hosting first virtual EPQ poster presentation event

Thursday November 12, 2020

Later today, Concord will launch its first-ever virtual EPQ poster presentation event. The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an independent project, similar to a dissertation, where students have to produce a research project, an essay and a final presentation to showcase the findings. Final presentations may also include a design, performance, report, or artefact. According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), “EPQ helps students develop and demonstrate their project management skills and provides opportunities for extended writing, both of which are highly valued for progression to higher education and employment.” Due to coronavirus restrictions, Concord’s annual poster presentation day has been replaced by a virtual presentation over two days, using the college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Staff and students can access the ‘live’ presentation and browse the different EPQ projects – from this year’s cohort of 28 students – as well as post questions and feedback until the end of Friday, allowing presenters to expand on and justify their research, methodology and findings. According to Assistant Principal (Careers and University Admissions), Dr Rob Pugh, “this also provides students with the responsibility to suitably respond to questions about their work, online – as they would normally in person.” Said Dr Pugh: “The Extended Project cultivates the skills valued by universities, including independent learning, time management and problem-solving. This year, it has even provided students with an opportunity to experience research under the restrictions of a pandemic! “For example, many of the practical lab students have needed to adapt to having a shorter period of time in the Research Laboratory – and stricter health and safety measures since the Spring. “A tough challenge, but one which we feel our students have overcome, as the posters demonstrate. “As always, the projects cover a myriad of topics, from the chemistry of tea and coffee to using the power of mathematics to solve crimes, from original spoken word poetry to the Cobb-Douglas production function. “The students should be warmly congratulated for their efforts this year. “I would strongly encourage fellow students and staff to take the opportunity to look at some of the work the students have been doing.” Staff and students can watch the introductory video by clicking here and navigate the site to view the projects and leave feedback. Furthermore, staff and students are able to vote for their favourite presentations. Dr Pugh added: “We have tried to make the process as interactive as possible, to maintain the functionality of this annual event. “Posters have also been printed and are displayed at various points around the campus, so everyone can view the posters whilst simultaneously watching the presentations on phones and other smart devices.”