University of Bath

How to enter 'Bake your Doctorate'

This Guide tells you about eligibility, taking part, judging and rules.

Eligibility

To be eligible to take part in the competition you must be registered for a doctoral degree (PhD or professional doctorate) at the University of Bath.

Taking part

We can accommodate up to 35 entries to Bake your Doctorate.

To enter, you will need to sign up using the online form by 23:00 on 10 June. You will bring your baked goods with you on 12 June along with a short abstract of your research. The event will last two hours during which time judging will take place.

Professional Doctorate students can take part by submitting a photo and abstract of their entry online in advance. Their entries will be displayed on boards at the event.

Funding can be provided to help cover the cost of ingredients. Up to £20 expenses per entrant could be applied for through an Agresso claim. If you would like to apply for funding, please get in touch.

Categories and Prizes

There are three prize categories:

  • Panel’s Choice

  • Doctoral Community Choice (voted for by doctoral students and staff who attend the event)

  • Professional Doctorate (entries displayed on boards)

There are prizes of £100 Amazon vouchers for each of the winners and £40 Amazon vouchers for each of the runners up.

Judging

Judging Panel

  • Prof. Cathryn Mitchell (Chair)

  • Prof. Andrew Brown (Associate Dean for Research, School of Management)

  • Rob Heyes (Wellbeing Promotion and Induction Team Leader in Student Services)

  • Liam Emery (SU PG Officer)

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • clear communication of research idea, accessible to a non-specialist audience

  • clear link between the research abstract provided and baked goods

  • creative use of baked goods

  • presentation of baked goods

  • taste and texture (not valid for Professional Doctorate category)

Competition rules

Competition rules are as follows:

  • to be eligible to take part in the competition you must be registered for a doctoral degree (PhD or professional doctorate) at the University of Bath

  • for those entering into the on-campus event, entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and there is a limit of space

  • entries will only be accepted if they are accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words detailing the research topic and/or any findings. For those attending the on-campus event, the abstract should be displayed on the day next to your entry

  • for entries in the Professional Doctorate category, you must send your abstract and photo of your entry to doctoralengagement@bath.ac.uk by 11pm (UK time) on 10 June 2018

  • entries must be baked by the entrant; shop-bought entries are not permitted

  • entries can include cakes and/or other baked goods (e.g. biscuits, tarts)

  • a list of allergens in the entry must be clearly displayed next to the entry

  • for those entering into the on-campus event, each entry must occupy a space of no more than 3ft wide. Multiple baked goods that fit within this space can be accepted

  • for the Panel’s Choice and Professional Doctorate categories, the panel’s decision is final and there is no right of appeal.