OxTALENT 2018 winners

21 projects which make innovative use of digital technology across the University were honoured with an OxTALENT award at this year's ceremony (13 June).

And the winners are...

OxTALENT is a competition and ceremony that has been designed to recognise and reward those who have shown creativity in using technology to further the University's strategic aims in teaching, learning, and outreach. As technology becomes more common place in University practices, it becomes increasingly difficult to judge the entries we receive each year. This year, our judges chose 21 winners in the six categories. Read more about the OxTALENT annual awards or have a closer look at the winners below.

Digital Media

The digital media category reflects the variety of forms that media artefacts can take: podcasts, animations, short videos (stills and/or moving images), more substantial documentaries... in fact, the only limit is your imagination! Media artefacts recognised in this category can have been developed to support teaching, learning, outreach, public engagement (including making research accessible to a wider audience), or they serve another purpose relevant to life at the University such as student wellbeing or extra-curricular activities (clubs, societies etc.).


Chico Quevedo Camargo (Brasenose College) for 'BláBláLogia - a scientific outreach YouTube channel'

Runner up:

April Burt (Queen's College) for the 'Aldabra clean-up project campaign video'

Honourable mention:

Ben Micklem (MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, Pharmacology) for 'Video: Beta burst dynamics in Parkinson's disease OFF and ON dopaminergic medication'

Honourable mention:

Fiona Moultrie (Trinity College), Rebecca Slater (Green Templeton) and Charlotte Moultrie for 'How do babies feel pain?'


Public Engagement

With evidence of impact a key requirement of many funders, and with global reach a major priority of the University, it is unsurprising that researchers are devising creative ways to ensure that their work reaches the widest possible audience. This category recognises initiatives that have used technology to engage audiences beyond the University in a two way process of enhancing knowledge and understanding.


Lesley Paterson (Research Services), Michaela Livingstone-Banks (MPLS Division) and Shane McCracken (Gallomanor, non-University) for ‘I'm a Researcher… get me out of here: an online event for students to meet researchers

Runner up:

Tom Hart (Zoology), Fiona Jones (Zoology, Green Templeton), Chris Lintott (Physics, New College), Andrew Zisserman (Engineering), Carlos Arteta, Caitlin Black, Grant Miller, Campbell Allen and Victor Lempitsky for ‘Penguin Watch - a citizen science platform for large-scale penguin conservation’

Honourable mention:

Gabriela Pavarini, Jessica Lorimer, Arianna Manzini, Ilina Singh (Psychiatry) for ‘Can your phone be your therapist? Young people's ethical perspectives on Chatbot Therapy’


Data Visualisation

Software is making it easier to create data visualisations that are interactive and can be shared via the web. In this category of OxTALENT we were looking for visualisations that tell a story, provide an insight, make the complex simple or illustrate a beautiful pattern in a data set.


Kasra Hosseini and Maria Tsekhmistrenko (Earth Sciences) for ‘SubMachine: Web‐based tools for exploring seismic tomography and other models of earth's interior’

Runner up:

Anastasia Bow-Bertrand, Marta Favara, Grace Chang and Kristine Briones (International Development) for ‘Young Lives: visualizing child poverty data’


Research Posters

This category showcases some of the creative poster designs in support of teaching, research and outreach. The IT Learning Programme delivers poster workshops to many departments, and a number of entries were from workshop participants. The judges have noticed that over the years the standard of poster design has continued to increase, and with a wider acceptance of posters in all disciplines, including the Humanities, the designs submitted are very wide-ranging.

Best poster


Joseph Bartram for 'Bayesian Brains: Triggerfish consider sensory reliability when making decisions'

Runner up:

Michel Rickhaus for 'Flatten, bend, cyclize. ​Porphyrin structures linked by Single Acetylenes'


Most innovative research poster


Michal Hejduk for 'Cold Quantum Chemistry Machine'

Runner up: 

Sarah Chamberlain for 'ELFIN: Save the date'


Innovative Teaching and Learning with Technology

This category lies at the heart of the role played by OxTALENT in recognising and rewarding grass-roots innovations that are then shared with the University at large. Entries identified and addressed a specific teaching or learning need, either in a discipline that is taught at Oxford or in a study skill (e.g. note-taking, time management or evaluating online resources), by creating websites and apps or using existing technologies. All entrants had to provide qualitative and/or quantitative evidence of the impact their work made.


Christine Gerrard (Lady Margaret Hall) for ‘Democratising the Classics: using the Cabinet to support undergraduate English lectures in the Oxford English Faculty

Joint runner up:

Angela Adams, John Denton, Michael Smets, Paolo Quattrone, Chris Loftus, Iulia Pop, Lais Righetto, Dominik Lukes and Tim Rose (Saïd Business School) for ‘Digital Transformation of Custom Exec Education

Joint runner up:

Celine Jones (Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health) for ‘Integrated online teaching tools: developing deeper learning styles and interactive feedback routes

Joint runner up:

Max Brodermann and David Greaves (Hertford College) for ‘Innovative eLearning Resources for Medical Student Studies in Biochemistry and Pathology


Student Innovation Challenges

As part of the 2018 OxTALENT Awards, we recognise student projects funded through the University's IT Innovation Challenges which have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to teaching, learning, outreach, and public engagement at Oxford.

Joint winner:

Mattia Montanari, Gustavo Quino Quispe (Engineering postgrads, Exeter College), Maria Lissner (Engineering postgrad, St Anne’s College) and Richard Smith (Technology Support Officer, Radcliffe Science Library)for ‘VR and AR Oxford Hub

Joint winner:

Joseph Poore (DPhil student at the Oxford DTP in Environmental Research, Queen’s College) for ‘Workplace Finder


Outreach and Widening Participation

Outreach and widening participation activities deliver an important dimension of the University’s work in raising aspirations, promoting diversity and encouraging people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education. This category awards staff and students who have made innovative use of technology to deliver exceptional widening participation activities and to support learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Joint winner:

Alex Pryce, Sarah Wilkin and Rebecca Costello (Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach) for ‘Oxplore: Oxford’s digital outreach portal

Joint winner:

Tom Crawford (St Hugh’s College) for ‘Tom Rocks Maths


We would like to congratulate all our winners once again and would like to thank everyone who attended the awards ceremony on June 13 - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


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