UCD History and Health | A new team competition for Transition Year students for the 2017-18 academic year
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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.

What's Involved?

What's Involved?

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?

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!

Great Prizes

Includes 'Student for a Day' experiences in UCD, along with cash prizes to the winning schools.

Teaching Resources

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.



Entries Open


Launch Day Event


Closing Date for Entries


UCD will host a special Launch Event for the competition on Thursday 19th October. Registrations for the launch day can only be accepted from schools, not from individual students, and the event is absolutely free, although registration will be required in advance. You don’t have to attend the Launch Day to take part in the competition though, so don’t worry if you can’t make it.



Fascinating talks on both Historical and Medical Topics


Tutorial and workshop


Guided tours of the Belfield campus


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!



For more information please contact us using the form below

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UCD History & Health Competition

C/O Rachel Toomey, Diagnostic Imaging

UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Email: historyandhealth@ucd.ie