Best Community Academic Collaboration


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This award recognises the collaborative efforts of an Irish-based third level institution or technical training college, with one or more Irish-based external organisation, that that has seen the highest level of enrichment and growth between the relevant organisations over the past 12 months. It is open to all domestic collaborations that have contributed to the furthering of education. If your entry relates to an international collaboration, then please enter ‘Best International Collaboration Project’. Judges will look for evidence of innovative, bold, and creative strategies/initiatives that have been used to help the organisations work together effectively to create mutual contributions and improvement. Entry is by a 5-page A4 PDF submission; The judges will be looking for clear information backed up by evidence, which places particular emphasis on the criteria listed below:

Entry is by a 5-page A4 PDF submission; the judges will be looking for a clear plan and evidence that it is delivering on core objectives, paying attention to the criteria listed below.

  • Background: Please provide a brief background of the organisations involved and the key team members involved including their skills and expertise.
  • Performance: Provide evidence of exceptional performance of each organisation against specific indicators such as innovation, infrastructure, teaching and research standards, student experience, alumni relations, and development. Please also outline how your collaboration stand out from the rest in this competitive area.
  • Partnerships and collaborations: Discuss how the collaboration has been established, the project or initiative collaborated on, and outline the benefits it has brought to each organisation involved in it.
  • Challenges: Outline the challenges this collaboration project faced over the past 12 months and how each organisation demonstrated initiative, creativity, and leadership to overcome them.
  • Supporting facts & statements: Please include any other statements or facts that you believe will support your entry.