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Rules and Judging Criteria

Eligibility criteria:

  • To enter, you must be currently enrolled on a doctoral programme at the University of Warwick. You must not have had your viva before the date of the Warwick final.

Rules for video submission:

  • Videos are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Videos are to focus solely and continuously on the presenter, with at least your face in view throughout (i.e. 'talking heads'-style webcam or camera-phone videos are acceptable).
  • Presentations must not be edited and videos must contain no additional visual aids or elements.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • The decision of the shortlisting panel is final (if applicable).

Rules for Mini 3MT:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Mini 3MT Judging Criteria

Each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria featuring 3 elements within comprehension and content and 3 elements of engagement and communication, all listed below.

Comprehension and content

  1. Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question
  2. Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research
  3. Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research

Engagement and communication

  1. The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  2. The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  3. The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention