MVLS World Changers Competition

Celebrating Success with a Hashtag #

How will your research change the world?

To celebrate University of Glasgow’s  College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences being one of ten finalists in the BBSRC Excellence with Impact Competition, we’re challenging our researchers to #inspire!

We have achieved cultural change through implementing an inspiring vision and now we’d like to hear about your own inspiring research and how it has changed the world. If you are a member of professional services staff, tell us how you have supported our culture change through identifying, enabling, understanding or publicising impact.    

Our MVLS World Changers Competition, supported by Aridhia and Glasgow City of Science challenges our researchers to tweet how their research will change the world, using the #UofGImpact and aim to get as many retweets as possible. We want to empower colleagues to tap into networks and grow an engaged and relevant following to showcase the possibilities of their research and raise their profile.

Winners will be judged on how inspiring their tweet is and the “reach” of their tweet. It’s up to you to plug into as many networks as possible – don’t be shy! Be creative and grab the attention of funders, partners, fellow-researchers, colleagues, participants and encourage them to share your inspirational tweet. Tweets must be sent between the 17th March and 8th April to be considered.

Our College believes that all excellent research can achieve impact, making a constructive difference in some way and at some time that will ultimately benefit society. We have developed a strategy to support staff in realising impacts from their research through activities aligned to the four themes of understanding, identifying, enabling and publicising impact and we would encourage participants to be mindful of these themes when composing their tweets!

There are fabulous prizes on offer to the winners of our competition. The overall winner of the competition will receive £250 with two runners up receiving £100 each. In addition, the winning entrant will be interviewed and profiled through University of Glasgow, Aridhia and Glasgow City of Science. Winners will be announced at our BBSRC Excellence with Impact Showcase Day on 13th April 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

So, make like a bird and get tweeting!

The competition is open to all University of Glasgow staff and students.

Competition Details

Aridhia, Glasgow City of Science, BBSRC Excellence with Impact Runner-up logos

Entry Criteria

To enter the competition:

  • Download and print the attached document showing our Excellence with Impact Logo and the words “My research will change the world by….” or if you are support staff "I am helping researchers change the world by..."
  • Take a photo of yourself holding it. Compose a tweet (including your pic) describing how your research will change the world and tweet to @UofGRBD not forgetting the #UofGImpact. For example :

#UofGImpact [My research will change the world by…] ..providing communities in Africa with tools to prevent malaria - @UofGRBD 


#UofGImpact [I’m helping researchers change the world by….]…. Organising meetings with stakeholders and patients - @UofGRBD

  • Tweet it and push for as many stakeholders as possible to retweet. Guidance on how to do this is included below.

Tweets must be sent and retweeted during the competition period (17th March till 8 April 2016)

MVLS World Changers Researchers Doc

MVLS World Changers Support Staff

Winning Criteria

The winning tweet will be the one that is judged as being most inspiring and had significant reach through re-tweets.

Competition Panel

Our competition is supported by Aridhia Informatics  and Glasgow City of Science . As a helping hand, @UofGRBD @Aridhia and @CityofScience will retweet competition entries throughout the competition period.


How To Retweet

As you’ll be pushing your content, it’s important you understand how to retweet and what that means

  1. Hover over a Tweet.
  2. Click the Retweet icon.   
  3. A pop-up will show you the Tweet you're about to Retweet. Make sure it includes the #.
  4. Click the Retweet button.

General Twitter Guidelines

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other users messages called ‘tweets’. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page. Users may subscribe to, or ‘follow’ other author’s tweets. Users can send and receive tweets via the twitter website, compatible external applications for desktop or smartphones, or by SMS.

  • When pushing content, be aware that requested accounts will often take the time to check your profile and recent tweets. A ‘retweet’ (also known as RT) is when someone shares your contact with their followers.
  • Your tweets should be professional and grammatically correct, but avoid overly formal language. Talk to your followers as you would talk to them face-to-face. Keep in mind that the 140-character limit encourages a number of unique conventions; posts that spread across more than one Tweet won’t work, but use of truncations is acceptable as long as understandable.

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • Only one tweet per entrant can be counted.
  • Entries for individuals, research groups or teams are welcome.
  • Copyrighted material must not be used unless written permission has been granted.
  • The entries must be the original words of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  • Only entries using the hashtag in English can be counted.
  • Entrants are responsible for checking their Twitter account for notifications from the competition organisers. Failure to respond to communication will result in entries being discounted.
  • University of Glasgow’s College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences reserve the right to re-use tweets submitted in this competition on promotional and marketing literature.
  • Entries must not contravene any confidentiality terms or agreements.
  • By entering this competition you are deemed to accept these competition rules and the terms and conditions which will be governed by the laws of Scotland.
  • The University of Glasgow reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time.
  • By entering this competition you agree that your entry may be used in materials produced by any of the partner organisations in order to promote future Impact in 60 Seconds competitions.
  • By entering this competition you agree that your entry may be used on any of the partner organisation’s websites, social media channels, and for other marketing purposes.

Please note that any offensive, or discriminatory tweets will be removed and result in disqualification from competition.