newsparcbannerUCD SPARC (Supporting Partnership and Realising Change), a scheme which encourages staff and students to work together to help make UCD a better working and learning environment, has returned for a second year.

Both staff and students are encouraged to submit their ideas for a project, with the closing date for applications set for Friday, 30th October. Applicants are challenged to come up with a creative idea to make the campus a better place for everyone. Each project consists of teams of at least three individuals, featuring a mix of staff and students. UCD Teaching and Learning is available to help find suitable partners for applicants.

Those who are successful receive funding to cover the expenses of their project. The SPARC website stated that funding of up to €1,000 is available for successful applicants to cover their project expense.

Last year, it funded several projects, including initiatives which brought back bees to the Rosemount orchard in Belfield and created a virtual tour of the Conway Institute. An outreach project for archaeology to promote it among school students also proved to be a success.

SPARC is run by UCD Teaching and Learning, in conjunction with UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU). Further information is available at, which includes information for students who wish to make an application, but are unsure about their idea.

  • Author: Cian Carton, News Editor