Student Achiement Awards Applications Close

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The Student Achievement Awards, now in its fourth year, is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. The awards will take place in April, 2017.

Awards in the SAAI are awarded according to a transparent marking scheme.

Student Leader of the Year

Student Leader of the Year

 

This award will go to the nominee who has demonstrated the most impressive leadership in the student community during the academic year 2016/2017. Through their work the successful nominee will have campaigned to protect and enhance the student experience for their peers and, in doing so, will have become a role model within the college community.

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/c1PYdc6JhhR7F6Eu1

Part-Time Officer of the Year

Part-Time Officer of the Year

 

Students’ Unions, and particularly sabbatical officers, rely hugely on the work done by part-time SU officers. These officers frequently sit on the SU Executive, where one exists, and give up their time to assist in the development and implementation of policies and campaigns. This award will go to the part-time officer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that 2016/2017 was a successful year for their SU.

 

 

 

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScn0LyaXZL1VG1AapScEHo1vR2k_IST3hSUU5nAQxfu1sVbDQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

International Student of the Year

International Student of the Year

 

This award will be presented to an international student who has been an integral part of student life throughout the academic year 2016/2017. The recipient of the award will have integrated into campus life and helped other international students to orientate themselves to the college experience. They will stand out as a role model for all other students and have demonstrated the ability to be an ambassador for student life in Ireland.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/WzdUVaj9EutPB4Ti1

Equality Activist of the Year

Equality Activist of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

This award will be presented to a student who has shown leadership in campaigning on an equality issue or issues within their campus or wider community.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/2FZwauMPPGjKCLnT2

Welfare Campaign of the Year

Welfare Campaign of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting students is one of the core missions of USI and local Students’ Unions. This award will go to the campaign which has done the most to promote or protect the welfare of students in Ireland. Budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the nomination submission form. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award. Supporting material is particularly relevant to this campaign as it gives the judges an illustration of activities and purpose.

 

 

 

Please submit mental health campaigns to the Outstanding Mental Health Activism award.

 

 

 

Kindly supported by SpunOut.ie.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/oZhfLPHfJ1gwXlGd2

Education Campaign of the Year

Education Campaign of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

At the heart of the USI constitution is the pledge to protect and promote education. This award will recognise the campaign which sought to promote these values on campus and which brought about tangible benefits to the student body. Campaigns run by Students’ Unions, student societies and individual students are all eligible for consideration. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award. Budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the nomination submission form. Supporting material is particularly relevant to this campaign as it gives the judges an illustration of activities and purpose.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/9wIBfJHpeQiYA9EU2

<br /> Outstanding Mental Health Activism

Outstanding Mental Health Activism

 

 

 

 

 

Mental health forms a large part of the work of the student movement. This award will go to the campaign, society, or individual activist which has done the most to promote or protect the mental health of students in Ireland in 2016/2017. Budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the nomination submission form. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/ytcYksmSRldBJ4w53

Mature Student of the Year

Mature Student of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

This award is dedicated to recognising the achievements of mature students in higher level education. Mature students face a plethora of challenges when returning to education and overcoming these challenges requires resilience and commitment. This award will go to a mature student who has worked to ensure that their peers are made aware of the support services that exist to orientate them for the college experience and who has advocated on their behalf.

 

 

 

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdl0y-GkB4xKTUNttbS8emvgQdwscoJlb-h9vEbXck3HDjrQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Class Representative of the Year

Class Representative of the Year

 

The recipient of this award will be the elected class representative who most effectively represents their fellow classmates inside the structures of the college and/or the Students’ Union. Good class representatives should seek to engage their classmates with the Students’ Union and its activities as well as represent and promote a broad range of interests.

 

 

 

Kindly supported by Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

 

 

 

Link: https://docs.google.com/a/usi.ie/forms/d/1vdN89yDYmXilGnCYuuWu63O5ub0ukfOYDk3pes4-nj8/edit

Feachtas Gaeilge na Bliana

Feachtas Gaeilge na Bliana

 

 

 

 

 

Beidh an dámhachtain seo ag dul chuig an Aontas na Mac Léinn, mac lain nó cumann a d’eagraigh feachtas éifeachtach chun an Gaeilge a chur chun cinn i measc comhphobal an choláiste, nó sa comhphobal ginearálta. Is féidir duine aonar, grúpa daoine, cumann no Aontas na Mac Léinn cur isteach don dámhactain seo.

 

 

 

Tacaithe le buíochas ó Chonradh na Gaeilge.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/3MbkpKGq5X8nJIAV2

Student Rights Champions of the Year

Student Rights Champions of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

The involvement of students in the development, enhancement and improvement of education is very important. We are looking to award an initiative which has improved or established the involvement of students in their education, successfully asserted their rights, and/or amplified the student voice in their college. This may be through a broad range of activities such as class rep initiatives, teaching awards, peer learning or support systems, student feedback campaigns or more.

 

 

 

Kindly supported by SIPTU.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/A1C3r1b9KYSPWmce2

Activist of the Year

Activist of the Year

 

This award will be presented to a student who has shown leadership in campaigning on a student issue or issues within their campus or wider community.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/EBCWHmFggJtJlYjL2

Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

The successful nominee will have initiated or developed innovative ideas benefiting themselves, a group of students, their college or the wider community. They will have demonstrated originality of thought, creativity and the requisite motivation to see a project through to its conclusion. Their work will be seen as an example of the ingenuity and dynamism that young people in Ireland possess.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/21fLoB9NRKyPzeLr2

Publication of the Year

Publication of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

This award will go to the publication that demonstrates high journalistic and editorial standards, impressive layout and design and which has ingrained itself into the college community. Official SU publications and independent publications can submit nominations for this category. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award. A publication’s budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the entry form.

 

 

 

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5hoM98JgR2qMS99SNg49oP6uRWSGD1Rwy_C42ohoorWfqVQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Journalist of the Year

Journalist of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

Student journalism has a long and proud history in Ireland and in recent years it has become more important and prominent than ever. This award will go to the nominee who demonstrates an ability to examine their chosen subject with a critical eye and offer insight to the reader while presenting the story in an articulate and entertaining fashion. Writers across all genres (news, features, opinion, culture, etc.) may submit an entry for consideration.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/IURmZaYevfitqBGy2

Outstanding Contribution to Student Life

Outstanding Contribution to Student Life

 

 

 

 

 

This award will celebrate the work of a group or organisation and their lasting and outstanding contribution to student life in Ireland in 2016/2017. The award recognises clubs, societies, or other student-led organisations which have a positive impact on broader student life. An “outstanding” contributor to student life is an organisation whose impact is felt beyond its membership and throughout the whole college community, or on the student experience in Ireland.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/7ctyGERMwNOs77R52

<br /> Charity Champions of the Year

Charity Champions of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

This award recognises charitable efforts organised by a USI member organisation, student, society, or other group. Budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the nomination submission form. The award recognises a year-round commitment to fundraising, volunteerism, outreach etc. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award.

 

 

 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/t5TPdbeXkjKckR0O2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its fifth year, is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. The awards ceremony will be held in Dublin Castle on the evening of 27th April 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deadline for receipt of nominations is strictly 5pm on Friday 24th March. Nomination forms will be closed at this point and no late nominations will be accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is NO cost of entry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prospective nominees may nominate themselves. All nominees must be registered students for the academic year 2016/17 and must be members of a USI-affiliated Students’ Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Limit for Description of Activities/Campaigns: There is a word limit for each section of the nomination forms. This is to ensure that our judges have a balanced workload. Exceeding the word count will ensure that the application is not considered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: As stated in the descriptions of the categories relating to Newspaper/Magazine, and Journalism, a description of the relevant submitted materials is not necessary. These categories will be judged solely on the quality of the submitted materials. Only the budget available is required. This will be taken into consideration when comparing materials from organisations that have varying resources available to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Materials: Extra materials may be submitted as part of a nomination entry. These can include, for example: photos, electronic copies of campaign or activity-related materials, a report on the social media reach of the activities, links to videos relating to the activities etc. These extra materials must be emailed to awards@usi.ie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posting materials relating to the Newspaper/Magazine, Journalist and Broadcaster categories: As stated in the descriptions for these categories, if you wish to you may send the relevant materials to USI’s postal address with a note clearly indicating which application the materials are supporting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USI’s postal address: SAAI, Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Portview House, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4.

 

Shortlisting has not yet taken place.

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