The Mary Kelly Medal for Egalitarian Activism and the John Baker Medal for Egalitarian Scholarship
Commencing from September 2017, the school will award two prizes annualy named for two seminal figures, both in the life of the School and the pursuit of an egalitarian society. Dr Mary Kelly of the UCD Department of Sociology was one of the founders of the UCD Equality Studies Centre and had a deep commitment to Equality and Social Justice. Professor John Baker was a founding member of the Equality Studies Centre and one of the founders of the UCD Equality Studies Programmes. His contribution to the normative political theory of Equality has received international acclaim, a fact that is reflected in the centrality of his thinking to the structure and substance of the Equality Studies programmes.
The Mary Kelly Medal for Egalitarian Activism
The Mary Kelly medal will be awarded to a student entering the Masters/Graduate Diploma in Equality Studies who has an outstanding record of activism in the field of equality and social justice. The school puts particular focus on voluntary activism when considering the candidates. The winner of this award will be recognised at the president's awards ceremony in the March of the year in which s/he is a student.
Applicants should indicate on their application whether they wish to be considered for the Mary Kelly medal and a panel of judges drawn from the Equality Studies subject area will consider the commitment to activism of all applicants as evidenced in the required "personal statement".
The John Baker Medal for Egalitarian Scholarship
The John Baker medal will be awarded to the student who received the highest overall GPA across the Equality Studies postgraduate programmes. In the event that more than one student achieves the same result, the panel of judges, drawn from the Equality Studies subject area, will consider assignments submitted for assessment on the core modules of the programme and evaluate evidence from these of original egalitarian thinking.