PhD Summer Showcase 2021

PhD Summer ShowcaseThis annual event is organised by the Graduate School to celebrate the research being carried out by the College’s PhD students.

The challenge for this year's virtual competition is for students to communicate their research to a lay audience via a 3 minute presentation. Our team of offical judges will be assessing each presentation for its visual impact and content as well as the ability of the presenter to explain their research in a way that can be shared with the general public.

The results of the PhD Summer Showcase 2021 were as follows:

Prize Winners 2021

We are delighted to announce the results of the PhD Summer Showcase 2021 are as follows:

1st Prize Francesca Lugaresi Mechanical Engineering Fire Safety of Glass Facades
2nd Prize Theo Hembury Life Sciences The Ecology and Technology of Microbial Fuel Cells
3rd Prize Laura Mereweather Immunology and Inflammation Investigating the Early Stages of Venous Thrombosis
People's Choice Prize  Nagina Mangal  Surgery and Cancer Characterising the oncological effects of Cannabidiol in Pancreatic ductal Adenocarcinoma

Competition info

Eligibility & Competition Rules

  • The competition is open to all current doctoral students.
  • Entrants are required to communicate their research to a lay audience via a 3 minute video presentation with voice-over narration.
  • Entrants are encouraged to use images, animations and other visual effects in their presentation; however no music is allowed.
  • All entries will be uploaded to the Graduate School's YouTube Channel and will be available for public viewing for the duration of the People's Choice vote.
  • All entries will be assessed by our judging team against the following categories: 'Visual Impact', 'Content' and 'Public Engagement'. See below for more detailed criteria.
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place based on the judges scores.  There will also be a People's Choice Prize which will be voted for by the College community during the week of 05 - 09 July 2021.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged on the three categories below, with the highest weighting given to the ‘Public Engagement’ category:

CategoryConsiderationsMaximum Score
  • Claritypresentation of content is clear, organised and has an appropriate amount of information that highlights key points.
  • Use of images, graphics & textdid this enhance or detract from the presentation?
  • Visual appeal – was the presentation eye catching?  Was it enjoyable to watch?
  • OriginalityDid the presentation stand out? Was it creative with its use of visual aids?
 5 pts
  • Organisation did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence? e.g. introduction, aims & conclusion
  • Narrative – did the presentation have a coherent narrative to help the audience understand the research?
 5 pts
  • Pitched appropriatelyWas the research communicated in a language appropriate to a lay audience?
  • Ability to explain clearly & concisely – Was the presentation easy to follow and understand? Did the presenter explain any jargon? e.g. technical/non-technical terms?
  • Important points coveredDid you understand what the important parts of the research are? Did the presentation emphasise the main points?
  • Engaging – Did the presenter convey enthusiasm/passion for their research? Did the presentation hold your attention for the duration? Were you curious to find out more?
 10 pts

Prize Information

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Prize - £500
  • 2nd Prize - £250
  • 3rd Prize - £150
  • People's Choice - £100

The winners will be informed on Friday 09 July 2021 and will be announced on the Graduate Schools Twitter feed at 11:00am.