U21/PWC Innovation Challenge Pre-Application Awareness Session

Title:U21/PWC Innovation Challenge Pre-Application Awareness Session

Duration:0.5 days
The Graduate School

This session is delivered by the Graduate School

Target Audience

 Competition entries are invited from Doctoral and Postgraduate Taught Masters students from all disciplines who will still be registered with the University on 31 May 2019.

This face to face session is aimed at Doctoral students.

Process: Awareness raising and information session.

Session Description:

 U21/PWC Innovation Challenge is an International University competition and global opportunity to showcase researcher skills to Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) and its client base, via a short 3 minute video clip response to a pre-set challenge (to be released January 2019).

 U21/PWC Competition winners will unlock and have access to unique training and professional development opportunities with one of the world’s leading employers.

The aim of the competition is to help research students

  • develop their academic, critical thinking, presentation, and research communication skills
  • support them to distil and effectively explain their research or insight into contemporary, globally-important work-related issues within a three minute window, in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience
  • prepare for and produce a self-made 3 minute video addressing global work-related challenges.

We encourage interested PhD Students from all disciplines to attend this one hour session and enter the competition. Session attendees are however not obliged to enter the U21/PWC Innovation Challenge competition. 

An alternative online Webinar, open to ALL postgraduate students, is also running on 13th November 1-2pm. Please read the information below and then follow the link.

Webinar information:

You will need a headset or speakers for the webinar and we recommend that you join fifteen minutes before it is due to start so that you can test them. You won’t need to use your microphone, any questions can be asked via the questions feature or the chat. Make sure that your speakers or headset are plugged in switched on before you click on the link to open the webinar.

Log in by typing your own name into the box. Make sure that you enter as a guest and don’t try to log in with your university username and password as this will not work. If you are prompted to update your flash player or install any ‘add-ins’ please do this. If you run into any problems with your speakers or headset go to the ‘Audio setup wizard’.

Adobe Connect pre-meeting test checks your computer and network connections and helps you troubleshoot connection problems before your meeting begins: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/using/connection-test-connect-meeting.html

Follow this link to access the webinar: http://uni-of-nottingham.adobeconnect.com/ruujiur5qfde/


This preparatory training session will aim to do the following:

  • Provide information about the competition, its timescales and requirements
  • Provide tips about putting together your three minute video presentation
  • Provide general presentation skills information and support
  • Provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your own research project or ideas around contemporary, globally-important work-related issues and how you might deliver a three minute summary for the competition.

 You will see some examples of challenges set for other universities and also see some previous heat winning presentations.

 Additional information about the competition

The Graduate School are looking to identify 3 finalists from across our British, Malaysian and Chinese campuses, to go forward into the U21/PWC Final competition.

The Graduate School will provide additional support for all 3 University of Nottingham sourced finalists to produce a professional video of their winning presentation which will be used as an entry for the U21/PWC Final. This video will be recorded at the University's Video Hub on Tuesday 19th February 2019.

 Are you an Innovator? Are you looking for a chance to prove this on an international stage?

Please click U21/PWC Innovation Challenge for further information


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