NCAD Graduate Katie Watchorn Awarded Gold Medal for Undergraduate Paper

On Friday 21st November Katie Watchorn from the National College of Art & Design was awarded the George Berkeley Gold Medal by the international awarding body The Undergraduate Awards.

The world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognises and rewards innovative young thinkers across 25 disciplines from business and engineering to visual arts and midwifery. Each year, the top performing students – winners and highly commended entrants – are invited to the UA Global Summit. The 2014 UA Global Summit welcomed 120 future leaders to Dublin, Ireland to spark cutting-edge ideas, forge lasting collaborations, and encourage responsible leadership.

The 120 winners and highly commended students from around the world, and representing 50 universities, attended the medal presentation ceremony in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, 21st November. Winners were awarded the George Berkeley Gold Medal for their leading-edge research and course work.

Katie was awarded for her winning paper in the A Softness Preserved You in the Visual Arts Category.

The 120 attendees are the top performing entrants out of 4,792 submissions UA received this year from 209 universities across 27 countries. As such, the attendees came from America, Austria, Australia, Bangledesh, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The Undergraduate Awards also welcomed an inspiring array of thought leaders to speak during the UA Global Summit. This year’s speakers included Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire, former Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations, Irish barrister, Patricia O’Brien, Mars One candidate Prof. Joeseph Roche, and critically acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham, among others.

The Undergraduate Awards Programme 2015 is now open for Submissions & Registrations. To find out more about The Undergraduate Awards visit or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @UndergradAward

The Undergraduate Awards were founded in partnership with Google, Digicel, the Higher Education Authority and the Department for Employment and Learning.