Pitch it clever

Imagine you jump into an elevator with a key decision-maker. You’ve got a chance to tell a university Vice-Chancellor, a politician, or a business leader why your research matters… and quickly.

Now stop imagining and start pitching!

Universities Australia challenges researchers to talk up their research in a 1-2 minute video. The video should aim to get leaders from across the country to become champions for your work.

Three prizes are up for grabs:

  • The Vice-Chancellors’ Award
  • The Delegates’ Choice Award
  • The People’s Choice Award


Applicants must be an Australian university PhD candidate or researcher up to 10 years from PhD completion.

Applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility in their submission.

The Vice-Chancellor’s award will be presented during the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference between 27 February and 1 March 2018. Applicants should be aware that the winner will need to be available to attend this event.


Videos must be a minimum of 60 seconds and a maximum of 120 seconds. A 10% leeway may be accepted at the discretion of the judges.

Video and sound quality must be of an acceptable standard as determined by the judges in order to be shortlisted.

It is preferred and highly recommended that videos are in a 16:9 format.

Videos must be submitted as either an MOV or MP4 file.

An overlay with voting buttons may be included for the Delegates’ Choice Award. It is therefore recommended that you keep any important images or text within the title safe area as shown in the PDF here.

Submissions close 12 February




Beyond ANU

Date posted

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute