14 May 2019

Congratulations to all the students and community partners who received awards and certificates at our annual awards event. It was the biggest awards ceremony yet, with St Laurence's Church completely booked out and over 100 people in attendance - a fitting way to end the year of the Programme's 10th birthday. It was a lovely celebration of the year's community engaged research and learning projects across TU Dublin city campus.

The event was chaired by Director of Student Development, Dr Noel O’Connor. Dr O'Connor introduced the four speakers: Professor Brian Norton, Principal of TU Dublin City Campus; Orlaith Brady, TU Dublin 3rd year student on the BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics; Michael McDonagh, Senior Manager of Community Services in Crosscare; and Dr Joan Keegan, TU Dublin lecturer, all of whom gave their reflections on what community engaged research and learning meant to them.

Professor Norton then presented the awards to the students and community partners who were selected for recognition by lecturers teaching the modules in which these projects took place.

We were also delighted to be joined by Superintendent Colm Healy, Dublin Metropolitan Region - Roads Policing Unit, as well as Garda Derek Cloughley from the Garda Road Safety Unit. Every year the Garda Road Safety Unit partner with TU Dublin to mentor students across a wide range of disciplines to do road safety research from the perspective of their own discipline, with a focus on vulnerable road users, in particular 17-24 year olds. This long-term partnership is called College Awareness of Road Safety, or the CARS project, and has been running for 12 years. Earlier this academic year this partnership between TU Dublin and the Garda Road Safety Unit won a Road Safety Authority Leading Lights Award.

This year's overall winner of the CARS award was Maria Kavanagh, from the MSc in Environmental Health and Safety, for her project analysing pedestrian and motorist behaviour at 3 shared-tramway locations along the new Luas cross-city line in Dublin city centre. The Gardai presented the award to Maria along with Professor Norton, and then Professor Norton formally handed over the RSA Leading Light Trophy to the Gardai as our partners on the CARS project, the trophy having been on display for the past 6 months in TU Dublin.