DIT Societies Win 3 awards at the BICS National Societies

6th May 2011

Mary Davis was the guest speaker to help celebrate and further inspire the hundreds of students in attendance. Mary said "I was delighted to attend the BICS awards, the winners and all the students attending were an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. Ireland has a very bright future with these students at the helm."

According to Anita Conway (DIT Societies Officer), BICS Chairperson, the awards are the culmination of the extraordinary hard work and commitment of all the students involved in societies to celebrate their achievement with their peers. Our students are concerned with making the most of their time in college and placing themselves well for when they graduate. In the current times the skills they acquire through running a society are extremely transferable and valuable.

The BICS National Awards hosted by BICS (Board of Irish Colleges Societies) in the NUI Galway and Galway Bay Hotel to celebrated the achievements of the top societies from fourteen colleges throughout the island of Ireland. Attending the awards and competing in the large college categories are representatives from DCU, DIT, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, and NUI Galway. The competitors in the small college categories are NUI Maynooth, Cork IT, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, IT Tallaght Dublin, IT Tralee, Dundalk IT , NCI, Dublin Business School and IT Blanchardstown.



DIT Winner of Best online presence at BICS National Societies Awards

DIT Sign Language Society

DIT Sign Language Society employs a carefully designed online social media strategy to engage our community of members, attract new members and build a network of people and organisations with shared values. Sharing information, educating on relevant issues, playing a role in the DIT community, getting in on conversations and learning through interaction are key components of our online personality. A popular cornerstone of our campaign is our YouTube project. We publish instructional Irish Sign Language videos, collaboration video projects made with other DIT Societies and videos on deaf culture & language.





DIT Sign Soc - Best Civic Contribution

DIT Wins Best Civic Contribution    

DIT Sign Language Society

When DIT Sign Language Society was first established in 2008 the principal focus at the time was on providing Sign Language classes for DIT Students. We began linking in the deaf community through volunteering and fundraising. After this we wanted to bring sign language to a wider audience. Out of this desire came our YouTube channel which hosted our online tutorials (the first of its kind). The more we worked with the deaf community the more we became aware of issues affecting marginalised groups within our society. We felt an urged to do something more than just volunteering and fundraising we wanted tackle attitudes and perceptions that traditionally see disability as something negative, something lesser, something to be afraid of or something that isn’t even seem at all.


DIT Sign Soc get a standing ovation

DIT Wins Best Fresher

Ruth Murray is a first year Creative & Cultural Industries student in DIT Aungier Street. From the beginning of the year Ruth has been very involved in society life in DIT as an active member of the Banter, Business & Marketing (BAM) and Events societies. She is a core committee member of the latter and this has allowed her to work with her own society and in conjunction with others to put on a wide range of successful events over the year. Constantly bringing determination and great organisational skills to the table Ruth has really proven to be an asset to DIT society life.


Ruth Murray celebrates winning best Fresher

Congratulations to all the other DIT nominees with some closes 2nd places eDIT Fest, DIT Drama Society, DIT Samba Society, Colin Campbell and Neil Murphy . Check out the photos Board of Irish College Societies (BICS)

These wins now place DIT 4th in the list of all time leaderboard of winners since 1996 with 14 awards in total.

And the Winners of the BICS National Society Awards 2011 are:

Best Society

  • Large College: Media Production Society DCU
  • Small College: ITT Radio Bang FM

Best Event

  • Large College: TCD Shakespear Festival
  • Small College: ITTD radio Week

Most Improved Society

  • Large College: TCD Bridge & Card Society
  • Small College: ITT LGBT

Best New Society

  • Large college: NUIG: Comic Book
  • Small College: ITB LGBT Society

Best Individual

  • Large College: UL Kieran Phipps
  • Small College: ITTD Damilola Agunbiade

Best Fresher

  • Large college: DIT Ruth Murray & TCD Joe Loll McKeever
  • Small College: NCI James Dowling

Best Civic Contribution

  • Large College: DIT Sign Society
  • Small College: ITTD Radio Society
  • Best Poster DCU Style Society

Best Online Presence

  • DIT Sign Society 

The Board of Irish College Societies is a national organisation, constituted in 1995, which is dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland's Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education and is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them. With fourteen colleges involved this year, and many new institutions on board, the night was a fitting end to a successful year for BICS.  For more information on the work of BICS and how to become involved go to www.bics.ie

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