Bake your Thesis 2020

Cake with decorative eyeballs
Distorted Vision by Emma Ward, PaBS PhD student and winner of Bake your Thesis 2019

The Festival of Postgraduate Research has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. Apologies for any disappointment. We hope to provide further information when the situation is more stable.

Competition details in brief


Deadline 1: Registration: Monday 23 March 2020, 10.00hr
Deadline 2: Cake delivery to Huxley: Wednesday 01 April 2020, 12.00hr


Bake your Thesis submissions will unveiled during the mid-afternoon break at the Festival of Postgraduate Reseach, Wed 01 April, Huxley, Moulsecoomb.


A representation of your research in cake form (other baked goods are acceptable) plus a 150 word description of your research.


To develop those all important research communication skills, raise your profile, have fun and participate in *the* most talked about competition of our annual festival. Oh, and you could take home our coveted Bake your Thesis trophy!

Competition details in full

The Doctoral College’s Bake your Thesis Competition, now in its third year, aims to light-heartedly celebrate the diversity of doctoral research across the university, not to mention the creativity and imagination of our students.

Cakes will be on display during the mid-afternoon break of our Festival of Postgraduate Research, 01 April. As is traditional, the Doctoral College’s Research Student Administrators (RSAs) will have the honour of selecting the winning submission. Cakes won’t be assessed on taste but on how well they encapsulate your research. Winners will be announced at the festival’s closing reception in Huxley foyer.

In 2018 and 2019, Bake your Thesis saw strong representation from doctoral researchers in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Obviously, some disciplines and topics lend themselves more easily than others to this kind of competition but we would love to see entries from researchers in a broad range of schools.


The Bake your Thesis trophy
Need we say more?

How to enter


  1. Your online registration form (button at top of page) by Monday 23 March, 10.00hr
  2. Your cake submission on Wednesday 01 April, Huxley foyer, by 12.00hr

Competition details

Bake your Thesis submissions are welcome from all doctoral and MRes students* across the university. You can participate as a group or individual.

* Doctoral students are eligible to enter up to the point that their PhD has been conferred.