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Why Research Matters is a postgraduate video competition run by the Union of Students in Ireland and sponsored by the Irish Research Council. The goal is to put the creative minds of the island’s postgraduate research community to work to produce a short video presentation about your research, and why it matters. Here our Vice President for Postgraduate Affairs, Sara Dowling, breaks down the Open Call criteria with some tips to include.

While we all remain at home it can be difficult to maintain the same level of continuity with our work, so why not remind yourselves and the country about the value of what you do and how it may someday advance knowledge and change lives?

This call opens on June 1, 2020 and will remain open for two-and-a-half weeks. The submitted videos will be assessed and shortlisted by the IRC and USI, with the winner being chosen from the shortlist by an external judging panel including RTÉ Brainstorm curator, Jim Carroll. The competition aims to showcase the varied and high-quality work being undertaken by researchers across the island. There will be a monetary prize for the winner, full details of which will be announced when the call opens on June 1.

For more information, and to apply, check out: and

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