The competition was open to Y10 and Y12 pupils who had to prepare a 10 minute Power-Point on a business topic of their choice in relation to one of the following: Sustainability, Technology, Enterprise and Diversity. We were pleased to welcome The Castle School from Taunton, King Edward VI from Totnes, Marine Academy from Plymouth, South Dartmoor Community College, Truro and Wadebridge schools.
Pupils prepared very interesting presentations. They covered topics such as: how to be enterprising, diversity in the workplace, electric cars and preservation of our planet, online security, development and innovation of Apple Company, effect of technology on businesses and the complexity of patenting.
The presentation competition gave pupils the opportunity to work alongside our student ambassadors and improve their presentation, communication and team-working skills. By having an opportunity to present, pupils gained confidence in public speaking, linked with our students, learned to work under pressure and to a deadline, developed their research skills and enhanced their analytical thinking.
Pupils were advised to research their topic and prepare some material prior to coming to the University and they also had the whole morning to work alongside our student ambassadors to finish their preparation and practice the presenting.
The panel, consisting of – Dr Hilary Duckett – head of Plymouth Business School, Dr Tasawar Nawaz – Programme manager for Business and Business Administration, Professor Andy Phippen – Prof of Social Responsibility in IT, Ricky Lowes – a lecturer in English as a Foreign Language and Julian True – the Outreach and Recruitment officer – had a very difficult job choosing the winners.
In the words of Professor Andy Phippen: It was great to see so many schools from the region involved in the competition this year, and delivering business related presentations to such a high standard. I think I speak for all of the judges when I say that we all learned something from these presentations. At Plymouth Business School we pride ourselves with providing opportunities for local schools to engage with us, so they can experience university and discipline specific subjects, to help inform their future career choices as they move from school into higher education and employment.
The prize for 1st Place (four £50.00 Amazon Vouchers) and the 3rd Place (four £10.00 Amazon Vouchers) went to two Wadebridge teams. The 2nd Place (four £25.00 Amazon Vouchers) went to a team from The Castle School.
In the words of Andrea Boden, the head of business studies at the winning Wadebridge school: this is the first time we have entered the Plymouth University Business Presentation competition. The students involved were Year 12 A Level Business students, who eagerly volunteered to take part. The hardest part for them was choosing a title that they all agreed on. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt that the student ambassadors were particularly helpful in giving them help on how to polish their presentations. As a teacher, I think this is a great opportunity for young people to perfect their presentation skills and develop their confidence.
I very much enjoyed preparing and organising this year’s competition and I was impressed with the high quality and enthusiasm of all the participating schools.
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