UCD is presently the largest University in Ireland with 1,200 academic staff, 24,000 students, more than 1,700 PhD students and more than 3,500 Masters students, producing 28% of Ireland's PhD graduates each year. The university focuses on creative interdisciplinary programs to promote new fields of study, and initiatives that exploit new knowledge to inform public policy and to stimulate economic development. UCD's major research themes are: Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment, Global Ireland, Health and Healthcare Delivery and Information, and Computation and Communications. UCD School of Business has an active research environment, and comprises a significant amount of the research funding secured by the university, particularly in areas like finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, health care management, technology management, and employment and organizations.
The activity of the research group in Diabetes Literacy is in accounting for and the management of health care systems, and includes field studies of accounting change in hospitals, performance management of health care, mechanisms for quality improvement and health literacy. UCD was the principal investigator for Ireland in the European Health Literacy Survey, the Training and Mobility network ARECHAS and performs a research study on behalf of Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for a cost benefit analysis of the hospital accreditation process in Ireland. The principal investigator of UCD has been chairperson of the judging panel for the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards from 2008 to date.