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Judging Chairs Confirmed

As we draw nearer to the close of submissions, the UA Team is hard at work putting together panels of academics and industry experts to judge each of the 25 categories.

We are delighted to confirm three extremely high-calibre academics as the Chair Judges for the Historical Studies, Design and Psychology categories.

Dr. Stefan Auer is an Associate Professor at both the University of Hong Kong and at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is an expert researcher and author in the field of Modern European History, European enlargement and international relations. As such, Dr. Auer will be our Chair Judge for the Historical Studies category.

Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing at Dublin Institute of Technology. Barry comes from a background in architecture. Before taking up his present post in DIT, Barry worked with the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland. Barry will be the Chair Judge for our new Design category.

Dr. Suzanne Guerin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. Dr. Guerin is the Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and jointly coordinates the MSc there in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Dr. Guerin will be our Chair Judge for the Psychology category.

If you’d like to apply to become a judge for the 2014 Programme, as part of one of our 25 panels, then fill in the form here.


New Affiliate Universities

We’re delighted to announce three institutions who have recently signed up to our Affiliate University programme. Monash University, Australia; University of Dundee, United Kingdom; and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden will join our other affiliates in promoting the 2014 UA Programme amongst their student body.

To check out a  full list of out Affiliate Universities, and to learn more about what that means, just click here.

If you are a representative of a third-level institution and are interested in having that institution becoming a University Affiliate, then contact us!

UA Award Winner in The Irish Examiner

Great feature focusing on Katharine Griffith, our Engineering & Mechanical Sciences winner from GMIT Letterfrack in the Irish Examiner today. Check it out!

A school chair that could reduce back problems in children and help improve their concentration has earned a young furniture designer a major award.

Campus Ambassador Tees

We’re sending out these snazzy T-shirts today to our Campus Ambassadors. If you’d like to become a Campus Ambassador and represent the world’s only pan disciplinary academic awards programme on your campus then contact

30 Under 30 Competition

Congrats to Lynn Rothwell, a highly commended entrant to the Visual Arts category in UA 2012, who has been shortlisted as one of the top photographers in the ’30 Under 30′ competition. She’s now in the running to win a People’s Choice award for her work.

She’s got our vote! Pick your favourite here.

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