DCU President's Award for Engagement 2015

The 2015 President’s Awards for Engagement were celebrated at a ceremony in the Helix on April 28th. These awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students, in the wider community, across a range of activities such as social regeneration and community empowerment, social enterprise and local economic development, sustainability and voluntary activities.

Congratulations to the following four winning projects, chosen from a total of 40 nominations.

Gaisce 30th Anniversary & Research Launch Event

Gaisce - The Presidents Award recently hosted an event to mark the 30th Anniversary of Gaisce and to launch research on impact of participation in Gaisce for young people. The event was held at the European House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Wednesday 22nd April.

Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Dr John Bamber, Centre for Effective Services, were the event guest speakers. 

Have a brilliant idea for an app or start-up? Well then this competition is for you!

The Ireland Funds 2015 Business Plan Competition gives student entrepreneurs the chance to win €10,000.   long with being described as ‘Europe’s Silicon Valley’, Dublin also hosts a thriving young start-up scene which has grown over the past decade, with a number of businesses and ventures being started by students and recent graduates.    Irish start-ups by college students and young graduates include ventures such as Coder Dojo, a not-for-profit network of community-based programming clubs for young people, set up by James Whelton at the age of 19. 


Limerick Students: "Our City, Our Culture"

On Saturday April 11th 2015, Limerick Students, 'Our City, Our Culture' was launched. It is a collaborative initiative driven by Higher Education Student volunteers in the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, and Mary Immaculate College.  

Free online course on Citizen Engagement offered by World Bank

Academics and civic society organisations may be interested in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on community engagement, being offered by the World Bank Group free of charge.

Community engagement has been identified in the Hunt Report (2011) as the University's 'third mission'. This MOOC will be beneficial for anybody with an interest in community engagement. As was demonstrated by the high level of participation in the recent staff survey,it is clear that many staff are interested in community engagement.  


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