Student Achievement Awards Ireland Ceremony

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The Student Achievement Awards, now in its sixth 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 on the 18th April 2019. Our venue will be revealed shortly!

The Awards nominations will open on Tuesday 19th February and close on Tuesday 12th March at 5pm. Nominations are now closed.

The judging criteria for each award can be viewed in the SAAI 2019 Marking Scheme.

Please also have a look over the SAAI Top Tips and Sample Answers [English and Irish].

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

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 Awards!

The nominees for each award are listed below.

 

Activist of the Year

  • Amy Meagher, UCCSU
  • Clare Austick, NUIGSU
  • Conor Kelly, ITBSU
  • Conor Loughran, QUBSU
  • Cyril Brennan, LyITSU
  • David O’Brien, UCCSU
  • Fionn Collins, DITSU
  • Jess Hill Gibbs, ITTDSU
  • Kelly Coyle, UCCSU
  • Niamh Grennan, IADTSU
  • Stacy Wrenn, TCDSU

 

Class Rep of the Year

  • Charles Sweeney, TCDSU
  • Brian Jordan, DITSU
  • Christine Farrell, DCUSU
  • Christopher Simons, DITSU
  • Dean O’Reilly, DCUSU
  • Eoghan Finn, NUIGSU
  • Eoin Geoghegan, ITTDSU
  • Gareth Doolan, DITSU
  • Graham Geraghty, StACSSU
  • Jana Khalil, MSU
  • Seán Smyth, DCUSU
  • Yvana Mpessa, MSU

 

Charity Champions

  • Stranmillis University College Students’ Union
  • Aoife Moloughney, AITSU
  • IT Carlow Students’ Union
  • Nicole Loughlin, NUIGSU
  • swotUP, QUBSU
  • Ulster University Students’ Union
  • UCC Surgeon Noonan Society, UCCSU
  • LSAD LGBT+ Society, LITSU
  • Jailbreak 2019, TCDSU
  • Vera Stojanovic, UCCSU
  • Maynooth Students’ Union
  • University College Cork Students’ Union
  • St. Angela’s College Sligo Students’ Union

 

Education Campaign of the Year

  • Final Year Matters, IADTSU
  • Refresh, ITTDSU
  • Don’t Drop Out Drop In, DCUSU
  • Queen’s Student Partnership Project, QUBSU
  • Pop-Up Academic Advice, MSU
  • Class Rep Campaign, DITSU

 

Environmental & Sustainability Activism of the Year

  • Brian Jordan, DITSU
  • Kelly Coyle, UCCSU
  • Isabel Jorgensen, TCDSU
  • Ulster University Students’ Union
  • St. Angela’s College Sligo Students’ Union

 

Equality Campaign of the Year

  • Black History Month, QUBSU
  • International Buddy Scheme, QUBSU
  • Consent Campaign, DITSU
  • Broke Not Broken, UUSU
  • Homeless Week, UCCSU
  • The T-Fund, NUIGSU
  • Rainbow Week, IT Tallaght Rainbow Society, ITTDSU

 

An Gradam Éacht ar son na Gaeilge

  • Laurie Doré, MSU
  • An Cumann Gaelach QUB, QUBSU
  • Brian Ó Gallachóir, UUSU
  • Póilín Nic Géidigh, DITSU
  • An Cumann Gaelach, DCUSU
  • Martha Gibney (StACSSU) and Kellíe Ní Nullainn Chuimean (ITSSU)
  • The University Times, TCDSU

 

International Student of the Year

  • Clement Sim Shi Jie, CITSU
  • Molly McCrory, TCDSU
  • Hemant Kumar Surouthia, NUIGSU
  • Pauline Sim, WITSU
  • Siddhant Mohapatra, NUIGSU
  • Daniel Sogaolu, DITSU
  • Vithun Krshna, DkITSU
  • Libin Philip, NUIGSU
  • Pablo D. Armas Sánchez, MSU
  • Rhea Goh, QUBSU

 

Mature Student of the Year

  • Emma Robinson, ITTDSU
  • Hazel Doran, DITSU
  • Helen Wade, DCUSU
  • Margaret Griffin, ITTSU
  • Maria Maguire, DkITSU

 

Outstanding Contribution to Student Life

  • Siddhant Mohapatra, NUIGSU
  • DIT Photo Society, DITSU
  • Art & Design Society, DITSU
  • Maynooth Mental Health Society, MSU
  • Amy Ní Cholgáin, DCUSU
  • Student Engagement Ambassadors, MSU

 

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media

  • Aisling Marren, TCDSU
  • Amy Donohoe, DCUSU
  • Aoife Kearins, TCDSU
  • Cailean Coffey, UCCSU
  • Ciannait Khan, TCDSU
  • Cormac Watson, TCDSU
  • Daniel Izquierdo Hijazi, DITSU
  • Donal MacNamee, TCDSU
  • Eleanor O’Mahony, TCDSU
  • Kathleen McNamee, TCDSU
  • Lauren Boland, TCDSU
  • Matthew Murphy, TCDSU
  • Michael Dooley, TCDSU
  • Niamh Kennedy, TCDSU
  • Niamh Lynch, TCDSU
  • Orla Murnaghan, TCDSU
  • Scott Duffield, QUBSU

 

Outstanding Mental Health Activism

  • DaSillyHeads, CITSU
  • Aine Daly, AITSU
  • Niamh Grennan, IADTSU
  • Mike Edgar, ITTSU
  • Maynooth Mental Health Society, MSU
  • Alan Hayes, UCCSU
  • Clare Austick, NUIGSU
  • Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union
  • Michaela Cooley and Caitriona McMahon, LITSU
  • IT Tralee Spark Society, ITTSU
  • UCC Government & Politics Society, UCCSU

 

Part-Time Officer of the Year

  • Adam Kane, CCSU
  • Sally-Anne McCarthy, TCDSU
  • Michael Butler, MSU
  • Alana Daly Mulligan, UCCSU
  • Thomas Dorian, DCUSU
  • Laura Norbury, WITSU
  • Noel Brennan, UCCSU
  • Thomas Kearns, ITTSU
  • Etain Ryan, StACSSU
  • Ciarán Watts, MSU
  • Alex Coughlan, NUIGSU
  • Sabrina Vaughan, NUIGSU
  • Maeve Richardson, UCCSU
  • Sorcha Ní Chonghaile, DCUSU
  • Naayema Hussaini, TCDSU

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Brendan Digney, QUBSU
  • Daniel Izquierdo Hijazi, DITSU
  • Jason Kavanagh, ITTDSU
  • Liam Pingree, NUIGSU

 

Student Leader of the Year

  • Alannah Murray, DkITSU
  • Emma Jane Kinsella, NUIGSU
  • Niamh Loughlin & Jess McNamara, TCDSU & UCCSU
  • Róisín Sheridan, ITCSU
  • Dean O’Reilly, DCUSU
  • Cian O Suilleabhain, DCUSU
  • Maria Maguire, DkITSU
  • Alan Hayes, UCCSU
  • Emma Dillon, DITSU
  • Clare Austick, NUIGSU
  • Kevin McStravock, UUSU
  • Aaron Frahill, UCCSU
  • Favor Weyimi-Oboyo, MSU
  • Leon Diop, MSU

 

Student Media Outlet of the Year

  • DITSU.tv, DITSU
  • The Scoop – Queen’s Radio, QUBSU
  • Student Independent News (SIN), NUIGSU
  • The University Times, TCDSU
  • Trinity News, TCDSU
  • Trinity Talks Science, TCDSU

 

Welfare Campaign of the Year

  • You Matter We Care, AITSU
  • UCC Students for Sensible Drugs Policy Society, UCCSU
  • Can You See It, UCCSU
  • Sesh Safe, WITSU
  • This Is Not Consent, MSU
  • SHAG, MSU
  • Oktsober Fest, UUSU
  • Use Your Brain Not Your Fists, ITTSU
  • SHAG, StACSSU

 

Postgraduate Engagement Award

  • Rachel Powell, QUBSU
  • Jason Kavanagh, ITTDSU
  • Jacquie Birkett, MSU
  • Sarah Hughes, TCDSU (GSU)

 

Fund the Future – Access to Education Champion

  • swotUP, QUBSU
  • Save Our Services, DITSU
  • Shane de Rís, TCDSU
  • Jess McNamara, Cian Crowe & Niamh Loughlin, UCCSU & TCDSU

 

Small SU Team of the Year

  • Athlone Institute of Technology Students’ Union (AITSU)
  • Institute of Art, Design & Technology Students’ Union (IADTSU)
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTDSU)
  • St. Angela’s College Sligo Students’ Union (StACSSU)
  • Institute of Technology Tralee Students’ Union (ITTSU)

 

Medium SU Team of the Year

  • Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union (WITSU)

 

Large SU Team of the Year

  • Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU)
  • University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU)
  • Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU)

 

President’s Award

To be announced on the night!

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 2018/2019. 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.

 

Nominate here.

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 2018/2019 was a successful year for their SU.

 

Nominate here.

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 2018/2019. 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.

 

Nominate here.

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 it’s 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.

 

Nominate here.

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.

 

Nominate here.

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. Budget and other limitations will be taken into consideration and should be clearly outlined on the nomination submission form.

 

Nominate here.

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 2018/2019. 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.

 

Nominate here.

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 been an active participant in student life.

 

Nominate here.

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.

 

Nominate here.

Activist of the Year

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 recognises 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.

 

Nominate here.

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 ireland 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.

 

Nominate here.

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.

 

Nominate here.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Student 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.

 

Nominate here.

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.

Nominate here.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media

Outstanding 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 is a wide variety of ways in which an individual student can contribute to the success of student media.

 

Nominate here.

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 2018/2019. 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 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.

 

Nominate here.

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 the award.

 

Nominate here.

Postgraduate Engagement of the Year
Postgraduate Engagement 

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 recognises a student or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards postgraduate engagement and celebrates those who have reached out to the postgraduate community.

 

Nominate here.

#FundTheFuture - Access to Education Champion

#FundTheFuture – Access to Education Champion

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. This person 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.

#FundTheFuture is a campaign of the Coalition for Publicly Funded Higher Education, of which USI are members. The fight for third-level funding is a fight that USI has remained committed to throughout its history.

Nominate here.

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.

 

A small SU represents less than 7000 students.

A medium SU represents between 7000 and 14000 students.

A large SU represents 14000 students or more.

 

There is only one application form for these Awards. The USI Awards team will sort the applications in to their relevant category (small, medium, or large) upon receipt of the nomination.

 

Nominate here.

Terms and Conditions

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its sixth 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 on the 18th April 2019 in a venue to be announced soon!

Nominations open on Tuesday 19th February on this website. For the judging criteria and tips on how to successfully complete a nomination form, you can view the Marking Scheme SAAI 2019.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is strictly 5pm on Tuesday 12th 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 2018/19 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 Student Media, a description of the relevant submitted materials is not necessary. The Student Media Outlet of the Year Award 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.

The Award for Contribution to Student Media will also be judged on the materials submitted, although there is also an opportunity to submit a supporting 250 words about the contribution of the individual nominee.

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 or audio recordings relating to the activities etc. These extra materials must be emailed to awards@usi.ie.

Posting materials relating to the Student Media 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), 14 Mount Street Upper, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, D02 EY24.