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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 and its potential impact 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
Tell it Straight 2017 - The Final will take place on the 19th of April 2017. 
14.00 - 16.00, followed by refreshments
Wednesday 19th April 2017
The Gallery, The Helix, Glasnevin Campus


Students will compete in one of the three categories listed below:

  • Category 1: Oral presentation (year 1 research students only)
  • Category 2: Oral presentation (year 2 onwards)
  • Category 3: YouTube video (all years)


The winner from each category will receive €400, with a runnerup prize in each category of €150.


The poster for the event is available here.  


Tell it Straight 2016

Tell it Straight 2016 took place on the St Patrick's Campus on the 28th of April.  The event saw fifteen finalists compete to a very high standard in three categories.  All videos and recordings can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

tell it straight winners

Oral Category 1 (year 1 research students) 

Winner: Caitriona Osborne (SALIS)
Title: 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)
Title: Project Maths- Ireland’s new Second Level Maths Curriculum

Oral Category 2 (year 2 research students and beyond)

Winner: Richard O'Connor (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)
Title: Growing Blood Vessels in the Lab: It’s Not Just a Yarn

Runner-up: Dawn Wheatley (Communications)
Title: Online news coverage of government policy: powerful sources, time pressure and informing the public

Video Category

Winner: Daniel Mc Partlin (Biotechnology)
Title: News just in – Alga Bloom Strike Again

Joint Runner-up: Shauna Flynn (Electronic Engineering)
Title: Block Copolymers – making computers even faster

Joint Runner Up:
Stephen Davitt (Physical Sciences) 
Open the eyes of spectroscopy

tell it straight group

Tell it Straight Participants 2016