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President's Awards for Innovation 2014

 The President's Award for Innovation 2014, sponsored by Fujitsu took place in DCU on 3rd June 2014. The President, Prof Brian Mac Craith, praised the number of high quality applicants shortlisted for this award.

The 2014 winners are:

    • Student Category: Anoop Sebastian, a final year student in Digital Media Engineering, has created a web-based programme to tackle the difficulties experiences by Android app developers. His Integrated Development Environment (IDE) provides easy access to Android development tools allowing the user to focus their attention purely on app development.
    • Academic and Research Category: Enda Donlan, Mater Dei Institute, for his work on the METIS (Mater Dei Education Teaching for Information System). METIS is a custom-built web-based environment for School Placements. The database facilitates the professional growth of student teachers by compiling information relating to placements undertaken as they progress through their degree.
    • Administration and Support Staff Category: Peter Dudley, Siobhan Dunne and Paraic Elliott, DCU Library, have implemented a suite of Augmented Reality (AR) services to improve the learning experience for DCU students. AR allows users to view digital content on smartphones and tablets which has been blended with live views of the real-world environment.
President's Awards for Civic Engagement

The 2014 President’s Awards for Engagement were celebrated at a ceremony in the Helix on the 27th May. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students, in the wider community, across a range of activities such as social regeneration and community empowerment, social enterprise and local economic development, sustainability and voluntary activities.

The 2014 winners are:

    • Student Category: Michelle O’Donnell Keating, PhD student in the School of Law & Government. 
      Michelle is co-founder of Women for Election and has received this award for her efforts to increase the number of women actively involved in all levels of political life.
    • Staff Category: Dr Eithne Kennedy, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. 
      Dr. Kennedy received the award for her Write to Read project, a literacy intervention for disadvantaged communities in urban areas.
    • Special Merit Award, Staff Category: Dr. Raphaela Kane, DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences and Mr Tom Bisset from Finglas Addiction Support Team for their work for the Recovery Coaching and Addiction in the Community Project.
    • Special Merit Award, Student Category: DCU Horticulture (Grow Your Own) Society for the DCU Community Garden revival project, which transformed a disused land into an educational, research and outreach space.

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President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching 

DCU's annual Teaching and Learning Day took place in the Helix on Wednesday, 16th April 2014 which celebrated innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at DCU. As part of the day DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith, announced the 2013/2014 winners of the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. These awards recognise outstanding contributions to DCU's Teaching and Learning activities, and are broken into three different categories.

The winners for 2013/14 are:

    • Academic Category: Dr. Lorraine Boran, School of Nursing & Human Sciences
    • Special Award for Distinctive Teaching Approaches: Dr Tom Hickey, Dchool of Law & Government
    • Special Award Distinctive Assessment and Feedback: Jennifer Bruton, School of Electronic Engineering
    • Academic Support Category: Liam Domican, School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

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 President's Awards for Engagement 2015

The President's Awards for Engagement 2015 were celebrated at a ceremony in the Helix on 28th April 2015. These awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students, in the wider community, across a range of activities such as social regeneration and community empowerment, social enterprise and local economic development, sustainability and voluntary activities.

The 2015 winners are:

  • Overall staff award: The ComputeTY Team – Dr Jennifer Foster, Mr Gary Conway and Ms Christine Stears (School of Computing)

  • Special merit staff award: Service Improvement with Cooperative Learning - Deirdre Corby, Richard Jackson, Therese Danaher and Liz Hartnett (School of Nursing and Human Sciences)

  • Overall student award: DCU Students’ Union E-Voting - Steven Conlon, Returning Officer DCU Students’ Union (in collaboration with Dr Mark Glynn and the Teaching Enhancement Unit)

  • Special Merit student award: Disability and Learning Support Service – Student Volunteer Team on the “Addressing the Double Disadvantage” Programme

    For more information click here.

President's Awards for Innovation 2015

Winners of President's Awards for Innovation 2015, sponsored by Fujitsu

The President's Award for Innovation 2015, sponsored by Fujitsu took place in DCU on 23rd April 2015. Speaking at the awards, David Delaney, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland said "The high standard of entries for this year’s awards, once again demonstrates that DCU is fostering the knowledge, attitudes, confidence and tenacity required of its students and staff to realise their potential in these exciting times.”

The 2015 winners are: 
1.  Academic & Research Category: Joint winners in this category were:

  • The research team at DCU’s Biomedical Diagnostics Institute who have developed a bowel cancer screening test in collaboration with Randox Laboratories which could save thousands of lives by spotting the disease at the earliest possible opportunity; and
  • AmbiSense, a DCU spin-out created by Professor Dermot Diamond which uses sensor technology to monitor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.  AmbiSense platforms are used in landfill management, coal mining safety and for monitoring fracking processes.

2. Student Category: Liam Sexton, a final year Biomedical Engineering student, has developed a mobile app capable of generating a Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing file of an object captured on a phone’s camera feed. The app uses reverse engineering to extract information from the physical object, using it to create a computer model.  

3.  Administration & Support Staff Category: David Molloy, an analyst programmer in DCU’s School of Electronic Engineering has developed GURU, a fully secure, cloud-based system for monitoring student academic performance which eliminates wasteful paper processes.

President's Awards for Research 2015 
President's Research Award 2015

This years President's Research Awards took place on Friday, 23rd January in the Helix. 

The winners of the President's Research Awards for 2015 are:

Professor Andy Way, DCU School of Computing and Professor David Collings, DCU Business School in recognition of their commitment to excellence in their respective fields of research.

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 President's Awards for Engagement 2016

Engagement Awards 2016

The 2016 President’s Awards for Engagement were celebrated at a ceremony in the Helix on Monday, April 25th. The awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students in the wider community across a range of activities.

The recipients of the 2016 awards are as follows:

Bernadette Dwyer, Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s College – Chekhov E-book Lit4Life Project

Special Mention Staff Category: Vincent Hooper and Brian Kelleher, School of Chemical Science, DCU – Teach to Learn and Science Promotion Collaboration with Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun

Winner Student Category: DCU Raising and Giving Society – Local Community Projects

Special Mention Student Category Cody Byrne – Outstanding Individual Contribution: Global Brigades

Special Award in Enterprise Engagement Michael Henry – Special Recognition for Enterprise Engagement – Novel LC-MS-MS-Workflow for Proteomic Profiling of Biological Samples

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26th April, 2016

 President's Awards for Innovation 2016, sponsored by Fujitsu

Innovation Awards 2016 

 DCU Innovations improve drug discovery, making science fun and enhance campus teaching & learning

Technology to improve drug discovery, a fun science education toy and and an integrated  campus video system to enhance teaching and learning are the creative innovations which have claimed this year’s DCU President’s Awards for Innovation sponsored by Fujitsu.  

The winners are:

1  Academic & Research Category - DiCAST (Direct Clone Analysis and Selection Technology) 

2  Student Category  - Matthew Hewston.  

3  Administration & Support Staff Category - UniCam

Click on the links to view short videos about each of the shortlisted studentacademic and staff innovations.

For more information click here.

 President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Learning 2016

2016 Excellence in Teaching

Left to Right -  John Doyle, Dr Roddy Flynn, Dr Yseult Freeney, Prof Brian MacCraith, Muirel Keegan (representing the SAMA project), Keith Hickey, Michael Farrell, 

Academic Category: Dr Yseult Freeney, DCU Business School

Academic Support Category: John Doyle, ISS 

New Lecturer/Tutor Category: Michael Farrell, DCU Business School

Special Award for Distinctive Teaching Approaches: Dr Roddy Flynn, School of Communications

Special Award for Distinctive Approaches to Assessment & Feedback: SAMA Project, PNU

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President's Awards for Research 2016 

Research Awards 2016

The President’s Awards for Research have been presented to Professor Jens Ducree, Professor Gerry McNamara and Dr Prince Anandarajah at this year’s Research Day.

Professor Ducree, DCU School of Physical Sciences, received the President’s Research Award in Science and Engineering for his outstanding contribution to the field of microsystems. Such highly miniaturised devices have already pervaded our modern lives, for example as embedded sensors measuring location, speed, acceleration and location in our cars and smartphones. The field of microsystems will continue to form a key link at the interdisciplinary cross-roads of many translational science and engineering initiatives in DCU, thus playing a vital role in promoting its strategic vision as Ireland’s University of Enterprise.

In the course of a varied and dynamic career Professor Gerry McNamara of DCU School of Education Studies has been a teacher, a curriculum developer, an evaluator, a researcher and an administrator. In each of these roles he has excelled and at all times has remained committed to the idea that everyone who encounters our education system deserves an experience of the highest quality no matter who they are or where they are from. His award for research excellence in the area of Humanities, Social Sciences, Business & Education recognise his national and international reputation in the field of Educational Evaluation.

Dr. Prince Anandarajah of the School of Electronic Engineering receives a President’s Research Award in the Research Staff category. This is the first time that an award has been made in this category. Prince’s research is in the area of high-speed photonic and optical networks, an area of enquiry that has transformed the world over the last 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down. In particular he has pioneered the development of optical comb sources, optical return to zero transmitters, and spectrally efficient modulation formats.  Simply put - innovations like these are what allow us to transmit ever-increasing amounts of digital data more quickly, and over longer distances, than ever before.

Read about some highlights of DCU's research here.


 President's Awards for Civic Engagement 2017

President's Awards for Engagement 2017

The 2017 President’s Awards for Engagement were presented on Thursday, April 13th at the Helix by DCU Deputy President Professor Daire Keogh to recipients from the worlds of engineering, physics, humanities, social sciences and community engagement. 

The 2017 award winners were:

• Veronica Crosbie, University of Sanctuary outreach programme (President's Award for Engagement - Staff Category €1000)

• Eilish Mc Loughlin, Leadership in Public Engagement and Education in Science (Special Merit Award- Staff Category €500)

 DCU Media Production Society - 24 hour broadcast (President's Award for Engagement - Student Category €1000)

• Helen Concannon, Chief Commissioner Girl Guides (Special Merit Award- Student Category €500)

• Brian Corcoran et al Siemen's Greenpower Challenge (Special Award for Enterprise Engagement €500)

DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith said,

“For Dublin City University, engagement with the wider society is a key plank of our philosophy. It promotes many of our own key values such as equality, inclusion and sustainability.  The entries, and particularly the winners of the 2017 President’s Awards for Engagement, are a fine testimony to that mission.”

Special invited guest speaker, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland delivered an enlightening speech on civic engagement and social innovation.  Speaking at the event she commented that “it is fantastic to see DCU lead the way in student and staff community engagement.  The winning projects are impressive and inspiring and I wish them the very best of impact too.”

For further details see:

 Presidents Award for Innovation 2017

A gel for treating cerebral aneurysms, a DIY robotics kit that teaches children the basics of coding in a fun and intuitive way, and a research infrastructure database that enables wide access to DCU’s state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities are this year’s winners of the DCU President’s Awards for Innovation.  

Presented by Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, this afternoon (26th April), the awards encourage and recognise innovative achievements by DCU students, researchers and staff.   Speaking at the awards ceremony, Professor MacCraith, praised the creative thinking behind the successful projects,

“The wide range of innovations showcased here today highlight how enterprise and creativity are fostered into the everyday activities of DCU students and staff, reaching every part of our three campuses.  The winners bring to life the university’s mission of transforming lives and societies.”

The three winners are:

1  Academic & Research Category

Dr Owen Clarkin of DCU’s School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering has developed a minimally invasive solution for the treatment of brain aneurysms, a bulging blood vessel surrounding the brain.  EnduraGel is a hydrogel which can be injected through small tubes from the groin into the brain.  Once injected into the affected area, the gel hardens, closing the aneurysm and preventing blood ingress and continued expansion.  It is estimated that 1 in 50 people have a brain aneurysm which, if untreated, can rupture, causing bleeding into the brain, often resulting in severe disability or death.  Owen and his team hope that this new technology will improve the clinical outcomes of patients with cerebral aneurysms and allows doctors to treat aneurysms currently thought to be untreatable.

Watch Owen describe his research here.

2 Student Category

Founded by first-year DCU students, Adam Dalton (Bachelor Business Studies) and Evan Darcy (Bachelor of Engineering), along with BT Young Scientist winner, Shane Curran, Robotify produces a DIY robotics kit.  Aimed at parents who want to introduce their children to the world of coding, and at teachers who are interested in running their coding course, Robotify also runs a number of courses and summer camps throughout the year to encourage young people to get interested in STEM subjects.  

Watch Adam and Evan describe their product here.

3  Administration & Support Staff Category

Robbie Sinnott of DCU Research & Innovation Support has developed the Research Infrastructure Network which provides an online booking system and access to DCU infrastructure for researchers, both within and outside the university, and for industry collaborators.  

Watch Robbie explain the service here.

Other shortlisted innovations included:

  • Lego Education Innovation Studio - an initiative that is preparing the next generation of teachers and learners to confidently engage with the technologies which surround them every day;
  • A novel anti-inflammatory drug that could have significant health impacts for patients with chronic conditions such as atopic dermatitis in children;
  • HealthPath - a digital health platform that gives migrants and refugees access to medical professionals who literally ‘speak their language’;
  • Lifestyle Insurance for Millennials – an app to make life insurance relevant to millennials;
  • - a website which allows students to safety-check the area they would like to live in;
  • A Customer Relationship Management system to build and capture relationships with prospective DCU students;
  • A process to facilitate a new BA Joint Honours curriculum redesign, timetabling and academic structure as a result of the DCU Incorporation.

The keynote speaker at the event was Kieran Curran, founder of GenCell Biosystems, who shared his experience of designing, developing and commercialising a new approach to genetic testing.  

Presidents Award for  Excellence 2017

L-R Dr Mark Glynn, Professor Brian MacCraith, Dr Dónal Mulligan, Pat Wogan, Dr John Buckley, Professor Patrick Flood, Charlie Daly, Deirdre O'Reilly and Anne-Marie Caherty (representing the GSA Project Team), Orna Farrell, Billy Kelly and Professor Eithne Guilfoyle

Teaching Support Category: Patrick (Pat) Wogan, School of Physical Sciences

Team Award: General Sports Authority (GSA) Project Team - Dr Artemisa Jaramillo, Ms Caroline McGroary, Ms Rhea George, Ms Mary Finnegan, Dr Michele Lundy, Ms Ieva Masevic, Ms Justina Setkute, Ms Raja Clouse, Dr Ann Largey, Dr Audrey Nicholls, Dr Anne Morrissey

Special Awards:

Distinctive Approaches to Teaching: Dr John Buckley, School of Theology, Philosophy and Music

Distinctive Approaches to Assessment & Feedback: Dr Dónal Mulligan, School of Communications

Distinctive Innovation in Teaching: Charlie Daly, School of Computing

New Lecturer/Tutor Category: Orna Farrell, Open Education

Overall Winner for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching: Professor Patrick Flood, DCU Business School