President's Award for Engagement 2014
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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.
Deadline for receipt of nominations: 18th April 2014
The award will consist of two €1000 awards, one for a staff category and one for a student category. The award will be presented by the DCU President at a ceremony on Tuesday 27th May 2014 @ 12pm in The Gallery, The Helix.
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.
These are initiatives involving community partners that are committed to social regeneration and community empowerment. Impact on the community is particularly relevant as is the direct engagement of DCU schools and units.
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.
There are clear links between civic and enterprise engagement as recognized by the higher education strategy. This award will highlight social enterprise which promotes social regeneration and local economic development.
This area recognises the need to balance economic, environment 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.
Students who are involved in activities which influence people outside of the DCU campus 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 DCU students engage in a not-for-profit sense with the local or regional community.
Who is eligible for the award?
All staff and students at DCU and its affiliated colleges are welcome to apply for this award. Individuals who have previously received an award must wait two years before being eligible again.
How to nominate for the award
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. The criteria to address in an application are the mission statement and strategy of DCU . Please fill in this form: https://docs.google.com/a/dcu.ie/forms/d/1gqsVDU6sT-GnP51yhpW2QHsfJGjSHT1NCqLMjtnh5fE/viewform
The selection process will be conducted by a sub-committe of the Civic Engagement Forum. The President will sign off on the nominees put forward.
For further information please contact Professor Ronnie Munck, Head of Civic Engagement (Ronnie.email@example.com) or Natalja Matease, Administrator, Office of Civic Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).