Undergraduate Awards 2017

Winners from the National College of Art and Design Recognised by World’s Leading Academic Awards Programme

4th October, 2017

The National College of Art and Design is delighted to announce that Vivenne Molloy was named the Undergraduate Awards Global Winner in the Visual Arts Category for her work 'Mourning the Bees'.

Vivienne  has just completed her undergraduate studies in Textile Art & Artefact. In her degree work, entitled 'Mourning the Bees' (2017), she created 3 beekeeper characters inspired by the Queen, Worker and Drone who are mourning the demise of bees.  Using aspects of original beekeeping suits with those of embroidery and costume making, this work was presented as an installation  in a darkened room with audio sound of bees in their hives.

Congratulations to Vivienne as winner with this thought provoking project.

NCAD Product Design graduate Jade Yeates was announced as the Irish Regional Winner in the Architecture and Design category of the international Undergraduate Awards. Her project 'Buddy' offered a new product/service design that uses augmented reality to improve hospital experiences for children.

The following students from NCAD were Highly Commended for their work
Aideen Farrell, a Fine Art/Visual Culture graduate in the Visual Arts Category for her work entitled ‘Falsework’ and Eoin Ormonde, Product Design graduate in the Architecture and Design Category for his work ‘inReach’.


This year UA received 6,432 papers to the programme and 4 of these from NCAD have been selected by an international panel as among the very best.

As the leading academic awards programme for undergraduate students, the mission of the Unsdergraduate Awards is to find and celebrate outstanding undergraduate work, and behind this students with the capacity to become future influencers.

UA assembles academics from around the globe to assess the work received and through a rigorous judging process we find the best, most innovative, and creative undergraduate coursework.

The top 10% of papers in each of the 25 categories are Highly Commended, just one paper from each category is named the UA Global Winner and the top papers from each region becomes Regional Winners.

We hope you join us in celebrating the achievement of these students.

“It is an immense achievement for undergraduate students to benchmark their work globally. To be recognised for their creativity and innovative approach within their discipline can only propel them to become global thinkers and potential change-makers. We are very appreciative of the support of the global academic community who work closely with The Undergraduate Awards to identify these impressive students” - Dr Brenda Cullen, Executive Director, The Undergraduate Awards

“The Undergraduate Awards celebrates original, creative thinking among students, and the world’s need for such critical capacity has never been greater”  - Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest international academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level. Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

For more information, contact:
Aifric Ni Chriodain
Communications Coordinator, The Undergraduate Awards
+353 (0) 1 4415882