Student Achievement Awards Ireland Ceremony

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The Student Achievement Awards, now in its seventh year, is the annual opportunity for the student movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to improving the experience of their fellow students, and to wider society.

Nominations are now closed and the shortlist is published below.

This year the awards will take place online via Zoom due to the ongoing public health measures that are in place because of COVID-19. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 6pm.

If you have any queries, please contact the USI Awards Team on awards@usi.ie.

                                                                                                 

Student Activist of the Year

Student Activist of the Year

 This award will be presented to a student who has shown leadership in campaigning and advocating on a student issue or issues within their campus or wider community. It recognizes the commitment of a student to an issue that matters to them or their peers, not limited to, but could include: advancing student rights, raising the student voice on or off campus, equality and social justice, encouraging more student involvement in campaigns or initiatives, or advancing and defending the quality of education.

 Shortlist:

  • Aoife Hynes (MSU)
  • Mair Kelly (UCCSU)
  • Padraig Durnin (QUBSU)
  • Vera Stojanovic (UCCSU)

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 Students’ Union 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 2019/20 was a successful year for their SU. 

 Shortlist:

  •  Aine Keenan (MSU)
  •  Cliona Edwards (CCSU)
  •  Julian Nagi (MSU)
  • Padraic Toomey (NUIGSU)
  •  Ryan Carey (TCD SU)
  •  Sean Smyth (DCU SU)
Full-Time Officer of the Year

Full-Time Officer 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 2019/2020 within their role as a full time sabbatical officer. 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 student movement.   

 Shortlist:

  • Amy Keatinge (TU Dublin SU)
  • Ciara Kealy (UCC SU)
  • Clare Austick (NUIG SU)
  • David Condon (UCC SU)
  • Ellen Fearon (QUBSU)
  • Laura Beston (TCD SU) 

 

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 2019/20. International students often face barriers to integration in Ireland, not least because they are far from the comforts of home and family, but play important and valued roles across activity on and off campus. The recipient of the award will have integrated into campus life-and stands out as a role model for students, having demonstrated the ability to be an ambassador for student life in Ireland.

 Shortlist:

  •  Edward Ng (LYITSU)
  •  Mansi Kesarwani (NUIGSU)
  •  Marie Preller (UCCSU)
  • Tom Miller (UCCSU) 
Mature Student of the Year

Mature Student of the Year

This award is dedicated to recognizing 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 been an active participant in student life.

Shortlist:

  •  Eithne Kavanagh (UCCSU)
  • Laura Matthews (LYITSU)
  •  Natalie O’Regan (UCCSU)
  •  Patrick Butler (CCSU)

 

Equality Campaign of the Year

Equality Campaign of the Year

Equality has long been at the forefront of the work of the student movement, with USI and its membership leading and significantly contributing to social justice for decades. This award will recognise the campaign or ongoing advocacy that has highlighted injustice and advanced the cause of equality on campus, in the public eye and/or wider community.  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, clubs, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award.

 Shortlist: 

  •  Project Choice (QUBSU)
  •  University of Sanctuary (NUIGSU)
  •  Direct Provision Awareness (TU Dublin SU)
  • Period Poverty – Wioletta Rog and Sindija Voronkova (ITCSU)
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, clubs, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award.

 Shortlist:

  •  Love You, Be You (WITSU)
  • SHAG (MSU)
  • Lifting The Silence (ITSSU)
  • Period Poverty (UUSU)
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. 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, clubs, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award. 

 Shortlist:

  • Exams? You Got This (TU Dublin SU)
  • Refresh (TU Dublin SU)
  • Academic Rep Review (QUB SU)
  • Education Week (WITSU) 

 

Environmental and Sustainability Activism of the Year

Environmental and Sustainability Activism of the Year 

This award recognises the contribution of an individual, group of individuals, society, or Students’ Union to advancing the cause of environmentalism and sustainability. Increasingly important, both on and off campus, the student movement is now an integral part of the wider movement to ensuring a more sustainable planet. Initiatives, campaigns, and lobby efforts are ongoing across the country, and this award recognises that growing body of student activism. An individual, groups of individuals, organisations, clubs, societies and Students’ Unions may be nominated for this award. 

Shortlist:

  •  QUBSU Climate Action Group (QUB SU)
  •  GMIT SU Mayo Campus and GMIT Mayo Green Campus (GMIT SU)
  • Niamh Guiry (UCC SU)
  • Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU)

 

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 2019/20. 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. 

 Shortlist:

  • Aoife Hynes (MSU)
  • Emma Jane Kinsella (NUIGSU)
  • Naoise Crowley (UCCSU)
  • Tara Ní Raghallaigh (ITSSU)
Student Representative of the Year

Student Representative of the Year

The recipient of this award will be the elected student, class, council or senate representative who most effectively represents their fellow classmates inside the structures of the college and/or the Students’ Union. Good 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. 

Shortlist: 

  • Anthony Lane (UCCSU)
  • Chloe McNamara (DCUSU)
  • Lesley Barrett (TU Dublin SU)
  • Michael Upham (QUB SU)
  • Nicole Carr (MSU)
  • Réiltín Tynan (NUIGSU)                                                                                                                                                             

An Gradam Éacht ar son na Gaeilge

An Gradam Éacht ar son na Gaeilge

Tuigeann Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn tábhacht na Gaeilge i saol na mac léinn, agus mar sin, bronnfar an gradam seo ar eagraithe an fheachtais nó ócáid ab fhearr a reáchtáladh le linn na bliana maidir leis an teanga. Is féidir le Comhaltais/Aontais na Mac Léinn, cumainn, nó daoine aonair dul isteach san iomaícht don ghradam seo.

The Union of Students in Jreland understands the importance of Irish in student life, and as a result, this award will be bestowed upon the organisers of the best campaign or event  that was organized during the year regarding the language. Students’ Unions, Societies, or individuals can put themselves forward for this award.

 Shortlist:

  • Éigse na Tríonóide (TCD SU)
  • Éacht ar Son na Gaeilge (TCD SU)
  • Cuallacht Cholmcille (MSU)
  • The University Times (TCD SU)
Student Media Outlet of the Year

Student Media Outlet of the Year

The quality of content and the reach that student media has on and off campuses is an integral part to creating a sense of student life and community. This award recognises the student media outlet or platform that demonstrates high commitment to editorial, journalistic, or broadcast standards. It could go to an individual, group of individuals, organisation, society, or Students’ Union. It could include a publication, journal, radio station, blog, podcast or any other form of media. The budget and other limitations of any outlet will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the entry form.

 Shortlist:

  • The Motley (UCC SU)
  • The University Times (TCD SU)
  • Trinity News (TCD SU)
  • What The Frack (UCC SU)

 

Individual Contribution to Student Media

Individual Contribution to Student Media

Student media 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 an individual who has demonstrated a clear commitment to developing student media as a means to engaging the student population, whether that is as a journalist or broadcaster, or in a support capacity to a media outlet. This award recognises that there are a wide variety of ways in which an individual student can contribute to the success of student media.

 Shortlist:

  • Cormac Watson (TCDSU)
  • Donal McNamee (TCD SU)
  • Emer Moreau (TCD SU)
  • Irene Valen De Oliviera (TU Dublin SU)
  • Niamh Guiry (UCC SU)
  • Rachel O’Leary (TCD SU)
Club/Society of the Year

Club/Society of the Year

This award will celebrate the work of a group or organisation and their lasting and outstanding contribution to student life in Ireland in 2019/2020. The award recognises clubs, societies, or other student-led organisations which have a positive impact on broader student life. This award will be given to a recognised group or organisation whose impact is felt beyond its membership and throughout the whole college community, or to the student experience in Ireland.

 Shortlist:

  •  UCC Cancer Society
  • UCC Failte Society (UCC SU)
  • Maynooth Games Society (MSU)
  • UCC Surgeon Noonan Society (UCC SU)

 

Charity Champion of the Year

Charity Champion 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 the award. 

 Shortlist:

  • IT Carlow SU (ITC SU)
  • UCC SU (UCC SU)
  • UCC Cancer Society (UCC SU)
  • UCC Surgeon Noonan (UCC SU)
Postgraduate Champion of the Year

Postgraduate Champion of the Year

USI has begun to build a national approach towards engaging with our postgraduate members. This development has been mirrored by many within the student movement. This award recognizes anyone that has made an outstanding contribution towards postgraduate engagement and celebrates those who have been a champion for postgraduate students within their campus. An individual, group, society or Students’ Union may be nominated for this award. 

Shortlist:

  • Cameron Keighron (NUIG SU)
  • Daniel Sogaolu (TU Dublin SU)
  • Emma Nolan (UUSU) 
  • Gift Sotonye-Frank (QUB SU)
  • Wendy O’Leary (WITSU)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Access Champion of the Year

Access Champion of the Year

This award recognises a student or group who has gone above and beyond to defend the right to access to third-level education, be that through advocacy, lobbying, or campaigns. They will have used imaginative ways to raise awareness around the current issues of access and funding for Higher Education. This could be in relation to any number of issues like lack of grants, high fees, lack of resources, poor facilities, course costs, or low staff numbers.

 Shortlist:

  • Connor Doheny (MSU) 
  • NUIGSU Laptop Loan Scheme (NUIGSU)
  • Ryan Lynch (MSU)
  • University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU)
Students' Union Team of the Year

Students’ Union Team of the Year – Small/Medium/Large

These Awards recognise the dedication of the elected Officer teams who lead and shape the direction of Students’ Unions around the country. Each year, teams of Sabbatical Officers and Part-Time Officers set the direction of their SUs and work on a plethora of campaigns and issues for the students they represent. Each Award recognises how these teams acted collectively and cohesively, that they identified things that needed to change, and that they sought to implement innovative and exciting new ideas so that they could represent students to the best of their ability.  

 Shortlist:

 Small SU Team (less than 7000 students)

  • National College of Ireland Students’ Union (NCI SU)
  • St Angela’s College Sligo Students’ Union (StACS SU)
  • Stranmillis College Belfast Students’ Union 

Medium SU Team (7000-14,000 students):

  • Cork Institute of Technology Students’ Union
  • Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union

Large SU Team (14,000+ students)

  • Queens’ University Belfast SU (QUBSU)
  • Technological University Dublin SU (TU Dublin SU)
  • University College Cork Students’ Union (UCC SU)

 Terms and Conditions

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its seventh 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. 

 

Data Privacy: USI collects and processes data on nominees for events and awards for the purposes of managing the event.  Personally identifying information is collected and retained securely.

Personal data such as email address and telephone number will not be shared with third parties. Only names of nominees, and nominations submitted in support of the award will be shared with third parties (SAAI judges) for the purpose of the selection process.

 
Non-personal information, such as anonymised versions of the nominations submitted may be retained by USI, for up to a maximum of three years from the date of the event, for the purposes of the creation of sample answers for future awards. All other personal data, including names, email addresses and telephone numbers will be deleted within one month of the event taking place (27th May 2020).

The programme for SAAI 2020 can be downloaded below in PDF or PNG.

SAAI 2020 programme – PDF