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In cooperation with the Irish Research Council, the Union of Students in Ireland is delighted to once again run the #WhyResearchMatters competition. The value of research cannot be understated, it is through research that we continue to grow both as individuals and as a society, Ireland has a reputation for great research, and this competition aims to showcase the work of Ireland’s researchers for the world to see. Postgraduates from any background can participate in this competition.

To compete in the competition, we are asking you to create a video about the research that you are doing, discussing why you’re doing this research, what you have learned or hope to learn, and why you feel this research matters. Upon completion of your video, upload it to your preferred hosting service (i.e. YouTube) and then fill out this form to enter, don’t forget to include the link to your video in the appropriate section!

The overall winner stands to gain our grand prize of €500, sent via bank transfer or One4All Giftcard. Our judging panel will also be selecting two runner-ups for most creative video and most informative video, with the winners of each standing to win a prize of €250 respectively (via bank transfer or One4All Giftcard).

Submissions are open from May 31st – June 18th, with winners to be announced by June 29th.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please direct all queries to