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Trinity’s Business Student of the Year 2020

Winner Sinead McAleer, Final Year Computer Science and Business Student

Each year Trinity Business School, Trinity Business Alumni and Bank of Ireland come together to celebrate the achievements of students at Trinity Business School by selecting a winner to be awarded Trinity Business Student of the Year.

After careful consideration by a panel of experts, final year Computer Science and Business student Sinead McAleer has been selected as this year’s winner of the Trinity Business Student of the Year Award. The announcement was made on the 26th anniversary of the award programme, one of the most sustained and successful of all student awards in Ireland supported by Bank of Ireland and the Trinity Business Alumni. The Award recognises and celebrates undergraduate final year students who have achieved excellence in a number of categories, including academic, athletic, entrepreneurial, and social engagement.

Due to the ongoing situation with covid-19, the tradition of holding a ceremony to mark the occasion was postponed. With face-to-face interviews of each finalist off the table, the judging panel went digital and interviewed each candidate online via video calls. The panel, comprised of Trinity Business Alumni President Liam Booth, Ciara Flanagan from award sponsors Bank of Ireland and Sarah Jones from the Trinity Career Office, carefully considered an outstanding line-up of finalists, which included Brian O’Mahony, Dina Abu-Rahmeh, Charlie Butler, Kerrie Patterson, Sinead McAleer, and Migle Andrunaviciute.

During her time at Trinity, Sinéad has achieved academic excellence, while completing successful internships at JP Morgan and PwC. She played a key role in establishing the Trinity CoderDojo, a non-profit which has, to date, provided fun and free coding education to over 140 children. In second year, Sinéad co-founded a med-tech start-up, which aims to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare environments. This start-up went on to partake in Launchbox 2018 and compete internationally, securing a Gold Medal at the world's largest student start-up competition, Internet+in Xiamen, China. Additionally, she was the Vice-President of Trinity Entrepreneurial Societywas elected to the Trinity Hall JCR and was involved in the founding of the Trinity Business Review, an online business journal for students and alumni."

Commenting on the award, Trinity Business Almumni President Liam Booth said: I am delighted to say that we settled on an outstanding winner, Sinead McAleer (4th Year Business & Computer Science). As impressed and bowled over as we were with Sinead, the calibre of the other five candidates was equally impressive. They, too, have started their own businesses, and contributed to the College and wider community through charitable works, mentoring or championing causes such as mental health, diversity or international diplomacy. “

Commenting on her win, awardee Sinead McAleer said “I am very grateful to the Business School and Bank of Ireland for making this award possible. Previous winners have provided great inspiration to me in my own journey, and it is an honour to be considered in the same cohort as them. I will look back on my time at Trinity as much more than just earning a degree but as a period of my life where I was encouraged to explore and push my personal boundaries.

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, said that “The winner and finalists illustrate that our business education is a developmental journey that extends well beyond degree programmes and into the wider University eco-system comprising student societies, ventures and work experience.  The winner and fellow finalists not only maximised this learning potential but transformed it to help wider society.  They are role models and future leaders who value ‘putting in in more than they take out’ ”.

We would like to thank the award sponsors Bank of Ireland for their continued support, and to all involved in the award selection process.  The event is a yearly reminder of the calibre of student at the business school, who all have bright futures ahead of them.

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Ian Dunne, Marketing & Communications Officer | dunneia@tcd.ie | +353 1 896 2493