The annual GradIreland
Awards were held in The Mansion House on Wednesday evening (25th April) and the UCD MSc in Computer Science by Negotiated Learning programme won the “Postgraduate Course of the Year Award” in the category of IT. The presentation was made at a gala dinner and awards ceremony attended by 470 of Irelands leading employers, third level careers services and professional bodies, making it the biggest gathering of the graduate recruitment community in Ireland. Programme Director, Dr. Lorraine McGinty and Ms Imelda Huggins (NL Student Liaison and Programme Administrator) accepted the award on behalf of The School of Computer Science & Informatics (CSI).
The adjudication panel felt “this course has a very strong international reputation; impressive range of choice; an innovative approach to course structure; and a tailorable, flexible approach which ensures that the needs of all students can be met.”
Head of School, John Dunnion attended the event and commended the effort that CSI staff have invested, “this is a great achievement and is recognition of the hard work put in by the people involved in this Degree Programme”.
UCD President Hugh Brady was one of the first to send his congratulations to the School of CSI, “It's a wonderful initiative and a well-deserved honour”. The Registrar and Deputy President also commented “this is a wonderful recognition for a really interesting and innovative programme”.
The programme is part-funded under the NDP Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) - a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority, in response to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills needs, identified by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and the mid-term evaluation of the ATS programme. In addition the National Academy for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) have provided funding to support the continued development/expansion of the programme for the past two years. Further details about the programme can be found at http://www.csi.ucd.ie/mscnl
The GradIreland Awards are organised by a partnership of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) and GTI Ireland. Other awards presented on the evening included Best Work Experience or Internship Programme (Ernst & Young), and Most Popular Graduate Recruiter (Google).