Visualise Your Thesis


The Visualise Your Thesis competition celebrates research conducted by graduate research students around the world.

Developed by The University of Melbourne, graduate researchers are challenged to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display.

Submissions are judged on their visual impact and how well the content presents the research. Presenting in a digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation, and is suitable for all disciplines.

The winner of the University of Adelaide Visualise Your Thesis competition receives a prize of $1000 and is given the opportunity to compete in the International online showcase hosted by The University of Melbourne in the later part of the year.

  • Key dates

    May: Online support material available for self-directed learning

    1 June: Competition opens to accept submissions

    26 July: Last day for competition submissions (closes at 11:59 pm)

    End August: UoA winners announced (date TBC)

    September: UoA winning entry to compete in online International competition

  • Prizes

    1st prize: $1000

    2nd prize: $500

    3rd prize: $250

    People's choice: $250

    The winner must agree to their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website and in the University of Adelaide's online media.

  • Eligibility

    This competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

    Not eligible to enter the competition:

    • Honours students
    • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
    • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (inactive and not attending)
    • Lapsed candidates
  • Training and support

    Let us help you! Don’t worry if you’re not digitally savvy, and certainly don’t let it put you off entering. The University is committed to building your digital communication skills (very handy when trying to communicate complex research), and we will provide you with all the assistance you need to create your submission. 

    Online training course

    This course is now available online! You can self-enrol below:

    online training 2020 

    The Learning Enhancement & Innovations team have partnered with the library to develop your digital capability and together we can provide online support in:  

    • Translating your abstract – describing your research to a non-specialist audience, adapting the idea into a story 

    • Storyboarding your idea – breaking down the story, using supporting materials and media, choosing the technology, review 

    • Bringing the idea to life – refining the tools and methods, reviewing your final product 

    • Refining and submission – adding title screens and attribution, checking technical requirements 

    • Copyright advice – ensuring your submission meets all of the copyright requirements. 


    Meet with an expert - virtual drop-ins!

    Between 13th to 24th July we are offering one-on-one 30 minute virtual drop-in sessions with Learning Enhancement and Innovation staff, including video production experts and Learning Designers. These staff will help you develop the skills you need to complete your submission.

    The library's Copyright Co-ordinator will also be available to help with your copyright queries.

    You'll be able to gain feedback on:

    • your storyboard and presentation direction
    • guidance on visual elements and your choice of delivery, and
    • ensuring copyright and competition guidelines have been sufficiently met.

    book a session


    Top tips to get you started

    • Keep it simple 

    • Focus on your story, not the technology 

    • Leverage the capability of your chosen technology (and your existing skills) 

    • Be clear with your intention 

  • Participant kit and information

    Please email Visual Thesis for further information.

  • Judging criteria

    Entries will be judged based on impact, content and scholarly citizenship categories. See the participant kit for full details.  

    A panel of four judges will assign scores for the impact and content category. The library will be responsible for scoring the scholarly citizenship category. Where an entrant was required to resubmit their entry to remedy a minor technical and/or copyright issue the scholarly citizenship category will be scored based on the entrant’s initial submission.

    The judges for 2020 were as follows: 

    Dr. Eva Balan-Vnuk, Executive Director of ICT and Digital Government, Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Bonny Rugless, Learning Designer, Learning Enhancement and Innovation Team; Professor Michael Liebelt, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Operations); and Professor Philippa Levy, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Learning). 

  • Submission of entries

    Submissions open Monday 1 June 2020.

    Entries must be submitted using the online form by Sunday 26 July 2020.

    All entrants must agree to comply with the competition Terms and Conditions, and complete the checklist detailed on the online submission form.  

    Submissions will be checked after 26 July to ensure that they meet the competition’s copyright and technical requirements. Entrants may be asked to remedy any minor copyright and/or technical issues and resubmit before being accepted into the competition. Resubmissions will only be allowed at the discretion of the library and if the required changes will not give undue advantage to the entrant. For example, substantial alterations to the main body of the PPT will not be allowed.  

    Resubmissions must be received by Sunday 9 August 2020   

  • Terms and conditions

    All entrants should ensure that they're familiar with the Terms and Conditions of this competition before submission.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions regarding the competition, please email the library at Visual Thesis for further information.