SHOWCASE 2014 – The 5th annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference
‘Celebrating Excellence in Postgraduate Research’
Thursday 4th December 2014
(Great Hall, Baines Wing and Parkinson Court)
The University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference is the annual University wide showcase of postgraduate research and a celebration of the significant contribution postgraduate researchers make to the research profile of the University. This conference is free and open to all staff and postgraduate students at the University of Leeds.
The conference will include the following competitions
- The University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher of the Year (see criteria below)
- Postgraduate Research Image of the Year
- Postgraduate Research Poster of the Year
- Three Minute Thesis
- Showcase Movie
Speaking about last year’s conference, Dr Peter Gardner, Institute of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, said: “The Showcase conference does what it says on the tin…it demonstrates that postgraduate researchers are at the heart of the research activity of this University. Everybody should attend to witness the wide range of excellent work and the talented students from across the Faculties”.
Participating in the conference competitions gives you the opportunity to share your research with the wider research community and get feedback on your work. It also enhances a number of skills including presenting, writing, preparation of posters and above all communicating your research to a non-specialist audience.
To view a presentation on last year’s awards ceremony go to: http://www.pgrconference.leeds.ac.uk/files/2013/02/Winners-2013-awards-ceremony-presentation.pdf and to view a list of winners go to: http://www.pgrconference.leeds.ac.uk/files/2013/02/Showcase_2013_winners.pdf
To hear why research students have taken part in the past listen to our pod-casts at: https://soundcloud.com/uolpgrconference/uol-pgr-conference-interviews
Criteria for ‘Postgraduate Researcher of the Year 2014′1
Nominations should take into account the following criteria:
- Ability to communicate research to the lay and non-specialist research audience in terms of e.g. application of findings for economic, social or cultural benefit: the significance of the contribution/potential contribution of the research to the academic subject area.
- Impact/potential impact of the research in terms of e.g. application of findings for economic or social benefit; the significance of the contribution/potential contribution of the research to the academic subject area.
- Each faculty will nominate postgraduate research student(s) for the award guided by the criteria 1 -3 stated above. The number of nominations is based on the number of postgraduate researchers in the faculty with one nomination per approximately 200 researchers. This provides the number of nominees per faculty as follows: Arts 2; FBS 1; LUBS 1; ENG 3; ENV 1; ESSL 1; MaPS 1; MH 2; PVAC 1.
- Each nominee will be asked to provide a 250 word (max) abstract of their research and a 200-300 word statement in respect of the impact/potential impact of their research. Directors of Postgraduate Research Studies will have responsibility for ensuring nominees are put forward. Faculties can agree an appropriate nomination process for their Faculty.
- All nominees will provide an oral presentation of their research in the Great Hall at the PGR Conference (4th December 2014). An independent, representative panel of judges will be present in the audience to view the presentation. In addition the independent panel will talk with nominees and consider abstracts and statements. The panel will assess the ability of the nominee to communicate their research to a lay or non-specialist research audience as per criteria 1 above. The panel will then select a “PG Researcher of the Year” (1st (£300), 2nd (£200) and 3rd (£100) place prizes). Nominees will be notified of the panel members ahead of the day of the conference.
- Nominees will attend a training and development workshop covering: presenting your research to a non-specialist audience; writing abstracts and impact statements; defending your research. The workshop will be scheduled for October/November 2014. Presentations should provide an overview of the research and include a summary of potential impact.
1 As a reference, past entries are available on our Showcase YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/ldspgrconference and Showcase website http://www.pgrconference.leeds.ac.uk/showcase-2013/
Eligibility: The competition is open to all postgraduate researchers who have not submitted their thesis by 31st August 2014. Award winners from the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ‘Postgraduate Researcher of the Year’ competition are not eligible to enter.
Deadline for nominations: Directors of Postgraduate Research Studies should forward their Faculty nomination to Samantha Aspinall by Friday 24th October 2014.
Contact details: Samantha Aspinall, Graduate Training and Support Centre, SDDU, Room 1.35 Parkinson Building email: email@example.com