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The VYT is a competition format developed by The University of Melbourne. The competition challenges graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60- second, eye-catching, video. Using a pre- supplied template, you are tasked with developing a striking video presentation that succinctly describes your research, and its potential benefits, to a non-specialist audience.

VYT provides you with an opportunity to build and apply your information and digital literacy skills. By creating a “visual elevator pitch” you will develop crucial employability skills including effective communication, information and digital literacy, and visual storytelling. You will also build your awareness of open access to information and copyright.


Visualise Your Thesis is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending of registered VYT 2023 institutions.

Not eligible to enter VYT are;

  • Honours students
  • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
  • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (= inactive and not attending)
  • Lapsed candidates
  • Graduate researchers who are employed by their university who may have, or may be perceived to have, influence over the outcome, research funding or related resourcing, or an otherwise unfair advantage over the other entrants from their university.

Competition Entry Process

Information session material: Click here.

Round 1: Entry closing – Submission of registration form, abstract, PowerPoint presentation, Video, Script, Terms & Conditions agreement and Submission Checklist (Templates provided)- 24 April 2024

  • For a summary of the competition and process, please consult the attached pdf: Click here.
  • Access competition resources and submit your entry on our Moodle communities. Click here for our guide

Round 2: Panel feedback to successful entrants and request for corrections- 06 May 2024

Round 3: Final submission of corrected abstract – 15 May 2024

Competitor Guidelines, FAQ and other resources available at https://sites.research.unimelb.edu.au/visualise-your-thesis#resources



For more information, please send an email to rcdenquiries@uj.ac.za



The Research Capacity Development at the Postgraduate school hosted the first South African National Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) for the 2023 league on the 28th February 2024. We thoroughly enjoyed the participants’ presentations and the enormous contribution by our judges, keynote speakers, university representatives, audience members, operational and technical team. Participating universities included UJ, NWU and UP. A special thanks to our sponsors The Strategic Initiatives & Administration Division, UJ for making this event possible and congratulations to our 2023 National VYT winners!

To view our event booklet and photo gallery within, please click here.

First Place

Carolyn Nadasen (UP)


Second Place

Minenhle Maphumulo (UJ)


Third Place

Sheldon Viviers (UP)


People’s Choice Award

Lufuno Nemakhavhani (UJ)