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NUI Galway Societies win big at BICS

Posted by SocsBox on Tue, 23-05-2017

BICS National Awards
Thursday April 13th – Sheraton Hotel Athlone

NUI Galway Sweep the Boards at the BICS National Society Awards  

NUI Galway Societies won seven of a possible twelve awards at the BICS National Society Awards. The NUI Galway Medical Society won Best Cultural, Academic & Social Society among their many achievements this year they raised almost €12,000 and awareness about Mental Health in the West of Ireland with their Déan Athrú event. NUI Galway CCAFS (Climate Change & Food Safety) won Best Charity and Civic Society for their work in promoting awareness about climate change and sustainability and they also ran a campaign that resulted in the divestment of €3.4 million of fossil fuel shares in NUI Galway. Sláinte Society won best Event  for their very popular Teddy Bear Hospital which sees 1300 national school children and their teddies visit the campus to help alleviate children’s fears of hospitalisation and illness. Best Intervarsity went to NUI Galway Dramsoc for ISDA ’16 the National Student Drama Awards. Best New Society went to the NUI Galway Paediatric Society, who’s aim is to promote healthcare and wellbeing for children, their Healthy Heroes event saw them visit national schools to promote health eating. Best Poster went to Philosophy Society for a poster designed by Siobhan Lenihan promoting an event about the philosophy of healthy and sustainable eating and Best Fresher went to Law and German Student Daniel Emmet Leahy a committee member of Lit & Deb, German, Film & Social Democrats Societies, Daniel was one of the organisers of the Schools Debating competition and also participated in Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Over 400 staff and students from colleges across Ireland took part in the annual Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards; held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. This event sees student college societies, from all over the country, compete against each other for 20 awards in 13 different categories. One of the major highlights in the college calendar, these awards celebrate the unyielding work students do to create a greater, more enjoyable and more holistic college life for their peers. This year’s awards were in partnership with Please Talk, Partridge Peartree, USI & Comhlámh. For the second year Please Talk have been on board sponsoring the Best Mental Health Promoting Event. BICS have also recently been awarded Supporter status with Comhlámh. Comhámh is an organisation which supports charity and civic organisations that are involved with social justice, human rights and global development issues. The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for volunteer Sending Agencies ensures that international volunteering has a positive impact on the volunteer and the host community.

According to Ríona Hughes NUI Galway Societies Officer and BICS Chairperson ‘the awards are the culmination of the societies year and we were delighted with the calibre of students attending, it is humbling to see the commitment and dedication that society committee members bring to making not only their campuses more welcoming and supportive but to the positive difference they make to their local communities and the wider world. There were 54 adjudicators and two very long days of judging and almost 350 students in attendance and the atmosphere was electric on the night.’

NUI Galway Winners:

2017 Best Society in a Cultural, Academic or Social Field (Sponsored by USI) (Large College)
National University of Ireland, Galway – MedSoc
The Medical Society is a student body which advocates for the interests of medical students, and anyone with an interest in the medical field. Their goal is to ensure that students have a platform to share experiences, knowledge, and new ideas to enrich the student experience in Galway. They also organize various charity events throughout the year.

2017 Best Society in a Charity/Civic Field (Sponsored by Comhlámh) (Large College)

National University of Ireland Galway – CCAFS Society
The CCAFS (Climate Change and Food Safety) Society engages in Awareness Raising, Advocacy and Action. CCAFS allows students of diverse ages, disciplines and cultures to engage with issues pertaining to climate change at the local, national and global level. This year the society ran a campaign that resulted in the Divestment of €3.4 million of fossil fuel shares in NUI Galway.

2017 Best Event (Sponsored by Please Talk) (Large College)

National University of Ireland, Galway – Slainte Society- Teddy Bear Hospital
NUIG Sláinte Society’s run an annual Teddy Bear Hospital, through which they aim to alleviate children’s fears of hospitalisation and illness. Over 1,300 children and their sick teddies experienced the magical atmosphere of this event. They aim to create an educational and enjoyable experience for both the children and volunteers.
2017 Best New Society (Large College)

National University of Ireland, Galway - Paediatric Society
NUIG Paediatric Society was established in 2016 to bring together all those with an interest in the healthcare and wellbeing of children. Members benefit from specialist talks and information evenings given by Paediatric doctors. There is an emphasis on giving back through fundraising.

2017 Best Fresher (Large College)
National University of Ireland Galway - Daniel Emmet Leahy
Daniel is a first year student, studying Civil Law with German at NUI Galway. Debating is his passion. He is Schools Convener Elect of the Literary and Debating Society and Moot Court Convener Elect of the Law Society. He has had a very busy year actively involved in a host of societies. He helped raise funds with Cancer Society, Med Soc and even dyed his hair for charity!

2017 Best Intervarsity
NUI Galway: Dramsoc ISDA ‘16
NUI Galway Dramsoc hosted the ISDA Festival, an event which allows colleges all over Ireland showcase their best productions and compete against each other. The festival cumulated at an Awards Ball which honoured students participating in every aspect of theatre. With a range of social events, a theatre fringe and the full festival itself Dramsoc outdid itself with this intervarsity.

2017 Best Poster
NUI Galway: Philosophy Society
NUI Galway’s poster was designed with the intent to bring together the raw concept for an event on healthy and sustainable eating with a clear philosophical affect that illustrated their interest in discussing the ethics of diet choice rather than simply promoting a particular attitude towards food. Designed by Siobhan Lenihan.

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