Former Access to Science and Engineering Student Harry Austin leads the charge in the fight against plastic, with a discovery of an enzyme that can digest most commonly polluting plastics 


UCD graduate and former UCD Access & Lifelong Learning student Harry Austin, is a member of team of scientists who have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. By tweaking the enzyme, first discovered in a waste dump in Japan, the team discovered that the enzyme now had the ability to break down PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, often used in the production of soft drink bottles. This discovery has the potential to provide a solution to a leading environmental issue.

Austin commenced his studies in UCD as an Access to Science and Engineering student in 2010, before graduating from UCD in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). He embarked on a PhD in 2015 and is the lead author on a paper documenting this research. The project is jointly funded by the University of Portsmouth and NREL.

During his time in UCD, Austin proved to be an exemplary student, winning the President’s prize in 2013, who was highly regarded by staff and students alike. He is an advocate for UCD’s access programmes, he was a mentor and strong supporter to his peers. He also volunteered to work with children in Tanzania. 

Read more about the discovery here: What is Stem and why is it important 

Or watch the RTÉ News Report here:RTE News Report: Plastic Eating Enzyme Could Revolutionise Recycling

 

1916 Bursary 'Leaders and Learners' 

Eight UCD Students were awarded “1916 Leaders and Learners” Bursaries

 

On Thursday, 17th April 2018, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor awarded eight 1916 Leaders and Learners Bursaries to MIE students. Forty bursaries overall were awarded to students from UCD, IADT, MIE, NCAD and TCD. The ceremony was held in the GPO witness museum.  The bursary scheme is funded by the DES /HEA under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund and is aimed at increasing diversity in Higher Education.

The “Leaders and Learners” bursaries directly recognise the strong focus on education and equality of leaders of the 1916 Rising. As such, in her address, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., said: “These 1916 bursaries are a fitting tribute to the educational vision of those who fought for Irish independence. It is apt that they are being launched here in the GPO. The leaders of the Rising were also learners with a range of qualifications: nurses, teachers, accountants, soldiers and sculptors. Their education contributed to their involvement in the Rising and their vision of a new Ireland of equal rights and opportunities. A century on, we are still striving to make this vision a reality, and these bursaries show the commitment of our colleges to greater equity in education.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair of the Consortium said, “just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the Higher Education Community to be truly effective in recruiting and retaining students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds; these bursaries are an essential component to ensuring that we continue to do so.”

 

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - Lunch & Learn Sessions‌, 17th May 2018

 

I‌n collaboration with UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI) will celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day on the 17th May 2018. Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) aims to get everyone thinking and learning about digital access & the inclusion and people with different disabilities.

The event highlighted UCD’s progress in Digital Accessibility through a series of one-off sessions from the following speakers:

Session 1

Demonstration of Microsoft One Note Learning Tools for students 

Andrew Desmond, Microsoft Operations Deal Manager Ireland & UK and Ana Montoya Microsoft Partner Business Manager

Session 2

Accessibility with Brightspace-UCD's new Virtual Learning Environment

Niall Watts, UCD IT Services and UCD Web Accessibility, Peter McKieran and Darren Moloney, UCD IT Services

Session 3

University for All; Master Class on Accessibility Content

Dr Anna Kelly and Dr Lisa Padden, Access & Lifelong Learning

Further information and instructions to help you ensure the accessibility of your own content can be found on our Guidelines for Accessible Documents webpage

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Former Access to Science and Engineering Student Harry Austin leads the charge in the fight against plastic, with a discovery of an enzyme that can digest most commonly polluting plastics 


UCD graduate and former UCD Access & Lifelong Learning student Harry Austin, is a member of team of scientists who have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. By tweaking the enzyme, first discovered in a waste dump in Japan, the team discovered that the enzyme now had the ability to break down PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, often used in the production of soft drink bottles. This discovery has the potential to provide a solution to a leading environmental issue.

Austin commenced his studies in UCD as an Access to Science and Engineering student in 2010, before graduating from UCD in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). He embarked on a PhD in 2015 and is the lead author on a paper documenting this research. The project is jointly funded by the University of Portsmouth and NREL.

During his time in UCD, Austin proved to be an exemplary student, winning the President’s prize in 2013, who was highly regarded by staff and students alike. He is an advocate for UCD’s access programmes, he was a mentor and strong supporter to his peers. He also volunteered to work with children in Tanzania. 

Read more about the discovery here: What is Stem and why is it important 

Or watch the RTÉ News Report here:RTE News Report: Plastic Eating Enzyme Could Revolutionise Recycling

 

1916 Bursary 'Leaders and Learners' 

Eight UCD Students were awarded “1916 Leaders and Learners” Bursaries

 

On Thursday, 17th April 2018, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor awarded eight 1916 Leaders and Learners Bursaries to MIE students. Forty bursaries overall were awarded to students from UCD, IADT, MIE, NCAD and TCD. The ceremony was held in the GPO witness museum.  The bursary scheme is funded by the DES /HEA under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund and is aimed at increasing diversity in Higher Education.

The “Leaders and Learners” bursaries directly recognise the strong focus on education and equality of leaders of the 1916 Rising. As such, in her address, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., said: “These 1916 bursaries are a fitting tribute to the educational vision of those who fought for Irish independence. It is apt that they are being launched here in the GPO. The leaders of the Rising were also learners with a range of qualifications: nurses, teachers, accountants, soldiers and sculptors. Their education contributed to their involvement in the Rising and their vision of a new Ireland of equal rights and opportunities. A century on, we are still striving to make this vision a reality, and these bursaries show the commitment of our colleges to greater equity in education.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair of the Consortium said, “just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the Higher Education Community to be truly effective in recruiting and retaining students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds; these bursaries are an essential component to ensuring that we continue to do so.”

 

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - Lunch & Learn Sessions‌, 17th May 2018

 

I‌n collaboration with UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI) will celebrated Global Accessibility Awareness Day on the 17th May 2018. Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) aims to get everyone thinking and learning about digital access & the inclusion and people with different disabilities.

The event highlighted UCD’s progress in Digital Accessibility through a series of one-off sessions from the following speakers:

Session 1

Demonstration of Microsoft One Note Learning Tools for students 

Andrew Desmond, Microsoft Operations Deal Manager Ireland & UK and Ana Montoya Microsoft Partner Business Manager

Session 2

Accessibility with Brightspace-UCD's new Virtual Learning Environment

Niall Watts, UCD IT Services and UCD Web Accessibility, Peter McKieran and Darren Moloney, UCD IT Services

Session 3

University for All; Master Class on Accessibility Content

Dr Anna Kelly and Dr Lisa Padden, Access & Lifelong Learning

Further information and instructions to help you ensure the accessibility of your own content can be found on our Guidelines for Accessible Documents webpage