Awards Advice

  • Look at the awards criteria in each award application and familiarise yourself with the different categories and types of questions.
  • Decide on the awards that you are going to apply for.
  • Delegate!! Decide who on your committee is going to do what. Assign individuals to each application or parts of applications (e.g. finance and promotion).
  • As long as you are eligible, apply for as many awards as you want.
    • New or Revived Society Award, the only societies that are eligible to apply for this award are: UCC Emergency Medicine Society, UCC Film Society & UCC Connolly Youth Society & UCC Greens Society.
    • Repping Group Awards, you are only eligible to apply for an award in your repping group.
    • Best Small Society, generally, if you consider your society to be small, then apply for this award. If we do not consider a society that applies for this award to be small, we will let you know and you will still be considered for Best Society.
  • Complete the application in the word documents provided and save them. When applications open, you can then copy and paste the relevant sections. This is important as if you refresh the page accidentally or if there is a glitch in the system, you may loose all your work. (It has happened many times before, so don’t let it happen to you!).
  • Save applications to your Google Drive so that committees in future years will have access to your applications.
  • DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE!!! This is people’s natural tendency to procrastinate, but for your own health, do a bit every week/everyday.
  • Be aware of word counts for each section. They are there for a reason and are related to the number of points each question is worth. There is no point in writing an essay for a 5 mark question. Also, bullet-points are your friend and the Judges will love you!
  • Proof read you application before you finally submit. Situations have arisen before where 3 questions in an application where exactly the same as there was issues with copying and pasting… don’t let it happen to you!
  • Don’t forget about individual awards!!!!!!!! This year, the deadline for individual awards is after that for all other awards. This doesn’t mean that you should forget about them until then, but it will take a little bit of stress away. Chairpersons, please find the time to submit and award application and please encourage other committee members that you think are deserving to do the same. If there is someone on your committee that you think should put themselves forward, but they aren’t then there is no harm in putting in an application for them. Please specify in the application that you are submitting it on their behalf.