Two WIT graduates reach Undergraduate Awards final


Two School of Humanities alumni who completed their undergraduate studies this year at WIT in top 10% of 5,000 entrants from 255 universities

Department of Humanities alumni Shauna McGrath and Katie Duggan who completed their undergraduate studies this year at WIT have both been shortlisted in the Undergraduate Awards.

The Undergraduate Awards is an academic awards programme that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework.

Both made it through to the top 10% in their respective categories from 5,117 submissions  across 255 universities in 39 countries.

Shauna McGrath who completed the BA Arts (English & Religious Studies) earlier this year submitted her final year project, a 5,000 word essay on the recommendation of Dr Una Kealy at WIT’s Department of Creative & Performing Arts. Her paper ‘“Just auhum, allas auhum”: The Nightmare of Ageing in Marina Carr’s On Raftery’s Hill and Woman and Scarecrow’ considers Marina Carr’s lurid depiction and exploration of female ageing.

Shauna says that she is delighted to have been put on the shortlist particularly at her first attempt and because a lot of people who were on shortlist are now doing PhDs.

Shauna had submitted her entry online in June and learned by email in September that she had been shortlisted, and was in the top 10% of entries received.

“I was very shocked, because the email said I was in top 10% of my field and it was unbelievable.”

Shauna is among the first group of English to graduate. Following a year out she plans to do a Masters and wants to stay working academically before going on to do a PhD.

“Overall I really enjoyed it. I liked the small classes, you get to know your lecturers and create contacts which is great especially if you’re academically focused,” she said of her choice of WIT to study Arts.

Katie Duggan’s entry ‘Critically Comparing and Contrasting the Irish and Finnish Approach to Educating and Caring for Children Aged 0-6 Years’ is an essay she wrote in her second year as an undergraduate studying Early Childhood Studies under the supervision of Claire Nolan at WIT’s Department of Applied Arts.

The essay aimed to compare and contrast the Irish and Finnish approaches to educating and caring for young children by analysing secondary data in relation to staff training, service provision, quality standards, pedagogy and curriculum.

Katie is currently studying a Master of Arts (By Research) in the area of early interventions in to preschooler's mental health under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Cagney

“When I found out I had been nominated I was stunned. I had put a lot of work in to my studies at undergraduate level and had always achieved satisfying results but I never believed that my work would be ranked in the top 10% in my field. It was an honour to be highly commended in the education category,” she says.

The next step for both is to secure funding for the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in November, subject to funding. 

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