DCU formally recognises and rewards the achievement of holistic education by accrediting a module in extra-curricular activities – the Uaneen Module. The Uaneen Module is a unique scheme that formally recognises the work done and learning acquired by students with University and outside clubs, societies, community work and extra-curricular activity in general. Depending on your degree programme, the Uaneen Module can be either a contributing 5 credit elective or a non-contributing optional additional 5 credit module. In both cases, successful completion means that you will be awarded credits that are included in the degree parchment. DCU is the first third level institution in the Republic of Ireland to reward extracurricular activity in such a manner. The Uaneen Module is managed and administered by DCU's Office of Student Life and is endorsed by IBEC.
1. For students who are taking the Uaneen Module as one of a group of final year 5 credits electives, the mark awarded will be incorporated into the calculation of the overall mark for degree classification purposes. This will be registered as UM404 (Contributing).
2. For students taking the Uaneen Module as an additional module, the marks will not be incorporated into the calculation of degree classification. This will be registered as UM405 (Non-Contributing).
In both cases, ECTS credits will be awarded and, additionally, the Uaneen Certificate will be presented at the Graduation.
History behind the Awards
There have been a number of attempts in recent years, by various sections of the DCU community, to initiate a reward system that would recognise the hard work done by many students outside of their academic work. In March 2000, these various sections of the University came together to create such a system that would finally begin to reward students for their efforts.
These awards were named in memory of Uaneen Fitzsimons, the late RTE presenter, who played an active role in society and campus life in DCU. Uaneen progressed from DCU to carve out a successful career in the entertainment industry before her untimely death in 2000. In February 2004, the awards were evaluated by the University and DCU became the first Irish university to formally acknowledge and offer academic credits for the extracurricular activities of its students.
All relevant activities should encourage development of skills, competencies, qualities, attributes and experiences which will support the student's employability and progression beyond DCU as a global citizen.
The Module should be regarded as challenging by students and employers, and recognised by the University as a Module which attracts academic credits.
In order to complete the Module, students must be able to reflect upon the activity in relation to their employability / progression, and must be able to articulate this to others.
The structure should allow access and equality of opportunity to all students seeking to complete it.
The Module should cover a wide range of unpaid extracurriclar activities, both inside and outside the University, undertaken by students during their time in DCU.
1. To recognise and reward the personal and professional growth gained through your commitment to all extracurricular activities during your time at DCU.
2. To facilitate critical reflection on the skills and competencies gained through your activities and to help you understand how they enhance your future employability.
3. To allow you to reflect on and articulate your leadership values and beliefs in order to add meaningful value to society.
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
1. Identify and present a clear and well-defined discussion of proficiencies in a range of competencies acquired through leadership roles in extracurricular activities.
2. Collect and synthesis information required to develop a unique learning portfolio, which is self-crafted and self-directed and which demonstrates leadership, agency and self-reliance.
3. Understand the purpose and benefits of reflection and utilise suitable reflective practice models to reflect on and articulate the development of transferable skills applicable to personal, professional and workplace situations.
4. Demonstrate meaningful reflection and articulation of passions, values and motivations, with specific insights for actions required to create and just and democratic society.
5. Reflect on how your involvement and actions impacted your community and how this translates into future civic engagement.
Requirements to complete the Uaneen Module
Submission as follows:
1. Log of Activities - October
2. Evaluation form - November
3. 2,000 word reflective piece - pass/fail - December
4. 4,000 word reflective portfolio - Week 10, Semester 2 (tbc)
a. Attendance at a series of mandatory workshops during Semester 1 and 2.
b. Attendance at tutorials during Semester 1 and 2.
c. Engagement with a mentor 2 - 4 times in Semester 2.
Why get Involved in Extracurricular Activity?
The experience and skills gained from extra-curricular activity during the third level experience is being recognised and valued more and more by employers. A graduate's work with clubs, societies and other extra-curricular activity during their time studying is often what sets them apart from other applicants in an interview or job situation. This is one of the reasons that the employer's organisation IBEC works in co-operation with DCU in facilitating these awards.
Page Updated April 2021