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Tell It Straight 2018

Communication Competition for DCU Postgraduate Research Students

Tell It Straight is DCU's annual communication competition specifically designed to encourage postgraduate research students to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience in a concise, dynamic and innovative way, utilising current technology. The 2018 competition will be the 6th time the competition has been run. The shortlisting stage of the competition is now complete and 16 finalists have been selected by a judging panel to take part in the final. The final will take place as follows:


14.00-16.00 (followed by refreshments)

Wednesday 7th March 2018

HG22, Ground Floor, Nursing Building, Glasnevin Campus


Finalists will be competing across three categories:

Category 1: Oral presentation (year 1 research students only)

Category 2: Oral presentation (year 2 onwards)

Category 3: YouTube video (open to all years)


This event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the excellent research being conducted across the university and the format presents students with the challenge of explaining their work to an audience of non-experts. We welcome all students, staff and visitors to attend the event and look forward to seeing you there on the day.


Please register your attendance at:

Tell It Straight 2017

The Tell It Straight 2017 competition took place in the Helix on the DCU Glasnevin Campus on the 28th of April 2017. The event saw fourteen finalists compete to a very high standard in three categories. All videos and recordings can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.


Oral Category 1 (year 1 research students) 

Winner: Simona Herbaj (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)
Title: Sticks and stones may break your bones - but here's an ingeneous way to fix you! 

Runner-up: Ellen Howley (English)
Title: Atlantic Islands and Their Poetry: Comparing the Caribbean and Irish Traditions

Oral Category 2 (year 2 research students and beyond)

Winner: David Gaul (Health & Human Performance)
Title: Can Obesity Make you Clumsy?

Runner-up: Claire O'Connell (Physical Sciences)
Title: Where's Wally and the search for cancer cells?

Video Category

Winner: Amanda Dillon (Theology, Philosophy, and Music)
Title: Every Picture Tells A Story: A Semiotic Approach to Analysing How Images Function as Interpretations of Biblical Texts           

Runner-up: Gearóidín McEvoy (Law & Government)
Title: Equating Justice: Using Minority Languages at Criminal Trials 

Tell It Straight Participants 2017