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NCI HR Graduate Orla scoops top business prize in 2015 Undergraduate Awards!

Posted by Emma Henderson on 01 October 2015


Orla Byrne, Undergraduate Award Winner
























Congratulations to NCI HR graduate Orla Byrne who has been selected as the Programme Winner in the Business category of the 2015 Undergraduate Awards.

Orla was selected as the category winner from amongst all entrants from the island of Ireland to the prestigious awards; often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world’s largest academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

This year UA received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates in 255 universities across 39 countries.

“This is a fantastic achievement for NCI and its undergraduates,” commended the Undergraduate Awards Executive Director Louise Hodgson. “Only the very top students from each university can submit their coursework, and The Undergraduate Awards identifies the very best of the best. With over 5,000 submissions from so many universities this year, the competition was extremely tough. Congratulations to all our 2015 Highly Commended Entrants!”

Orla has been invited to meet her fellow awardees at the annual UA Global Summit in Dublin on November 10th-13th. Among other distinguished speakers, the Summit will be addressed by philosopher AC Grayling, physicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, photographer Giles Dudley, human genome sequencer Craig Venter, and the world’s youngest professor Dr. Alia Sabur.

The Awards aim to identify 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.

Orla said: “I am delighted to conclude my time at NCI by winning this award and would like to thank NCI and all my lecturers for their help and encouragement during my time there. I studied Human Resource Management during my time at NCI which equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the HR industry not only in the area of industrial relations but also recruitment and selection, training and employee development.

For the awards, I submitted a piece of work I completed in my final semester last year, that evaluated how best to tackle low pay and poor work in Ireland. I am thrilled to learn I am the Business Programme winner based on this work.”

The NCI community join together in congratulating Orla on a tremendous achievement: she’s done us proud!

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