Four DCU finalists in Education Awards 2019

Hugh Farrell & Ellen Fitzpatrick

SepTec were teh big DCU winners with NCI winning overall

DCU had four finalists in The Education Awards on Thursday, February 21st at the Ballsbridge Hotel where SepTec won the award for Best Research Project.

SepTec developed a rapid test which can diagnose sepsis quickly. The test was described as a more “rapid, sensitive and cost-effective solution” than alternative methods, according to The Education Awards.

SepTec is an organisation that focuses on “address unmet clinical needs, such as empowering an ICU Consultant to rapidly detect infection in a seriously ill patient.”

“In collaboration with clinicians, business experts and manufacturers, we have created a powerful microfluidic device that can address the specific unmet clinical needs as expressed by our network of clinicians not just the latest market reports,” their mission statement reads.

SepTec have previously won other DCU awards for their progression in sepsis research. They were winners of the Colin Barnes Award last May and the DCU President’s Award for Innovation last April.

SepTec use technology to quickly diagnose sepsis, a viral blood infection that can lead to death if undetected. This new technology can diagnose the disease within 15 minutes rather than days. It is also said to be much more cost effective.

DCU also had nominees in other categories like the Best Education Outreach Award for the University of Sanctuary Scholarships programme. The programme gives refugees and asylum seekers living in Ireland the chance to gain a degree. The DCU Connected Scholarships cover the costs for either a 60 credit online undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

DCU’s Reflect Online Learning Portfolios were also nominated for Best Use of Educational Technology/ ICT Initiative of the Year. DCU say it makes “learning visible through the creation of a personalised and reflective online space to showcase academic, professional, and personal achievements.”

The best International Research Project Collaboration also saw the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology & Huawei working together was nominated with ADAPT researchers are based in Trinity College, DCU, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

The National College of Ireland claimed the prize for Overall Excellence in Education while NUI Galway’s business school won Best College of Business.

Each winner was unavailable for contact by the time of publication.

Hugh Farrell & Ellen Fitzpatrick

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