Civic Engagement Office

President's Awards for Engagement 2016

Winners - 2016

DCU President's Awards for Engagement 2015 - Winners

The awards were presented by the DCU President at a ceremony on Monday 25th April 2016 in The Gallery, The Helix. 


The President’s Award for Engagement is designed to celebrate the engagement of staff and students in the life of the wider community and to make awards for the top entries in the Staff and Student categories.

The award will consist of four awards as follows:

  • President's Award for Engagement -- Staff Category  €1000
  • Special Merit Award-- Staff Category €500
  • President's Award for Engagement -- Student Category €1000
  • Special Merit Award-- Student Category €500

Who is Eligible for the Award?
All staff and students at DCU and the incorporating colleges are welcome to apply for this award.  Individuals who have previously received an award must wait two years before being eligible again.

This award will recognise outstanding contributions by staff and students to the engagement mission of DCU.  Engagement is defined widely to embrace civic engagement, public engagement, enterprise engagement, sustainability engagement and student engagement. Entries can cut across the various areas of engagement and these are outlined here purely as a guide.

 Civic engagement
These are initiatives involving community partners that are committed to social regeneration and community empowerment. It may also include direct engagement by students and staff in community development.
 Public engagement
Through public engagement, be it through the media or other avenues, DCU staff play an active role in the wider debates in society around the future of the city and the nation. Making a mark, making a difference are key attributes in this domain.
 Enterprise engagement
There are clear links between civic and enterprise engagement as recognized by the higher education strategy. This area highlights social enterprise which promotes social regeneration and local economic development.
 Sustainability engagement
This area recognises the need to balance economic, environmental and social factors through all our activities, teaching and learning, research and innovation, our own campus operations as well as through our engagements with businesses and the community to create a sustainable future for all. 
 Student engagement
Students and student Clubs and Societies who are involved in activities which influence the wider community are asked to put themselves or their group forward for this award. This category includes charity work, volunteering, social enterprises or any other activity in which students engage at a local, national or international level.

Individuals or groups can self-nominate or they can be nominated by colleagues or community or other appropriate external agencies. Endorsements from community and enterprise partners are also of course welcomed.  Please fill in this form:

The following are criteria by which the submissions will be judged: 
1: Fit with DCU Engagement Strategic Objectives
2: Internal Impact - Impact on the Wider DCU Community
3: External Impact - Community Relevance
4: Sustainability

The selection process will be conducted by a panel established by the university's Civic Engagement Forum will comprise representatives from both academic and administrative staff,  students, as well as an external member. The President will sign off on the nominees put forward.

Nominees are invited to submit an A0 poster (preferably landscape) for display at the event. Please bring your poster to D203, The Bea Orpen Building, DCU (FAO: Natalja Matease) or email your artwork in a high resolution PDF file format to by the 18th April 2016 at the latest.   


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