Applications are now closed.
- See PhD research under the Spotlight for details of 2019's finalists.
The PhD Spotlight competition sees nine PhD students chosen to exhibit their research as part of YorkTalks, a key University research showcase event. This is a chance to develop your research communication skills and share your work with hundreds of people.
YorkTalks is styled on the highly successful ‘TED’ Talks and highlights some of the University's most innovative and challenging research in a series of accessible 15-minute talks over a single day. It is aimed at an academic, but non-specialist, audience. In conjunction with these talks, three York PhD students from each of the three faculties communicate their research in an exhibition using media such as posters, video and objects.
Spotlight was a great opportunity... The more people I talked to, the more confident I became at explaining my research and its impact. I really enjoyed talking to members of the public. I had many interesting conversations with people and received some challenging questions which was a really valuable experience.
- Jill Simpson, 2018 winner
There are prizes for the winner of each faculty, plus the overall winner.
YorkTalks 2018 was attended by more than 700 people. YorkTalks 2019 takes place on Wednesday 9 January 2019 in the Ron Cooke Hub.
Applications are now closed.
Complete the online YorkTalks 2019 PhD Spotlight proposal form and include:
The deadline for applications is Friday 2 November 2018.
All proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of the York Graduate Research School and a panel of senior academics from each faculty, and nine finalists will be shortlisted to take part (three from each faculty).
Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 14 November 2018 as to whether they have been selected for the final event.
Finalists are required to attend a review session on Tuesday 20 November 2018 (9.30am-12pm) where they will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with their peers and receive support from the RETT in developing their public engagement skills.
Finalists will present their showcase piece on Wednesday 9 January 2019 at the all-day YorkTalks event in the Ron Cooke Hub.
Proposals should provide meaningful information to help the review panel to understand the context behind and your ideas for your showcase piece, and particularly how you will attract visitors and passers-by to engage with you and your display. Please outline:
Showcase pieces should be visually appealing, well presented, and coherent (colour/contrast/font) and designed to engage an academic, non-specialist audience. Give some consideration to which medium(s), e.g., poster, film, objects/artifacts, performance piece etc., would best convey your research in this context.
Submit your application by Friday 2 November 2018.