Posted on December 23, 2014

Seven Trinity College Dublin students were awarded George Berkeley Gold Medals for their leading-edge research and course work at the recent Undergraduate Awards(UA) ceremony.

One Hundred and twenty winners and highly commended students from around the world, representing 50 universities, attended the presentation ceremony which was held in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral during the UA Global Summit in November.  One of the Trinity winners, Liath Gleeson, took part in the opening and closing of the awards ceremony as a member of Tonnta Choir.

Trinity Undergraduate Award winners: Tadhg Giles, Pierce Healy, Fiona Saluk, Stephen Quinn, Susannah Keller Finn, Liath Gleeson, Kyrsten Baker, Jack Fitzsimons
Trinity Undergraduate Award winners: Tadhg Giles, Pierce Healy, Fiona Saluk, Stephen Quinn, Susannah Keller Finn, Liath Gleeson, Kyrsten Baker, Jack Fitzsimons


Trinity College Dublin Undergraduate Awardees:

Tadgh Giles won the Business Category for his paper Capital Flight and the Case of Panama

Liath Gleeson won the Social Sciences Category for her paper Explain and Discuss the Significance of Paid Work in Society Today

Pierce Healy won the Economics Category for his paper An Investigation into the Momentum Anomaly in the Market for Bitcoin

Stephan Quinn won the Media & The Arts Category for his paper Performing Beyond Postmodernity: Taylor Mac and the Queer Metamodern

Susannah Finn won the Earth & Life Sciences Category for her paper Meta-Analysis of Grain Yield and N Dynamics of Legumes in Cereal Systems

Kyrsten Baker won the Law Category for her paper Sexual Offender Notification Schemes: A Product of ‘New Penology’ and Populist Punitiveness and Inadequate to Tackle the Issue of Sexual Offending

Jack Fitzsimons won the Computer Sciences Category for his paper Identifying Abandoned, Moved and Removed Objects in Automated Surveillance Systems


Another Trinity student, Fiona Saluk, was highly commended in the Business Category for her paper Why is there so much disagreement about what strategy is?


The Undergraduate Awards also welcomed an inspiring array of thought leaders to speak during the UA Global Summit. This year’s speakers included Oscar-winning film producer, Lord David Puttnam, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mairead Maguire, former Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations, Irish barrister, Patricia O’Brien, Mars One candidate Prof Joseph Roche from Trinity’s School of Education and critically acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, among others.

This year saw the UA awards receive 4,792 submissions from 209 universities across 27 countries including America, Austria, Australia, Bangledesh, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The Undergraduate Awards programme, founded in 2008 by two Trinity graduates, Oisin Hanrahan and Paddy Cosgrave, is an initiative which inspires, supports and celebrates high potential undergraduate students and their innovative research. Entrants are invited to submit essays/projects completed as part of their coursework and present fresh ideas and new arguments. The awards are the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, recognising and rewarding innovative young thinkers across 25 disciplines from business and engineering to visual arts and midwifery. Each year, the top performing students, winners and highly commended entrants, are invited to the UA Global Summit.

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