UCD History and Health is a new team competition for Transition Year students for the 2017-18 academic year. It aims to commemorate the events of 1913-1923 in a creative and multidisciplinary way, linking past and present, science and humanities.
The UCD History and Health Competition are now happy to announce the results!
The pool of fascinating and creative videos was reviewed by our judges and shortlisted to the final group, which were judged at a special screening by a panel of UCD’s most senior staff in the fields of history, medicine and media, including: Prof. Mark Rogers, Registrar, Prof Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Chair of the UCD Decade of Commemorations Committee, Ms. Helen Guerin, Director of Media Services & Prof. Catherine Cox, Head of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland.
It was a tight competition, but we are delighted to announce that our winners are St. Joseph of Cluny for their detailed and thoughtful video on Margaret Sanger. Runners-up were Mount Sackville, with a very creative video celebrating the life and contribution to health of John Joly. Thanks to all the schools that entered!
Winner: St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney
Runner Up: Mt. Sackville, Chapelizod
Student teams will make short videos (no more than 4 minutes long) explaining how any historical person or event of 1913-23 influenced health into the future – locally, nationally or internationally. The more creative, the better, so don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild! Any style of video or approach to the topic is welcomed.
What’s special about it?
The History and Health Competition is a different kind of school competition, which doesn’t just focus on one discipline or skill, but encourages students to look at science and society in a new way and to express this creatively. We want to take historical events and make them relevant to today, to everyday lives, and to celebrate the impact of human events on science and scientific advance on the human experience.
Not only does the History and Health Competition offer a unique learning experience, it’s packed with other great reasons to get involved.
The Launch Day
A FREE event for schools to visit UCD. Hear from expert guests and speakers on history, health and media, and experience the UCD campus!
Includes 'Student for a Day' experiences in UCD, along with cash prizes to the winning schools.
We will provide a Transition Year pack which can be used to create a record of their teams’ progress, reflections on their work, and contribute to TY portfolios.
Launch Day Event
Closing Date for Entries
THE LAUNCH DAY
UCD hosted a special Launch Event for the competition on Thursday 19th October featuring the following speakers. Presentations from this event can be downloaded below.
LAUNCH DAY SPEAKERS
Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best- known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012). His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015) He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.
Qualified from University College Dublin in 1989 and then moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London. Completed an MD with Professor Stephen Bloom on GLP-1 and appetite control. Moved to current position establishing the first hospital based multidisciplinary treatment unit for the management of adult obesity in the country. Is a member of the Department of Health special action group on obesity established in 2011 and chaired a group carrying out a health impact assessment on the potential benefits and harms of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks. Has presented the EU Ministers for Health and the Director General of the WHO on the importance of prevention of childhood obesity. Has specific interests in and published over 100 peer reviewed publications on obesity, thyroid eye disease, gut endocrine tumours and gender identity disorder. Has supervised 8 clinicians to completion of their PhD’s.
Catherine Cox, Associate Professor, UCD School of History, is a leading expert in the history of health and medicine. She publishes and teaches on the history of mental illness and psychiatry in prisons and lunatic asylums in nineteenth-century Ireland and Britain. She is the Director of UCD's Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland.
Rachel is a lecturer in Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging in the UCD School of Medicine. She particularly enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of her research and teaching, which include physics/psychophysics of imaging, medical image perception, radiation protection and quality in healthcare. Rachel is interested in communication and education at all ages, and recently completed a Prof Diploma in University Teaching & Learning. Her enthusiasm for medical history was sparked through a project for the School of Medicine's Summer Student Research Awards scheme and she lead the development of the History and Health Competition.
LAUNCH DAY RESOURCES
Everything you need to know about the competition.
The period of 1913-1923 was a particularly turbulent one, both in Ireland and across the globe. As we celebrate the centenaries of so many significant events, we often hear about the political outcomes. But how do these events impact how we lead healthy lives today? The link might not seem obvious at first, but the people and events of the past have had a huge influence on medicine and public health. Have a look at some facts you might not have known!
DID YOU KNOW…
...that Marie Slodowska-Curie and her daughter Irene established 20 mobile X-ray units for use in WW1?
...that drugs and therapies discovered in the period 1913-1923 are still used today?
...that Dorothy Stopford, a medical student who went on to have a huge effect on childhood health in Ireland wrote a diary of her experience of the 1916 Rising, and that it had a dramatic impact on her political and social outlook?
...that there was no award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded in any year from 1915 to 1918 inclusive (likely due to the influence of the First World War)? However, that it not to say that important and far-reaching research was not underway at the time!
...that the Richmond War Hospital was set up in Dublin in 1916 specifically for the treatment of soldiers returning from WW1 with mental troubles. Dr. Eleanor Fleury, recognised as one of the first female psychiatrists, worked there.
...that while antibiotics were not discovered until the late 1920s, antiseptic treatments developed during WW1 were still in use until the late 20th century?
...that injuries caused during WW1 precipitated many surgical and medical developments that are hugely important today, including the formation of the world’s first blood bank in 1917?
...that the first diagnoses of shell shock in Ireland in the 20th century were not of soldiers returning for WW1, but of women exposed to shelling during the 1916 Rising?
...the St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants at 37 Charlemont Street, Dublin, was founded by Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeline Ffrench Mullen in 1919 during the Irish War of Independence? Dr Lynn was Medical Officer for the Irish Citizens’ Army (ICA) during the 1916 Rising.
...that a census for Ireland was not taken between 1911 and 1926 due to the disruption related to war in the country? The first census of the Irish Free State was taken in 1926
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