President's Annual Awards | President's Office

The annual DCU President’s Awards are awarded to staff and students who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in their fields of endeavour and in the pursuit of DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies.

DCU President’s Awards 2020

President’s Awards for Engagement

  • Student Category

John Noone, Volunteering, science outreach, fundraising

  • Staff Category

DCU Ability Team, Promoting the Employability of young people with disabilities

  • Special Merit Award – Student Category

Daniel Kyne and Darragh O’Flaherty, Opinion X

  • Special Merit Award – Staff Category

Dr Yvonne Crotty, Creativity and Arts, Entrepreneurship and Science Promotion

President’s Awards for Innovation

  • Student Category (Undergraduate): 

Amy Ní Lionnáin and Ciara Williams (BA Gaeilge & Gnó) 

Development of a ‘Sip N’ Safe biodegradable straw that can detect if drugs are present in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 

  • Student Category (Postgraduate): 

Anastasios Karakolidis, Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) 

Using animation to improve the assessment of complex competencies. 

  • Administration & Support Category: 

The Discover DCU Team 

Eight short interactive online courses to help first year students settle in to university 

  • Academic and Research Category:

Dr Caroline Murphy and Prof Richard O’Kennedy, DCU School of Biotechnology 

Biosafety for Environmental contaminants using Novel Sensors 

President’s Awards for Research 

President’s Award for Research (Natural Sciences, Health, Engineering and related areas):

Professor Fiona Regan, School of Chemical Sciences

Marine and Freshwater monitoring


President’s Award for early career Research:

Dr Garrick Allen, School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music 

Titles of the New Testament (TiTO) Project


President’s Award for Research (Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and Related areas):

Professor Sharon O’Brien, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies

Research in crisis translation 


Professor James Kelly, School of History and Geography

Social and political history of late early modern Ireland 

President's Awards for Impact

Professor John Crown, Thomas Baldwin Chair for Translational Oncology

Research from CCRT team results in launch of CAROLINE-1 clinical trial  


Dr Sarahjane Belton, School of Health and Human Performance

Transforming the national approach to Physical Education


Professor Mathias Urban, DCU Institute of Education 

G20 acknowledges importance of integrated early education systems 


Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health

Understanding of neurodiversity amongst employers across many settings

President’s Awards for Staff Recognition 

Mick Burke, Faculty of Science and Health

Mary Colgan, President’s Office

Goretti Daughton, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Liam Gaughran & Seamus Keating, Estates Office

Billy Kelly, Office of Vice President Academic Affairs

Ann Largey, DCU Business School

Paul Leahy, Estates Office

Martin Leavy, Human Resources

Teresa Leeper, Trispace Catering

Aisling McKenna, Quality Promotion Office

Ian Spillane, ISS

Joe Travers, School of Inclusive & Special Education

President’s Awards for Teaching and Learning 

  • Teaching Support:

Suzanne Stone, Teaching Enhancement Unit 

  • Team Category:

DCU Life Module Team, DCU Business School

Team members: Dr Roisin Lyons, Dr Peter Robbins, Dr Catherine Faherty, Prof Colm O'Gorman, Dr Shadi Karazi, Dr Philip O'Donnell and Karen Maguire.

  • Distinctive Approaches to Teaching:

Dr Martin Brown, School of Policy & Practice

  • Distinctive Approaches to Assessment & Feedback:

Joanne Lynch, DCU Business School

  • Distinctive Approaches to Innovation in Teaching:

Dr Stephen Blott, School of Computing

  • New Lecturer Category: 

Orla Bourke, School of Communications.

  • Overall winner:

Ann Marie Farrell, School of Inclusive & Special Education