19 Students Receive Inaugural DkIT Elevate Awards01 May 2020
DkIT honoured some of its most actively engaged students at an online ceremony on Thursday 30th April. Nineteen students received a DkIT Elevate award at this inaugural ceremony. All had contributed at least 45 hours of their time to extracurricular activities that contribute life at DkIT. These include running clubs and societies, acting as student ambassadors and class representatives and being involved in outreach activities in Science and Computing. To be eligible for the award, students also evidenced the employability skills they have developed as a result.
The Elevate award is part of the Elevate Framework for Student Engagement. This was developed in partnership by students and staff as part a project, ‘Partners in Employability’ funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. The project had set out to develop a framework to support greater student engagement and partnership within DkIT, but also to empower students to recognise and evidence the employability skills they develop through active engagement.
The 7 students who co-developed the award, Nicole Byrne, Angelina Shin Yee Jong, Brianán Johnson, Aisling Munster, Jack Ryan, Peter Toplis and Johanna Young, were all honoured with a Special Commendation for their work.
Speaking during the awards ceremony, DkIT President Michael Mulvey PhD said,
"Going to college has many dimensions and as well as studying for their qualification our students are very active in sports, hobbies, DkIT events that promote access to and understanding of particular knowledge domains, charitable activities and as class representatives. Many student activities and initiatives contribute to making society a better place for all and our students should be very proud, certainly we are proud of them!, of their contribution to DkIT itself and to communities and people right across our region. This framework plays a key role in giving recognition to our students and giving greater visibility to their valuable contribution to wider society. We expect that this framework will continue to have a significant impact within DkIT over the coming years and will play an important role in increasing student engagement and developing our capacity to work, as staff and students, in partnership."
Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers and Employability at DkIT, added
"We know from speaking to Employers that DkIT graduates have the reputation of being work ready, self-aware and adaptable. Through their volunteering, these students have provided further evidence of the skills, motivation and curiosity that employers are looking for. The Elevate Award is a valuable addition to the many ways that DkIT supports graduate employability and will be of increasing importance as graduates navigate the world of work impacted by Covid19"
The 2021 DkIT Elevate Award will be launched in September so watch out for further dates via the usual DkIT channels and here.