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Civic Engagement: DCU in the Community

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS FOR ENGAGEMENT 2015

Student Category €1,000 Winner: Staff Category €1,000 Winner:
Student Category €1,000 Winner: DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015 - Winners
Steven Conlon DCUSU Returning Officer
(in collaboration with Dr Mark Glynn, Teaching Enhancement Unit)
DCU Students' Union E-Voting
The ComputeTY Team - Dr Jennifer Foster, Gary Conway and Christine Stears
School of Computing
   
Special Merit Award
Student Category €500 Winner:
Special Merit Award
Staff Category €500 Winner:
President's Award for Engagement 2014-Winner, Grow Your own Society DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015 - Special Merit Award Winners
Disability and Learning Support Service Volunteer Team on the "Addressing the Double Disadvantage" Programme Deirdre Corby, Richard Jackson, Therese Danaher and Liz Hartnett
School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Service Improvement with Cooperative Learning

Commenting on this year's awards Head of Civic Engagement, Prof. Ronnie Munck said that "The sheer quality and quantity of entrants for the President's Award this year was simply remarkable. It shows to me the commitment across DCU by both staff and students to engage with society and the wider community. There was a vibrant spirit of wanting 'to make a difference' that was truly inspirational!"

SUMMARY OF NOMINATIONS

Posters 

STUDENT CATEGORY
 
click on poster image to enlarge
  Rachel Wheeler
Bachelor of Business Studies
Founder of Raising for Animal Welfare (RAW) Society; raising awareness and funds for the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect; supporting numerous animal welfare charities; the sole animal welfare society in higher education in Ireland
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster:Raising for Animal Welfare (RAW) Society
  Sinead Kane
PhD Researcher with the National Anti-Bullying Centre, DCU
Highlighting diversity, disability and bullying; active volunteer (Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, National Council for the Blind, Childvision and more); advocate for persons with disabilities; role model highlighting DCU as a university free of discrimination
 Sinead Kane - poster
  Emma Kavanagh
BA Multimedia
Voluntary work and leadership – DCU Style Society, Media Production Society, DCU Access Unity Project, DCU Enactus (HeadstARTS, DCU Ambassador; Pop Up Charity Shop for Enable Ireland
  Student Engagement -Emma Kavanagh-poster
  Erin O’Reilly
BSc Health & Society
Volunteer work with Order of Malta Cadets, Irish Girl Guides, and Special Olympics Junior – helping young people develop life skills to become engaged and confident citizens
 Erin O’Reilly - poster
  Fiona Conlon Dunne, Rebecca McMullan, Caitriona O’Meara
BSc Children’s and General Nursing
Student Nurses Spreading the Gift of Hope - travel to Kolkata in summer 2015 to volunteer with the HOPE Foundation; work with most vulnerable – street and slum children; global engagement
 Student Nurses Spreading the Gift of Hope - poster
  Nessa Cassidy
BSc Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science
Suas Educational Development – Literacy Support; volunteer commitment with Suas and Aisling Project; Suas Soc Chairperson; successfully engaging over 500 DCU students over 4 years to volunteer with Suas
 Suas Educational Development – Literacy Support- poster
  St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra
Projects raising awareness and funds for the homeless – Pat’s Got Talent fundraiser; SOUPer Bowl soup run; a fashion show and a sponsored sleep-out; over 250 students volunteered throughout the year
 St. Vincent de Paul Society poster
  Brian Harman
PhD student, DCU Business School
Creating and maintaining a DCU Post-Grad Facebook Group to enable postgraduate students to connect
 
  Steven Conlon DCUSU Returning Officer (in collaboration with Dr Mark Glynn, Teaching Enhancement Unit)
E-Voting
Introduction of online voting system used for elections within the DCU Students’ Union; creating a voting module on Loop; increasing student participation in democratic processes and the turnout; contribution to environmental sustainability
E-Voting- poster 
  Enactus DCU
HeadstARTS
HeadstARTS is a social enterprise empowering and enabling people with intellectual disabilities through arts: art, music, drama and dance; multi-stakeholder project – DCU students and staff, local and national community organisations
HeadstARTS poster 
  Volunteer Team, Challenger Programme, Northside and Cabra School Completion
Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra
The project aims to support primary school students through campus tours and voluntary tuition in Maths and Irish; it awakens pupils’ imagination to viewing third level education as a viable choice
   Volunteer Team, Challenger Programme, Northside and Cabra School Completion Educational Disadvantage Centre
  Brendan Heery
PhD student, School of Chemical Sciences
Involvement in sustainability issues (e.g. work in DCU garden, rain harvesting); industry engagement to develop ideas improving the quality of life in Dublin
Brendan Heery - Water in DCU poster 
  Kristine O’Reilly
BSc Communication Studies
Inspiration through Photography and Music – inspiring and encouraging young people to dream big and achieve goals through the use of social media, arts and music
Inspiration through Photography and Music  
 
Disability and Learning Support Service Volunteer Team
Voluntary work on a programme addressing the “double disadvantage” in DCU linked schools to promote access to 3rd level for students with disabilities from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

 Disability and Learning Support Service Volunteer Team
  Katy Walsh, James McCarthy, Mirjam Theil, Sarah Doran and Neal Hickey
NGM Students Team for DCUBS Alumni Sleepout Campaign
Voluntary work and community-based learning involvement in Focus Ireland Sleepout campaign; nearly €20k raised; “passion, commitment, enthusiasm and dedication”
DCUBS Alumni Sleepout Campaign-poster 
  Cormac Ryan
BSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Cycle for Life
An initiative promoting awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, undetected heart conditions and mental health issues; raising tens of thousands € for charity; national visibility and press coverage
Cycle for Life - poster 
  Laura Pierce
BSc Education & Training
Voluntary work with Lourdes Day Care Centre, Finglas Addiction Support Team, Finglas Community Garden and Grange Gymnastics; combatting social isolation and promoting healthy lifestyles
 
  Laura Ennis and the NGM Student Team
Research Project for DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme
Exploring the benefits of the volunteering experiences and evaluating the value of this experience in the context of DCU Graduate Attributes; exploring the benefits of ILP for older participants

 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
  Tanya Walter
BSc Education and Training
Voluntary work and commitment to animal welfare through International Hedgehog Association; public events, school talks and fundraising
 
  Jess O’Shea
BSc Health & Society
Ballymunch
Project involving cookery classes set up to encourage the parents of students in Trinity Comprehensive School to cook healthy meals on a low budget; connecting parents with school management; DCU RAG
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Rachel Gallen
BSc Multimedia
(in collaboration with Christine O’Kelly, Age Friendly University)
Fingal Senior Citizens Forum – Fingal Senior Newsletter
Providing training in Microsoft Publisher to allow members of the Fingal Senior Forum produce a quarterly newsletter
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Owen Ralph
MSc in E-Commerce
Voluntary, creative and entrepreneurial involvement in a range of initiatives: 100minds fundraisers, Intergenerational Learning Programme (design and delivery of modules) and Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneurship Awards

DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Students of the Professional Certificate in Education - Choral Conducting in Education and in the Community
St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra
Designed to support teachers in developing musicianship and choral conducting technique; student involvement in establishing choral music in schools and classrooms, and working with other educators reaching learners of all ages
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Kaleb Honer, Beth-Anne Graham, Holly O’Callaghan
School of Law and Government
Irish Innocence Project
Involvement as student caseworkers under Irish Innocence Project - examining closed case files to determine the innocence of those who claim to have been victims of miscarriage of justice
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
   
 

STAFF CATEGORY

 
  Liam Hourihane, Caroline McMullan, David Jacobson, Des McLaughlin, Joanne Lynch, John Mulcahy
DCUBS Practicum Advisory Board
Providing students with rich experiential learning experience through practical projects (with SMEs and non-profits in 2015)
 
  Cillian Murphy
Disability and Learning Support
Leading a group of students to deliver a programme addressing the “double disadvantage” in DCU linked schools to promote access to 3rd level for students with disabilities from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
 
  Dr Trudy Corrigan, Dr Cathy Fowley, Carmel Conroy, and Christine O’Kelly
Intergenerational Learning Programme
Flagship project of the AFU Initiative - engaging older people and DCU student volunteers in reciprocal learning journeys; “variety of courses delivered to the delight and intrigue of the older students”
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
  Dr Melrona Kirrane
DCU Business School
Public engagement: raising the profile of organisational psychology and its contribution to business via work with the PSI, radio and print media and extensive business networks
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Deirdre Corby, Richard Jackson, Therese Danaher, Liz Hartnett
School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Service Improvement with Cooperative Learning
Engaging people with intellectual disability, family members and service staff in cooperative learning within the university to make a real and practical change in services for those with intellectual disability
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
  Dr Padraig Murphy
School of Communications
Societal Impact Platform
Providing a vehicle for DCU humanities, social sciences and physical sciences researchers, as well as NGOs and SMEs to jointly work on medium and large scale research projects
 
  Teaching Enhancement Unit – Dr Mark Glynn (in collaboration with DCUSU Returning Officer Steven Conlon)
E-Voting
Introduction of online voting system used for elections within the DCU Students’ Union; creating a voting module on Loop; increasing student participation in democratic processes and the turnout; contribution to environmental sustainability
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
  Donal Mulligan
School of Communications
Starting Vote With Us – a civic online video campaign for a yes vote in the 2015 marriage referendum (150 videos so far) offering a platform for voters (public figures and ordinary people) to engage in a dialogue on how the vote affects their lives
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Christmas is in Your Heart Campaign Team
MA in Political Communication, School of Communications
A three-month campaign at national level to raise funds for the Peter McVerry Trust via social media; raising awareness of the homeless crisis; contribution to combating social exclusion
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Bernadette McCulloch
DCU Business School
Focus Ireland Sleepout
Bringing together DCU alumni, postgraduate students and staff in a campaign involving a sleepout on campus to raise funds for Focus Ireland; nearly €20k raised to date; two nominations
 
  ComputeTY Team – Dr Jennifer Foster, Gary Conway and Christine Stears
ComputeTY is a technology course run by the School of Computing for TY students; introducing and promoting interest in computer science as a third level subject; approx. 400 students attend the programme annually
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster
  Deirdre Wynter, Christine O’Kelly, DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme (with St. Aidan’s TY students)
Technology Made Easy – How to Use Apps for Older People
Collaborative and multi-stakeholder project involving the design and publication of a booklet assisting older persons to use apps to stay connected to family and friends, and assist in independent living
DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster 
  Michelle King
Director of Ballymun Initiative for Third Level Education
Management of voluntary tuition programme in Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun; over 70 DCU student volunteers this academic year; involvement of Maths Learning Centre
 DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015-poster

 

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