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23 July 2024  

Press Release - NUI Awards Ceremony 2022


NUI Awards Ceremony 2022

The most anticipated event on the NUI calendar is finally here, and NUI is delighted to hold the annual Awards Ceremony of 2022. NUI has granted a value of €1 million to its NUI students, graduates, staff, and member institutions across the NUI federation. This year, the Ceremony will be held virtually which enables NUI to reach its global community.

The NUI Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to publicly recognise exceptional achievements of our students across all academic disciplines and at all academic stages. Through its awards at post-doctoral level and doctoral level, NUI will support research across Humanities and Sciences as well as support an educated citizenry to gain international experience. For the very first time, NUI is proud to grant a NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship in psychoneuroendocrinology to Jenna O’Shea which will support her research pursuit in Montreal.

NUI is also proud to have partnered with the Department of Rural and Community Development to launch the Government of Ireland – NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship. This award will support a vital area of interdisciplinary study for the Irish economy and public policy, namely the Nationwide Rural Development Policy 2021-2025, Our Rural Future. Recurring NUI award recipient Dr Aphrodite Papachristodoulou has been granted the NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities.

During his address, Chancellor Maurice Manning commends students’ adaptability to the blended educational experience and extends a warm congratulations to those who have received an award. Registrar Patrick O’Leary presented the Awards Ceremony for 2022 also noted that ‘it was a true delight to be presenting the NUI Awards to an exceptional group of recipients. The research conducted within NUI institutions drives innovation and makes a positive contribution to Ireland’s economic and cultural development. We look forward to seeing the great things to come from our awardees’.

Below are some of the recipients that are included in the NUI Awards 2022 Ceremony. To view all Awards recipients please follow this link.

Included in the NUI Awards 2022 Recipients

  1. Dr Niamh O’Mahoney – NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Higher Education Studies

    Dr Niamh O’Mahoney


    Dr Niamh O’Mahoney is a graduate of University College Cork and was a previous recipient of the NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship and Denis Phelan Scholarship. Her specific study scope involves developing teaching and learning techniques for dyslexic students, to equip them with tools and skills that will facilitate their learning and tackle the working world post-education. This project poses the opportunity to ‘offer a hand’ to struggling students by leveling the playing field of STEM education for neurodiverse students, harnessing the untapped potential all these students have to offer.


  2. Lachlan Fleetwood – NUI Grant for Early Career Academics

    Lachlan Fleetwood

    Lachlan Fleetwood is historian of science, empire, geography and environment. He is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow in the Centre for Global History, LMU Munich. Previously, he held research fellowships at University College Dublin and Yale, and completed a PhD in history at the University of Cambridge.

    While based at University College Dublin he organised an international conference on ‘Habitability and Empire.’ On the 23rd and 24th of June 2022, scholars from universities in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, the UK, the USA, the Philippines, Nigeria, India and China gathered at the Humanities Institute, UCD (and online) to analyse ideas of ‘habitability’ and ‘uninhabitability’ in the context of empire.

  3. Valerie McHugh – NUI Club London Scholarship

    Valerie McHugh


    As an undergraduate at the University of Galway, Valerie McHugh received a First Class Honours in Journalism, English and Social/Political Science in 2022. McHugh is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism of which the NUI London Club Scholarship helped to fund. She hosts her own current affairs podcast called ‘The Vent’ which looks at real stories from people affected by issues in the world and was awarded a Student Media Award at the Smedias for ‘Radio Production of the Year: News and Current Affairs’.



  4. Kate McHugh – French Government Medal and NUI Prize for Proficiency in French

    Kate McHugh

    Kate McHugh is a writer from Galway, Ireland. She recently graduated from University of Galway, with a degree in Creative Writing, English, and French. She always had an appreciation for the secrets and subtleties of language, and her four-year degree allowed her to unearth and nourish her love for all the different writing styles, from essays to short stories, in English and in French. Thanks to an opportunity provided to a select few students of French in University of Galway, Kate is currently teaching English in a university in Nantes, France.

    Moreover, receiving the award for the French Government Medal and NUI Prize for Proficiency in French 2022 is an honour Kate never anticipated, but one that she is immensely grateful for. It will serve as a daily reminder that her love of the French language is not misplaced.

Background information

The NUI Awards Ceremony is held annually and provides an opportunity for the public acknowledgement and celebration of excellence in scholarship. For the second time, this event will be held online, with the Chancellor of the University, Dr Maurice Manning, presiding over a virtual ceremony. Over 140 students and graduates will be presented with a range of scholarships and awards.

The NUI Awards are competed for annually by students and graduates of NUI constituent universities - UCC, UCD, NUI Galway and Maynooth University - and other NUI member institutions, including its recognised colleges - RCSI and IPA - and colleges of constituent universities, including NCAD.

Students from the overseas institutions, namely RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC, formerly known as Penang Medical College, Malaysia); Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University Bahrain and Perdana University, Malaysia are also considered for the NUI Awards.




Further information from:

Dr Patrick O’Leary
National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, D02 V583
Ph: 01 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq








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