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DCU Engage / The DCU Student Engagement Award

The DCU Engagement Award formally recognises student engagement with university life and civic society. It provides you with a clear and structured approach to self-development and achievement outside of the formal curriculum. This is a great way to make the most out of your university experience and get to meet new people.

Through participation in the Award, you will develop personal and professional skills, gain confidence, enrich your University experience and boost your career prospects. This experience will not only stand to you during your years with us in DCU but also play a huge role in the future direction your life will take when you graduate. 

There are 3 levels of the DCU Engagement Award. Although you may step on-board at any level, we strongly recommend you start in First Year and build towards the final Award.

  1. Bronze (First Years only)

The bronze DCU Engagement Award recognises engagement with the transition to third level and the journey towards independent learning and self-development. During this year, you will cultivate personal, professional and academic skills and begin to reflect on your university journey.

Bronze engage award

  1. Silver (Second or Third Years only, not final years)

The silver DCU Engagement Award focuses on the development of your employability skills and introduces you to the DCU Graduate Attributes which you are beginning to develop as part of both the formal and informal curriculum.

Silver Engage Award

  1. Gold (Uaneen - Final Years only)

The final level of your award is the Uaneen Award, the gold standard in commitment to extra-curricular activity and engagement. Some students can take this as an integrated part of their studies, others will take it in addition to their studies – either way, it is testament to your commitment to reaching your full potential and enhancing your community.

Gold Award Icon

Each student will receive a Certificate upon completion of each level of the award.

 

Key Dates

 

Bronze Award

September 23rd - December 13thAugust 26th - December 13thSeptember 23rd - April 17thApril 17thMay
Register for AwardComplete Discover DCUAttend Workshops / Participate in EventsSubmit Reflection on LearningsReceive DCU Engagement Award (Bronze)
 

Silver Award

September 23rd - December 13th September 23rd - April 17th April 17th May
Register for AwardAttend Workshops / Participate in EventsSubmit Reflection on LearningsReceive DCU Engagement Award (Silver)
 

Gold Award

Information about Uaneen can be found here.

 

Activities and Procedures

 Bronze – First Year Students (only)
  1. Register for Award
  2. Log onto your Loop pages and complete the online programme, Discover DCU
  3. Enrol in 5 (discrete) formal developmental workshops or activities and complete a certificate of participation for each event. Upload each certificate onto Loop Reflect.
  4. Take part in 10 hours of informal engagement and log these on Loop Reflect. Upload evidence of completion (certificate of participation)
  5. Write a Reflective Piece (350-400 words) reflecting on your First Year Experience and upload this onto Loop Reflect. In this piece, you should outline:
  • How you developed through your first year at University or
  • How you contributed to DCU life through your first year at University

To upload content on Loop Reflect you need to create your own unique learning template. To create this click here.

An online video tutorial on using Loop Reflect is available for Engage Award participants to watch here.

   6. Indicate on Loop Reflect that you have now completed the activities and wish to be considered for the Award.

Below are some examples of the types of activities that you can take part in to achieve the Award. There are many more, so just ask the relevant organiser to confirm you can get recognition for any activity you may be taking part in!

5 formal activities (examples)

Workshops / Events which are clearly linked to helping you settle into University life, such as:

  • Time Management
  • Note Taking
  • Effective Reading
  • Beating Procrastination
  • Consent Workshops
  • Wellness Wednesday activities
  • Employers Skills' Sessions / Events
  • Exam Preparation for Online Students
  • Introduction to Loop Reflect

10 informal activities (examples)

Activities such as:

  • Volunteering
  • Class Rep
  • Active Member of Club or Society
  • Active Club or Society Committee member
  • Attendance at Careers Fairs / Volunteering Fairs
 Silver – Second or Third Year Students (only)
  1. Register for Award
  2. Enrol in 5 (discrete) formal events or skills sessions and receive a certificate of participation at the event. Upload each certificate onto Loop Reflect.
  3. Take part in 20 hours of informal engagement and log these on Loop Reflect. Upload evidence of completion (certificate of participation).  An online video tutorial on using Loop Reflect is available for Engage Award participants to watch here.
  4. Write a reflective piece, (600 – 700 words) and upload this onto Loop Reflect. Clearly outline:
    1. The activities you have taken part in which have helped prepare you for work and life, focusing on how your engagement with activities has developed at least 2 of your Graduate Attributes. (https://www.dcu.ie/generation21/graduateattributes.shtml).
    2. An example of one skill which you found challenging and how you overcame this challenge. To upload content on Loop Reflect you need to create your own unique learning template. To create this click here.

   6.  Indicate on Loop Reflect that you have completed the activities and wish to be considered for the Award.

5 formal activities

Workshops / Events which are clearly linked to helping you develop your skills, such as:

  • CV Workshop (mandatory)
  • Job-seeking Skills (mandatory)
  • Interview Preparation
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Pathways to Success Workshops
  • Leadership Workshop

 

20 hours of informal activities

Activities such as:

 Gold (Uaneen) - Final Year Students (only)

Information about Uaneen can be found here.

 

Further Enquiries: engageaward@dcu.ie 

FAQs

What support is available to me?

Attend the Information Sessions which are offered to all students (information will be sent by email). You can mail engageaward@dcu.ie at any time if you have further queries.

How do I register for the award?

Register here for the Bronze Award (First Years). Register here for the Silver Award (Second / Penultimate Years). Information on the Gold (Uaneen) Award registration is here.

Who is eligible to apply?

All First Year students (on campus or online) can register for the Bronze Award. All Second and Third (but not Final) Year students can register for the Silver Award. All Final Year students can register for the Uaneen (Bronze) Award.

How do I know what activities will be accepted?

Simply speak to the Facilitator / Organiser of the activity or mail engageaward@dcu.ie. All activities must be outside of your formal academic curriculum.

What type of events & activities count as formal hours?

Formal hours can be gained through attendance at workshops or sessions which are facilitated & require student engagement - for example workshops run by Student Support & Development. Click here to see the current list of SS&D workshops that count towards formal hours.

What are the latest dates for registration?

Dates are indicated above. 

What does a ‘reflective piece’ look like?

Workshops will be offered later in the acaemic year to help you with the reflective piece. Keep an eye on these webpages for further details!

How do I upload onto Loop Reflect?

An online video tutorial on using Loop Reflect is available for Engage Award participants to watch here. You'll find great tips to help you on the Loop Reflect webpages! 

Why should I do this Award?

This is a great way of getting involved in University life and developing key skills for now and the future. Employers place huge importance on a student's extra-curricular activities and the core skills which are acquired through this engagement.

 

 

 

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