MSc Student Awarded DCU And UrbanVolt Scholarship

Monaghan student Laura Brady has been chosen as the recipient of the inaugural UrbanVolt and Dublin City University Master’s scholarship.

The fully-paid taught Master’s scholarship was available on programmes in the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing or Business School.

A native of Drumhillock and a past pupil of St. Louis Secondary School, Laura will commence a Master’s in Human Resource Management this September. She is a graduate of the BSc in Health and Society at DCU.

The DCU/UrbanVolt scholarship was announced in May 2017 by DCU graduate and Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip. The scholarship was awarded for a programme of the awardees choice.

The partnership between UrbanVolt and DCU has developed since the founding of the company and is a good example of the industry engagement promoted by Ireland’s University of Enterprise, DCU.

President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

“Congratulations to Laura on receiving the inaugural DCU/UrbanVolt scholarship. It is a fantastic achievement in a very competitive process and I wish her every success in her chosen course.

“We are grateful to UrbanVolt for the partnership that led to this scholarship programme. Such engagements demonstrate how academia and industry can work together to develop talent and to find innovative solutions to real world problems.”

Commenting on the scholarship, UrbanVolt founder and Chief Operations Officer, Graham Deane said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Laura on this DCU MSc in Human Resource Management. UrbanVolt was founded in DCU and the university gave us great support in the early stages of our growth.

“We established the UrbanVolt scholarship because we wanted to give something back and offer similar support to a student. Laura impressed us with her application and her awareness of the importance of human resources within a company.

The key asset of any company is their staff and we believe this Master’s will enable Laura to develop further skills that she can apply in assisting future employers and their staff.

UrbanVolt scholarship recipient, Laura Brady said:

“I would like to thank UrbanVolt for the opportunity provided to me by this scholarship.

“I am thrilled to have been given the chance to undertake a Master’s degree programme in Human Resource Management in DCU this coming year.

“This is something that I feel passionate about and this scholarship is allowing me to complete this much earlier than anticipated. Having this scholarship from UrbanVolt and a Master’s from DCU will help me in my future career.”

Founded in 2015, UrbanVolt, is one of Ireland’s leading energy services companies and provides businesses with the opportunity of retrofitting energy-saving LED technology for no upfront cost, enabling companies to significantly reduce their energy costs and invest their savings in growing their business. UrbanVolt’s Light as a Service® will save their first 100 clients over €20million in energy costs in the next five years.

The company has strong connections with Dublin City University, beginning the business at the university’s innovation campus, DCU Alpha, while Chief Operations Officer, Graham Deane and Head of Marketing, Edel Kennedy are DCU alumni.

Anne James