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Higher Education


As our postgraduate research students live and work in an increasingly digital and information-driven age, the ability to write and communicate in a variety of styles appropriate to a range of audiences becomes increasingly important. The Graduate Studies Office working with the MTU Library Service and others, supports research students to develop their writing skills not just for academic publication but also for communicating to the general public. As part of this initiative, we organized the second annual MTU Postgraduate Research Writing Competition. Its aim was to provide postgraduate research students from all disciplines across the University with an opportunity to develop their writing skills and communicate their research, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience and to the wider society. Students were asked to submit a written article of no more than 500 words. The writing to take on any form, but the piece to be original, solely the work of the author and not published anywhere else in any format. A judging panel assessed the entries on the basis of three judging criteria: content, clarity and creativity. The Graduate Studies Office would like to thank the judging panel: Dr Breda Dwyer, Head of CEED and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Regional Sustainability, Kerry Campus; Professor John Barrett, NIMBUS Research Centre and Dr Catherine Frehill, Dept of Physical Sciences, for their time and expertise in judging this competition. This compendium comprised of submissions from across all domains of the MTU research landscape including the Creative Arts (Fine Art, Music); Humanities (Social Studies), Sciences (Life Sciences, Computer Sciences and Physical Sciences) together with a number of entries from the various Engineering disciplines. This compendium presents, in the words of our students, a fascinating snapshot