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NUIG wins big at national student societies awards

NUI Galway remains one of the top ranked colleges in the country for student societies, taking home multiple prizes at the national society awards.

At the 24th annual Board of Irish College Societies Awards NUIG increased its total tally of awards since 1996 to 75, winning in three categories on the night.

Following detailed entries for the awards including a portfolio and short video presentation, NUIG won in:

  • Best Society in a Charity of Civic Field – Sláinte Society
  • Best Society in a Cultural, Academic or Social Field – Dramsoc
  • Best Event – Akumakon, Anime & Manga Society

“As NUI Galway Societies Officer I could not be more proud of our societies and I am humbled with the way they have coped with lockdown and continue to engage with us and their members,” said NUIG Societies Officer Ríona Hughes.

She praised the university’s societies for operating well under very trying circumstances during the COVID-19 crisis, saying this “augurs well” for when they return to college next semester.

The awards were livestreamed from the Shelborne Hotel in Athlone to over 250 groups taking part, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Ríona Hughes, who is also an BICS Executive Member said that this was the product of months of planning.

“I am thrilled we were able to produce such an interactive event for our 23 member colleges and even more so that NUI Galway once again proved what a top class institution it is.”

“It’s yet another demonstration of the can do attitude of colleges and universities in the face of such challenging times.

The societies at NUIG are now preparing for the Virtual Summer Festival which will run from August 26-29, with a wide array of events from the university and the wider creative community in Galway.

Anyone who is interested can get details on www.socs.nuigalway.ie

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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