President's Award for Civic Engagement 2011


The three winners were chosen from a strong field by the judges Lorraine Mc Ilrath from Campus Engage and Dr Claire Bohan from DCU.

The three award categories and winners were designed to recognize exemplary DCU people and projects actively advancing DCU's civic engagement strategy. This year's winners were:

The Community Engaged Teaching & Learning Award

Winner: Karina Korotkevica DCU Final year student, Economics, Politics and Law

Karina is an outstanding student committed to community learning. In, particular, this award acknowledges her dedicated commitment to migrant communities and their integration through information, education and participation. Karina has acted as a student ambassador locally, nationally and internationally, promoting volunteering and embodying the spirit of the the Uaneen module among the DCU student body and more widely.

The Community Engaged Research Award

Winner: Project 2020,Dr Theo Lynn, DCU Business School

This programme is developing research partnerships with a broad range of organizations and creatively helping to identify and address their research needs. Encouraging a community-engaged research ethos, postgraduate students are given opportunities to develop research skills through engaging with communities and their needs.

In particular, a large number of NGM students provided invaluable research and project management support to DCU in the Community centre and projects.

The Community Impact Award

Winner: Mental Health Trialogue Network Ireland (MHTNI) core project team, DCU School of Nursing

Dr Liam Mac Gabhann, School of Nursing; Paddy Mc Gowan, School of Nursing; Lorna Ni Cheirin, School of Nursing This project is working creatively with communities, building local capacity and helping communities to develop their own solutions. It is shining a light on one of the most controversial and common topics within modern society - mental health - supporting proactive knowledge sharing between health professionals, community members and people coping with mental health issues. By jointly developing solutions and improving dialogue and communications about mental health issues, the project is having a measurable impact on local communities.

Wrapping up the session, Professor Ronnie Munck, Head of Civc and Global engagement at DCU thanked all the award nominees and winners, stressing DCU's commitment to civic engagement, which is now recognized in Ireland's National Strategy for Higher Education as an emerging key feature, on a par with teaching, learning and research.


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