About The Awards

 Awards Video 2019 

The BICS Awards will place on Thursday 9th April 2020, with Adjudicator training commencing on Wednesday April 8th 2020. In The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. 

The National Awards are an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their numerous achievements from the previous year. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this.

The purpose of the National Awards is to recognise the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland. The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.

Go to this page for detail on how to enter this years awards.

Our New Award for 2019 – Green Initiative Award sponsored by An Taisce Green Campus

The initiative(s) must raise awareness of, and/or impact directly on, Green Initiatives, including, but not exclusive to:

    • Recycling
    • Carbon Footprint Reduction
    • Green Energy
    • Sustainability/Biodiversity
    • Energy/Water Conservation
    • Clean Travel
    • Climate Change

Our New Award for 2020- Best Departmental Society

The purpose of this award is to encourage smaller societies with niche interest and links to their academic department to enter for the BICS awards. It will be judges in both Large and Small College categories separately.

Also new for 2020
The Best Green Initiative and Best Mental Health Applications are now one application per college, and Large and Small Colleges will be judges as one category. They will not require a portfolio or interview.


The Sheraton Hotel (Booked out for Thursday)
090-6451060 (Awards Hotel)
Single €95 B&B
Twin/Double €115 B&B
Triple (1 double, 1 single) €150 B&B 

The Prince of Wales
090-6476666 (250m – 2min walk)
Single €54 Room Only €70 B&B
Twin €64 Room Only €80 B&B
Triple €94 Room Only €110 B&B 

Arch House B&B and Apartments
090-6477222 (200m – 2 min walk)
Twin €80 B&B
Triple €110 B&B
Apartment 2 Bedroom (sleeps 4) €120 (room only)
Apartment 2 Bedroom (sleeps 5) €150 (room only)
Apartment 2 Bedroom (sleeps 6) €180 (room only) 

The Radisson
090-6442600 (500m – 5 min walk)
Single €105 B&B (cheaper rates available on booking.com with free cancellation)
Twin €117.50 B&B (cheaper rates available on booking.com with free cancellation)