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This guide will provide you all the information you need to know about the Visualise Your Thesis competition.

  

Visualise Your Thesis

Why enter the UC Visualise Your Thesis competition?

  • Chance to develop your digital communication skills
  • Opportunity to gain a better understanding of the appropriate use of media in your thesis.
  • Chance to be creative
  • Opportunity to share your research with an international audience

 

Prizes

1st prize               $1000.00 (and entry into the international Visualise Your Thesis competition)

2nd prize              $500.00

3rd prize               $250.00          

People's Choice: $250.00

 

Who can enter?

  • Postgraduate students (Master's, PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their research based degree who are currently enrolled (i.e. have not suspended their enrolment)
  • Students enrolled in Honours programmes or Master's by coursework are unfortunately not eligible

 

What is the timeline?

2 May – 12 June 2022:            Entries are open.

13 June – 14 June 2022:         Entries checked for copyright and technical compliance by competition organisers.

15 June – 29 June 2022:         Final date for resubmission with technical and/or copyright corrections.

15 July 2022:                           Prize giving and winners are announced (Location and time TBA).

1 September 2022:                  First prize winner’s entry is submitted into international competition

September-October:                International competition (Final date TBA)

 

Who’s judging the UC competition?

Professor Carl Mika

Dr. Jacinta Cording

Associate Professor Enrica Sciarrino

 

Register your interest and get the competition pack

Click this link to register your interest and get a link to the competition pack that has all the details: https://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beWKf9UGs0Y8FZY

 

Submit your competition entry

You can submit your entry here: https://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eCMTgXUx3GN1kZ8

Workshops

VYT Drop-In Sessions

Want to check you're crediting images and audio correctly? Can't get the PowerPoint to function properly? This is a drop-in session where you can trouble shoot those random issues and niggly questions you may have as you work on your Visualise Your Thesis entry.

No need to register: this is an informal session. It's also an opportunity to meet other entrants - we'll be providing tea, coffee and biscuits so come and have a chat! 

Date:          Friday 27 May, 2022

Time:          3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location:   Poutama (Level 3 of Central Library)

                   https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/98440157206

(Photo by Ross Varrette on Unsplash)

VYT Drop-In Sessions

Want to check you're crediting images and audio correctly? Can't get the PowerPoint to function properly? This is a drop-in session where you can trouble shoot those random issues and niggly questions you may have as you work on your Visualise Your Thesis entry.

No need to register: this is an informal session. It's also an opportunity to meet other entrants - we'll be providing tea, coffee and biscuits so come and have a chat! 

Date:         Wednesday 8 June, 2022

Time:         2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location:   Poutama (Level 3 of Central Library)

                   https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/97571096883

(Photo by Ross Varrette on Unsplash)

Visualise Your Thesis: How to find copyright-friendly media

This workshop will provide guidance on sourcing and correctly referencing images, film, and music to acknowledge copyright. This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition but all welcome. 

Date:
Tuesday 10 May, 2022
Time:
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location:
Eng Core 119 Meeting Room, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/91754239257
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: How to find copyright-friendly media

This workshop will provide guidance on sourcing and correctly referencing images, film, and music to acknowledge copyright. This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition but all welcome. 

Date:
Monday 30 May, 2022
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Engineering Core 119, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/95378870143
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: Making a PowerPoint video

This workshop will provide guidance on how to create an audiovisual presentation using the PowerPoint template provided as part of the Visualise Your Thesis Competition. 

This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition but all welcome. 

Date:
Wednesday 11 May, 2022
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Beatrice Tinsley 229, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/96052575833
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: Making a PowerPoint video

This workshop will provide guidance on how to create an audiovisual presentation using the PowerPoint template provided as part of the Visualise Your Thesis Competition. 

This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition but all welcome. 

Date:
Tuesday May 31, 2022
Time:
11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Engineering Core 119, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/92587934135
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: Storytelling with Word and Images

This workshop with provide guidance on the use of images from the storytelling perspective. This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition but all welcome.  

Date:
Wednesday 11 May, 2022
Time:
11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Beatrice Tinsley 229, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/95143426075
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: Storytelling with Words and Images

This workshop with provide guidance on the use of images from the storytelling perspective. This workshop has been scheduled to support research students submitting entries into the Visualise Your Thesis competition, but all welcome.

Date:
Friday 27 May, 2022
Time:
10:00am - 11:00am
Location:
Beatrice Tinsley 229, https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/93938192069
Categories:
Research Support

Visualise Your Thesis: Video Making 101

Learn some basic techniques for filming and editing together short videos. Whether it's for a montage of your questionable clips from Mono last night or a professional video essay, this quick tutorial can help give you some beginners tips.

Date:
Friday 13 May, 2022
Time:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Te Rua Makerspace, Level 2 Central Library
Categories:
Research Support
 

Movie by OLIVIA HABERMEL from the Noun Project

Visualise Your Thesis: Video Making 101

Learn some basic techniques for filming and editing together short videos. Whether it's for a montage of your questionable clips from Mono last night or a professional video essay, this quick tutorial can help give you some beginners tips.

Date:
Thursday 2 June, 2022
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Te Rua Makerspace, Level 2 Central Library
Categories:
Research Support
 
Movie by OLIVIA HABERMEL from the Noun Project

Workshop Recordings

Couldn't make it to one of the workshops? No problem! We've recordings of the sessions available online:

 

(These are hosted on LEARN so you will need your UC username and password to access)

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Things to watch out for

A few technicalities could disqualify your entry so make sure to the entrant pack carefully!

Key technicalities:

  1. Your presentation must be no longer than 60 seconds, with 5 seconds each for the first and last slides containing your details. Don’t forget that each slide transition adds a second or two to your presentation!
  2. You have to provide complete references for all materials you use, such as images, audio, software and video. 
  3. It's necessary to secure permission for copyrighted items, and include this information in your references. Assume everything you find online is copyrighted, unless the item has a license that explicitly states you can use it. Otherwise, you will probably need to seek permission.
  4. You must choose a Creative Commons license for your presentation.
  5. An ORCID number is necessary to participate.
  6. You must use the template provided with the applicant pack.
  7. Your final work must be compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 365 for Windows, or an .MP4 file no longer than 70 seconds
  8. You must be a current UC student engaging in postgraduate research to enter. If you are employed by the university, for example as a lecturer, you may be ineligible to participate. Contact Brian McElwaine at brian.mcelwaine@canterbury.ac.nz if you are in doubt. 
  9. Talk to your supervisor before submitting, in case there are issues related to, for example, grants or intellectual property around your work. If your research involves a group, consult them before you submit an entry. 
  10. Any entry received after 11:59pm on 12 June 2022 will not be considered. 

International Competition

What is Visualise Your Thesis?

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) challenges graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60-second, eye catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, you are tasked with developing a striking e-poster presentation that succinctly describes your research, and its potential benefits, to a non-specialist audience.

The competition provides you with an opportunity to build and apply your digital literacy skills. By creating a “visual elevator pitch” you will develop crucial employability skills including effective communication, digital literacy, and visual storytelling. You will also build your awareness of open access to information and copyright.

Curious to see how others have responded to this challenge? Have a look at the Visualise Your Thesis figshare site, which features winning entries from local competitions held at Australian and international universities.