UCD Ad Astra Academy

Fostering academic potential

University College Dublin’s Ad Astra Academy aims to attract and develop the most talented students in Ireland. It is a scholarship programme that fosters academic potential in incoming and continuing students, supporting their progress through a range of disciplines within the University. The Academy offers participating students a programme of activities designed to cultivate their skills and strengths. HDF provided grant funding to expand the number of scholarships available through the Academy.


ONE BILLION CHILDREN. That’s how many girls and boys suffer from violence every year

The launch of Together to #ENDviolence, a global campaign and Solutions Summit Series to catalyse the political and financial commitments to end violence against children, gathered 1,900 participants from 130 countries.

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What works to prevent sexual violence against children?

The data is clear: Sexual violence affects girls and boys in every country around the world. For far too long it has been a silent pandemic, with little awareness of the scope, scale, and consequences of the problem or understanding of potential solutions. That silence has allowed violence against children to perpetuate.

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TED talks ending violence against children

The challenge to end violence against children took centre stage at TEDSummit 2019 in Edinburgh. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of End Violence Against Children, explored the truly devastating scale of violence against children and the truly unprecendented opportunity we all…

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