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We vote yes for Marriage Equality!

With only two weeks to go to the Irish Marriage Equality referendum, the team here at The Undergraduate Awards wanted to do something to show our support. We will be voting Yes on May 22nd.  We support Ireland in becoming a more equal society and we believe that everyone in Ireland should have the same rights no matter who you love.

The UA team will help make history by voting Yes in this referendum and improving the lives and mental health of all LGBT people in Ireland.  We want to make Ireland a more equal place for our LGBT friends and loved ones.

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The Undergraduate Awards has signed up to Business for Yes Equality.

Our companies are committed to ensuring equality in the workplace. Ensuring our lesbian and gay employees are not discriminated against in wider Irish society helps us achieve this goal. Civil marriage equality will send a very clear signal to our employees and customers that Ireland is committed to equality and diversity.

All our closest European countries have civil marriage equality. The introduction of civil marriage equality here will help Ireland retain our lesbian and gay employees and their skills.

Ireland has a strong reputation for openness, inclusion and diversity across the world. Civil marriage equality will protect our reputation and enhance our ability to attract diverse international business and talent.
Enabling loving, committed couples to be civilly married, regardless of their sexual orientation will contribute to a stronger economy and a better Ireland.

 

Owen, Grace and Nuala from The UA team have been canvassing and campaigning over the last few weeks, taking to the streets of Dublin City and Co. Mayo to talk to our neighbours, friends, family and fellow towns folk.  Owen will join the Yes Equality bus which is touring Ireland over the next two weeks.  Take a look at the Yes Equality campaign bus departing from Dublin last week, including a quick interview with our lovely photographer, Aifric (Thanks Aifric, we look amazing!) Yes Equality Bus.

Google, one of our corporate sponsors has released a video today on supporting marriage equality.

For more information on the upcoming referendum Check out the following sites:

Spunout.ie

Irishtimes.ie

If on May 22nd we mobilise like we have done in the run up to this referendum and vote for equality for all in the polls, then we will be able to enjoy and celebrate a more inclusive Ireland together. We hope to see you for celebrations on May 23rd!

Google AdCamp Invites Top Students to Apply

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Corporate partner to The Undergraduate Awards, Google have an exciting initiative available to students!  Google AdCamp is a unique opportunity for students interested in developing their skills in online sales and advertising.  The AdCamp program is a 3 day, all expenses paid camp that offers a collaborative curriculum focused on Google’s advertising sales and services operations, an overview of Google’s ad products and insight into the industry.

There are 45 places available to current university students who will graduate in Nov-Dec 2015, 2016 or 2017, from a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa.  Students will be selected to participate in the AdCamp experience at the Google EMEA office in Dublin. Participants will get the opportunity to meet with Googlers and interns, compete in a case competition, participate in social activities and get an inside look into helping small and medium businesses thrive. The AdCamp program will be taking place from September 2nd to September 4th at Google’s office in Dublin, Ireland and Wroclaw, Poland (participants will be allocated at Google’s discretion).

Google have office headquarters located in regions around the world including EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), United States, Southeast Asia & Australia/Singapore. This opportunity is only available in the EMEA office and students applying must be current undergraduates in the EMEA region also.  Applications for AdCamp in all other regions are now closed.

 

To Apply Students Must:

  • Be a current student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Be a current student in a country in Europe, Middle-East or Africa.
  • Be graduating in 2016 or 2017. Students graduating in November – December 2015 are eligible.
  • Demonstrated experience or internships in sales, customer support, account management, marketing or consulting.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Students who have participated in a Google program (AdCamp, BOLD, Google Student Ambassador programs) or Google internship in the past are not eligible to apply.
  • Be available to attend all three days of the program.
  • Be fluent in English, as all AdCamp program activities will be conducted in English.

 

Application Deadline – May 3, 2015, midnight GMT

Apply herePlease complete the form and include this unique invitation code: UA

Want to know more? Why not check out our AdCamp video or our blog post !

For any questions, reach out to the AdCamp team at adcamp-emea-team@google.com.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today, we celebrate Ireland, the land of Saints and Scholars. However, The Undergraduate Awards realise scholarship is not something tied to one particular geographic region. Much like the Irish diaspora, our reach as the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards is global. Our ever widening group of University Partners stretch right around the world from California to Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, our Affiliates connect universities and undergraduates from the regions in between.

Solidarity has benefited Irish people who have left this country for generations. Similarly too, collaboration between the UA’s brightest and most creative thinkers will undoubtedly forge a more thoughtful and engaging society for all.

We here at the UA wish all those who feel connected to and are part of our global Irish community a wonderful St. Patricks Day. Furthermore, we extend a warm Irish welcome those who wish to join us this year as Partners, Affiliates, supporters or judges.

Go raibh míle maith agat

The patron of our awards programme, and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, captures the unique importance of this celebration of cooperation and heritage eloquently in his following address:

UA Signs Up First African Affiliate University

The Undergraduate Awards is delighted to announce our first Affiliate University on the continent of Africa. University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa became the first African institution to sign up to the Undergraduate Awards earlier this month.

Wits University will join the 100+ institutions from across the globe who work with UA to promote the awards programme amongst their student bodies. We look forward to working with Wits University over the coming year and to welcoming submissions from students studying there.

To check out our full list of Affiliate Universities click here. If you’re a representative of a third-level institution and would like to learn more about affiliation with UA you can email Sally on sally@undergraduateawards.com.

Affiliate Universities Growing

The number of Affiliate Universities continues to grow. This week we’re announcing three more institutions who have recently signed up to the programme. The University of Leeds and the University of Strathclyde, in the UK; along with Western University, Canada, 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.

The Undergraduate Awards is committed to expanding our global reach. If you are a representative of a third-level institution and are interested in having that institution becoming a University Affiliate, then contact us!

New Affiliates in Canada, USA and Australia

This week we’re announcing three more institutions who have recently signed up to our Affiliate University programme. University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Connecticut, USA; and Australian National University, Australia 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.

The Undergraduate Awards is committed to expanding our global reach. 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 Alum attends Clinton Global Initiative

Last week, UA 2012 winner, Meicen Sun, attended the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, which took place in the Arizona State University. Meicen was the international category winner for International Relations and Politics. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Here’s what she had to say about her involvement with the CGI U and how UA helped her to get where she is today!

It was a little over a year after I won the 2012 Undergraduate Award when I got accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University conference. The acceptance came as a surprise. Used to reading books and writing papers, I’d long held the mistaken belief that the so-called start-up culture was an antithesis of academia. Even when CGI U later honored my project for its “exemplary approach” to addressing a global challenge, I was prepared to believe that I was one of CGI U’s “admissions mistakes.”

But upon a second thought, it all made sense. Whereas UA recognized my academic achievement, CGI U provided me with the validation to take it one step further into the real world. The issue of international justice has always been a major area of interest to me, and my CGI U project specifically examines the International Criminal Court’s prosecution of the Kenyan state leaders for crimes against humanity. Partly in an effort to balance depth and impact, I have adopted a two-pronged approach for my project: It will at once generate policy feedback for the ICC and the relevant UN agencies, and assist the victims of the Kenyan crisis following the violence. In so doing, I’m hoping to help establish a communication network for international justice facilitators, as well as an avenue for victims of injustice to express their needs.

Rather than a “distraction” from my academic coursework, I see my CGI U project as a logical extension. It gives me a special opportunity to both supplement theoretical learning with real-world experience and more importantly, to transform such learning into a concrete, positive impact that hopefully will gain its own momentum in the process. In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly counterproductive to treat “academia” and the “start-up scene” as two distinct if not opposing spheres. Instead, what we need to do is create synergy between these two tremendously energetic “poles” that can, and should reinforce each other.

My experience of attending CGI U just a few weeks ago confirmed my speculation that this trajectory was taking place around the globe. It was as inspiring to hear the distinguished individuals speak as it was to mingle with hundreds of brilliant young minds from all over the world, each with a big, bold idea. Ultimately for me, those three days in Arizona were about breaking boundaries, treading new grounds, and unleashing that creative, innovative energy that I never knew had existed within me.

“Let me get to know the guy/girl who has half of an idea that I can combine with my own,” said my friend and mentor Kyra Maya Phillips whom I met at the 2012 UA Summit. Those words have since stayed with me, as I have continued collecting numerous such “half ideas” while having my breath taken away time and again by just how quickly the imaginary boundaries retreat. Like UA, CGI U is yet another signpost that will remind me of the simple fact that the sky is the limit, and that plus est en vous.

Photograph: Barbara Kinney/Clinton Global Initiative. Meicen Sun pictured with NFL star, Jay Feely.

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 Bella@undergraduateawards.com

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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