Undergraduate Awards

Places are filling up in The Undergraduate Awards 2013 programme.

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan disciplinary academic awards programme, and we also run a separated, dedicated programme throughout all third level institutions in Ireland that aims to identify the top students here. Below is a blurb that will let IT Sligo students know of this opportunity. If you could circulate this among students and academics, that would be fantastic.

As you will note, we are pan-discipline, meaning a host of students at IT Sligo are in fact eligible to apply!

Students intending to submit can register here to save their place.

If you need any more information – or if you would like some posters or flyers – please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on 01 543 1286.

Mayo Student Highly Commended in Undergraduate Awards

An IT Sligo graduate from Foxford in Co Mayo has been highly commended in the 2012 Undergraduate Awards. Marie McDonnell was recognised in the Social Studies category for her essay entitled “An examination of effective services that collaboratively deliver a successful transition for young care leavers to adulthood.”

The 2012 Undergraduate Awards received coursework entries from 2890 students across Ireland, the USA, UK and Canada and the highly commended entrants are considered to be the top 10% of all submissions.  Joining Marie as highly commended entrants in the Social Studies category were students from as far afield as University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, McGill University, University of California, Los Angeles and Durham University.

Due to graduate from the BA Hons Applied Social Studies in November, Marie said she’s delighted to have her work recognised on such an international platform; “After all the assignments and the exams, it’s great to see it all pay off.”

The support services in Sligo for young people making the transition from being in care to independent living were the focus of the research that underpinned her commended dissertation. She said the focus on research and collaboration with external agencies was what attracted her to the course at IT Sligo; “I worked with Focus Ireland, the Social Services Access Office and the Leaving and Aftercare Service in the HSE and with residential care providers in the preparation of the research,” she said. “This type of engagement with external agencies is great for developing skills and networks.”

Congratulating Marie, President of IT Sligo Professor Terri Scott said; “To have her work and research recognised on an international stage such as this is a wonderful achievement and I would like to congratulate Marie and wish her well for her future endeavours. We place a huge emphasis on applied learning and collaboration with external bodies in all the disciplines we offer; there’s a mutual benefit for both the students and the participating organisations,” she said.

As a highly commended entrant, Marie will be invited to take part in the UA Summit – “a Davos for students” – which will bring together top students from around the world in Dublin from November 7th – 10th.  “This conference will serve as a three-day pop-up incubation centre for some of the world’s most exceptional young minds” said Louise Hodgson, UA Programme Director. “From hands-on workshops and talks with inspiring young achievers, entrepreneurs and academics to networking events with top graduate recruiters, the UA Summit is going to be one of the most exciting student-focused events in Europe”.

Patron of the Undergraduate Awards, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will award the 39 UA winners at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on November 9th for excellence and innovation within coursework at undergraduate level.

The UA Summit will also include the Forum on Higher Education that will bring together edupreneurs and pioneers in the field of education to discuss disruptive education.  Speakers include CEO of the Wolfram Group and world famous TEDster, Conrad Wolfram.  For further information on the UA Summit and the results of the 2012 Undergraduate Awards, please see www.undergraduateawards.com.

Want to be named Ireland’s Top Undergraduate?


Round 3 is officially open!

The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland & Northern Ireland are looking for the top undergrads on the island of Ireland. If you believe you have compiled an excellent essay or project which has received a high 2.1 or above during this academic year why not submit it for consideration?

Open to all final and penultimate year students, the awards aim to recognise Ireland’s brightest students, who have demonstrated innovation, originality and excellence in their coursework. You can submit now on www.undergraduateawards.com with the final deadline of 30 June.

If you believe you have composed an excellent project or essay of the highest standard; if you would like to be recognised as one of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s top undergraduates and if you want your CV to really stand out, enter now at:


Don’t forget! You need to prepare a 100-word abstract of your essay.

We are also delighted to announce our collaboration with GenePool, a graduate recruitment specialist.  Entrants to the Undergraduate Awards can now avail of fantastic recruitment opportunities, internships and placements – an invaluable opportunity in today’s harsh economic climate.

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has been confirmed to host this year’s awards event which will also be welcoming our top entrants from the United States of America for an exciting three day event in Dublin.

For more information about eligibility and categories, see www.undergraduateawards.com or email the Project Co-Ordinator, Sasha de Marigny, at sasha@undergraduateawards.com



Undergraduate Awards 2011

The Undergraduate Awards is an all-island awards programme recognising and encouraging excellence at the undergraduatelevel in Ireland.
Founded in 2008, the awards are open to all final and penultimate year students enrolled in a degree course in any third level

institution on the island of Ireland. Submissions are drawn from the outstanding essays, projects and papers produced as a

normal part of coursework.

See link below for further details:





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