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Hello From UA: Dates for your calendar!

We have been relatively quiet on the social media front, but things are rarely quiet behind-the-scene.

As we approach mid-July, papers have now moved on to stage 2 of 4 of the 2017 Judging Process with our Judging Panels hard at work assessing this year’s top undergraduate projects and papers.

For the 2017 programme, we’ve gathered 337 notable academics from 144 institutions in 35 different countries for the world’s largest virtual academic judging process. The process generally runs from the end of June until the beginning of September and is divided into 4 stages.

Speaking about the Judging Process, Dr David Irwin, the 2016 Judging Chair of the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category said:

One thing that struck me about the essays was the breadth of knowledge and the discipline of structure…I don’t like to use the word brilliant, but they truly were brilliant. Once we were down to the last ten we were wondering how we could separate perfection from perfection.


As the Judging Process comes to a close, the Highly Commended Entrants (the top 10%) of the 2017 Programme will be identified and announced on Friday, September 8, so do make sure to keep an eye out on all our social media! The Winner list will be announced shortly after.

Save the Date: The 2017 UA Global Summit

Every year, we bring together the brightest and most innovative students in the world for the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland. A three-day event for the 2017 Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants, they will have the opportunity to present their work and mix with a truly international group of similarly minded, high-potential scholars.

An exclusive event, only Global Winners in each of the 25 categories are guaranteed attendance, while Regional Winners and Highly Commended Entrants have the chance to purchase a limited number of tickets.

This year, the Global Summit will take place from the 7th – 9th November. Official invitations will be sent out once we have announced the Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants. In the mean time, do save the dates for your diary!

Watch what the 2016 alumni have to say about last year’s Global Summit below:

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