We adopted a new EGA Strategy at the end of 2013 to move to a Corporate Funding model as Individual Member subscriptions at their current level could never give us a sustainable funding base.
In Spring 2014 we commenced approaches to Engineering Companies for a membership fee of €250 to €500 per annum depending on overall numbers of staff. In return we offer advertisement of company logos on our website and events together with 10% reduction on tables at our Annual Dinner.
This has been a success as we have enlisted 19 Corporate Members over the past year alone and have a target to achieve more in 2015/2016 as we still have barely enough funding to support our annual events.
|Siemens Head of Engineering Gary O'Callaghan with |
UCD Dean of Engineering Professor David Fitzpatrick
We also promised to seek out other opportunities for companies to get advantage in UCD for Corporate Membership as the opportunity arises. One such opportunity arose last week to have a President's Reception for Corporate Members on the same evening as the Annual Spring Lecture coincidently given this year by UCD President Andrew Deeks.
|Andrea Ahern, Shell Senior Compliance Engineer and |
John Fitzgerald, Eirgrid Director of Grid Development
|Brendan Butler, Shell with Neasa Kane-Fine and Larry O'Toole, Directors with RPS|
|President Deeks meets Yvonne Wylde NSAI, John Fingleton |
and Mary White Directors of Fingleton White Consulting Engineers
|Andrea Ahern, Senior Compliance Engineer and Brendan Butler, Deputy Project Director Shell |
with Dr Aisling Harkin UCD Careers Consultant
At the Reception attended by one or two company representatives they were met by President Professor Andrew Deeks, Vice President Professor Orla Feely, UCD Careers Consultant Dr Aisling Harkin, EGA President PJ Rudden and as many EGA Board Members who could attend.
|PJ Rudden, UCD Vice President Professor Orla Feely and Tina Pittock EGA Board and ESB|
Aisling has been appointed by the Board to act as Liaison Person with the Corporate Members who can arrange for Member Companies to address the Final Year Classes at the start of the second semester with a view to Graduate Recruitment.
|Donal Duggan and Patrick Joy of Suretank with Andrea Ahern Shell|
|President Andrew Deeks addresses the Corporate Members|
President Deeks addressed the Corporate Members to tell them that the new UCD Strategy called for closer linkages between the university and industry and to make UCD into Ireland's Global University.
|Dr Aisling Harkin, UCD Careers Consultant, PJ Rudden, EGA President|
and Katie O'Neill UCD Marketing Manager outside Ardmore House
On behalf of the EGA I thanked President Deeks for fitting this event for Corporate Members into his already busy programme for the evening and also thanked the Corporate Members and UCD staff for coming to Ardmore House on this very sunny May evening.