On Tuesday the 22nd of January, 29 Transition year students travelled up to Dublin with Mrs Mahony and Mr Ryan to take a tour of the new Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and judge Research communication presentations ‘Making an Impact 2019’ run by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
The Technological University Dublin is Ireland's first technological university, established on the 1st January 2019. It is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB), and Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT).
Students were taken on a guided tour of the Grangegorman Campus in Dublin’s North West Inner city. The tour included the Art, Design and Technology block, Sports grounds and gym, Student common area, new developments for the Science and research block and a talk on Student life at TU Dublin and Admissions.
After lunch we took a brief stroll over to The Lighthouse Cinema where ‘Making an Impact 2019’ presentations were being held. Our Transition Year students were among other schools that were given the responsibility of judging five research presentations competing to win two prizes of €2,500 each. The students voted for one while an expert panel chose the other. This research communication competition is in its tenth year, run by Higher Education Authority.
The following finalists gave a brief outline on their research –
· Elaine Byrnes (NUIG) – ‘Sexual consent’.
Elaine wanted to open the discussion about sexual consent and respect for others in a controlled, educational format in schools to readdress the current Relationships and Sexuality Education programme that is being delivered in schools.
· Dietmar Weiss (DIT) – ‘Uncovering emotions to develop winning food products’.
Dietmar explained how the emotional and environmental conditions in which we consume food can affect our taste buds. He wanted to develop this sensory experience to food to help influence how we can make healthy foods more appealing to consumers.
· William Johnston (UCD) – ‘Concussion – It’s a balancing act’.
William’s research had led him to discover that individuals with poor balance were more prone to sports injuries. He had developed a phone app that would examine the balancing ability of individuals using sensors. They could then engage with physiotherapy before engaging in sports.
· Roland Adorjani (UCD) – ‘Women bridge bubbles’.
Roland’s research took the form of analysing recent political events i.e. The 8th Amendment - Ireland, Brexit, etc. He gathered together conversations from Social media outlets i.e. Twitter and mapped the responses under headings i.e. gender, money, health, power, for and against.
· Alison Fagan (AIT) – ‘The factors affecting health and wellbeing of centenarians’.
Alison’s presentation focused on the fact that due to advances in Technology and Medicine people are living for longer. She spoke about how social outlets, family and friends helped Centenarians to enjoy life fully and develop healthier mental health.
The judges’ winner was Elaine Byrnes (NUIG) – ‘Sexual consent’ and the audience’s winner was William Johnston (UCD) – ‘Concussion – It’s a balancing act’. The day proved to be very educational and thought provoking.