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Judging Chair Spotlight: Davide Benvenuti (Music, Film & Theatre)

2017 was Davide’s first year as the Judging Chair of the Music, Film & Theatre category. We are delighted to have him back again for The Undergraduate Global  Summit 2018.

Davide Benvenuti is an Assistant Professor of digital animation at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ADM School of Art Design and Media Singapore since January 2013. He began his career in animation in Florence, Italy in the mid 1990s. He graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture at Florence University with a thesis on: Industrial Design and Computer Animation. Davide’s career spans from television to advertising and feature films. He has worked with Disney animation, Dreamworks, Nelvana and Ubisoft. Among his credit list are : “Assassin Creed Black Flag”, “Assassin Creed III”,” Assassin Creed Revelation”; “Assassin Creed II” (Ubisoft Singapore); “Sinbad Legend of the seven seas”; “Sprit stallion of the Cimarron” with Dreamworks feature animation. He was with Disney animation Australia from 1995 till 2006 where he worked on many direct to DVD titles and feature films including “The jungle Book II”,” Peter Pan Retour to Neverland”, and “Bambi and the great Prince of the forest”. Prior to his engagement in Australia he worked in Italy for many local TV shows and advertising. He contributed to the animation for Enzo D’Alo’ feature films “How the Toys Saved Christmas” and “Opopomoz”. He is currently working on his short film “ Summer tale”, part of his ongoing research on tool development for 2D animation.

You can find Davide’s full credit list here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0073045/

Every year UA invites cross-disciplinary and cross- cultural esteemed academics to the world’s largest virtual academic judging process.
 If you are interested in becoming a judge for UA 2018, please email judging@undergraduateawards.com or complete this form.

Category Spotlight: Linguistics

This category is for students of Languages and Linguistics, including Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Pedagogy.

All papers must be written in English or translated to English.

Papers which discuss literature should be submitted to the Literature category.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Alexandra Brito’s paper, Global Winner of Language & Linguistics 2017, here.

Word Count: 2,500 – 5,000

 



The 2015 Award Winner, Ronan O’Brien from Princeton University, penned a paper called “Opportunity Be Knockin’: Race and Invariant Be in Hip-Hop Language”  which looks at the linguistic construction known as “invariant be” one of the prominent features of African American English (AAVE) as well as Hip-Hop Language (HHL). Through the analysis of lyrics from a selection of rappers, the paper explores this feature.

Alexandra Brito receiving her Gold Medal from Chris Lubbe

2017’s winning paper Effects of Language Immersion versus Classroom Exposure on Advanced French Learners: An ERP Study” by Alexandra Brito of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was a very illuminating study of L2. University students often report making significant advances in their second language (L2) ability after spending time abroad, immersed in a particular language. The degree to which late L2 learners can seem native like in terms of L2 performance and brain processing is unclear in second language acquisition research. Alexandra’s study contrasts learners with advanced French proficiency who have attained this level with no, little, or more immersion experience through study abroad. By using empirical neurolinguistic techniques, she investigates the impact of immersion versus classroom experience on second language processing.

According to the judges this was an extremely interesting study which shed new light on the brain processing of L2. They went on to say:

The author uses an intriguing and relatively novel neurolinguistic technique to investigate a question that not only is interesting in its own right but also has important implications for L2 pedagogy. Very interesting indeed.

 

A Highly Commended paper from 2017, was Emma O’Neill from University of Edinburgh’s submission ” Breaking the Stigma: A corpus-based analysis of the changes in both the usage and semantics of the term mental health in modern day media”. The paper investigates changes in the social perception toward mental health, through analysing the negative portrayal of mental health shown to exist in the media. The author examined whether the media’s portrayal of mental health had shifted tone in recent years, possibly due to the increased  publicity of mental health awareness campaigns and organisations. The method of collating the data was to use word embeddings and compare the distances between vectors in multidimensional space.

 

If you would like to find out how to submit to The Undergraduate Awards 2018 click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.

 

 

We’re Hiring!

 

UA Judging Process Intern 2018

THE COMPANY

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is a prestigious and international academic awards programme, now the largest in the world. The programme is an independent, Irish not-for-profit company with university partners and affiliates around the world. UA is pan-discipline and aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognising their best coursework. Each year, The Undergraduate Awards recruits 25 panels of leading academics to assess the work and select the winning papers in each category. UA brings together the Winners and Highly Commended Entrants to a 3-day global summit in Dublin.

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Development Director, the Judging Process Intern will support the UA team in managing panels of international academics for  the UA Judging Process 2018. The role will be concerned with liaising with academics globally and recruiting them to join panels judging entries to the 25 categories of the UA programme. You will also be responsible for supporting these Judges through the 10 week process using the online judging platform ‘Reviewr’.

ROLE PURPOSE

  • Assist in the recruitment of international judges to take part in The Judging Process 2018;
  • Connect with  international academics for the judging process using our CRM platform Hubspot.
  • Be the first point of contact for the judges; liaise with the judges and support them through the 4 stage process;
  • Create a database of the key themes from the submissions to the 2018 programmes.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Judging Process:

  • Assist in the recruitment of judges for the Judging Process 2018; recruitment of diverse senior academics from around the world from within and outside UA’s network to take part in the Judging process.
  • Taking part in the screening process; ensuring papers meet the eligibility criteria in each of the categories.
  • Manage and organise the Judging Panels in accordance with the Panel Chairs (using CRM).
  • Assist the judges in using the online assessment platform ‘Reviewr’ and building strong working relations with the judges.
  • Gather results from the various stages and manage the assignment of papers to the judging panels.
  • Collect comments and feedback from the Judging Chairs on the 25 Global Winners papers email certificates to judges.
  • Invite judges to The Undergraduate Global Summit in November.
  • Maintain the CRM for future panel recruitment.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Minimum qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree or higher
  • Some experience working in the education sector
  • Excellent communications skills and phone manner
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Excellent organisation and strong time-management skills

Preferred attributes

  • Working to deadline –Can you plan ahead to work under time-pressure and adhere to deadlines?
  • Assertiveness – Are you confident to chase/follow up with judges who have failed to meet their deadline?
  • A highly motivated self-starter – Are you an Achiever?
  • A strategic and organised approach to work – Does your heart flutter when you hear the words “colour coded”?
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – Can you communicate in an enticing manner?
  • A knowledge and interest in worldwide education and research – Could you work within this global academic community?
  • An appreciation of the development of a small non-profit organisation – Would you enjoy working on a small team that makes a difference?
  • A fun, enthusiastic outlook – Do you see opportunities around every corner?
  • An enthusiasm for UA’s mission and vision – Do you believe in what UA is trying to achieve?

TERMS

  • 5 month Internship: May 2018 – September 2018
  • Monday – Friday – 8am-10am until 4pm-6pm  (flexible start-finish times)
  • €195 gross per week (paid monthly)
  • Office lifestyle benefits (breakfast, lunch & snacks, Leapcard etc)

The Undergraduate Awards is located in Dublin City Centre: 65 Great Strand St, Dublin

HOW TO APPLY

To apply simply send your CV and a short cover letter outlining why you wish to work with The Undergraduate Awards to Lara Coyle, at lara@undergraduateawards.com

Judging Chair Spotlight: Azwinndini Muronga (Mathematics & Physics)

Professor Azwinndini Muronga is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This year marks his third year as Judging Chair in the Mathematics & Physics category at The Undergraduate Awards (UA), and we are delighted to have Nelson Mandela University as a UA Affiliate institution.

Professor Muronga is a theoretical physicist, who started his tertiary education at the University of Venda, Limpopo, South Africa, where he obtained with a BSc degree in Mathematics and Physics and a University Education Diploma. He then studied at the University of Cape Town where he obtained Honours in Physics and MSc in Physics. After completing his studies at the University of Cape Town hesubsequently went on to study at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his PhD in Physics. 

Azwinndini then did his postdoctoral training at the University of Frankfurt and at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany.

In 2005 he took up a position of Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Cape Town. In October 2010 he joined the University of Johannesburg as an Associate Professor of Physics and concurrently as the Director of Soweto Science Centre – before moving to Nelson Mandela University as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Professor Muronga’s own research field lies in the intersection of nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, studying the nature and properties of hot and dense matter in heavy ion collisions and astrophysics.

Apart from his own research interests, Prof Muronga is also an outstanding and recognised science educator and communicator, with a strong passion for, and interest in, public engagement with science , particularly the rural and disadvantaged communities.

Every year UA invites cross-disciplinary and cross- cultural esteemed academics to the world’s largest virtual academic judging process.
 If you are interested in becoming a judge for UA 2018, please email judging@undergraduateawards.com or complete this form.

 

Category Spotlight: Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare

This category is for students of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sport science etc.
Medical students should submit to Medical Sciences and students of Pharmacy should submit to Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 2,500 – 5,000


The Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare category was first introduced at the Undergraduate Awards 2014, in response to a growing interest from students within the related fields. Last year’s winning paper was submitted by Amy Lewis of Western University, Canada with a paper entitled ‘Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Initiatives for Inuit Youth in Canada’. The paper explores the negative impact that the loss of culture and community in the post-colonial era has had on the wellbeing and mental health of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, particularly among the youth.

In conclusion, Amy argues that suicide has many contribution factors, with the themes of peer and intergenerational discord recurring among Inuit suicide statistics. To tackle this, the paper argues that sociopolitical action must go hand in hand with preventative measures such as guidance from elders and a focus on mental health initiatives.

According to the judges, Amy’s paper was an excellent review of the issues, that include major policy implications for not only the nursing profession, but also the provincial and political systems:

Indigenous health is a global health issue, with the impacts of colonisation being experienced globally. The loss of Indigenous ways of knowing, experiences of cultural erasure, and the effects on young people today make this paper, while set in Canada, extremely relevant to populations globally.”

Amy Lewis is a recent graduate of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and is now in the first year of the Master of Science in Nursing Program. Amy is commended for her academic achievements during her undergraduate studies, receiving the Arthur Labatt Family Graduate Scholarship in Nursing, and the Dr. Edith M. McDowell Award for highest average entering master’s level nursing studies.

Her passions include research, education, and political advocacy, which flourished during her experience as a research assistant for the Mental Health Nursing Research Alliance at Lawson Health Research Institute in London. She is also focusing on a leadership role as the Co-President of ASPIRE, the Alliance of Students Providing Interprofessional Resources and Education, to integrate a student-led clinic in London, Ontario that provides health promotion, education, and primary care services in the community.

A Highly Commended entry by Trinity College Dublin student Grace Murphy in 2016 is also an illuminating read. ‘Lateral Violence in Nursing: Does Our Compassion End at the Bedside?’ explores the issue of nurses mistreating colleagues, so-called lateral violence due to the wealth of research that has been developed to investigate the issue and discover its causation. The consensus among the literature Grace reviewed is that lateral violence is a significant problem in the nursing profession, one that is particularly acute among student nurses, seen as the group most vulnerable to abuse. By way of identifying a solution, the paper advocates for educational practices that highlight what constitutes lateral violence.

If you would like to find out how to submit to The Undergraduate Awards 2018 click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners papers or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Category Spotlight: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

This category is for students of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, including Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology.
Students of Biology or Biochemistry please submit to Life Sciences

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count:  2,500 – 12,000


Last year’s Global Winner, Phillip Karpati from the University of Sydney, penned a paper entitled “Selenium-Mediated Peptide Ligations At Proline- Proline Junctions”

In Phillip’s extract he explains how in the last decade there has been a surge in the number of polypeptide therapeutics, approved for the treatment of numerous diseases, ” meaning there is a need for technologies to efficiently access these biomolecules”. The paper points out the limitations of current Native Chemical Ligation (NCL) methodologies and assesses the benefits of the “advent of thiolated and selenolated amino acids In Conjunction With Desulfurization And Deselenization reactions have Significantly widened the scope of NCL to include more naturally abundant amino acids”. This revolutionary method has made it possible for ligations at the most difficult junction; the proline-proline junction.

 Phillip Karpati

According to one of last year’s judges,

 

This paper represents a novel way to synthesize peptides and ultimately lead to the first total synthesis of a peptide with therapeutic properties. This paper, in my opinion, is written at a near graduate student level.

Since submitting to the Undergraduate Awards in 2017, Phillip is now a first year PhD student in Chemistry working in the area of protein synthesis and its applications in developing therapeutics. He has completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) where he went on to win the University Medal – awarded by the University Senate, before receiving the prestigious Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

The 2015 Overall Winner in the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category was Ying Kai Loh  from Nanyang Technological University, with his paper “Capturing a Dicationic Phosphorus Mononitride Containing a P=N Double Bond”

Ying Kai Loh

In 2014, Ying Kai Loh successfully isolated a compound containing a rare B=O double bond and published it as first author in Chemical Communications. In 2015, he was first to capture the fleeting [PN]²⁺ molecule and published it as first author in Inorganic Chemistry.

Ying Kai Loh was awarded the prestigious A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore) Undergraduate Scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. During his undergraduate stint, he was placed in the Dean’s list in Chemistry and the Chairman’s Honours List in A*STAR for two consecutive years. In his final semester, he embarked on an exchange programme with University College London.

We are really excited to see the incoming submissions to the 2018 Programme because of the top-quality research being completed by undergraduate students in this field. If you would like to find out how to submit click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners papers or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Judging Chair Spotlight: Barry Sheehan (Architecture & Design)

We are thrilled to have Barry Sheehan back as Judging Chair of Architecture & Design for The Undergraduate Awards 2018.


Barry Sheehan at The Undergraduate Awards 2017

Barry Sheehan at UA 2017

 Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head of the Dublin School of Creative Arts, in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). DIT is one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative university-level institutions and is also one of UA’s Partners. He was formerly the Managing Director of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects. An Architect by Profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from Architecture and Interior Design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. The work of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects has appeared in several magazines and newspapers as well as on television.

He is a regular commentator on Design matters in the national media. In 2014 he set up Assigned Certifier Consultants with Paul Sweeney. He is a guest lecturer and critic at many of Design courses throughout Ireland. He has previously tutored Interior Architecture in Griffith College Dublin and Product Design in DIT. His Clients included Vodafone, Hertz, Fuji, CIE, Viacom Outdoor and The Heritage Council.

Barry is a dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Professional Design Programme and is Programme Leader of The Dublin Project MA. He is a frequent guest lecturer and critic for many design courses throughout Ireland.

As well as  being the Judging Chair of UA 2017 Barry has judged many design competitions and awards including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards.

Barry Sheehan with DIT students at The Undergraduate Awards 2017

Barry Sheehan with DIT students at UA 2017

Barry is actively involved in numerous design organisations. He is Chairperson of Design Week and a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and Vice Chairman of Design Ireland. He has been keenly involved in Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital and is a Pivot Dublin partner. He is Past President of the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union and former President of Little League Baseball Ireland.

If you are interested in becoming a judge for UA 2018, please email judging@undergraduateawards.com or complete this form.
 Have a look at how previous judges have commented on the experience.

Word Count Requirements Updated For Undergraduate Awards 2018

Word Count Limits

For written work, the word count must be between 2,500-5,000 words, with the exception of the following categories, which can be up to 12,000 words long: For the portfolio-based categories, Visual Arts and Architecture & Design, please find the Submission Guidelines here. Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Computer Science Earth & Environmental Sciences Engineering Life Sciences Mathematics & Physics Medical Sciences There is a 10% leeway on the maximum word count. For example, if your maximum word count is 5,000, your paper can be up to 5,500 words. Papers that are over or under the required word count will be disqualified.

 

Portfolio-based Categories

1. Architecture and Design:

Analytical or critical papers on the subject of architecture or design should be submitted to the Art History & Theory category. Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and a Statement between 300 – 1,500 words, explaining their work.Entrants to Architecture & Design DO NOT submit an Abstract.

2. Visual Arts

Analytical or critical papers on the subject of art should be submitted to Art History & Theory. Students of Product Design should submit to Architecture & Design. Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and an Artist’s Statement between 200-300 words, explaining their work. Entrants to Visual Arts DO NOT submit an Abstract.

The following elements DO contribute to the word count: Footnotes, In-text Citations, Image/figure captions – included

The following elements DO NOT contribute to the word count: Abstract, Appendix, Bibliography or Works Cited Pages, Submission title, Table of contents, List of abbreviations, Tables of figures.

Abstract Word Count

 

Abstracts must be between 100-300 words in length. There is a 10% leeway on the upper word limit.

Appendix

If you have a small additional piece of information that is pushing you over the word count, you are allowed to place it in the appendix and refer to it in your paper. It is important that entrants do not abuse the appendices and included more information than necessary.

Learn more about how to submit to this year’s Undergraduate Awards here.

 

Category Spotlight: Classical Studies and Archaeology

 “I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future”        ~ Theodore Roosevelt

The Classical Studies and Archaeology category was introduced in 2014. This category is for students of Archaeology and Classical Studies, including students of Ancient History, Ancient Civilisations, Celtic Studies etc. Students of History who wish to submit a paper on Ancient History, should also submit to this category. Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.


        Melanie Hechenberger- Global Winner 2017

Last year’s winner in the category was Melanie Hechenberger from Monash University, with a paper entitled : The Origin Of Writing In Egypt: Administrative Or Ceremonial? 

The paper concentrates on the long-standing debate over the origin of writing in Ancient Egypt. The pivotal question at the centre of this debate is ” Which theme is the more likely stimulus for the creation of writing?” In Melanie’s abstract, she explains,

“In This Paper, I Examine Both Branches Of Debate With The Design Of Assembling The Arguments In One Place Of Reference As Well As Determining Which Theory Is The Most Plausible Explanation For The Origin Of Writing Through A Comparative Analysis Of The Arguments With Reference To The Burial Context In Which The Source Material Is Found.”

According to the judges, Melanie’s submission is:

A wonderful piece which deals with a very complex issue showcasing the quality of an already mature scholar.

   Alicia Núñez García receiving her Global Medal

The 2016 winning paper was submitted by Alicia Núñez García from the University of Edinburgh. The paper named: Modern appropriation of past material culture: fostering ‘soft’ nationalisms in Mediterranean Europe through meaning, memory, and identity, raised the question “What is the purpose of past material culture appropriation as national and regional images in the 21st century and how could archaeology raise awareness of this phenomenon? ”

Since becoming a Global Winner at the Undergraduate Awards, Alicia graduated with a first-class honours in Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations. She has undergone diverse archaeological fieldwork throughout Europe ranging from the Mesolithic to postmedieval times. She has also completed a community archaeology placement with Archaeology Scotland and attended a course on Greek archaeology with the British School at Athens.

She is currently pursuing a postgraduate MA in Experimental Archaeology at the University of Exeter, Alicia is hoping to integrate this hands-on approach with her research interests in outreach, public archaeology and theoretical issues – including symmetrical theory, questions of materiality, and queer and feminist theory. Alicia is also an avid practicer of Capoeira, an aspiring writer and an enthusiast of idealism.

We are particularly excited to see the incoming submissions to the 2018 Programme because of the top-quality research being completed by undergraduate students in this field. If you would like to find out how to submit click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners papers or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Category Spotlight: Literature

The literature category is a very popular here at The Undergraduate Awards. The category is filled with papers that cover a wide range of topics.

The 2017 Global Winner was Noah Fields from Brown University. Their paper was entitled “Men reading Jane Austen: Close writing across gender scripts”. The paper poses questions such as “what exactly is subversive about men reading and moreover, like Jane Austen? How did Austen come to signify, among male readers, effeminacy? And How does Austen reconsider and reform masculinity and what are the implications for male readers who cross identify with Austen such as D.A Miller and Joseph Litvak?”.

The judges commented that “Austen studies is a massively well trawled field and its impressive to see an undergraduate student able to carve out an original angle of thinking in this area. Well written, lively, intelligent and engaging.”

As St Patrick’s day is fast approaching we will take a look at some of our UA literature papers that focus on some of our favourite Irish writers.

Ellen Howley from University College Dublin was the 2014 Programme Winner in the Literature category. She analysed the poetry of Seamus Heaney, one of Irelands greatest poets. Seamus Heaney was awarded The Noble Prize for Literature in 1995. Ellen’s paper was entitled “Seamus Heaney’s Plateaus: Transitions between air, ground and underground, and the relationship between the local and the imaginative.” She applied Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome theory to key poems written by Heaney over the course of his career. She chose this theory as it is “particularly fruitful in elucidating the non-hierarchical, connectedness of air, ground and underground in Heaney’s poetry.”

A 2017 Highly Commended essay by Faezah Zulkifli from Nanyang Technological University focused on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Joyce is one of Ireland’s most notable writers and influenced writers such as Samuel Beckett. Faezah paper was entitled “Anatomizing the Circulatory System in the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis The City and the Circulation of History in James Joyce’s Ulysses”The paper focused on the opening of the Aeolus episode, arguing that the city in Ulysses is “presented as a conduit through which history is circulated around Dublin and by extension, Ireland, through the movement around the city”. Ultimately through Faezah’s findings exposes how this movement paints Joyce’s picture of Dublin to the reader.

These are just some of the incredible essays written by undergraduate students. Here at the Undergraduate Awards we are excited to see what will be submitted to the Literature category in the 2018 programme. Click here to learning more on How to Submit to the 2018 programme.

All Highly commended and Global Winning papers can be found on The Undergraduate Awards Library.

Category Spotlight: Music, Film and Theatre

Previously, students of Music, Drama, and Film Studies could submit their works to the Media & The Arts category, which later became the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category. In 2017, it was decided that  Music, Film & Theatre should constitute a category in its own right given its performance-base nature along with the quality and quantity of papers submitted.

The category is introduced to celebrate the work of students studying courses such as Musical Theory, Musicology, History of Music, Music Technology, Theatre, Dramatic Theory, Performance, Theatre History, Stage Management, Script Analysis, Film Studies, Cinema Studies, and more.

Entry for the category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

The 2017 Global Winner of the Music, Film and Theatre category was Conor Brennan from Trinity College Dublin. His paper was entitled All those who no longer are, are there”: Between what lasts and what is lost in the passing on of ‘The Last Witnesses’”.

His paper impressed the judges “in examining a specific example of performance, it manages both to capture the intimate and the epic dimensions of memory and reflection”.

Conor Brennan was also Highly Commended for two papers in the Literature Category. Have a look at Conor’s Winning paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library.

We look forward to receiving submissions for this year’s Music, Film and Theatre category. Thinking about submitting The Undergraduate Awards? We have 25 categories that you can submit to.

Submit today for The Undergraduate Awards 2018 Programme.

If you are interested in Judging for The Undergraduate Awards 2018 programme, Click here.

We’re Hiring – Communications Intern!

The Undergraduate Awards is now accepting applications for the position of Communications Intern. For more information, read on!

The Company

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is a prestigious and international academic awards programme, now the largest academic awards programme in the world. The programme is an independent, Irish not-for-profit company with university partners and affiliates around the world. UA is pan-discipline and aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognising their best coursework. Each year, The Undergraduate Awards bring together Winners and Highly Commended Entrants to a 3-day global summit in Dublin.

The Role

This broad role will include a variety of responsibilities within the area of project management, communications, research, promotion and marketing. The candidate will be involved in the following:

  • Promotion and Communication of the programme nationally and internationally in advance of our submissions deadline in June.
  • Data management and statistics assessment ahead of the submissions deadline.
  • Assisting with the Global Campus Ambassador programme and speaking to students about the programme to promote UA on campuses around the world.
  • Social media management and content creation.
  • Brainstorms within the company about expanding the programme.

Activities

You will be working on projects as part of the team, such as:

  • Creating the UA Art Exhibition.
  • Promotion of the awards programme ahead of the deadline.
  • Emailing SUs/lecturers/students and other relevant contacts using our brand new marketing platform Hubspot.
  • Screening submissions for anonymity and wordcount following the submissions deadline.
  • Designing promotional materials for UA’s Communications Pack with Canva, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Maintaining the UA website and blogging about our alumni and partner institutions.

The Person

The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, creative, driven individual who is not afraid to ask questions.

These are the desirable attributes the ideal candidate will bring to the team:

  • Creative problem-solving and logic.
  • Great communication skills.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and Google Apps.
  • Good phone manner.
  • Can work independently.
  • Quick learner.
  • A familiarity with design programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Canva is preferred but not required.
  • Must hold an undergraduate degree.
  • Must be eligible to work in Ireland.

Terms

  • 6 month Internship: February 2018 – August 2018
  • Monday – Friday – 8am-10am until 4pm-6pm  (flexible start-finish times)
  • €195 gross per week (paid monthly)
  • Office lifestyle benefits (breakfast, lunch & snacks, Leapcard etc)

The Undergraduate Awards is located in Dublin City Centre: 65 Great Strand St, Dublin 1.

How to apply:

To apply simply send your CV and a short cover letter outlining why you wish to work with The Undergraduate Awards to Lara Coyle at lara@undergraduateawards.com by the 25th January at 12PM GMT.

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