Formats

We have provided a range of submission formats to allow for the most appropriate ways of demonstrating you meet the UKPSF fellowship criteria.

  1. Written Route
  2. Multimedia Route
  3.  Verbal Route

You should consider carefully what value will be added to your submission by the format.  The main advantage of choosing a route other than written, is likely to be where you have authentic evidence of your practice which might not be well represented in a written format or you may simply feel that you present verbally more effectively than in writing. Or it might be that your discipline makes the use of multimedia technology second nature to you. A spoken (multimedia or verbal) presentation allows you to communicate your case studies using a wider variety of formats, for example:

  • Verbal narration with slides
  • Demonstration (eg of techniques, artefacts)
  • Use of audio-visual materials or delivery methods
  • Tours of multi-media and interactive resources or environments you have developed

However both verbal and multimedia options may well prove harder to manage the size and structure of your submission and a good case study will take time and planning.  Pay close attention to whether you are addressing the criteria – using a multimedia format, for example, may tempt you to evidence your claim simply by showing examples of your practice but remember you must identify your claim first and then illustrate your claim with an example. The claim may be that you take a particular approach to meeting individual needs (V1) and your example illustrates that approach; but you need to make the case and not assume that the example will be sufficiently explanatory.

You must ensure that:

  • the word lengths/timings for your fellowship category are strictly adhered to (your submission may not be considered if you exceed this)
  • you explicitly reference the dimensions of the UKPSF individually in accordance with your fellowship category
  • your referees are provided with appropriate access to your multimedia resource or observe a live presentation so that their statements are based on your submission; you should include the statements with your application form

Estimating word-length

You cannot use the word-length for written narrative and embed additional resources or simply write a 500 word case study and read it ‘live’ to the Panel. Your total submission will need to be equivalent to the required word-length.  You can work on an allocation of ‘reading’ time (whether this be audio, video, animation or browsing a resource) or ‘presentation’ time per section (Click  here for further details on submission formats equivalents).   You will need to think about how you provide a narrative within your resource or presentation – your evidence still needs to have a rationale, evaluation etc.

Planning your verbal presentation

It is vital to plan your presentation and to practice the timings.  In the interests of fairness and due to the logistics of the Review Panel meeting there will be strict adherence to the allocated time.  If you do not finish your presentation in time it may be cut short and you will be judged on what you have managed to cover.  It is therefore essential that you plan well and ensure that you are focused.  Some options for rehearsing a presentation are:

  1. Deliver to a critical friend (eg colleague, one of your referees)
  2. Use the ‘record narration’ function in PowerPoint (slide show menu)
  3. If demonstrating online resources, try a screen capture with audio (eg Snagit; Camtasia)

How will my presentation/resource be judged?

You WILL be judged on:

  • Convincing demonstration that your practice meets the UKPSF requirements (Dimensions of Practice and Descriptor Criteria)
  • The evidence you present in support of your claims

You will NOT be judged on your delivery or presentation skills either live or within your resource (unless these form a specific part of your claim or if they inhibit understanding by the panel).