President's Award for Engagement 2017

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The Gallery, The Helix

Dublin City University


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The President’s Award for Engagement is designed to celebrate the engagement of all staff and students with 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 two €1000 awards, one for a staff category and one for a student category and €500 Special Merit Award for both staff and students. The award will be presented by the DCU President at a ceremony on Thursday 13th April 2017 @ 11.30am 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.

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.


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.

For further information please contact Dr. Deiric Ó Broin, Chairperson of DCU Civic Engagement Forum ( or Natalja Matease, Administrator, Office of Civic Engagement (

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