WST March 23 – Parallel Session Information

A core part of WST events are the contributions from our colleagues and WST March 23 is no different.  As part of ‘Celebrating Us’, we held an open submission for presentations from across the University.  In our efforts to bring you as many perspectives as possible, we are offering two sets of parallel sessions to choose from when you reserve your ticket. When you register for the event, you can choose from the parallel sessions in either The Auditorium or Meeting Room 5 for our colleague presentations.

During these morning sessions, colleagues from across the campus bring you their insights, techniques and tools from different perspectives on the event’s theme. These sessions are loosely grouped together under themes of Equality and Inclusion and shared resources in The Auditorium and Lessons from academic success stories and student focused developments in Meeting Room 5.

To book your full day’s ticket including the session you wish to attend, simply select the Parallel Session link above each session group.

Parallel Session 1 : The Village Auditorium

Time Topic Description Presenter Location
11:45 Implementing the Dignity & Respect Review Report  

To achieve a respectful environment and inclusive culture for all in UCD, we carried out a major review of our Dignity and Respect policies. The Dignity & Respect Review Report published in May 2021 involved the widest and deepest consultation that has ever taken place in UCD. It involved engagement with multiple internal and external stakeholders and resulted in the development of a new Bullying and Harassment policy, Sexual Misconduct policy and a suite of recommendations for implementation. The recommendations have been implemented over the past 18 months across 6 main workstreams with the key aim of achieving a cultural transformation where bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are not tolerated and people feel empowered to report incidents and to be an active bystander. Each workstream was, in effect, a complex project in its own right.

Presenter: Marcellina Fogarty & Rory Carey The Village: Auditorium
12:00 Celebrating Pride in Vet Sciences: A how-to in 10 easy steps!  

Celebrating Pride has been an important part of our EDI calendar in UCD Veterinary Sciences since 2019. We host an in-person event in the UCD Veterinary Sciences building to which we invite all of our colleagues in the wider College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. The Dean of Veterinary Medicine plays an important role by hosting and opening the event. This Pride celebration is joyful, colourful and inclusive, and an important symbol and statement of our solidarity with and support of our LGBTQI+ community both within and outside of UCD. Our presentation will show you how the event came about, what we do to set it up every year, what resources you’ll need, and what is essential to make it a success – all in 10 easy steps!

Presenters: Niamh Nestor & Eimear Burkley The Village: Auditorium
12:15 End Period Poverty Initiative at UCD Library  

This presentation demonstrates how UCD Library worked in collaboration with UCDSU and the Dean of Students on this pilot initiative which aimed to address period poverty on campus. The End Period Poverty initiative aligns with UCD EDI objectives to remove barriers to education by addressing both gender equality and socio-economic issues. The inclusive branding and marketing of the campaign in both physical and virtual spaces were central to the success of the initiative which demonstrates UCD Library’s focus on students and commitment to ‘Creating an inclusive Library for all’.

Presenters: Catherine Bodey and Vanessa Buckley The Village: Auditorium
12:30 Hybrid Working in Google Spaces  

Learning how to keep our hybrid team connected and in the loop, bridging the gap between the office and home working and collaborating more effectively using Google Spaces.

Presenters: Anna John & Hannah Lamont The Village: Auditorium
12:45 To zoom or not to zoom? The pros and cons of running zoom clinics.  

Assessment, UCD Registry’s quick information guide to zoom clinics; a way to support, train and connect beyond the pandemic.

Presenters: Johanna Kennedy & Kevin Lohan The Village: Auditorium

Parallel Session 2: Meeting Room 5

Time Topic Description Presenter Location
11:45 COMPHACRISIS: The Story of a Grant  

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is recognised globally as one of the most prestigious and competitive postdoctoral fellowships, focusing on mobility, career development, and knowledge transfer. Dr Mina Hosseini is conducting COMPHACRISIS on EU competition law and policy in the pharmaceutical sector (before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic) at UCD Sutherland School of Law under the supervision of Professor Imelda Maher. In her presentation, Mina will share valuable tips and tricks for developing ideas, structuring the draft, identifying weaknesses, and submitting a successful grant application.

Presenter: Mina Hosseini The Village: Meeting Room 5
12:00 Developing international collaborations for an environmental humanities project: The Humanities Institute’s GHI grant  


Presenter: Megan Kuster The Village: Meeting Room 5
12:15 Building Global Partnerships  

In 2021, Dr Caitríona Osborne received funding from the Global Engagement Seed Fund under the strand of Building Global Partnerships. Caitríona is an Assistant Professor in the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies and partnered with Dr Qi Zhang (Dublin City University) and Dr Danping Wang (University of Auckland) to examine, post-Covid, the situation of teaching Chinese language (particularly the characters) online around the world. The presentation will detail how the research aligns with the Global Engagement Seed Fund call, followed by some key findings, while other takeaways for all disciplines include: migration to long-term online teaching and learning after the pandemic; responding to funding calls; and international collaborations.

Presenter: Caitríona Osborne The Village: Meeting Room 5
12:30 Creating the Academic Integrity course for UCD Students  

The creation of a core Academic Integrity course for all UCD students. Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning and broad cross campus involvement including VPs Teaching & Learning, Students Union, Writing Centre, UCD IT and UCD Library. Presentation outlines the rationale for the course and how it can support schools in addressing their obligations under the UCD Plagiarism Policy. Looks at the collaborative process, the research findings, pilots, student feedback and rollout in September 2022. Lessons learned from the collaborative process and next phase of the project.

Presenter: Peter Hickey The Village: Meeting Room 5
12:45 Refurbishment to reimagining: The transformative impact of the Level 3 James Joyce Library Project  

The paper will discuss the refurbishment of Level 3 of the James Joyce Library. It will provide an insight into how library staff worked with key stakeholders across UCD to reimagine library spaces, shifting away from the old ‘exam hall’ style to the development of an exciting, new modern space that meets a range of student needs. We will demonstrate how the refurbishment of Level 3 in the James Joyce Library has led to the start of a transformative change for the whole of UCD Library; in the way we provide access to collections, celebrate our rich cultural heritage and support the changing needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Presenter: Ursula Byrne
The Village: Meeting Room 5