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Trinity Excels at International Academic Awards

Posted on 13 November 2015

Undergraduate Award Winner Ruth Murphy pictured with President Michael D. HigginsRecent Trinity graduate Ruth Murphy was one of just 25 Overall Winners of The Undergraduate Awards (UA) this week, receiving a Gold Medal from President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at an international medal presentation ceremony in Dublin.  Often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, UA is the world’s largest academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.  This year, UA received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates in 255 universities across 39 countries. The event gathered 150 of the top performing entrants to The Undergraduate Awards 2015: the 25 winners and 125 Highly Commended Entrants.
Trinity is the only Irish university with an Overall Winner this year, and has more Programme Winners than any other university in the programme.  Overall Winners are the top performers in each of the 25 category. Gold Medal winner Ruth Murphy graduated this year with a First Class Honours in European Studies. A further 7 Trinity students were recognised as Programme Winners, meaning their work was among the best research produced at the undergraduate level on the island of Ireland last year. “Ruth and the Programme Winners have done extraordinarily well to receive this medal, which places them as leaders in their research fields. And Trinity continues to uphold an excellent reputation in our awards programme,” commented Louise Hodgson, Executive Director of The Undergraduate Awards.

The winners from Trinity are:

  • Ruth Murphy, Overall Winner in the Social Sciences category;
  • Daniel Kelly, Programme Winner in the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category;
  • Ronan O’Connor, Programme Winner in the Economics category;
  • Pamela Holmes, Programme Winner in the History category;
  • Niamh McShane, Programme Winner in the Languages & Linguistics category;
  • Yewhoan Hong, Programme Winner in the Law category;
  • Aisling McHugh, Programme Winner in the Medical Sciences category;
  • Matthew Malone, Programme Winner in the Music, Film, Theatre & Art History category;
  • Veronica Mariz Pinto Scalco, Programme Winner in the Nursing & Midwifery category.

The Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony was part of a four-day UA Global Summit, which brought the winners and other top performers of The Undergraduate Awards 2015 programme from around the world to Ireland to recognise their achievement and encourage cross-discipline and cross-border collaboration. The UA Global Summit 2015 featured talks and workshops run by philosopher AC Grayling, astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, genome sequencer Craig Ventor, the Guinness World Record-holder for World’s Youngest University Professor, Alia Sabur, and many more.
As a partner institution, Trinity joined other top international universities including the University of California, Berkeley and the University of St. Andrews as a lead supporter of the Undergraduate Awards. Similarly, a number of colleagues from Trinity have been involved as chairs and judges of the various panels.  As part of the events organised around the summit, Trinity hosted an academic networking event on campus on Friday, 13th November.  The event allowed for informal conversation and networking amongst academic colleagues and a select group of top international undergraduate students in their discipline.

About The Undergraduate Awards
The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world's largest academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level. Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and provides top-performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths. Submissions to The Undergraduate Awards 2016 programme are now open on