12 Mar 2020
In total there were 14 awards presented by UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks, to students representing sports clubs, societies, work with the students union and college life. Each year the award provides 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.
The ceremony takes place as an integral part of the University Awards Ceremony, held in O’Reilly Hall in March of each year. Recipients of awards, typically, are heavily 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. To date over 300 students have had their efforts recognised at the awards.
The objective of the UCD 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. Students were nominated by their peers or staff within their respective area for their exceptional contribution to student life and activities, for giving back to UCD through life outside the classroom.
The UCD Sport recipients for 2020 were UCD Women's Rugby Alix Cunneen and UCD Boat Club's Max Murphy.
Alix Cunneen has been President of the UCD Women's Rugby Club for 3 seasons, Alix is an advocate for equality and works immensely hard in ensuring the same opportunities are presented to her female peers as her male counterparts. She is also heavily involved with the annual UCD RFC Daffodil Day collection that has risen over €10,000 each year the last 4 years.
Max Murphy has served as Captain of UCD Boat Club fostering an atmosphere of respect, inclusivity and high achievement driving the club’s culture and accomplishments to new heights. Coupled with serving on various UCD committees including AUC Executive, Student Activities and Healthy University, Max’s work has had a significant impact on the UCD community and its benefits will resonate for many years to come.