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The Ornua/UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies €1,000 Essay Prize

Posted on: 28 Jun 2019

The Ornua/UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies €1,000 Essay Prize

Ornua and the Centre for Co-operative Studies at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, invite students to compete for the 2019 Ornua/UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies Essay Prize valued at €1,000.

Aimed at current students and recent graduates, the competition asks entrants to submit a 1,500-2,000 word essay describing the role played by co-operatives in promoting sustainability and bio-diversity at farm level in Ireland, now and into the future.

The essay competition brings together Ornua, a dairy co-operative and Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to c.110 countries worldwide, and the Centre for Co-operative Studies at UCC.

Established in 1980, the Centre for Co-operative Studies has carried out extensive research into agricultural, community, worker, housing and credit co-operatives.

The Centre works closely with the Department of Food Business and Development in UCC to deliver the MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development
 

 

2019 Ornua/UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies Essay Prize

  • Prize - €1,000
  • Essay Title - “What is the role of co-operatives in promoting sustainability and bio-diversity at farm level in Ireland, now and into the future?”
  • Length - 1,500-2,000 words

How to Enter:

All entries should be emailed to CCSOrnuaessay2019@ucc.ie on or before the 15th August 2019. Each entry should be clearly headed with the name and email address of the entrant and be accompanied by sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the entrant meets the entry criteria. This might include a letter from the entrant’s third level institution confirming that they are a currently registered student or a copy of a graduation parchment which includes the date of graduation. All such correspondence must be in English.

Entry criteria, terms and conditions:

  1. Entries will only be accepted from third level students of any discipline currently registered for a level 7 or level 8 qualification, or equivalent, or anyone who has graduated since 1st January 2017 in any discipline with a level 7 or level 8 qualification, or equivalent.
  2. Entries must be received on or before the 15th August 2019. Late entries cannot be accepted.
  3. All entrants will receive email confirmation of receipt of entry and all entrants will be notified of the outcome of the competition.
  4. Each entry must be individual and must be the original work of the individual entering. Joint entries are not permitted.
  5. All entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and should not exceed 1mb in file size.
  6. Referencing within the essay should use the Harvard style. Footnotes may be used but endnotes should not be used and will not be considered. References will not be included in the total word count, but footnotes will.
  7. Only one essay is allowed per entrant. Essays exceeding 2,000 words will be disqualified.
  8. Failure to include valid information, or the exclusion of required information, will disqualify an entry.
  9. Entrants can opt-out of the competition at any time.
  10. Essays will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by Ornua and the UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies. The judges’ decision on who the winner is will be made in early September 2019. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into, other than to communicate to each entrant the outcome of their entry into the competition.
  11. The winning entrant will be invited to accept their prize at the Ornua offices in Dublin in September 2019, or shortly thereafter.

 

 

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