Giving our students the opportunity to share their ‘Big Idea’

Talking Science winnerNasal breathing, magic mushrooms, inequalities in healthcare and cures for cancer were just some of the topics that our fabulous students were talking about in our second year of the University’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Undergraduate ‘Talking Science’ Competition. Undergraduate students were offered this unique opportunity to share their ideas on how science can create a healthier, fairer and greener world, creating a unique opportunity to talk about a subject that really matters to them.

To enter, students were asked to create a three-minute video, props could be used but no presentations; submissions could be in a group of up to three people or individuals.  Further guidance and support was offered with drop-in zoom sessions and a dedicated webpage with helpful resources and last year’s winning entries.

This year’s videos were of an extremely high standard and the panel, which was made up staff, alumni and sci comms students had a challenging task selecting winners!
We are excited to share the winning entries, who each received a cash prize and certificate over lunch and were presented with certificates by Professor Ian Bruce, Director of the Biomedical Research Centre, and Professor Mahesh Nirmalan, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility.

The winners are their videos are below:

1st place – Ewan Croughan – Nose Breathing

2nd place – Veronica Cheung– Healthcare Inequality

Professor Mahesh Nirmalan, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility said,
The Talking Science competition was launched to give our students an opportunity to engage with the wider issues affecting our world, articulated through the UN’s SDGs. It is encouraging to see the level of participation, which demonstrates that our students are willing to engage with these wider issues that are beyond their immediate curriculum

The ‘Talking Science’ Competition will be running again in the next academic year, if you would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact