Schome tv Pitch

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Write a tv pitch

The Open University has set up an "essay-writing competition" for its researchers. All the SParkers can be researchers if they choose to join the Research Group, and this is an Open University project - so why not enter?

If you're unsuccesful, we get lots of good ideas to go in the wiki, and build on and use elsewhere. If you win, there's a £500 prize to be spent on your research. That could mean a new laptop - or some funding for that Schome get together people are petitioning for.

If you can't remember exactly what we're researching, check the research page.

The Open University Festival of Research
CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS
ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION
£500 first prize _ to be used to support your research (restrictions apply)
Imagine a television company is offering to make a programme based on your research. Write a 350-word essay explaining why the programme would be interesting to a general audience and how your research could be presented in the programme.

Essay topic:
Imagine a television company is offering to make a programme based on your research. Write a 350 word essay explaining why the programme would be interesting to a general audience and how your research could be presented in the programme.

Guidelines for the Festival of Research Essay Competition

The competition is open to all research active academics and students
The prize is £500, to be used to support your research
Essays will be displayed at the Walton Hall Campus on the 11th & 12th June
Judging will take place on the 12th June 2007
Essays should be typed in Arial font
Type size should be 11pt
Line spacing should be set at 1.5
The essay should be no longer than 350 words
Essays must be submitted by 31 May 2007 in order to be entered into the competition. Send them to us at schome-sl-help@open.ac.uk and we'll pass them on.

What will the essays be judged on?

Does the essay convey a clear understanding of what the research is about?
Does the essay convey a clear outline, concept or storyline (if fictional) for the TV programme?
Does the essay show how the TV programme would engage a general audience?
Correct use of grammar and spelling
Adherence to the competition guidelines
Use of plain English with any essential acronyms explained