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Board of Irish College Societies awards 2018

NUI Galway Societies were presented with three awards at the recent Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) National Awards. For the third year in a row, the University was awarded the Best Society Award.

The Musical Society (GUMS) won Best Society after an event packed year and a very successful production in the Black Box of The Producers. Dramsoc won Best Poster for their poster advertising their production Deirdre + Naoise and Energy Society won Best Publicity Campaign for the 2018 Galway Energy Summit. 

All the societies representing the college at BICS had won their respective awards at the 2018 NUI Galway Societies Awards on Thursday 22nd March. Progressing to the national awards, these nominees included: Anime and Manga's Akumakon for Best Event and their Best Fresher Nominee Aoife O'Shaughnessy; Sláinte Society for Best Society (Charity/Civic) and their Best Individual Nominee Sally Cahill; International Student Society (ISS) for Most
Improved; Best Buddies Society for Best Photo; and Physics Society for Best Video. BICS is a national organisation dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland’s universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education. The Board is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co- operation between them. The Awards recognise the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland, and are a means to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.

Riona Hughes, Societies Officer at NUI Galway, said: “The Societies have had a great year and the accolades at the National BICS Awards are a testament to their excellence. From GUMS making a profit with their musical for the first time in their society’s history to Akumakon celebrating patronage from the Japanese Embassy, all of our societies have made their mark on the society calendar.”

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Clockwise from above: Dramsoc's Deirdre + Naoise Best Poster Winner; Designers Niamh Ní Flatharta & Áine Cooney; Best Publicity Campaign Winners Energy Soc's Conor Deane & John Connor; Best Society (Cultural/Academic/Social) winners the Musical Society (GUMS); the NUI Galway Adjudicators, Nominees & Staff.

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