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University Awards

Teaching & Learning

The UCD Teaching and Learning awards recognise faculty and staff who deliver excellent education. The adjudicators identify achievements underpinned by evidence and quality enhancement, innovative curricular structures and a student-focused learning environment.

The awards are presented by the President at a ceremony where the accomplishments of recipients are celebrated with colleagues and family. Winners also receive a financial reward which can be used to continue their teaching and learning development or, depending on the award scheme, a sum to fund a teaching and learning project. The Writing Centre for example was originally set up with the support of a President’s Teaching Award is now well established and supports thousands of UCD students.

UCD Teaching and Learning Awards


Student Activity
The President’s Awards each year provide recognition for those students who excel in extracurricular activities of a kind that make UCD an exciting, interesting, dynamic and humane place to live, study and work. Staff and students at UCD are invited to nominate candidates for these awards.

View President's Award for Excellence in Student Activities

Research Fellowship
The President’s Research Fellowship Scheme is intended to support those, whose research and professional development as researchers would benefit from a period of focussed research and is intended to enhance UCD’s reputation internationally. With this in mind, the evaluation process takes into account where the research will take place. Preference is given to those whose fellowship application includes a period of research in another institution.

These research Fellowships are intended to support substantive research projects, leading to a peer-reviewed publication, monograph, patent or other significant research output and is awarded based on a highly competitive process.

View President’s Research Fellowship Scheme

Foundation Day Medal
The Foundation Day Medal is presented to distinguished UCD graduates who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of expertise. The medal is presented to the recipient at the annual Foundation Day Dinner, held in November to mark the foundation of the Catholic University in 1854.

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Ulysses Medal
The UCD Ulysses Medal is the highest honour that the university can bestow. It was inaugurated in 2005, as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebrations, to highlight the ‘creative brilliance’ of UCD alumnus James Joyce. It is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution.

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Honorary Degrees
Honorary Degrees are awarded to people who have distinction in the arts, science, or other field of scholarship or creativity.

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