Presidents Awards for Engagement 2016


Student Category €1,000 Winner: Staff Category €1,000 Winner:
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DCU Raising and Giving Society – Local Community Projects Bernadette Dwyer, Institute of Education,
St. Patrick’s College – Chekhov E-book Lit4Life Project
Special Merit Award
Staff Category €500 Winner:
Special Merit Award
Student Category €500 Winner:
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Vincent Hooper and Brian Kelleher, School of Chemical Science, DCU – Teach to Learn and Science Promotion Collaboration with Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun Cody Byrne – Outstanding Individual Contribution:
Global Brigades
Gallery Special Award in Enterprise Engagement  
€500 Winner:
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Michael Henry – Special Recognition for
Enterprise Engagement
– Novel LC-MS-MS-Workflow
for Proteomic Profiling of Biological Samples

Student Category Posters
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Anthony Chinedum Muotto
DCU Business School
Voluntary and leadership involvement on and off campus in projects including, among others, Intergenerational Learning Programme, Everyday Heroes talks, DCU Africa Society – 3 nominations received
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Avril Hayden
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Femgineers – a grassroots, student-led project encouraging participation in third level STEM education among young women
Caroline O'Sullivan
BSc Marketing, Innovation, Technology
Check Yo Self – enterprise selling drink spike kits to Students' Unions in Ireland with proceeds from sales donated to ChildLine
David de Army
Open Education Unit, MSc in management of Sustainable Development
Involvement in learning and research projects contributing to sustainable access to clean water in rural Central Africa
DCU Mental Health Society
Founding and running of Mental Health Hub and a range of other activities and initiatives supporting positive mental health among DCU student population
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DCU Raising and Giving Society
Involvement in establishing and delivering innovative, creative and enterprising student-led projects addressing community needs in North Dublin and promoting volunteerism among DCU students
Dexmont Pena
School of Computing, PhD Track
Research project focussing on obstacle detection for cars using computer vision, contributing to road safety
Enactus DCU
Care After Prison Bootcamp – a project linking prisoners and ex-prisoners with prevention services to stop them from re-offending and returning to prison
Ferdia Mooney
BSc Multimedia
Involvement in school visits with Disability and Learning Support and DCU Access to encourage students with disabilities and from disadvantaged areas to consider entering higher education at DCU
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Barbara McMahon
BA in Humanities
Charity Zip Glide for Celtic Foundation in Glasgow and Ability Counts programme in Ireland
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Fergus Neary
BSc Accounting and Finance
Involvement in the setting up and running of Clarity – a not-for-profit fundraising organisation, and a range of fundraising events on and off campus
Gillian McInerney
BA Contemporary Culture and Society
Alphabet Soup: the largest online collection of terms and phrases used by and about the LGBTQ+ community. The aim of the project is to increase compassion and understanding of LGBTQ+
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Glen Kelly
BEd Primary Education
Involvement in sports and coaching, particularly gymnastics and trampolining; and the organisation of charity fundraising sports events on SPD Campus
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Michelle Doherty
Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DCU Ryan Academy
Advisory and mentorship role and support for i-Smile: a non-for-profit organisation set up to reduce isolation and increase participation of migrant women in mainstream Irish society.
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Cody Byrne
BSc Psychology
Extensive involvement and leadership through Global Brigades on projects in Ghana and Honduras, as well as on DCU campus and nationally, impacting hundreds of Irish students as well as hundreds of lives in communities abroad
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Muhammad Alli
PhD Track Physics
A Leap Towards Big Data: project enabling students to develop skills to pursue careers in big data and data analytics, promoting DCU as a centre of excellence in enterprise and STEM
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Olayiwola Ogunsanya
BSc Marketing, Innovation, Technology
House of AKI-NA – a social enterprise providing meaningful employment and education workshops for women living in Direct Provision
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Peter Carberry
BA International Relations
Human rights promotion at DCU – DCU Amnesty International Society; engagement of DCU staff and students in issues such as, among others, Direct Provision, reproductive rights, refugee crisis, and death penalty.

Seán Ó'Scinéir
BSc Genetics and Cell Biology
Charitable and community involvement through St. John Ambulance (over 400 hours of volunteering over 2 years) and DCU Rock Climbing charity events
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St. Patrick's College Soccer Team
Involvement in sports alongside academic study
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Aine Mangaoang, John O'Flynn
Music Department, SPD
"Mapping Popular Music in Dublin" project, funded by Fáilte Ireland, engaging students, the public and enterprise in creating "music maps" for future use by tourism, music and culture industries
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Bernadette Dwyer
Institute of Education, SPD
Chekhov Ebook Lit4Life Project
Collaborative partnership between UNESCO, Microsoft, Mediacraft, SPD and DCU, involving B.Ed. students, addressing global literacy issues through development of Ebooks
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Carmel Conroy
Intergenerational Learning Programme
Pivotal role in DCU's flagship AFU project - engaging older people and DCU student volunteers in reciprocal learning journeys
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Dr Melrona Kirrane
DCU Business School
Public and enterprise engagement: 30% Club – improving gender balance in business leadership; advocate of diversity and inclusion in the field of gender and leadership and work with companies such as Vodafone, Intel, Dublin Bus, Zurich Insurance, Eir and others
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Centre for Family Business
DCU Business School
Family Business Workshop All Ireland Roadshow 2015 with the mission of sharing research knowledge and best practices, and providing family businesses with advice and support; attended by over 130 family firms
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DCU Access Service
UniTY Programme
Partnership programme between DCU, the corporate world, public sector and third sector with the aim of raising motivation and career aspirations of TY students in communities in North Dublin with a tradition of low progression to higher education
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Dr Charlotte Holland
School of Education Studies
Extensive civic, enterprise, public and sustainability engagement through Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development
John Buckley
Music Department, SPD
Cultural engagement through musical composition, concert organisations, broadcasting, board membership, international representation and music education over the period of forty years
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Michael Henry
National Institute for Cellular Bioechnology
Science and Technology Enhancement Platform
Extensive industry, enterprise, intra- and inter-university engagement nationally and internationally on a project applying a new set of technologies to biological samples
Psychotherapy Team: Dr Rita Glover, Dr Evelyn Gordon, Dr Gemma Kiernan, Dr Gerard Moore, Dr Rosaleen McElevaney, Dr Aisling McMahon
Healthy Living Centre
Leading the programme of the provision of low cost psychotherapy sessions to local communities, DCU students and staff.
Ray Walshe
School of Computing
Organisation of a series of events for Startup Europe Week and International Workshops on Big Data Standards enhancing DCU's image as a University of Enterprise, promoting best practice in industry and stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship
Shikha Sharma
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute
Raising awareness of STEM areas through professional and voluntary involvement in local and international communities, e.g. homework clubs, "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here", Smart Futures, Physics Busking, Remote Rural Education
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Girls Hack Ireland Team (Ruth Blayney, Aoibhéann Bird, Suzanne Little)
Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Girl Hack Ireland – a programme addressing the challenge of cultivating awareness of STEM areas as inclusive of and rewarding for girls through interactive learning events and family hackathons
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Vincent Hooper and Brian Kelleher
School of Chemical Science
Teach to Learn – annual project promoting science to second year students at Ballymun Comprehensive School; DCU student involvement in teaching on the programme
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Uaneen Support Team
Voluntary mentorship, support and advice for students pursuing Uaneen module
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