President's Awards for Engagement


The President’s Award for Engagement is designed to celebrate and communicate the impact of the engagement of DCU staff and students with the life of the wider community and to make awards for the top entries in the Staff and Student categories. 

The award will consist of two awards, one for a staff category and one for a student category and  two Special Merit Award one each for staff and students.  The winners will be announced by the DCU President at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 29th March 2023.

The awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students to the engagement mission of DCU.

Students and student Clubs and Societies who are involved in activities which influence the wider community are asked to put themselves or their group forward for the student award.

Engagement is defined widely to embrace civic and public engagement, charity work and volunteering, social enterprises or any other activity in which staff and students engage at a local, national or international level. Entries can cut across various areas of public and civic engagement and these are outlined here purely as a guide.

Public Engagement

Through public engagement, be it through the media or other avenues, DCU staff play an active role in the wider debates in society around the impact of their teaching and research, and the future of the city and the nation.  Making a mark, influencing, educating, and making a difference are the core criteria.

Civic Engagement

These are initiatives involving community partners that are committed to social regeneration and community empowerment.  They may also include direct engagement by students and staff in community development or volunteering – either via their teaching and research, or in a voluntary capacity related to their employment here in DCU.



All staff and students at DCU. Individuals who have previously received an award must wait two years before being eligible again.



Individuals or groups can self-nominate or they can be nominated by colleagues or community or other appropriate external agencies.  Endorsements from community and enterprise partners are also of course welcomed.

The Call for  Nominations for DCU President’s Awards for Engagement 2023  is Now Closed



The following are criteria by which the submissions will be judged:

  1. Fit with DCU Engagement Strategic Objectives
  2. Internal Impact - Impact on the DCU Community
  3. External Impact – Impact on the world outside DCU



The selection process will be conducted by a panel established by the university's Civic Engagement Forum which will comprise representatives from both academic and professional staff, students, as well as an external member. The President will sign off on the nominees put forward.


The President’s Award recognises the outstanding contributions of our staff and students, spotlighting excellence in the areas of Teaching, Research, Engagement and Innovation. If there are no nominees in a category, or if the nominees in a category do not meet the standards of excellence for a President’s Award, no award will be given in that category for that year.


The award should be transferred to the recipient’s research account, used for professional development, or in the case of a student, the monetary award should be used to support your studies or the Club/Society associated with the Award. 


For further information please contact Prof. Deiric Ó Broin, Head of Civic Engagement (, Natalja Matease, Administrator, Office of Civic Engagement ( or visit our website:




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