Leaders of Tomorrow

CUBS Leaders of Tomorrow is an initiative that formally recognises the impact of students beyond academic grades. It allows students to showcase their many talents, capabilities, and resulting impacts across several categories. Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, Leaders of Tomorrow enables students to articulate a complete picture of their impact during their time in CUBS. Some examples of the activities that got recognised include: charity work (Global citizen), coaching and mentoring (Learning Transformation), improvements made in the workplace (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), supporting fellow students (Student’s choice), overcoming personal challenges or life-changing situations like a bereavement (Exceptional Journey). There are three levels of recognition, all of which give students an individual differentiating factor that can be used as part of many future career activities. See below for the category winners (Outstanding Achievement Award).

Across the categories, there are three awards (i) Recognition Certificate, which is given for the demonstration of a clear positive impact, (ii) Outstanding Achievement, which is given for the demonstration of an exceptional impact, and (ii) Sustained Impact, which is given for the accumulation of three or more awards throughout a student’s time in CUBS.

Key Criteria:

Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Only one (self-nominated) submission is allowed per year.

Take your first step in becoming a Leader of Tomorrow and discuss your activities and impacts with a member of CUBS staff. To get your leadership qualities recognised go to http://ucc.ie/cubsleaders for more details and the submission forms.



  • Mojabeng Mashale (MSc Co-Operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development): won the Global Citizen category for a social gardening project in South Africa, which achieved a national funding grant
  • Emma Coffey (BComm): won the Innovation category for developing a highly successful online retail start-up, FinalBend Ltd.
  • Denis O’Sullivan (BSc Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship): won the Learning Transformation category for being a founding student member of the FME Engagement Committee and Food Academy.
  • Mwewa Kapotwe (MSc Business Economics): joint winner of the Exceptional Journey category for work on providing training to SME’s on food packaging and being one out of 126 in gaining a government scholarship to Ireland.
  • David Giles (BCL Law and Business): won the Deans’ Leadership 2021 category for his contribution to student experience in CUBS. Instrumental in the CUBS Learning & Teaching Committee and establishment of CUBS Week 2021.
  • Bonny Benny (MSc Business Information and Analytics Systems): won the Students Choice category for supporting over 150 Indian students in UCC as they transitioned to a life in Cork.
  • Eimear O’Loughlin (BSc Finance): joint winner of the Exceptional Journey category for demonstrating resilience in the face of challenges as she reached the world stage in Irish dancing.
  • Huu Dai Nhat Tran (Sunny) (MSc Information Systems for Business Performance): won the Dean’s Leadership 2022 category. Having faced numerous challenges and family circumstances he graduated at 29, while taking on multiple roles. He received an Irish Aid fellowship to study MScISBP. He co-founded the social enterprise MANTA Sail Training Centre, which diverted fisherman to water sports, and promoted sustainable green livelihoods and awareness in his community