Tell it Straight 2016

Tell It Straight is DCU’s annual competition specifically designed to encourage postgraduate research students to communicate their research and its potential impact to a non-specialist audience in a concise, dynamic and innovative way utilising current technology. 

Tell it Straight – The Final – 2016 took place in April on the St. Patrick’s Campus.  The competition was opened by the President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, who highlighted the importance of breaking the barriers between new academic knowledge and the outside world. 

At the event we had 15 finalists competing to a very high standard, in three categories.  All the videos and recordings can be viewed on our Youtube channel here.  The competition final was well attended by fellow research students, staff, friends and family of the finalists.  All presenters did extremely well and were applauded by the judging panel for putting themselves and their research forward in what proved to be a very tight competition


This years winners were: 

Oral Category 1 (Year 1 research students)

  • Winner: Caitriona Osborne (SALIS): What are the methods proven to be most effective for teaching Chinese (Mandarin) as a foreign language in beginner learners?
  • Runner-up: Aidan Fitzsimons (Mathematical Sciences): ‘Project’ Maths- Ireland’s new Second Level maths curriculum

 Oral Category 2 (Year 2 students and beyond)

  • Winner: Richard O’Connor (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering): Growing Blood Vessels in the Lab: It’s Not Just a Yarn
  • Runner-up: Dawn Wheatley (Communications): Online news coverage of government policy: powerful sources, time pressure and informing the public

 Video Category

  • Winner: Daniel Mc Partlin (Biotechnology): News just in – Alga Bloom Strike Again
  • Joint Runner-up: Shauna Flynn (Electronic Engineering): Block Copolymers – Making computers even faster
  • Joint Runner-up: Stephen Davitt (Physical Sciences): Open the eyes of spectroscopy

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