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President’s Award: Seventeen students honoured for “exemplary service” to UCD community

Posted 18 August, 2021

Awardee Favour Ogundare, a fourth year science student 

Seventeen students have been named recipients of the UCD President’s Award in recognition for their service to campus life.

Those who receive this year's award were selected for their “exemplary contributions” to student extracurricular activities, as well as their involvement with student organisation across University College Dublin in 2020/2021.

The 2020/2021 recipients of the UCD President’s Award are:

Name Course Year
Aishling Byrne BComm International 4
Aisling Tully  Law 2
Arlene John PhD Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2
Brendan Lynch Master of Common Law 1
Ellen Healy Mathematics 3
Favour Ogundare Science 4
George Hardin Actuarial & Financial Studies 4
Joseph Walshe Business & Law 3
Joy Omoruyi Nursing Childrens & General 4
Laura Kennedy Law with Social Justice Year 3
Lucy Dornan Science - Cell & Molecular Biology 3
Mary Ishabiyi Commerce 4
Meabh Lynch Economics, Mathematics and Statistics 3
Ned Quirke Medicine 4
Owen Johnson Physics with Astronomy & Space Science 3
Rory Wasylyk Social Science Politics & International Relations 3
Sarah McGee Law with Social Justice 4

The UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities aims to provide recognition for those who provide the leadership, commitment and energy that makes UCD an exciting, dynamic and humane place to live, study and work.

Its recipients, typically, are actively engaged in service to UCD societies, clubs or the Students’ Union, or are involved in student support services or competitive activity in inter-varsity events.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's awards were unable to be presented in person, with the annual ceremony usually held in O'Reilly Hall.

Receiving their award, recipients were thanked for their service to their fellow students, with their contributions recognised as having “been exemplary”.

“You have shown exceptional service in numerous leadership positions within student organisations which have served and advanced student life in UCD; and in doing so, your efforts have awarded you with the prestigious President's Award for 2020/2021."

To date, over 300 students have received the award – which annually invites staff and students across UCD to nominate candidates based off a number of guiding principles.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations