Birmingham PhD Video Abstracts

Birmingham PhD Video Abstracts: Showcase your thesis. Raise your profile. Extend your reach.

If you are a doctoral researcher who has already submitted their thesis, or who intends to submit it in the next 12 months, we are offering you the chance to submit a short accessible video about your research.

Video abstracts will be hosted on the University of Birmingham Graduate School YouTube channel and may be chosen to feature on the main University of Birmingham YouTube channel. A link to your video abstract will also accompany your thesis in the UoB eTheses Repository.

Benefits of taking part

This is an excellent opportunity to:

  • raise the profile of and extend the reach of your research, making it more discoverable
  • showcase your thesis to potential employers
  • develop experience in presenting your research to non-specialists
  • demonstrate your skills in research, communication and creativity
  • celebrate the achievement of gaining your PhD with a video that can be shared with friends and family


  • This opportunity is open to PGRs who have submitted their thesis, or who intend to do so in the next 12 months. 
  • In order to submit, you must have received written approval of the video by your supervisory team (and external partners, if applicable)
  • By submitting your video, you agree to your video being uploaded on University of Birmingham Graduate School - YouTube and, if selected, University of Birmingham - YouTube.
  • Your video should be 5-8 minutes long. Videos of more than 10 minutes will not be accepted.


There is no formal timeline for completing your video abstract. Once you have submitted your expression of interest using this form, a member of the UGS will check in with you regularly to ask for updates and provide support where necessary.

Please note that once you have submitted your video abstract using this form, it will only be added to the UGS YouTube channel once you have completed al requirements of your degree and are eligible to graduate.


Please see this guidance document (pdf - 1,230 KB), which will provide you with some advice on filming and recording, as well as some hints and tips on how to make your video abstract clear and engaging.

An accessible text-only version (Word - 25 KB) of this guidance is also available.

Watch Dr Dawn Dance's video abstract for their thesis, 'School exclusions and alternative provision: Stories Girls Tell', for an example of how your video abstract might look and what you might include in it.

Dr Dawn Dance: 'School exclusions and alternative provision: Stories Girls Tell'


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