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#ShareMyThesis competition – Terms and Conditions

By entering and participating in the #ShareMyThesis competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements set forth below.

1. The competition closing date and time for posting of tweets is 9 February 2015 at 10.00 GMT.

2. In order to be eligible to enter the Competition, you must have already completed or be currently enrolled on a PhD programme (or equivalent, e.g. DPhil) research degree with a recognised university or equivalent higher education institution. The PhD may be full-time or part-time. The Promoter reserves the right to require you to provide documentary proof of your eligibility.

3. The first prize is a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The second prize is an iPad. The third prize is a £200 Amazon voucher. Winners may not request and are not entitled to a cash alternative to their Prize and their Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable. We will make reasonable efforts to contact you to allow you to claim your prize. If we do not receive a response the winner shall forfeit the prize. We will make reasonable efforts to deliver the prize to international winners.

4. By entering the competition, you agree that:

  • Your entry, name, awarding institution (and, if applicable, a link to your thesis record in EThOS) may be used for promotion of the award.
  • Your entry may be published using a CC BY license, and may be displayed on the British Library blogs and websites as well as those of our partner organisations (Research Councils UK and Vitae).

5. Please see the Privacy Statement on our website for further information about how we store and use personal information.

6. The #ShareMyThesis competition consists of two stages:

Stage 1
Entry to stage 1 shall solely be by means of the submission of a ‘tweet’ on Twitter which contains the hashtag #ShareMyThesis and also contains an original answer (written in the English language) to the following question: Why is your PhD research important?

No other means of entry shall be accepted and we accept no responsibility for technical difficulties in tweet submission. Tweets must be tweeted no later than 9 February 2015 at 10.00 GMT. Tweets tweeted after this time will not be considered. Only one entry per person is permitted. Only your first tweet under the hashtag #ShareMyThesis will be counted as an eligible entry. Photo or video content in your tweet will not be judged. All eligible tweets shall be considered by a judging panel who will select eight entries to proceed to stage 2. They will be notified by 24 February 2015 10.00 GMT.

Stage 2
The entrants who have successfully proceeded to stage 2 will be contacted by the Promoter and invited to write an original article (written in the English language) of no more than 600 words in the style of a ‘blog’ entry, answering the following question: “Can you elaborate on your original tweet - Why is your PhD research important?” The article must be received no later than 9 March 2015 at 10.00 GMT. Articles received after this time will not be considered. The judging panel will then choose three winners from the eligible stage 2 entries submitted. The winners, and the other stage 2 losing entrants, shall be notified of the result by 20 March 2015 at 12.00 GMT.

7. These terms and conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them will be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England.


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