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Trinity Students Celebrated at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin

Posted on 17 November 2017

68 Trinity students were celebrated as some of the worlds top undergraduates at The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit held in Dublin at the end of November. This included three Global Winners, seven Regional Winners and 48 highly commended students.

Global Winners



Music, Film Theatre






Life Sciences

Regional Winners



Art History Theory



Social Sciences: Anthropology Cultural Studies



Politics International Relations









Earth Environmental Sciences



Chemical Pharmaceutical Sciences

130 of the worlds top performing students gathered in Dublin to take part in the UA Global Summit, a three-day conference where students from 52 universities, 16 countries and 25 different categories. The winning students are representing universities in Canada, Scotland, the United States, South Africa, Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Qatar, Lebanon, Sweden, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

In total, UA received more than 6,400 submissions to the 2017 programme from undergraduates in over 300 universities from 48 countries.  There is no other event of this scale, academic breadth and quality that is focused exclusively on the work of undergraduates.

Students presented their work from the 25 different categories showcasing this years top undergraduate work from across the sciences, humanities, business and the creative arts. Set in a Thesis-In-Three style, paper titles presented by Trinity students ranged from: A place for Forgiveness in Reconciliation(Tadgh Healy; Philosophy); to Chiral Quantum Dots for Biomedical Applications (Aisling Ryan; Chemical Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Executive Director of UA: Dr. Brenda Cullen spoke of the significance of the UA Global Summit It is about much more than highlighting the top 150 contributors; it encourages cross-discipline collaboration, helps young students understand their responsibility to engage in issues of global importance and encourages debate in an atmosphere of solidarity. This experience will contribute to how they conduct their professional lives in the future; that Ireland is the source of this makes an impression on young women and men, many of whom will have positions of leadership and authority in the future. 

The Global Winners received the Thomas Clarkson Gray Gold Medal, named after the man who was described by the poet, Samuel Coleridge as a moral steam engine. The Chairman of UA, Jim Barry, said the naming of the Medal after Clarkson was very deliberate. As a young man, Clarkson had won his first prize for an essay on slavery and then dedicated his whole life to its abolition in the British Empire, something he saw achieved by an Act of Parliament in 1833.  The Undergraduate Awards has exactly that ambition – that young men and women across the globe would address their academic talents to matters of significance in all fields of learning in the hope that it would spark their passion to be change makers and leaders into the future.

Photo caption: Trinity Undergraduate Award Winners attending the Medal Ceremony and Gala Ball: Brownwyn Berkeley, Patrick Gaynor, Niamh Donnelly, Jamie Sugrue, Diarmuid Hickey, Aisling Ryan, Tadh Healy

About The Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world's leading 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 whilst encouraging them over the course of the three-day UA Global Summit in Dublin to engage in issues of importance to global society.

Submissions to The Undergraduate Awards 2018 programme are now open

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