UCC 2021 Politics Prizes
Analysis of neo-Nazi network and a study of vegan philosophy among UCC’s 2021 Politics Prize-winners
An analysis of a neo-Nazi terrorist network and an examination of how political beliefs are shaped by an ethical vegan philosophy are among this year’s University College Cork (UCC) Politics Dissertation Prize-winners
The UCC 2021 Politics Prizes are awarded annually to students who have excelled in their studies during the previous academic year.
Welcoming the announcement of this year’s prize-winners, UCC Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran said:
‘Warmest congratulations to this year’s UCC Politics prize-winners. The rigorous, engaging and high quality work and research produced by Politics prize-winners is not just academically impressive, but socially and politically important too. We look forward to our prize-winners putting their learning into action when they leave UCC. Their achievements are a testament to the top-class learning experience and environment provided by UCC’s undergraduate and postgraduate Politics programmes’.
The prize-winners are drawn from all three years of the BA Politics undergraduate programme and this year are awarded to:
Meadhb Brennan (first year winner)
Maeve McTaggart (second year winner)
Eimear Buckley (third year winner)
Since graduating last year, Eimear has been working on the frontline as a Medical Secretary in a GP practice.
Beth O’Reilly was awarded the Top Dissertation award for her final year BA Politics dissertation which examined how political beliefs are shaped by an ethical vegan philosophy. Beth is currently finishing up as UCC’s Student Union Commercial and Fundraising Officer before moving on to the role of Vice President for Campaigns in the Union of Students in Ireland.
The MSc Government and Politics Student of the Year was won by Natasha O’Toole. Natasha has been working as a Sales Development Representative since graduation and plans on doing some travel (when circumstances permit).
Postgraduate student Tessa Lyne wins the prize for her Masters dissertation which conducted an analysis of the neo-Nazi terrorist network, the Atomwaffen Division. Since finishing her studies, Tessa has been working as a trainee radio producer.
Congratulating all of the prize-winners, Director of the BA Politics programme, Dr Mary C. Murphy said:
‘We are very proud of our students achievements and delighted to see the breadth, diversity and quality of their academic work. We wish them well for the future and look forward to them making their (political) mark in the years ahead’.
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