The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is holding the Student Achievement Awards Ireland (SAAI) 2014 in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle this evening Thursday (April 17th) to recognise the achievements of third-level students in Ireland.

USI is honoured to have President Michael D Higgins attend SAAI 2014 as he presents his Ethics Award. By holding SAAI 2014, USI wishes to promote remarkable contributions of students across campuses, their dedication to volunteering and campaigning, and also recognise the creative skills of individual students.

The Student Achievement Awards Ireland will celebrate the work being done by third-level students for the benefit of their college, community and country.Irish comedian Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly and The Savage Eye amongst his contributions to Irish TV Comedy) will host the ceremony. The Student Achievement Awards Ireland has a total of 25 Awards including the President’s Ethics Award and a new category, the USI President’s Award.

The Award categories include student campaigns, activism, online and print media, volunteering and community engagement. For those working in college newspapers and student media outlets, the SAAI offers them the chance to be recognised by leaders in the industry. Education Editor of The Irish Independent Katherine Donnelly will judge the Journalist of the Year and Features Editor of The Irish Times, Conor Goodman will judge Publication of the Year. Leading youth website, SpunOut.ie will judge the Community Awareness Award and Conor McCabe Photography will judge Photographer of the Year. Community volunteering and campaigns to promote student well-being will also be recognised at SAAI 2014. Hugh O’ Reilly of The Wheel will judge Charity Event of the Year and Volunteer Ireland will judge the Volunteer of the Year category.

USI President Joe O’Connor said:

“We are delighted to host the Student Achievement Awards Ireland (SAAI) 2014 after the great success of last year’s Awards. This year has been challenging and some great work has been achieved. The SAAI highlights the amazing work being carried out by students on campuses this year.

It is an honour to have President Michael D Higgins present his Ethics Award at SAAI 2014. Young people in Ireland are engaging with activities that raise thousands of euro for charity, leading their own projects, dedicating thousands of hours to volunteering and showing their creativity through their various pursuits. This work should be recognised and encouraged by industry leaders and we’re delighted that so many are participating in the event.”

Representatives from colleges across the island will be in attendance.

The event is taking place tonight, Thursday, April 17th in Georges Hall, Dublin Castle at 7:30pm.

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