Dublin City University is a young university, situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a 10-minute bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds; the social and cultural benefits of city life, but with the security and vibrancy of a university campus built very much for today.Find out how to get to DCU.Dublin City University was initially set up to fulfil the national requirement for a highly-trained workforce with skills in the areas of business, science and electronics, computer technology, communications and languages and as an agent for change in its local community. The first students came through the door in 1980 and the university is now recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence.It was awarded university status in 1989 and was considered at the time to be an 'unconventional' university. It broke with the traditional mould and introduced a number of ideas, which had enormous impact on the Irish education system. DCU was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement (INTRA) as part of its degree programmes. The aim is for students to put their academic skills into practice in the work environment. Its degree programmes were also the first to be interdisciplinary, with, for example science students taking business courses, business students taking languages and language students taking computing. Many DCU students study at universities in Spain, France, Germany and Austria as part of their degree programmes under Erasmus exchange agreements.DCU has developed its own research specialisms, creating a number of national centres of excellence that collaborate with other universities and industry internationally. These research centres have transcended traditional boundaries and have been extended to include combinations of academic disciplines such as biotechnology, electronic engineering, physics and chemistry.Visit the Research Centres web page.The design of the campus and the bright modern architecture make DCU a vibrant and attractive place to study. The campus is laid out to encourage community interaction with the John & Aileen O'Reilly Library at the East end and the restaurant and Helix Arts Centre at the West end. It is a place where young people can live, learn and develop in a dynamic but intimate environment. One of the objectives of the university is the strengthening of the campus as a vibrant social and learning environment and the pursuit of a holistic approach to student development. DCU prides also itself on the range of its facilities, both academic and recreational.See a map of the DCU campus.
Recognising Dublin City University as a young organisation, and also the recruitment pattern that has taken place since 1980, and is likely to continue, it will not be possible for many employees to attain the maximum of 40 years service. Given that the benefits under the Superannuation Schemes relate to length of service, many employees may not, through actual service, attain reasonable benefits. Therefore, staff members may increase benefit entitlement in one or more of the following ways:(a) Transfer of Service: Where an employee is coming to DCU from another organisation, which is participating in the Public Service Pension Transfer Network, arrangements can generally be made to have pension rights transferred to Dublin City University.(b) Purchase of Added Years: Employees maybe permitted to purchase added years to facilitate retirement at age 65(and/or age 60 if the member is an "old entrant") if they fulfill certain criteria. The cost of purchasing added years is determined by actuarial tables approved by the Minister for the Public Service. http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/circulars/circ42006.pdf(c) Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs): Employees can opt to pay additional contributions in order to increase benefits or facilitate retirement at age 60 or 65. Cornmarket (previously Gregan McGuinness Life & Pensions Ltd) manage the Dublin City University approved AVC scheme through Irish Life.(d) Previous Temporary Service: Where an employee has had previous temporary service with Dublin City University, which was non-pensionable, there maybe an opportunity to reckon this service for pension purposes by paying appropriate contributions. Contributions are levied upon current salary at the time the option is exercised. Equally, where an employee has had previous temporary service with another company which participates in the public service transfer network, the University can investigate the possibility of this service being reckoned for pension purposes also.(e) Re-Instating Previous Service: Where an employee received a refund of contributions in respect of a marriage gratuity or upon resignation, there maybe an opportunity to re-instate this service and have it reckoned for pension purposes by paying appropriate contributions. This normal repayment terms is the original refund plus interest, however the employee maybe required to pay contributions based upon current and up rated salary.(f) Transfer Value: Where an employee has retained pension benefits with a previous employer, DCU can investigate the possibility of converting the ‘Transfer Value’ into DCU pension years and transferring same into the DCU Superannuation Scheme.(g) Professional Added Years: Employees maybe eligible to an award under the Professional Added Years Scheme where the criteria for appointment were of such a nature as to preclude the employee from acquiring full superannuation entitlements by maximum retirement age. Because of the nature of the scheme, an award of added years can only be formally made at the time of retirement.For staff who were employed prior to 1st January 2005, the following scheme applies. DCU Superannuation (amendment) Scheme 1996.For all new entrants on or after 1st January 2005, the following scheme applies http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/circulars/circ82005.pdf.The costs involved with any of the above options will be carried in full by the employee. The costs will normally attract full tax relief in line with Inland Revenue limits.Staff who wish to consider any of the above options should contact the Human Resources Office.Human Resources DepartmentVacanciesEmployee Information(including Policies & Procedures)Pension InformationTraining & DevelopmentFrequently Asked QuestionsHR FormsLink to Employee Self Service (ESS)Contact Us
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