Winners

Categories of Recognition

The Undergraduate Awards currently recognises entrants on three levels:

  1. Highly Commended Entrant
  2. Regional Winner
  3. Global Winner

All submissions are marked anonymously, with judges assessing the work for its originality, focus and rigorousness. If you want to learn more about the UA Judging Process, please click here.


Highly Commended Entrants

Entrants whose paper or project ranked in the top 10% of submissions to their category, are shortlisted as Highly Commended Entrants.

Highly Commended Entrants are recognised with:

  • A Certificate of Recognition.
  • Publication of their submission(s) on The Undergraduate Library.
  • Access to the UA Alumni Portal
  • Opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit.
    • There are a limited number of tickets available for Highly Commended Entrants and Regional Winners to attend the UA Global Summit. These tickets are sometimes funded by the entrant’s home Institution or financed by the entrant themselves.

Regional Winners

The highest performing Highly Commended Entrant in each Region is named a Regional Winner of their category.

In 2016, The Undergraduate Awards programme was split into seven regions: Africa & the Middle East; Asia; Europe; Island of Ireland; Latin America; Oceania; and USA & Canada. .

Between 2012-2015, UA also awarded Programme Winners. Programme Winners were the entrants with the highest performing submission from the Island of Ireland. UA no longer awards Programme Winners under the UA Regions system.

Regional Winners are recognised with:

  • A Certificate of Recognition
  • Publication of their submission on The Undergraduate Library.
  • Access to the UA Alumni Portal
  • Opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit.
    • There are a limited number of tickets available for Highly Commended Entrants and Regional Winners to attend the UA Global Summit. These tickets are sometimes funded by the Regional Winner’s home Institution or financed by the Winner themselves. Island of Ireland Regional Winners receive a free ticket to the UA Global Summit, financed by the Higher Education Authority, Ireland.

Global Winners

Entrants whose submission is selected as the best in their category are named Global Winners.

Before 2016, Global Winners were called Overall Winners.

Global Winners are recognised with:

  • A Gold Medal and a Certificate of Recognition.
  • Publication of their winning submission on The Undergraduate Library.
  • A profile of their work published in The Undergraduate Journal.
  • Access to the UA Alumni Portal.
  • A free ticket to the UA Global Summit.
  • Fully funded travel to attend the UA Global Summit.
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