Oxford Brookes University Postgraduate Symposium

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Oxford Brookes University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences held a Post Graduate Research Symposium in January 2019, offering second- and third-year PhD students the chance to showcase their work and receive feedback from Faculty members and invited guests.

As a second year Psychology PhD student I presented a poster on my current study: ‘Investigating Motor and Executive Function Skills in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)’.

This Symposium provided me with an opportunity to present the work I am currently undertaking to both a specialist and non-specialist audience. This was a valuable experience that allowed me to tailor the communication of my research process according to the audience. The posters were assessed on five criteria: clarity of oral overview, clarity of key messages, visual presentation, engagement with specialists and engagement with non-specialists.

I was overwhelmed to receive the £100 prize kindly sponsored by Pearson for the ‘Best Psychology Presentation’. This experience was a fantastic learning opportunity, and winning this prize really boosted my confidence before presenting my research at the 13th International Conference on DCD in Finland later this year.

Many Thanks to Pearson for sponsoring this prize! I look forward to using it for an Audible subscription to listen to audio books when traveling between participants.

Author: Teresa Joyce, PhD candidate in Psychology