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Tell It Straight Competition

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 competition is open to registered DCU research students in all years of study, however, previous years' finalists are excluded from entering. 

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