Guide to your post study tour activities
Post study tour report
A written report will complete your scholarship. Your report is a valuable tool for disseminating your learnings and is a public document.
Accessibility: Scholarship reports are published on the NSW Department of Education website and so must meet standards of accessibility. Accessible documents are consistent in text and format styles to allow readability including through the use of a screen reader. Scholars are required to use the accessible report template provided. You may also find it useful to review the accessible past reports online to further understand how styles are applied.
Length: The required report length is 2,500 - 3,000 words (excluding reference and acknowledgments sections).
Section titles: Your report must include the mandatory section titles of Introduction (200-300 words); Focus of the study (what were you looking for?); Significant learning (what did you find?); and Conclusion (at least 300 words).
Photographs: A maximum of five photos may be included in the report. As these photos will be published on a public web page there must be approval from all subjects in the photos for this use. An email agreement is the minimum requirement. The report template contains further details on including photos.
Figures and Graphs: If you need to use figures and graphs, they must be captioned to provide the information in an alternate non-visual format. For example, if you use a graph then also, and underneath, use a table with the same information.
References: A reference list is to be included only where cited references are linked to the body of your report. While you may have read extensively on your subject, a reading list is different from a reference list and is not required. The Harvard AGPS is recommended.
Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements should be kept to a minimum.
Reviewing your report
Draft your report and allow time for reflection and to refine your writing. Proofread your report for spelling and grammar. Note: reports differing from the guidelines will be returned for re-submission.
Submitting your report
Reports are to be emailed as a Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org within ninety days of the completion of your study tour.
Reports are edited before being made publicly available. Our editor may ask you to revise or re-write some of your report before it is finalised.
Report-writing tips from our editor
- You are writing a report, not an essay or a narrative. Your report should be a short, concise document and relatively formal in tone, not the informal language of a narrative.
- Use concise, active and engaging language. Drawing comparisons with the current NSW education setting is critical to engaging your audience with the findings of your report.
- When reporting on numerous site visits, organise your findings into common themes, rather than listing many events without drawing any conclusions.
- The conclusion of your report should be quite substantial in length. It should also provide your thought-provoking insights gained as a result of your study.
An informal presentation to your sponsor is an opportunity to share your scholarship experience. On your return from the study tour, the Business Engagement and Development team will assist with information and templates. Commonly, the duration of a presentation is 30-45 minutes with a PowerPoint presentation of around 10 slides. This presentation is not published.
Dissemination and sharing activities
Some sharing activities will occur as part of your funded scholarship study tour plans.
Post-scholarship, your study tour report is a great starting point to further share the findings from your research. You would have nominated a number of dissemination methods when finalising your study tour plans; you can continue to fulfil these as you share your experiences and resources outside of funded scholarship arrangements.
You may find as you share your research that additional dissemination opportunities arise which may expand the course of your original dissemination plans.