Impact in 60 seconds competition

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Congratulations to our 2019 Prizewinners!

Individual Winner: Nic Dickson (School of Education, College of Social Sciences)

Individual Runner up: Meigan Thomson (Institute of Health & Wellbeing, College of MVLS)

Team Winner: #TeamSoBots (Rebecca Smith, Katie Riddoch, Guy Laban, Anna Henschel; Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, College of Science and Engineering and College of MVLS)

People's Choice: Bethany Waddington (Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, College of MVLS)


Our finalists:

  • How Amateur Musicians Negotiate Copyright: An Analysis of Law in Action - Janet Burgess, School of Law
  • Parenting and the Media - Hillary Collins, IHW, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
  • ‘The Art of Reconnection’: Engaging vulnerable young women in arts-based adult learning - Nic Dickson, School of Education
  • The Maker Movement, Gender and the Environment -
    Elisabeth Loose, College of Social Science, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Helminth Therapy - Caitlin McManus, MVLS, Institute of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity
  • Reading circles with learners of English as a Second Language - Madeleine Strobel, College of Social Science, School of Education
  • Attack of the friendly robots - Team SoBots (Anna Henschel, Rebecca Smith, Katie Riddoch & Guy Laban), Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Understanding the weight loss journey - Meigan Thomson, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
  • From Ice Buckets to Cure: The Challenges of MND - Bethany Waddington, Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

What is it?

Impact in 60 Seconds is an academic competition offering postgraduate researchers the opportunity to create an original one-minute film showcasing their research to a public audience and academics outside their own field. Along the way, there’s a chance to develop skills in storyboarding, video creation and editing, and public engagement.

Participants are postgraduate researchers active in a PhD, MPhil or MRes or any other research programme (at any stage, including thesis under submission) whose degrees are at least two-thirds research. They create a 60-second video which highlights their research using language appropriate for a general audience.

This competition was developed by the College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, as part of their commitment to research excellence with impact.

Why take part?

This event is an excellent opportunity for students to practice public engagement, creatively approaching research and communication, and conveying complicated ideas and concepts in an understandable manner. Students will benefit from the interdisciplinary and public-facing nature of the event, the chance to present complex ideas in a creative, succinct manner, and the opportunity to see the approaches taken in different fields.

The individual category winner will receive a £400 Amazon voucher, while the runner-up receives a 1-year Glasgow Film Theatre membership. The team category winner will receive a 1-year Glasgow Film Theatre membership for each team member and a £100 Little Italy voucher. The audience also votes for its favourite video, the People’s Choice, who will receive a £50 Little Italy voucher.

How to take part?

Information about Impact in 60 Seconds 2020 will be available soon.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email