Saturday 20 January 2018

Students will be rewarded for Making An Impact

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Postgraduate students who have been invited to show how their work can help society could win a major cash prize.

Entries are already rolling in for the annual Making An Impact competition, sponsored by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Independent, with prize money of €5,000.

The competition is open to postgraduates studying in any discipline in Ireland. Entrants must explain why their research matters to Irish society or the world at large.


The five researchers who, in the opinion of an independent adjudication panel, have the most innovative or challenging ideas will be invited to present their research at a public event at The Helix at Dublin City University on February 19.

The winning entry will be chosen after individual presentations, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with an expert panel.

The winning research will later feature in the Irish Independent.


The closing date for submissions, which may be in written form (no more than 1,000 words) or in and audiovisual form (no more than 10 minutes in length) is January 14 at 5pm.

Entries should be submitted to

Last year's winners were Fergus McAuliffe, of UCC; and Kevin Roche, of UCD.

Fergus's research focused on the use of willow trees to soak up enough waste water to make septic tanks a thing of the past, while Kevin studied the development of new materials for repairing tooth cavities that would not require the services of a fully qualified dentist.

Irish Independent

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