Maynooth University Transition Year #MURenew Competition

Friday, September 29, 2023 - 17:00
MU School of Business

Maynooth University Transition Year #MURenew Competition
Aodhdín Casey                                 
Lecturer in Accounting   

"As the current academic year draws to a close, I have no doubt that the planning for the forthcoming year is underway. Following the success of our 2022/23 competition, Maynooth University in association with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland, are delighted to launch our 2023/24 #MURenew short video competition and are offering a €50 All-4-One voucher for each participating school. With that in mind, I am asking schools to consider incorporating our competition into your 2023/24 Transition Year curriculum.
The competition is conceived, so that it can either complement an existing module, or indeed, constitute a stand-alone project. It is designed to allow students work independently and remotely on their productions, with school faculty discretion around the nature and degree of supervision.

We are asking TY students to produce a short video (max 60 seconds) on the theme: 

Renewables, the Environment and Me
It’s the End of the World as We Know It …
… our Carbon Dependency on Coal, Oil and Gas

As you are aware carbon is the glue of life, without it, life on earth would not be possible. Over the centuries it has powered economic development and prosperity, but now its excessive use is creating an unprecedented environmental challenge for us.
To explore the topic, below are some suggested questions the students can consider:

  • How do we deal with the legacy of a destructive carbon-dependent economic growth model fuelled by coal, oil and gas?
  • Does our modern throw-away culture contribute to this dependency? 
  • How successful have bottom-up activism or indeed, top-down international agreements been in influencing public and political attitudes and action?
  • Are we ready to make the choices necessary to realise a carbon-neutral society?
  • What does this new world look like? 

Students are encouraged to be creative and imaginative in their interpretation of the theme and style of production (they can incorporate or rely solely on music, amination, role play, etc.). 
Videos will be adjudicated locally by each school. Each school’s winning entry (individual/team) will receive a €50 All-4-One voucher, sponsored by Maynooth University.  
If your school wishes to participate,  or if you require further information, please contact Aodhdín Casey (Lecturer in Accounting) at we ask that you register your school with us via the link below, by Friday 29th September 2023."  
Click here for Registration Form 
Key Dates: 
Deadline for registration: Friday, 29th September 2023  
Adjudicate and submit your winning video to Maynooth University: Friday, 8th December 2023. 
Details on how to submit your winning entry will be circulated to participating schools in due course.
Contribute to the conversation around our carbon-dependency by posting and sharing as many videos as possible (at your discretion) on your schools’ social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), mentioning the competition and using the #MURenew and also #MaynoothUniversity, @MaynoothCAO, @MU_Business and @bstaireland.  
Any queries in relation to the above initiative please contact Aodhdín Casey at