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Dr Sarah O'Neill and Billy Cahill Announced as Winners of 2015 Dean's Award

19 October 2015

Dr Sarah O'Neill and Mr Billy Cahill have been named as this year's winners of the Dean's Award. The announcement was made at the annual Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dinner, which took place on Friday, 16th October. Dr Sarah O'Neill, Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics (MCT), received the Academic Award while Mr Billy Cahill, Estate and Support Services, was the recipient of the Support Award.

Pictured (l-r) is Profesasor Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar, RCSI; Billy Cahill, Dr Sarah O'Neill, and Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI

The Dean's Award scheme was created as a way of acknowledging the diverse and essential contributions of all staff members at RCSI. Both winners were presented with a commemorative award by Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Sarah is presented with the academic award from Prof McGee

Professor McGee said ‘The principle behind this award scheme is to acknowledge the diverse and essential contributions of staff members who perform a vast array of critical duties that support the College's commitment to Growth and Excellence using the RCSI's core values of Respect, Collegiality, Scholarship and Innovation. The Dean's Award is the College's opportunity to honour these exceptional accomplishments. Both Billy and Sarah are remarkably able people, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to present them with these awards'. 

Billy Cahill scooped the support award

The evening's events commenced with the Inaugural Lecture delivered by Professor Zena Moore, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, entitled ‘Pressure Ulcer Prevention - Making the Invisible Visible'

Prof Zena Moore delivers the Inaugural Lecture in the Albert Theatre

RCSI is ranked 46th in the world for ‘International Outlook' and #251 - 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.