College Member Antonia Martin's three-minute speech on the topic "Type 1 Diabetes" was awarded first prize in the Communication Cup competition held at the College on Saturday, 14 August 2021.
Antonia has Type 1 diabetes herself and gave an exceptional and informative speech about the disease.
The Cup was very kindly donated by College Fellow Professor John Reynolds (Dept of Anatomy) in 2009 and, like the last three years, the competition took the form of a three-minute presentation on a topic of the Member's choice (anything they are passionate about). Only one PowerPoint slide was permitted.
The three professors who were invited to judge the presentations were Prof John Reynolds, Prof Richard Blaikie (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)) and Assoc Prof Lisa McNeill (Marketing).
A very large audience of appreciative Members thoroughly enjoyed listening to the talks and voting for the Peoples' Choice Award.
The criteria the judges used to select the winner were:
- Communication style. Was the topic communicated well to the audience?
- Comprehension. Did the presentation help the audience understand the topic?
- Engagement. Was the audience left wanting to know more?
The judges provided constructive feedback to each presenter immediately following their respective talks.
Runner Up and Peoples' Choice went to second-year Member Becca Ritchie for her talk about “The beat goes on”.
Highly commended was Samuel Blackwood for a very informative speech titled “Nettlesome NIMBYs - The sacrifice we must make for affordable housing”.
The College congratulates all the participants for their speeches.
College Leader Joshua Thomas very ably organised the entire competition from beginning to end, and acted as Master of Ceremonies on the night. Thank very, Joshua!
(Story by the Master, Dr Charles Tustin)