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Civic Engagement: DCU in the Community

President's Award for Engagement 

Winners 2019- DCU President's Awards for Engagement and DCU President's Awards for Innovation



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

The award consists of five awards as follows:

    • President's Award for Engagement -- Staff Category  €1000
    • Special Merit Award-- Staff Category €500
    • President's Award for Engagement -- Student Category €1000
    • Special Merit Award-- Student Category €500
    • Special Award for Enterprise Engagement €500

This year student entries will also be submitted (unless we hear to the contrary) to an international Irish/Vietnamese competition held under the VIBE (Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Education Exchange) programme in the autumn, worth  €1000. We would particularly welcome applications in the STEM subjects or relating to international development for this strand but the general criteria are the same as for the DCU President's Award for Engagement.

This award recognises outstanding contributions by staff and students to the engagement mission of DCU.  Engagement is defined widely to embrace civic engagement, public engagement, enterprise engagement, sustainability engagement and student engagement. Entries can cut across the various areas of engagement and these are outlined here purely as a guide.

 Civic engagement
These are initiatives involving community partners that are committed to social regeneration and community empowerment. It may also include direct engagement by students and staff in community development.
 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 future of the city and the nation. Making a mark, making a difference are key attributes in this domain.
 Enterprise engagement
There are clear links between civic and enterprise engagement as recognized by the higher education strategy. This area highlights social enterprise which promotes social regeneration and local economic development.
 Sustainability engagement
This area recognises the need to balance economic, environmental and social factors through all our activities, teaching and learning, research and innovation, our own campus operations as well as through our engagements with businesses and the community to create a sustainable future for all. 
 Student engagement
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 this award. This category includes charity work, volunteering, social enterprises or any other activity in which students engage at a local, national or international level.

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 following are criteria by which the submissions will be judged: 
1: Fit with DCU Engagement Strategic Objectives
2: Internal Impact - Impact on the Wider DCU Community
3: External Impact - Community Relevance
4: Sustainability

All staff and students at DCU. All campuses are welcome to apply for this award. Individuals who have previously received an award must wait two years before being eligible again.

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

POSTERS (optional)
Nominees are invited to submit an electronic poster (preferably landscape) for display on the event webpage.  Electronic posters are optional.  If you wish your poster to be displayed on our event page, please email your poster in a PDF file format to by the 27th March 2019.


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