President’s Awards for Excellence in Student Activities
The nominations for the 2020 Presidents Awards - Excellence in Students Activities are now OPEN
The UCD President’s Awards aim is to give recognition to the efforts of students in areas of University life other than the academic, particularly where those efforts provide the leadership, commitment and energy which help to turn UCD into a lively, engaged university community. To date circa 300 students have had their efforts recognised.
The 2019/20 nomination online portal is now open through the following link : http://bit.ly/379L75D
The embedded link provided above will close under the submission deadline date of Friday the 7th of February.
The President’s Award system was conceived by the Student Consultative Forum in 1993 and has been administered by it since that time with the encouragement of Oifig an Uachtaráin. It has been motivated always by a feeling from the University that certain students make a significant difference to life on campus.
The awards were originally presented at a separate ceremony organised by the Forum; since 2004 the awards are presented at the annual University Awards ceremony. The objective of the President’s Awards scheme has been to give recognition to the efforts of students in areas of University life other than the academic, particularly where those efforts provide the leadership, commitment and energy which help to turn UCD into a lively, engaged university community.
Recipients of awards, typically, are actively engaged in service to UCD societies, clubs or the Students’ Union, are involved in support services for fellow students or have excelled in competitive activity in the University or in inter-varsity events. The awards are non-competitive, with no upper or lower limits on the number of awards that should be made in any year. The Selection Committee operate off a number of guiding principles, without any strict criteria.
The criteria used for the awards were changed in 1995, which meant that UCD Students’ Union officers were no longer eligibile for selection on the grounds that their election was already a public recognition of their worth. The criteria were again reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Student Consultative Forum in 2014, and these guidelines remain in place.
“We would like to think that most members of our student body would have made some contribution to other in their time in College. However, these awards winners have been so outstanding in this regard that they have been selected from among a large number to be publicly acknowledged.” Dr Art Cosgrove, President: 1994-2004
At the 2019 ceremony UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks presented Callum Terry (UCD Karate Captain) with his Presidents award for his outstanding contribution to the club.
Callum has been Captain of UCD Karate for the last two years and has spear-headed the rejuvenation of the club. In his final year, Callum was elected to the AUC executive committee; taking on the role of Trips Officer and also Graphic Designer for the International Student Society.
UCD Karate commented on Callum's award:
"UCD Karate today is one of the top karate clubs in the country, as shown by a recent victory at the Intercollegiate cup . Callum Terry has led the club from strength to strength,resulting in an impressive growth in membership numbers, stellar results in national tournaments, as well as team training camps and social evenings to make it feel as much a community as a sports club. He has been at the forefront of these endeavours and it is his commitment to management of the club and his passion for karate that has earned him the well deserved President’s award."
Callum has been an individual who has impacted on the University experience of many students and UCD Sport congratulates him, and all recipients on their awards.
Aishling Kinsella, Alic Hegarty, Aoife Gray, Caelum Rosenkrantz, Callum Terry, Carla Gummerson, Chloe Maguire Sedgwick, Earl Echivarre, Katie Kilgannon, Luke Kehoe Roche, Olanipekun Akintola, Paul McGoldrick, Robert Sweeney, Rosaleen Aljohmani and Sadhbh McCarrick.