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The UA Global Summit 2022 was hosted in Dublin and took place over four days from 6–9 November 2022.

It was the first fully in-person event in three years and we were beyond grateful to be able to welcome you all back to Dublin, Ireland.

Learn more about the UA Global Summit 2022 below:

Summit Locations

Blackhall Place

Since 1978, Blackhall Place has housed the headquarters for the Law Society of Ireland, the representative and regulatory body for solicitors in the State. The building itself dates back to the 1600s, featuring substantial renovations through the centuries including fine plasterwork of the Georgian period and stained glass windows by the Irish artist, Evie Hone. This year’s UA Global Summit will give insight into this historic building and the home of an essential organisation for the legal profession.

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

King’s Inns, Ireland’s oldest law school will be the host of this year's Gala Dinner. Located on Henrietta Street, King’s Inns was established in 1541. As an institution, it provides legal education and training for all aspiring barristers in Ireland. It is also comprised of benchers, including all those on the Supreme Court of Ireland. The Gala Dinner this year will provide a chance to see inside this historic institution, where many famous legal figures have studied over the past centuries.

The Church

The unique 17th Century, 320 year old Church stands tall and proud on the corner of Mary and Jervis Street in Dublin city centre. Since its restoration, it has become a hive of activity, bringing cultures, friends and families together, and in a roundabout way, fulfilling its original purpose. The Church will host our welcome reception on Sunday evening, where attendees can get to know each other before the Summit begins.

Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Jameson Distillery Bow St. is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971. Founded by John Jameson in 1780, today the former factory stands as a monument to Irish Whiskey.
In 2018, Jameson Distillery Bow St. was awarded the ‘World’s Leading Distillery Tour’ at the 25th World Travel Awards.
Summit attendees will have the unique opportunity to visit Jameson Distillery for our Monday evening social event, where they'll take part in a guided tour and a whiskey-tasting session. This is a great chance to learn more about Ireland's most popular whiskey and to catch up and network after the first day of the conference.
During the event, our 2022 Highly Commended Entrants will be awarded their certificate of recognition.

Speakers & Workshops

Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney is one of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV Presenters, Broadcaster, Activist and Designer.
Using his profile to advocate for equality in the areas of health, housing, age and gender, he recently achieved first-class honours in Europe's first Masters of Business (MBA) Degree in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
Brendan was one of the key public faces of the ‘Yes Equality’ Marriage Referendum and as Ireland's first openly Gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBTQ, age and housing. He is a regular corporate speaker on Equality, Inclusion & Diversity to audiences across the Globe.
His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story inspires awareness and makes an impact for positive change.

Eoin Goulding

Eoin Goulding is the Founder and CEO of Integrity360, an industry-leading cyber security
specialist. A serial entrepreneur, Eoin has a strong background in various IT sectors. He established Integrity360 in 2005 after Align Technology, the firm he was working for, decided to exit the Irish market. Integrity360 has since grown to be one of the leading Cyber security companies in Europe with clients across a broad spectrum of industries, more than 320 employees, and a turnover of €100 million.

Jen McMillen

Jen McMillen is a senior post-secondary leader with more than 20 years’ experience in student affairs, human rights and policy development.
For more than 20 years, Jen has been dedicated to student development, engagement and success. As vice-provost for students at Toronto Metropolitan University, Jen oversees the direction of multiple units dedicated to ensuring student programs, experiences and services are of the highest quality and readily accessible to all students.
Jen is passionate about diversity, leadership, trust, team building, communication and civic responsibility.

Isaac Garcia-Sitton

An accomplished former diplomat, Isaac Garcia-Sitton currently serves as the Inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Toronto Metropolitan University in Canada. Isaac’s efforts to positively impact immigrant communities has been recognized by being named one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2018 and as a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner in 2020. He is a PhD candidate in Education at York University and his research interest focuses on immigration policy-making as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Canada.

Patrick J. Rigney

Patrick J Rigney is the founder and owner of The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, the first distillery in Connacht in a century, and is the mind behind Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. For three decades, Rigney has been instrumental in establishing Irish drinks brands as global leaders, including the world’s number 1 selling liqueur, Baileys. As Executive Director, Patrick innovated the twin-bottle Sheridan’s Irish Cream Liqueur, and became known across the industry as a creative entrepreneur with a ‘maverick’ edge. Patrick owns Fastnet Brands, co-founded the Dalcassian Wines and Spirits Company, and more recently invested in Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, Horseware Products Ltd, and The Walsh Distillery Company.

Jim Barry

Jim Barry is Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group and Co-Head of Global Infrastructure Debt. Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive of NTR plc from 2000, having previously served as Assistant Chief Executive and General Manager of Development. Jim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Jim is on the Council of Patrons of Special Olympics Ireland and is a board member of The Ireland Funds. He also sits on a number of Advisory Boards related to activities in University College Cork and Harvard Business School.

Workshop: Re-engaging diplomatic skills for youth on the Island

For this year’s Global Summit in Dublin, we are hosting a new, non-formal learning workshop “Re-engaging diplomatic skills for youth on the Island” for students from Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This capacity-building workshop will target the transversal skills most requested in the workforce: communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, and conflict management. Development of these skills can not only increase employability but can critically enhance the Island of Ireland’s future ability to maintain peace and continue to engage in meaningful cross-border diplomacy.

Academics' Panel

The Academics' Panel will be led by four of our UA Judges, who will address the following question: “The university after Covid: how has the pandemic altered the life of the academic?”

  • Dr. Astrid Sasse, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin
    Chair Judge of the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category
  • Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Ulster University
    Chair Judge of the Literature Category
  • Prof. Tahar Kechadi, Professor of Computer Science, University College Dublin
    Chair Judge of the Computer Science Category
  • Prof. Sophie Roland, Chair of Music Performance Studies, Western University
    Judge of the Music, Film & Theatre category


Generator Dublin

Situated in the vibrant quarter of Smithfield, Generator Dublin is located next to the historic Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. With its reclaimed wood, exposed brickwork and original stonework, this unique hostel has an unruffled, industrial feel. The Generator’s ideal location near the city centre coupled with excellent transport links (Dublin Bus, Luas) means that it is also close to several major attractions such as Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, and Temple Bar. This is where our 25 Global Winners will stay.

Maldron Hotel Smithfield

Located just 5 minutes on foot from Blackhall Place, The Maldron Hotel boasts 92 well-appointed, contemporary guest bedrooms, including 7 superb junior suites all designed to ensure you have a pleasant stay. With many attractions within walking distance, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring Dublin.

As our official accommodation partner for the UA Global Summit 2022, attendees can avail of preferential rates at Maldron Hotel Smiethfield through a unique promo code upon registration. Email us at summit@undergraduateawards to learn more.

Attendees may also make alternative accommodation arrangements if they wish.

Discover Dublin

Steeped in rich history and culture, Dublin is the contemporary centre for education, the arts, and industry in Ireland, and home to The Global Undergraduate Awards. The modest capital has grown to become one of Europe's most exciting cities. We invite you to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes that this thriving city has to offer.

Phoenix Park

Located just outside the city centre, Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in Europe and home to about 400 fallow deer. The residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, built in 1754 is located in the park. Dublin Zoo, with more than 400 species and the third oldest zoo in the world is also located within the park.

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse located in The Liberties is home to the beverage that has come to define Irish identity internationally. Learn about how the world famous stout is made and the secret to the "perfect pint" at the Gravity Bar which offers a sweeping panoramic view of Dublin's skyline.

EPIC Musuem

You won't find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you’ll discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are.

St Stephen's Green

Situated at the top of Grafton Street, St Stephen's Green offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping district. Our recommendation is to stop by Fallon and Byrne nearby on Exchequer Street to pick up a few nibbles and drinks for a nice picnic on the lush green spaces.

Temple Bar

No guide to Dublin is complete without mentioning the colourful cobbled streets of Temple Bar. During the day there are shops and galleries to discover. At night, the numerous pubs come alive with music and banter as the party spills out onto its streets and lanes.


What is the UA Global Summit?

Our annual Global Summit is a unique 3-day event for undergraduate students and academics.

The summit aims to impress upon attendees the importance of leadership, while equipping them with the knowledge necessary to further their careers, their ideas and their research.

What should I expect from the Summit?

  • Presentations from our 2022 Global Winners;
  • Inspirational speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries;
  • Workshops;
  • Social events;
  • A chance to network with your peers and academics.

Can I bring a guest?

You are more than welcome to bring a guest along with you to celebrate your accomplishment!
They can purchase their ticket on Eventbrite. If they choose an option including the Gala Dinner, they can write in the dedicated space your name so we can make sure you'll be sitting next to each other.

Who can fund my ticket?

We advise students to seek funding from their institutions to cover the cost of the conference. Your supervisor or head of department can help you with this.

It's an incredible opportunity to meet and connect with your peers, explore what happens outside of your industry, and come away with new ideas and inspiration.

If you have any queries relating to The UA Global Summit, please contact us at