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WIT Nursing student Awarded International Gold Medal

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WWITIT Nursing student Dawn Smith Awarded International Gold Medal

On Friday 21 November, Dawn Smith, a nursing student from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) was awarded the George Berkeley Gold Medal by the international awarding body, the Undergraduate Awards, for her leading-edge research and course work.

Dawn received this prestigious award for her winning paper ‘Abortion: Exploring the Ethical, Legal and Political Challenges in the Nursing & Midwifery’ category of the Undergraduate Awards. Dawn was the overall winner in her category and her work has been published in The Undergraduate Journal 2014.

The world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, the Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognises and rewards innovative young thinkers across 25 disciplines from Business, Engineering to Visual Arts and Midwifery.

Each year, the top performing students – winners and highly commended entrants – are invited to the UA Global Summit which provides these excellent students and graduates with an opportunity to meet their peers and take part in a unique and inspiring event with thought leaders from around the world. It is a chance to build life-long relationships in the academic world.

The 2014 UA Global Summit welcomed the future leaders to Dublin to spark cutting-edge ideas, forge lasting collaborations, and encourage responsible leadership. The 120 winners and highly commended students representing 50 universities from around the world attended the medal presentation ceremony in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, 21st November.

The 120 attendees are the top performing entrants out of 4,792 submissions UA received this year from 209 universities across 27 countries. The summit attendees came from 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 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. Joeseph Roche, and critically acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham, among others.

The Undergraduate Awards Programme 2015 is now open for Submissions & Registrations. To find out more about The Undergraduate Awards visit or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @UndergradAward.

The Undergraduate Awards were founded in partnership with Google, Digicel, the Higher Education Authority and the Department for Employment and Learning.

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