Ulster Uni presents 30 NI schools with new award

  • Ulster University (UU) is launching a new schools’ award entitled the ‘Endeavour Cup’.

    It celebrates UU’s integration into the local community following the development of its new Belfast campus and also acclaims “the individuality of pupils who achieve much more than just a competitive academic edge”.

    This means that winning pupils of the cup will be chosen based on their enthusiasm, excellence and resilience through participation in projects, recognition of effort put into a specific piece of work, improved attendance, increased self-esteem and in certain instances, overcoming a personal obstacle. The recipient of the Cup will be chosen by principals and associated staff.

    The award will be presented in 30 schools across Northern Ireland in its pilot phase, with 11 post-primary schools in North Belfast having committed to including the Cup for their annual prize-giving events. The UU Endeavour Cup will be housed as a permanent fixture within participating schools.  

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    It will also support transformation within communities as part of the North Belfast Community Benefit Framework.

    Professor Brian Murphy, Director of Access, Digital and Distributed Learning from Ulster University said: “The Endeavour Cup strengthens our bond with local schools and pupils, many of whom we hope will go on to study with us one day. As an authentic touch, our staff with personal connections to the schools will be presenting our cups at school prize giving ceremonies.

    “We wish all participating schools and pupils every success in their educational endeavour.  And we look forward to expanding the reach of the Endeavour Cup as we hear of interest from schools across NI.”

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