TUS Library (Midwest) has won the Best Research Project Award at the Education Awards held in Dublin on the 6th of April 2022. TUS Library were also finalists in the categories of Best Library Team, Best International Collaboration Project, and Best International Engagement Award.
TUS Library won this award against strong competition with all of the major HEI's in Ireland represented at the event from right across the third level education sector on the island of Ireland from both State as well as privately funded institutions.
The Judges were particularly impressed by TUS Library achievements in the ERASMUS+ funded 3D printing support service for innovative citizens (INNO3D) project led by TUS Library which aims to develop training programmes for Librarians in using 3D printing so that they have the skills to teach library users to use 3D Printing effectively and for their Erasmus+ project Introducing Intellectual Property Education for Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy (IPEDU). The IPEDU project aims to introduce education in the field of Intellectual Property (IP), in the curriculum of technical Universities, through training the librarians in the area of IP. The Judges were captivated by the creative and innovative development for these projects in the library field and the imaginative resourcefulness of the project team.
TUS Library has shown exceptional performance both in the areas of European Union (EU) funded programmes and also International Conference organisation through their extensive Conference Ambassador activities and they are currently participating in ten major EU funded projects across over fifty countries. These projects have a combined value of almost nine million euros spanning various major EU funded programmes.
The Education Awards have been designed to recognise, encourage, and celebrate excellence among third level education providers across the island of Ireland, representing both State and privately funded institutions. Over the years the Education Awards judging panels, made up of national and international judges, have awarded some of Ireland’s most respected educational institutions bringing together leading members of the education community every year to celebrate excellence. The winners of the annual Education Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 6th, at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin.
Pictured right to left are Jerald Cavanagh, University Librarian (Midwest) and Project Leader Erasmus+, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (pictured far right); Monika Bukowska, Assistant Librarian, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (pictured second from right) and Padraig Kirby, Research Development and Innovation Project Officer, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (pictured far left), being presented with the Award for Best Research Project by Denise McMorrow (pictured centre), Student Experience Manager, Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire / Co-Chair of UNESCO Dublin Learning City and member of the Education Awards Judging panel, at the Education Awards, held in Dublin, April 6th 2022.