The students who sat the scholarship examinations in early January gathered in front square this morning today hear the Trinity Monday announcement. Provost Patrick Prendergast took to the podium on the steps of the Exam Hall adorned with robes and surrounded by his fellows.
Twenty four new fellowships were revealed. Among those were Professor Mark Bell and Dr. Caoimhín Mac Maoláin of the Law School who expressed that it was a “pleasure to be here alongside so much achievement in the Law School with several new scholars and two new fellows.”
Two honorary fellowships were awarded to Vice Chancellor of University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson and Nobel Prize winner in the field of Medicine, Professor William Campbell.
Fifty scholars were also announced by the Provost. Deaf Studies’ only elected scholar, Abbie O’ Neill, expressed her elation to this morning’s events, “I didn’t expect it at all. I came in late and my friend had to tell me that I had got it and I didn’t believe him.” Business and French scholar Arthaud Mesnard dedicated his delight “to those nights spent in the 24 hour library”. Sarah Fitzpatrick, scholar of Pharmacy said she was “over the moon” and that she “would recommend everyone else to try it”. Jack Hartnett, newly elected Medicine scholar explained that “it just feels a bit surreal at the moment”. Diarmuid Kelly of Science displayed gratitude to his friends and family, saying he “couldn’t have done it without them.”
Simon Curran, an Economics and Social Studies scholar appeared relieved with the news. “It’s such an amazing feeling after having worked really hard for those exams. It’s great to be on the right side of the result.”
Nursing produced four new scholars, two in General Nursing and two in Children’s. Julia Linden of General Nursing said she was “speechless” and that she “literally didn’t expect it”. Fellow classmate, Jheyzybelle Layao told me she was “overwhelmed”.
Of the fifty elected scholars, two are studying Business Studies and a Language, four are enrolled in Computer Science and one in Deaf Studies. There are four newly elected Economics and Social Studies scholars, two Engineering scholars, two studying History and one studying History and Political Science. Of the Law courses there was a single Law scholar elected, two Law and French scholars, one Law and Business scholar and one Law and Political Science scholar. There was one Management Science and Information Studies scholar announced and one Mathematics scholar. Five Medicine scholars were revealed, one Midwifery scholar, four Nursing scholars and two Pharmacy scholars. One Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Sociology scholar, one from Physiotherapy, one from Psychology and two from Social Studies also received good news today. General Science produced six scholars in total. There was one Sociology and Social Policy scholar and three TSM students received the scholarship. Two of those are studying English Literature and History and one is studying English Literature and Drama Studies.