Please noteMany of the student events, including the one described below, are reflective of RCSI student life, pre-COVID-19.
For at least the next year, we will be living with a 'new normal' in terms of student life at RCSI. This means that many of our events will move to virtual platforms, will be replaced with other more socially distant-friendly alternatives or will not take place in an effort to keep all of our students, staff and patients safe and healthy.
RCSI students are some of the most dedicated in the country, but everyone takes a break from the books for the annual College Ball.
Organised by the Students’ Union (SU), this event is an annual RCSI social calendar highlight and sees 600+ students from the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy attend; making it the perfect place to mingle with friends and acquaintances from different years and programmes.
From ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to ‘Fire and Ice’, each College Ball has a theme and the talented students from the Art Society lend their skills to help with the decor and centrepieces. Unlike the average college night out, the College Ball has a formal dress code, so everyone looks the part in evening gowns and tuxedos in central venues off campus, like The Convention Centre Dublin, the Aviva Stadium and the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.
After being welcomed with a leisurely drinks reception, it’s time for a decadent three-course meal. But once the dinner plates are cleared, the main event gets underway.
Recognising the achievements of RCSI students is one of the main goals of the College Ball. So the SU awards presentation is an important element of the night. Every year, awards in the following categories are handed out to deserving students and clubs and societies:
- Club of the Year
- Sportswoman of the Year
- Sportsman of the Year
- Society of the Year
- Society’s Person of the Year
- Fresher of the Year
- Best New Society
- Best Event
Then the celebrations really kick off and students dance into the wee hours to live music.