Workshop 17/11/2016 – Presentations & Poster/Pitch Advice

It was good to see so many of you yesterday. We hope you found the session helpful.

Here are the slides we used, as well as some key points, which you will no doubt remember, and be itching to put into practice!

slide2slide3If you are late for your presentation you will not be able to present, and will receive a no-score for your presentation.

Avoid holding large bits of paper, these can be distracting, encourage you to simply read from the page, or the paper can start to creep up and begin to cover your face!

While you are not expected to wear a suit, it is important to set the appropriate tone for the presentations, it is a formal assessment so please dress appropriately

slide4Do not rely on cloud storage, bring a USB drive with you, and then use the cloud as a back up.

Your presentation will need to be backed up by research, evidenced by a bibliography, this is best completed in a word document and printed separately, as it will be harder to read on a slide

Print out your slides so the examiners can follow the presentation, and refer back to slides after you have finished.

slide5Your examiners are the audience, talk to them, and not the cameras

They will be taking notes, so will not always be looking at you, do not be put off by this, it is not a bad thing, just continue with your presentation.

The questions will relate to your presentation, they are not there to trip you up they are to help you expand on your argument and improve your marks.

slide6slide7Avoid speaking in a monotone  voice, there should be natural inflection to your speech.

Pace yourself, try not to speak to quickly

Breathe! It helps a lot, honestly. Do not be afraid to pause for a moment, collect your thoughts and carry on with your point.

There should be a clear structure to your slides and this should be conveyed to the examiners with an outline slide which you then follow.

Link your presentation together, make sure you set out your aims at the start and refer back to them at the end.

slide8Avoid extensive text, keep to bullet points and expand on them in your presentation. It is too tempting to just read from the slides if you have this much text. Also, you will then loose the attention of your audience as they will be reading the slide, and not listening to you.

slide9Avoid animations, if you do use them, keep it simple.

slide10The text needs be big enough to read and in a colour which can be read.



Attention to detail is important, check your spelling!


slide17The focus of your poster should be on how your methodology and methods will be used to answer the question.

Your question needs to be a legal issue!

It needs to be justified, but you should not answer the question in the poster, you have not completed the research yet, and the poster is to demonstrate HOW you will do the research.




A good poster will be easy to read and guide the reader around it.

Think about the structure of your poster

Avoid pictures that make it harder to read the poster, if you have text over images make sure the text is legible.

If you are using colours, make sure they do not render the text unreadable.

Keep text to a minimum, be concise, this will help the reader understand the poster in a short amount of time, excessive text will take up space and is unlikely to be read.



UWE Student Conference – Call for Abstracts

Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus

Monday 10 April 2017

Organised jointly by staff and students, the inaugural UWE Student Conference will celebrate research/enquiry/evidence-based practice from undergraduate and postgraduate taught students across all years of study and all disciplines.

There will be prizes for the best paper and poster presentations, and posters will be printed at no cost. Your name, paper/poster title, abstract and short biography will be included in a colour programme.

What can you present?

You can present your dissertation work, group-based and individual projects, placement and internship activities, assessed essays or other evidence-based enquiry, reflective evidence-based practice and service improvement. You can use existing coursework material or present new ideas to gain feedback. If you have been excited by your learning and want to show it off to an audience of peers, staff, employers, family members and friends then this is the conference for you! You can present work from any level of study, produced individually, in groups, or co-produced with staff.

You can share your research through spoken presentations (15 minutes) or posters (A1 size) (with associated artefacts/installations). Posters and associated installations will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference, but time will be allocated for you to stand by them to answer questions from delegates. Paper sessions will be chaired by fellow students and will include time for questions.

Why take part?

You will be able to share knowledge with a wide audience and learn from your peers. This will be a great opportunity for you to gain academic and employability skills to add to your CV and to take to job interviews. Preparing for and presenting at the conference counts as undergraduate research activity, which is eligible for your UWE Bristol Futures Award. Students who have taken part in multi-disciplinary research conferences in the past have said it has transformed their university experience:

‘It’s not like anything we experience in university courses … everyone is here for a purpose and that provides a realism you don’t get very often on a degree course’

‘After the conference I suddenly realised my own ambitions were much more attainable than I previously thought possible’ 

‘It was really enjoyable, mainly because it was my work, my research … a brilliant experience for going into a job’

What is the time-line?

Abstract deadline: Monday 2 January 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance: Monday 23 January 2017

Conference registration opens: Monday 30 January 2017

Submit papers and posters online: Friday 24 March 2017

UWE Student Conference: Monday 10 April 2017 (first week of Easter break)


How do I submit an abstract?

Email your abstract to using the conference abstract submission form by 2 January 2017You can find the form in the ASC tab on Blackboard In the title (subject) of your email state: your faculty, your name, student conference e.g.: ACE, John Smith, student conference.