying please contact [email protected]

UCD Please Talk Remembrance Ceremony:

November 18th, 2012

Thursday 22nd November at 5pm is the annual Please Talk Candlelit Vigil.

Please Talk is a campaign that started in UCD and encourages people to talk about their mental health and to let students know of support services in college.

The vigil happened outside the library at 5pm and it  is a symbolic event to remember those we have lost through suicide but also to get people thinking about the reality of mental health and encourage those who may be struggling to reach out for help.

Find our social media site here.

Please Talk T-shirt Competition

February 22nd, 2011 is running a competition in UCD. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is grab a t-shirt, customise it to reflect your own individual fashion style and return to model it on Thursday, 3 March. You can pick up your t-shirt during the week beginning 21 February at various spots around the campus. For more details, look out for the posters around campus. Information will also be up on very soon. This is a real opportunity to get creative as well as highlighting the core message of the Please Talk campaign - that talking and seeking help is a sign of strength.

Stands will be located at various locations around the campus.

Monday, Student Centre 1-3pm

Tuesday, Quinn School 1-3pm

Wednesday, Arts Block 1-3pm

Thursday, Science Hub 1-3pm

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