The UA Global Summit

The Global Undergraduate Summit

Every year, The Undergraduate Awards welcomes 300 delegates to Dublin for three days of celebration, collaboration, talks and workshops, all aimed at fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and connecting students and recent graduates from around the world.

Perfect – three of the best days of my life so far. Gave me clarity to think through a few hard decisions about what direction I want my career to take and has affirmed some aspirations of mine.

Samantha Gordine, University of St. Andrews, Highly Commended 2013

Read about some of the main events that make up the Global Undergraduate Summit below or watch some videos of past UA Global Summits.


UPresent gives attendees the chance to take to the stage and present their papers and projects in three minutes or less. Each speaker 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. It is a fast-paced,
knowledge-filled whirlwind of an academic conference, sure to inspire and spark exciting ideas and conversations.

UPresent is often considered the highlight of the UA Global Summit, as the enthusiasm and intelligence of every single speaker creates a high-energy exciting atmosphere. 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.

You can watch some past UPresent presentations here.

The Colloquium

Set in the idyllic surroundings of Farmleigh House and Estate, The Colloquium is an inspiring day of talks and breakout sessions, featuring established academics and industry leaders. UA Global Summit attendees are encouraged to ask questions, get involved, and bring their own knowledge and experience to every conversation.

You never get tired of talking and listening when everyone’s saying something interesting
– Weng Sin Kan San, Overall Winner in Philosophy & Theology 2015

The Colloquium encourages a culture of inter-disciplinary cooperation among our attendees, as well as a sense of responsible leadership – to empower them to believe that they can and will be at the forefront of their respective fields in years to come. Previous speakers include a Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist, a choreographer, a film-producer-turned-educator, an astronaut, a philosopher and a political lawyer. Find out more about past speakers here.


UFair is a mini grad fair, where attendees get the opportunity to chat informally to representatives from UA Partner Institutions about employment, academic opportunities, funding advice and everything in between. Prior to the UA Global Summit, we research the attendees’ interests, match them with the appropriate course and Institution and organise one-to-one meetings and campus visits, where appropriate. Many UA attendees have gone on to pursue postgraduate courses from links established at UFair.

The Medal Presentation Ceremony

At the Medal Presentation Ceremony, we formally present the Global Winners of The Undergraduate Awards with their Gold Medals. This is also where the Keynote Speaker makes their address to attendees. Past Keynote Speakers have included philosopher A.C Grayling and Dr Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. The President of Ireland and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, also often make an appearance at the event, to congratulate all attendees.

The Ceremony takes place in City Hall, which was built between 1769 and 1779 to designs of architect Thomas Cooley and is a notable example of 18th century architecture in the city. It remained the centre of British government in Ireland until 1922 and today Dublin City Council meetings are held here.

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