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John Kelly Awards for Universal Design

We know it's an exciting time for Universal Design in Ireland, with more Digital Badges being awarded and collaboration across the sector than ever before. The John Kelly Awards for Universal Design celebrate individuals and organisations who are engaging in innovative and excellent practice using the Universal Design for Learning framework and delivering a more inclusive learning experience for their learners across the Irish tertiary landscape. The Awards are a collaboration between UCD and (opens in a new window)AHEAD.

There are two categories of award:

Individual: this is targeted at practitioners who have demonstrated their commitment to UDL by undertaking the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching & Learning and making exciting changes to their practice above and beyond their initial redesign.

UDL in Collaboration: for Higher Education Institutions or Further Education & Training Colleges that are developing a systematic approach to embedding UDL into their institutional/organisational culture, practices, structures, and policies and create more inclusive learning environments and communities.

Deadline extended to midnight 21st April!

Completed applications should be sent to: (opens in a new window)jkapplications@ucd.ie 

The awards are named after the late Professor John Kelly, former Registrar of UCD and founding Chair of AHEAD in recognition of his pioneering work. 

Application window: 19 February – 21 April

  1. Submit your application before the deadline to (opens in a new window)jkapplications@ucd.ie 
  2. Submitted applications are reviewed by an international panel of UDL experts
  3. Finalists shortlisted and informed in July
  4. Finalists present at the live final in October which will be held in Atlantic Technological University, Sligo

Individual Awards:

2023 - Celia O’Shea, Kerry College (FET) & Dr Jenny Moffett, RCSI (HE)

2022 - Dr Anita Byrne, DKIT 

UDL in Collaboration:

2022 - Atlantic Technological University

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