MSU Student Life Awards

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MSU Student Life Awards

The Maynooth Students’ Union Student Life Awards took place on May 04th 2021!

These awards were in the making for years. As a result of this year's challenges, MSU was determined to make this event happen to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our members. A fantastic team of staff and representatives spent months carefully considering and planning the awards, logistics and the big night was a huge success!

The online ceremony recognised and celebrated the amazing efforts of students in furthering the Maynooth student experience over the academic year across a number of categories. Congratulations to every one who was nominated for an Award- we are proud of you all!

Watch the highlights package above or you can rewatch the full MSU Student Life Awards Ceremony here.

DONATIONS

We raised over €600 for our Charity Partner for 2020/21 the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland on the night. Our partners Life CU were so kind in matching that amount, bringing the total raised to over €1200!

You can still donate via our Go Fund Me page

Award Shortlists & WINNERS

Student Representative of the Year

The recipient of this award should be an elected student, a Senator, an Academic Representative, a Clubs Council member or Society Council member who has demonstrated effective and engaging representation this year, being a leader amongst their peers, raising their voice on a broad range of interests to improve student life.

 

  • Tina Adinga
  • Bernice Basnayake
  • Niall Daly - winner
  • Laurie Doré
  • Craig Mac Gabhann
  • Michaela Waters

 

>Environmental and Sustainability Activism of the Year

This award recognises the contribution of an individual or group of individuals or society who engage in advancing the cause of environmentalism and sustainability in the student movement or community. This award recognises the commitment to student activism on environmental and sustainability issues, whether its hosting events, spreading awareness or campaigning for change but their campaigning does not have to specifically be targeted at students.

 

  • Aoife Hynes - winner
  • Michaela Waters

 

Outstanding Mental Health Activism

This award recognises the contribution of an individual or group of individuals or campaign on the topic of promoting and bettering mental health for the student body. Promoting mental health awareness, issues, positivity is an important part of student life and this award recognises committed leadership from an individual or group for leading the way for mental health awareness in 2020/2021. The award winner will have actively engaged the student body in the discussion around mental health.

 

  • Jessica McMahon - winner
  • Colm Smith
  • Maynooth Friends Groupchat

 

Contribution to Charity Award

This award will go to the nominee who has demonstrated excellent commitment to charity fundraising and awareness in 2020/2021, it can be an individual or group. Through their work the nominee will have actively spread awareness about charitable causes in innovative ways and shown real leadership amongst their peers.

 

  • Abigail Goldrick
  • MU Business & Finance Society
  • MU Disney Society - winner

 

Dedication to Volunteering Award

The Dedication to Volunteering Award shines a light on the remarkable achievements of volunteers across the Maynooth student community. Its aim is to recognise and affirm volunteering and charitable work undertaken by Maynooth students from all backgrounds and circumstances across activities within the institute, the local community or at a national level.

 

  • Róisín Cormack
  • Lydia Gratis
  • Ryan McClean
  • Beth McKeague
  • Jessica McMahon - winner
  • Michaela Waters

 

Best New Student Representative of the Year

The recipient of this award should be an elected student for the first time as a Senator, an Academic Representative, a Clubs Council member or Society Council member who has demonstrated effective and engaging representation this year, being a leader amongst their peers, raising their voice on a broad range of interests to improve student life. N.B only students who are new representatives in the Union can apply for this award.

 

  • Tina Adinga
  • Alexandra Balfe Vicic - winner
  • Abigail Goldrick
  • Róisín Maloney
  • Carrie O'Neill
  • Mary Wilson Reilly

 

Inclusivity Award

Inclusivity promotes equality in our campus and community, it is not just about celebrating diversity but encouraging the developments of social inclusion and relationships for all students. This award will go to an individual or group that strived to create an inclusive environment in the university community or the student movement.

 

  • Tina Adinga - winner
  • Gladys Etuh
  • Gavin Fanning
  • Felix Sexton
  • Craig Mac Gabhann
  • MU Pride Society

 

Gaeilgeoir na Bliana

Tuigeann Aontas na Mac Léinn Má Nuad tábhacht na Gaeilge i saol na mac léinn, agus mar sin, bronnfar an gradam seo ar mhac léinn atá tiomanta do chur chun cinn na Gaeilge le linn na bliana. Is féidir le grúpa nó daoine aonair dul isteach san iomaícht don ghradam seo

Maynooth Students’ Union understands the importance of Irish in students’ lives, and as such, will present this award to a student who is committed to promote the Irish language throughout the year. Groups or individuals can be nominated for this award.

 

  • Craig Mac Gabhann - winner
  • Laurie Ní Dhoghair
  • Cuallacht Cholmcille

 

Student Led Project/Initiative of the Year

This award will go to the individual or group who established a new initiative/project that aided student life in 2020/2021. This initiative/project will have spread awareness on a specific topic, campaigned for change, spread positivity or promoted inclusion in the community or in the student movement. This award recognizes the power of student leadership and using one’s voice.

 

  • Halal Eating Options
  • L.E.A.D. Initiative
  • Maynooth Talks - winner
  • Pride Society
  • Sharing Our Strengths

 

Other awards on the night

There are a number of other awards that will be presented on the night including the President's Award and the Student Staff Member of the Year Award. However, these are not available for public nomination.

 

Student Staff Member of the Year

 

  • Emma Grogan
  • Peter Kearney - winner
  • Seán Masterson
  • Johnathan Murphy
  • Karen Smith

The awards ceremony will take place online on Tuesday, May 04th. due to the ongoing public health measures that are in place because of COVID-19.

If you have any questions about the Nomination process or the Awards themselves please email awards@msu.ie!