DCU formally recognises and rewards the achievement of holistic education by accrediting a module in extra-curricular activities – the Uaneen Module. The Uaneen Module is a unique scheme that formally recognises the work done and learning acquired by students with University and outside clubs, societies, community work and extra-curricular activity in general. Depending on your degree programme, the Uaneen Module can be either a contributing 5 credit elective or a non-contributing optional additional 5 credit module. In both cases, successful completion means that you will be awarded credits that are included in the degree parchment. DCU is the first third level institution in the Republic of Ireland to reward extracurricular activity in such a manner. The Uaneen Module is managed and administered by DCU's Office of Student Life and is endorsed by IBEC
History behind the Awards
There have been a number of attempts in recent years, by various sections of the DCU community, to initiate a reward system that would recognise the hard work done by many students outside of their academic work. In March 2000, these various sections of the University came together to create such a system that would finally begin to reward students for their efforts.
These awards were named in memory of Uaneen Fitzsimmons, the late RTE presenter, who played an active role in society and campus life in DCU. Uaneen progressed from DCU to carve out a successful career in the entertainment industry before her untimely death in 2000.
In February 2004, the awards were evaluated by the University and DCU became the first Irish university to formally acknowledge and offer academic credits for the extracurricular activities of its students.
Both of the above options will enable the university to award internationally recognised credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for a range of non-academic activities that can range from the sporting, political and creative to the community and social.
Aims of the Uaneen Module
- To recognise the commitment that students put in to extra-curricular activity as well as the personal development derived from this activity.
- To encourage students to participate and get actively involved in extra- curricular activity so as to achieve that personal development.
Why get Involved in Extracurricular Activity?
The experience and skills gained from extra-curricular activity during the third level experience is being recognised and valued more and more by employers. A graduate's work with clubs, societies and other extra-curricular activity during their time studying is often what sets them apart from other applicants in an interview or job situation. This is one of the reasons that the employer's organisation IBEC works in co-operation with DCU in facilitating these awards.