Events

Whether you're studying with us, or a company looking for talented students, our events and activities will help you make the most of Q-Step at Manchester.

One of the highlights of the Q-Step year is our November Celebratory Conference. This event showcases and celebrates the work of our interns, with poster displays (see Student Stories), keynotes from groundbreaking quantitative researchers, and The University of Manchester Q-Step Three Minute Presentations® (UoMQStep3MP).

About UoMQStep3MP

What is UoMQStep3MP?

The University of Manchester Q-Step Three Minute Presentations® (UoMQStep3MP) challenge Q-Step interns to present a compelling spoken presentation on their internship project and its significance in just three minutes. Up to ten presentations are selected for inclusion in each annual Q-Step Celebratory Conference.

UoMQStep3MP is based on a successful model used in postgraduate research, called 3MT or Three Minute Thesis, which was first developed by The University of Queensland. 

The exercise challenges our interns to present a compelling oration on their Q-Step internship project and its significance, all in just three minutes and using just one static PowerPoint slide. 

Why take part?

UoMQStep3MP develops your presentation and research communication skills and is a great opportunity to share the story of your internship with a wide audience.  Your three-minute presentation will help you develop your capacity to effectively explain complex projects in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

3MP Rules and Judging Criteria

Competition rules

  • 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 oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be traditional spoken word (eg. no poems 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.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Presentation judging criteria

Comprehension and content:

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the project/research being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the project/research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the project topic, key results, significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication:

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their project?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their project?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

 

Past events

Social Science by Numbers

  • Date: 13th November 2019
  • Location: Samuel Alexander Building, The University of Manchester

This event by The University of Manchester Q-Step Centre was a celebration of the achievements of our 34 interns who completed summer placements in 2019. 

Kicking off the event, Q-Step lecturers Dr Marta Cantijoch Cunill, Dr Lisa Williams, Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk and Dr Dharmi Kapadia presented their latest research in 3 Minute Presentations (3MPs). Following that, we had keynote talks from Q-Step alumni Zvi Oduba, Klara Valentova and Hannah Watts. The event concluded with our 34 interns displaying their work through professional posters, and 8 interns gave 3MPs about their internship experience.

The posters and presentations were judged independently, and we are delighted to announce our winners: 

  • Best presentation (judged by the panel): Anna Guzenkova
  • Best presentation (judged by the audience): Isaac Hance
  • Best poster: Lauren Armstrong
  • Highly commended posters: Benjamin Murphy and Elise Alstad

Congratulations to everyone who took part, and all our excellent presenters: 

  • Jose Vinaixia Kinnear;
  • Isaac Hance; 
  • Sami Bashir; 
  • Philippe Larsson; 
  • Ebun Osobu; 
  • Anna Guzenkova; and
  • Nora Chabach.

The 39 Q-Steps

  • Date: 14th November 2018
  • Location: Samuel Alexander Building, The University of Manchester 

This event by The University of Manchester Q-Step Centre was a celebration of the success of the 39 Q-Step summer internships in 2018. 

Following keynote talks from Michelle McDowell (Harding Centre for Risk Literacy) and Tom Forth (ODI Leeds), our 39 interns displayed their work through professional posters, and nine interns gave three-minute-presentations about their time on placement.

The posters and presentations were judged independently, and we are delighted to announce our winners:

  • Best presentation (judged by the panel): Klara Valentova
  • Best presentation (judged by the audience): Amber Quraishi
  • Best poster: Lydia Wilson
  • Highly commended posters: Zvi Oduba and Carmel Galvin
  • Posters with special mention: Mahroz Azmat, Cormac Hier Harron, Amber Quraishi and Joshua Wakeford
Q-Step award ceremony - a group of people with their awards.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, and all our fantastic presentees:

  • Emma Mallett;
  • Grace Desouza;
  • Julija Loginovic;
  • Mia Gair;
  • Charlotte Wong;
  • Patrick Young; and
  • Zvi Oduba.