President's Award for Engagement
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOW TO NOMINATE FOR THE AWARD?
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.
CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD
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
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the 27th March 2019.
Links and Downloads
- President's Awards for Engagement 2019
- President's Awards for Engagement 2018
- President's Awards for Engagement 2017
- President's Awards for Engagement 2016
- President's Awards for Engagement 2015
- President's Awards for Engagement 2014
- President's Awards for Engagement 2013
- President's Awards for Civic Engagement 2012
- President's Awards for Civic Engagement 2011
- President's Awards for Civic Engagement 2010