2017 Press Releases

UCC project wins national award

25 Apr 2017
From left: Dr Ella Kavanagh and Daniel Blackshields, Economics Department with Mary Mc Nulty, Deputy Head, Career Services, UCC at the Awards ceremony in Dublin. Image: Rob Lamb

Staff from the Careers Services and the Department of Economics UCC have won the Association of Higher Education Careers Services Awards for Excellence – Employability Award. 

Mary Mc Nulty and Aileen Waterman (Career Services) and Ella Kavanagh and Daniel Blackshields (Department of Economics) winning project was for the design and delivery of the ‘Transition to Professional Life’ (TPL) suite of modules offered as part of the Department of Economics’ BA (Hons) Economics (through Transformational Learning) (BAECN) programme. 

The Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) is the professional association of careers advisory and placement professionals in higher education in Ireland. The AHECS Award for Excellence is awarded to ‘best practice employability initiatives’ incorporated into the educational experience of students. The Transition to Professional Life suite of modules received the award for engaging undergraduate economics students in a challenging and supporting learning journey integrating their scholarly, professional and personal development for the future that lies ahead of them.

The TPL modules are delivered in the first, second and third year of the BAECN. These modules are delivered as a three-way partnership between the Career Services, Department of Economics and eight employers forming a University –Industry Collaboration (Bank of Ireland, Citco, CSO, Davy, Glanbia, KPMG, Musgrave and Zurich) with other employers/ external champions (such as Pundit Arena, Evening Echo, Aspira, Making Shift Happen, FDM and Leadnow). The programme delivers student-centred performances designed to cultivate students’ capacity to design their own life plans by developing their economics understanding integrated with developing their professional competencies and capacity for awareness of Self (values, deepest beliefs and purposes).

The winners were announced at the AHECS / Gradireland Annual Employer Awards Dinner in the Mansion House in Dublin recently.

For more on this story contact:

Mary Mc Nulty, Deputy Head, Career Services, UCC   Tel: 021-4902121

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