This ceremony recognises continuing students with outstanding academic achievement in their previous year
Altogether more than 60 School of Business students were recognised for their academic achievements during the 2019/2020 academic year at the 18th Annual Recognition of Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 12 November 2020.
This ceremony recognises continuing students with outstanding academic achievement in their previous year. The awards were called and presented by the course leaders.
In a speech Head of School, Dr Tom O Toole said: “The Awards recognises our elite group of students. This year the ceremony was a virtual event, even though we missed the celebrations and chats with students and parents in person on campus the virtual event allowed all family members and friends to come together and be part of our students’ achievements recognition.
“Celebrating achievements is very important in marking singularity of our students academic achievements,” he continued. “To be on the Dean’s List means massive hard work on our students’ part and their personal leadership and resilience. The greatest impact we can often have is in what we do and the excellence our students have shown matters, it will show in their career and life. Being on the Dean’s List is important, it is a badge of high performance, independence and standing out in a crowd.”
The following are the awards presented on the day:
The Dean’s list comprises approximately the top 5% highest performers in the School each achieving first class honours in their continuing studies. In 2019/2020, 63 students from the School of Business received an award.
The Rowe Medal is in memory of the founding Head of School, Brendan Rowe. it presented to the best performing undergraduate student. The Rowe Medal was presented by Dr Mark Rowe to Darren Maddock whose overall result was highest across the School. He is registered on the Higher Certificate in Business.
Dr Mark Rowe spoke about self-care, he said that the WIT School of Business faculty and staff are totally committed to the students not just academically but also in their holistic development and in terms of progression in our region.
“In Covid times we must remember we have two hands. One hand is to reach out and support others and the second hand is to reach back and take care of ourselves, this is what the starting point of life success is.” He ended with a quote from Ralph Ellison: “Laugh often and much, earn the respect of intelligent people, earn the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics, to endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a better place whether by a garden patch, a healthy child or a redeemed sociable condition to know simply that one life has breathed easier because you have lived that is how to have succeeded. That’s what the meaning of life and success is about.”
Graduate of the Year
The Graduate of the Year Award is presented to the best performing graduate. The Graduate of the Year was presented by Ger Long, Head of Department of Accounting and Economics to Anita Osborne who completed the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting.
Mr Ger Long who presented the award to Anita Osbourne she was the very best graduate from the School of Business not only from an academic standpoint but she also made a tremendous contribution to her class and to the institute.
International Student of the Year
This award was presented by Dr Tom O’Toole, Head of School of Business. The International Student of the Year Overall Award was presented to the International student whose overall result was the highest across the school.
The award was presented by Dr. Thomas O’Toole to Qi Chin Yen who is studying the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting.
John Hume Credit Union Scholarship
This Award was presented by Linda O’ Kane on behalf of the St. Dominics Credit Union and the Waterford Credit Union to Caroline Moriarty who is studying the BA (Hons) in Accounting.
O’Kane spoke of the late John Hume. John Hume kindly lent his name to the Credit Union Scholarship back at the very beginning and sadly passed away in August this year. He won The Nobel Peace Prize, was a winner of the Gahdhi Peace Prize and Martin Luther King Award, he was the only person to have received all 3 of these awards. The sponsors of the John Hume Scholarship, St Dominic's Credit Union and the Waterford Credit Union are proud to have awarded the 22nd business student with the scholarship.
She read out a quote from John Hume as follows “It’s the thing that I’m most proud of because no movement has done good for more of the people of Ireland, North and South than the Credit Union Movement” The combined Credit Union are so grateful and honoured that John Hume has lent his name to the Scholarship. We are proud of each of our 22 recipients who are scattered around the world and working in top jobs.
CIMA Management Accounting Prize
This award was presented Head of Department of Accounting and Economics, Mr Ger Long. It was presented to the student with the best Management Accounting result for Bachelor of Business (Honours) and BA (Honours) in Accounting. The recipients were Wen Qi Chin studying the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Alex Fitzgerald studying Bachelor of Business (Hons).
CPA Financial Accounting Prize
This award was presented by Mr Ger Long, Head of Department of Accounting and Economics on behalf of CPA Ireland. It was presented to the students with the best Financial Accounting result from the BA (Hons) in Accounting and the Bachelor of Business (Hons). The recipients were Shane Mobed, studying the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Niamh Fennelly, studying the Bachelor of Business (Hons).
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Business
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Common Entry)
- Bachelor of Business in Business
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Information Systems
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Recreation & Sport Management
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Accounting)
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Economics & Finance)
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Human Resource Management)
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Management)
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business (Marketing)
- Higher Certificate in Business in Business
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing & Digital Media
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting