UPresent: Island of Ireland

Where: The Helix @ Dublin City University

When: February 2nd, 2017. From 9.00 to 16.00
  • All 2016 UA Highly Commended Entrants and Winners from the Island of Ireland are invited to attend. 
  • Academics and other members of staff from Institutes of Higher Education on the Island of Ireland will also be in attendance. 
  • If you are interested in attending the event please contact Fíodhna on fiodhna@undergraduateawards.com 
How much: This event is free of charge.

A Global Programme with an Irish Focus

The Helix Theatre in DCU, where Highly Commended Entrants will be presenting their research on February 2nd.

When it was founded in 2008, The Undergraduate Awards, then the Irish Undergraduate Awards, was a small initiative focused solely on students from Ireland’s seven universities. Since expanding internationally in 2012, UA has brought together top-performing students from every corner of the globe. We are devoted to levelling the global playing field and are proud to accept submissions from students in any Institute of Higher Education worldwide.

We are always looking to expand our global reach, but also simultaneously to celebrate our Irish connection and all the students, academics and institutional staff on the Island of Ireland who have continued to support UA since the inception of the programme. 

With that in mind, we are excited to announce a new event – UPresent: Island of Ireland! 

Celebrating Achievements, Sharing Knowledge

Wayne Egan from IT Sligo presents his research on Enniscrone beach.

On the 2nd of February, all 2016 UA Highly Commended Entrants and Winners from the Island of Ireland are invited to present their papers and to officially receive their certificates at The Helix in DCU.

This event is designed with two main goals in mind. Firstly, we wanted to create an opportunity for UA Highly Commended Entrants from the Island of Ireland to celebrate their achievements with their family and friends. These students and recent graduate were placed in the top 10% of their field globally in The Undergraduate Awards 2016. Undergraduate study can often be a solitary and gruelling time, with few opportunities to step back and acknowledge all the fruits of this hard work. We’d like to take this chance to officially present the 2016 Highly Commended Entrants with their certificates, in a celebration of their world-class undergraduate research. 

Secondly, one of UA’s founding missions is to share the millions of pages filled with the ideas of undergraduate students that are otherwise left to just sit on a shelf gathering dust. At UPresent: Island of Ireland Highly Commended Entrants will present their innovative work in under 3 minutes each. Each Highly Commended Entrant will summarise their research for the diverse audience and hopefully make everyone else as passionate about their work as they are! Academics are also invited to attend the presentations and sample some of the top undergraduate research accomplished on the Island of Ireland today.

We hope all attendees will leave the day with a new understanding of different disciplines and topics, and maybe even find some like-minded people with whom to collaborate. 


9am: Tea & coffee
09:30am: Welcome speech on the subject of inter-disciplinary research
10am – 12pm: UPresent: Presentations 1-20
12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 3pm: UPresent: Presentations 21-40
3pm – 4pm: Highly Commended Entrants certificate ceremony and a closing speech from a VIP speaker.

We will supply all attendees with a full schedule of presentations once they have been confirmed.

Onwards and Upwards…

We hope that this day will become a catalyst for more regional UPresent events throughout UA’s seven regions, and that UPresent: Island of Ireland can become a staple of the Irish University calendar.

For now though, we’ll see you on the 2nd of February at The Helix!

If you need some inspiration, have a look below at some UA Winners presenting at the UA Global Summit 2014:

                              Lauren Ouellette from Western University presents on The Bioarchaeology of Care

                          Daniel McKay from Australian National University presents on his paper:
               Dust and Bluster: An historical evaluation of the political discourse on drought in Australia

Elena Butti from Utrecht University presents her paper:
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