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DkIT Applied Music Graduate Recognised by World’s Leading Academic Awards Programme

29 September 2017

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is delighted to announce that Stuart Anderson, a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) in Applied Music has been named as a Winning and Highly Commended Entrant at the Undergraduate Awards 2017.

Stuart, who has now completed his final year on the Applied Music course received the award in recognition of an essay he completed entitled ‘Debussy’s Contribution to Western Art Music’. This essay was part of an elective module entitled ‘Contemporary Music Seminar: Europe and the USA’ taught by DkIT lecturer, Georgina Hughes.

Speaking about the announcement, Georgina Hughes said: “Stuart’s achievement is a reflection of the thriving academic environment in the music department at DkIT.  Students are offered the opportunity to explore a broad range of musicological disciplines throughout their course of study.”

This year the Undergraduate Awards (UA) received 6472 papers to the programme and a student paper from DkIT has been selected by an international panel as among the very best.

As the leading academic awards programme for undergraduate students, The UA mission is to find and celebrate outstanding undergraduate work.



UA assembles academics from around the globe to assess the work received and through a rigorous judging process we find the best, most innovative, and creative undergraduate coursework.

The top 10% of papers in each of the 25 categories are Highly Commended, just one paper from each category is named the UA Global Winner and the top papers from each region is named the Regional Winners.

We hope you join us in celebrating this achievement.

“It is an immense achievement for undergraduate students to benchmark their work globally. To be recognised for their creativity and innovative approach within their discipline can only propel them to become global thinkers and potential change-makers. We are very appreciative of the support of the global academic community who work closely with The Undergraduate Awards to identify these impressive students” 

- Dr Brenda Cullen, Executive Director, The Undergraduate Awards 

“The Undergraduate Awards celebrates original, creative thinking among students, and the world’s need for such critical capacity has never been greater” 

- Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland