The aim of the project is to support institutional development of postgraduate environments. This platform is a work in progress.
The DPGS (transition to) School of Graduate Studies (D/SPGS) has been part of the ongoing Enhancing Postgraduate Environments (EPE) project since its inception in December 2015 when 12 consortium partner institutions met for the first time at Stellenbosch University. The EPE project is a broad-reaching project that uses the strengths of the respective partners as a starting point for planning interventions that could enhance postgraduate environments. It is a collaboration between 6 South African Universities and 6 European Universities with the consortium project leader being Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam). The project is funded by the European Union and falls under the Capacity Building in Higher Education- umbrella of the Erasmus+ Program... Click here for EPE Program
History and Phylosophy
The EPE project takes as its philosophical underpinning the need for social justice by focusing on the issue of who gets access to the postgraduate environment, what knowledge is included or excluded, and what levels of quality are enabled. The project endeavours to move beyond the notion of generic best practice in postgraduate education by taking institutional and disciplinary differentiation seriously into account. The project works across geographical contexts by bringing together colleagues from five countries to develop opportunities that challenge the human capital model and commodification of postgraduate education.
Meet the workshop Presenters
D/SPGS is proud to present the Research Impact EPE Workshops from 21-22 September. We have put together 14 workshop topics that will be presented by facilitators that are passionate about research as well as developing postgraduate research capacity. Visit our site again after the 30th of August to read a short Bio of each presenter in our upcoming event... Click here to view our presenters
Select and Enroll workshop topics
Please, fill in the form below and select your workshops for which you want to enroll. Note that there are different parallel sessions during which time you can only select 1 of the 2 workshops on offer per session. Please refer to the event program for more detail regarding the topics and times of the workshops on offer.
21-22 Sept Research Impact EPE Workshops Program
The Division (transition to) School of Postgraduate Studies (D/SPGS) is pleased to bring you the UWC-EPE Research Impact EPE Showcase Workshops. Fourteen (14) workshop topics will be offered over two (2) days. Theses workshops will be 1-hour each where some of our leading researcher academics will share with you exiting skills and tips with regard to your Professional and Research Identity Development (21 Sept) as well as Research Output enhancement (22 Sept). Please click on the link below to view the Provisional EPE Workshop Program for the two respective days and enroll for your preferred workshops a.s.a.p. because space is limited. Do note that there are several parallel session where you may only select one of the two topics on offer per parallel session... Click here for EPE Program
Write for your audience
Avoid jargon and academic language.
Explain concepts and people important to your research - you may know all about Professor Smith’s theories but your audience may not.
Highlight the outcomes of your research, and the desired outcome.
Imagine that you are explaining your research to a close friend or fellow student from another field.
Convey your excitement and enthusiasm for your subject.
Tell a story
You may like to present your 3MT as a narrative, with a beginning, middle and end.
It’s not easy to condense your research into three minutes, so you may find it easier to break your presentation down into smaller sections.
Try writing an opener to catch the attention of the audience, then highlight your different points, and finally have a summary to restate the importance of your work.
Have a clear outcome in mind
Know what you want your audience to take away from your presentation.
Try to leave the audience with an understanding of what you’re doing, why it is important, and what you hope to achieve.
Proof your 3MT presentation by reading it aloud, to yourself and to an audience of friends and family.
Ask for feedback.
Ask your audience if your presentation clearly highlights what your research is about and why it is important.
Before you start work on your slide, you should take the following rules into account:
One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted;
No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are permitted;
Your slide is to be presented from the beginning of your oration; and
No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
You may like to consider some of the following suggestions
Less is more: text and complicated graphics can distract your audience – you don’t want them to read your slide instead of listening to your 3MT
Personal touches: personal touches can allow your audience to understand the impact of your research.
Creativity drives interest: do not rely on your slide to convey your message – it should simply complement your oration.
Work your message: think about how your slide might be able to assist with the format and delivery of your
An engaging visual presentation can make or break any oration, so make sure your slide is legible, clear and concise.
Practice, practice, practice
Feeling nervous before you present is natural, and a little nervousness can even be beneficial to your overall speech. Nonetheless, it is important to practice so you can present with confidence and clarity. Practicing will also help you gauge the timing of your 3MT so that you keep within the time limit
Speak clearly and use variety in your voice (fast/slow, loud/ soft).
Do not rush – find your rhythm.
Remember to pause at key points as it gives the audience time to think about what you are saying.
Stand straight and confidently.
Hold your head up and make eye contact.
Never turn your back to the audience.
Practise how you will use your hands and move around the stage. It is okay to move around energetically if that is your personality, however it is also appropriate for a 3MT presentation to be delivered from a single spot on stage.
Do not make the common mistakes of rolling back and forth on your heels, pacing for no reason or playing with your hair as these habits are distracting for the audience.
Record and listen to your presentation to hear where you pause, speak too quickly or get it just right.
Then work on your weaknesses and exploit your strengths.
Look to the stars!
Watch your role models such as academics, politicians and journalists, and break down their strengths and weaknesses.
Analyse how they engage with their audience.
View presentations by previous 3MT finalists.
There is no dress code, if you are unsure of how to dress you may like to dress for a job interview or an important meeting. It is important that you feel comfortable so you can focus on your presentation.
If you are presenting on a stage that has a wooden floor, be aware of the noise your footwear might make.
Do not wear a costume of any kind as this is against the rules (as is the use of props).
Eligibility & Enroll
A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’
of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the
No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are
Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are
Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
Presentations are to commence from the stage.
Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their
presentation through either movement or speech.