At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension & Content

-  Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
-  Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/ or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
-  Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
-  Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to  a non-specialist audience?
-  Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & Communication

-  Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
-  Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
-  Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
-  Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
-  Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
-  Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?


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