The John O Connor Awards 2018

Congratulations to the recipients of the John O’Connor Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching for 2018. The official launch of the award took place in John O’Connor’s Alma Mater UCD.

The 2018 recipients were:


UCD: Cian O’Sullivan
DCU: Karen Hickey
Trinity College: Michelle Bergin
Maynooth College: Cormac Brazil
NUIG:  Mark Loughnane
UCC: Ashling Hutchings
Hibernia College: Donnchadha Reid.


View photos of the presentations below.

The John O’Connor Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching

John O’Connor was a founding member of the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI) in 1976. He served for a time as Chairperson of the Dublin Branch of the BSTAI and was a former National President of the association. He was a leading textbook author over the last 4 decades. John had a lifelong record of sharing best practise with Business Teachers and promoting excellence in all aspects of Business Studies Education. While working as managing director of Folens and later running his own publishing company. Blackwater Press, John continued his connection to teaching as well as travelling all over the country to give workshops to teachers and revision seminars to Business students. Very close to John’s heart was the desire to support teachers new to the profession.

John O’Connor sadly passed away in July 2016 and the BSTAI wish to commemorate his ‎memory by commissioning ‘The John O’Connor Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching’ to be presented each year to the PME student from each university who has obtained the highest mark in their teaching practice of Business Studies.