How to enter OxTALENT

Closing date

The closing date passed on May 7th. 

How to enter

The OxTALENT awards are open to both individuals and groups. You can enter on your own behalf, enter on behalf of a group or nominate another person (or group). We also warmly welcome staff-student partnerships.

Entries in five of the six categories are submitted through the Oxford Ideas website. For reasons of size, we receive entries in the research posters category by email instead.

Before you start...

Decide the category in which you will submit your entry

If you're unsure which category to choose, decide which aspect of your entry you want the judges to focus on. For example, if you have created a video for teaching purposes, you can choose whether you want it to be judged for its technical merit (the digital media category) or its educational value (innovative teaching and learning with technology). Alternatively, you can submit the entry in more than one category.

Note that the judges may reallocate an entry to the category which they feel suits it best (see the terms and conditions).

Make sure that both you and your proposed entry are eligible

Read the terms and conditions. Some of them are specific to individual categories, so check through the complete list.

Categories other than research posters

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Draft the information in a text editor before submitting it online. Don't format your text at this stage: you can do this in the editor in Oxford Ideas.

You will need to provide the following information (numbers refer to the maximum number of characters that you can type on the entry form):

Introduction (3500 characters)

  • What was the motivation for your work?
  • What challenge or gap in provision did you want to address, and how was your work intended to address it?
  • Remember that the judges will have no experience of your field.

Description (4000)

  • Describe how you designed and implemented your innovation.
  • Give a brief description of the site, app, tool or video.

Impact (3000)

  • What difference has your innovation made to the situation that it addressed?
  • What evidence do you have? Examples are:
    • feedback from students or users
    • improved student performance
    • Web analytics
    • download figures

Tips (2000)

  • What tips or recommendations do you have for people who might wish to do something similar? 

Attachments

  • Please enhance your description with screenshots, photos, graphics or other images as appropriate.
  • Preferred formats are .png and .jpg
  • Maximum size of each file is 5MB.

Information about the entrant(s) must be uploaded to Oxford Ideas in a separate spreadsheet. This is very important: without it we won't know who the entrants are.

For each person involved in your entry, please provide:

  • Title, if you use one (e.g. Dr, Mr, Mrs, Ms)
  • First name and last name
  • University card number
  • Department
  • College, if applicable
  • Twitter name, if applicable. To maximise the publicity about your entry (if it receives an award), please also provide the Twitter names of the department, college(s) and/or research group.

When you have gathered this information:

  1. Download the spreadsheet.
  2. Fill in the fields, giving details of each person in whose name the entry is submitted.
  3. Save the spreadsheet.

Important: In the filename of the spreadsheet, please replace the word 'EntryName' with something to distinguish your entry: e.g. an abbreviated title or the last name of the main entrant.

To submit your entry:

  1. Log into the Oxford Ideas website with your single sign-on (SSO).
  2. On the Home page, scroll down to 'OxTALENT 2018' and click the 'Add your Entry' button.
  3. Fill in the entry form. 
  4. Upload the spreadsheet and any supporting files.

Note: If you submit the same entry in two categories, you'll need to provide all of the information in both categories.

Research posters

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Please save your poster as a high quality PDF. This is because the best posters will be printed at A1 or A2 size for display at the OxTALENT awards ceremony.

If you wish to supply your poster in a different format, or if you have a file that is too large to attach to an email, please contact the OxTALENT competition organisers at competitions@it.ox.ac.uk.

Please provide a description (max. 400 words) explaining:

  • the purpose of the poster;
  • why you designed it in this way;
  • how the poster has been peer reviewed; and
  • the tools that you used to create it.

Remember that the judges will have no experience of your research field.

Please also tell us how you found out about the competition.

For each person involved in your entry, please provide:

  • Title, if you use one (e.g. Dr, Mr, Mrs, Ms)
  • First name and last name
  • University card number
  • Department
  • College, if applicable
  • Twitter name, if applicable. To maximise the publicity about your entry (if it receives an award), please also provide the Twitter names of the department, college(s) and/or research group.

If your poster can be sent as an email attachment:

  1. Compose an email containing the information outlined in steps 2 and 3.
  2. Attach your poster.
  3. Send the email to competitions@it.ox.ac.uk

Otherwise, send it (and the accompanying information) as agreed with the OxTALENT competition organisers (see step 1).

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