WIT students highly commended in 2016 Undergraduate Awards


Two WIT School of Humanities students have made it into the top 10% of 5,500 entrants from 40 countries, with one highly commended in two categories

School of Humanities students Abbygail Wood and Katie Duggan have been listed as Highly Commended Entrants of The Undergraduate Awards 2016 programme. 

The Undergraduate Awards is an academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. This year, 5,514 submissions were received from students in 243 universities across 40 countries across 25 categories.

Katie Duggan, who has been highly commended in two categories graduated first in her class from WIT in 2015 with a 1.1 degree in the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. “I am currently undertaking a research masters at the college under the supervision of Dr Katie Cagney and Dr Jacinta Byrne Doran. My current research topic concerns the perspectives of parents and professionals on wellbeing education across the pre and primary school sectors in Ireland. I am also a student ambassador for the college.”

Katie was highly commended last year in the education category of the Undergraduate Awards. “This year I've been highly commended in two categories, education and social policy, which is an indescribable feeling. I'm very proud of myself and grateful to all my lecturers in WIT, particularly Joe Moran and Dr David Delaney who helped me to achieve this commendation. The staff in WIT have always supported and believed in me and I think this achievement is a credit to the standard of the early childhood studies course in particular,” she explains.

Her entry the education category critically assessed the historical trajectory of 'discovery learning' in light of modern empirical findings. Her entry under the social policy category explored the values and limitations of Irish policy, practice and legislation from a children's rights perspective.

Abbygail Wood who studied the BA (Hons) at WIT with English as her major, and psychology as her minor has been shortlisted in the Literature: English category.

“I'm absolutely delighted to make the highly commended list and can't wait to attend the global summit in November. I'm incredibly honoured to join the prestigious UA alumni and look forward to writing more on my thesis topic. My supervisor Dr Christa de Brún provided fantastic guidance and support throughout the entire thesis writing process.”

“As a Highly Commended Entrant in The Undergraduate Awards, Abby has been identified as an outstanding academic at the international level. Abby's paper, entitled "An Ecofeminist Reading of 'Flush' by Virginia Woolf", and supervised by Dr Christa de Brún, made it to the top 10% of all submissions in Literature: English category, after being assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world,” added Dr de Brún.

"The Undergraduate Awards is a prestigious, international academic awards programme which aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students. Abby's work is not only a fantastic personal achievement but a testament to the culture of excellence in the School of Humanities at WIT."

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts in  Arts (Hons)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  Early Childhood Studies

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