University of Leeds PGR Conference

Thesis Twitter Conference 2013

 University of Leeds Thesis Twitter Conference_1

 

Congratulations on the winners of the Tweet Your Thesis Competition 2013

First prize awarded by Professor Richard Sambrook. Richard is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism. He is the former Director of Global News at the BBC where he worked as a journalist for 30 years as a producer, editor and manager.

Richard’s choice is Marco-Felipe King “because he made an effort to appeal to a general online audience and make tweets engaging.”

The people’s vote via the Bristol Online Survey goes to Saima Ahmed.

Entries 2013

Further details of the 2013 competition:

Following the success of the inaugural Thesis Twitter competition at the University of Leeds, the second University of Leeds Thesis Twitter Conference will be held on the 10th of December, 9am to 5pm. You can catch the action here.

The Thesis Twitter Conference provides a platform to engage an audience outside of your research field. It also allows you the opportunity to hone your skills in communicating your research concisely and clearly. Hopefully you will receive feedback and make new connections that you will maintain throughout your research career.

The Rules
• You must be a University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher.
• You must register for the event by 5pm on the 6th of December.
• You are allowed a maximum of 6 tweets. Each tweet can be a maximum of 140 characters.
• Number each of your tweets.
• End each tweet with #UoLTweCon
• The first tweet should be the title of your thesis twitter paper.
• The final tweet should sum up your work to date.
• You can tweet about a part of your research or your full project.
• Links to extra text explaining your research is not allowed.
• Links to videos, images and bibliographical information may be included.
• Postings will be stored and displayed online after the competition.

The Prize!
Cash prizes will be awarded for first (£50) and second (£25) place by a judging panel. A cash prize (£50) will also be awarded to the crowd favourite. Crowd favourite will be decided by a poll. This poll will be open after the conference ends at 5pm. Voting will remain open for 24 hours. Details of how to vote will be announced nearer the time of the competition.

There are three criteria through which each thesis twitter paper will be judged:

1. Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
2. Comprehension: did the thesis twitter paper help the audience understand the research?
3. Engagement: did the thesis twitter paper make the audience want to know more?

#UoLTweCon Tips
• You can tweet your thesis any time within the competition (9am-5pm).
• It is helpful to give a tweet prior to your thesis tweet entry to announce it is beginning. This can also stop two papers being tweeted simultaneously.
• To ensure your tweets are in the right order and tweeted in a timely fashion, draft them in advance in word and then copy and paste them into twitter.
• Your tweets cannot be read if your account is private and your tweets protected.
• Follow thesis tweets via the hashtag #UoLTweCon or follow @UoLPGconference
• Discussion of papers is encouraged. Any questions should include the hashtag #UoLTweCon

An Example
This #UoLTweCon paper is an example from last years competition. The brevity removes the subtlety of the thesis (this is to be expected!), but it pretty much represents the gist of their case.

1. Improving the Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): Can We Predict the Best Eggs to Fertilise? #UoLTweCon
2. The success rates of IVF are unsatisfactorily low: just 24% of IVF attempts result in a live birth #UoLTweCon
3. Given the emotional and financial investments patients make in IVF, finding a way of improving success rates is paramount #UoLTweCon
4. To address this, I analysed the fluid around eggs in the ovaries to see if it contains any clues about the quality of the eggs #UoLTweCon
5. The fluid around eggs that gave a pregnancy following IVF contained higher levels of certain small molecules #UoLTweCon
6. Therefore, it may be possible to use these molecules as markers to identify the eggs most likely to give a pregnancy #UoLTweCon

Examples of all previous entries are available here. If you are unsure of how to use Twitter check out this useful video.

Whilst as a general rule, it is important to raise the profile of research through public dissemination, there can be situations where it may be inappropriate or even dangerous to publicise research. For instance, in some cases when working with vulnerable people the dangers of publication to the individuals or general group involved, might outweigh any benefits. In addition, the University is obliged to consider reputational risk and risk to students and researchers. It is also important not to disclose any information that is subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please consider carefully whether it is appropriate to tweet your research, and if uncertain please ask for further advice.

We are grateful to the University of Canterbury for sharing their information.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

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