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Doctoral Research Showcase

Doctoral Research Showcase 2019
Doctoral Research Showcase 2019

The Doctoral Research Showcase has now been postponed until Autumn 2020.

This event will show case a wide variety of doctoral research projects from across the disciplines, through a mix of posters, exhibits and hands-on activities. Exhibitors will be eligible for a number of Showcase Awards. Taking part in the Research Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to present your work to a multi-disciplinary audience (something increasingly expected of all researchers).

If you have an upcoming conference, why not come along to practice talking and answering questions about your research and to get feedback about your poster/exhibit from experienced academics. You're also very welcome to submit posters or exhibits you have presented before (there's no requirement to design something new), to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

The Showcase will be an open event for the University community (fellow PGRs/staff/students) plus invited VIPs and guests. Showcase content should be designed with this general audience in mind.

1. Poster competition

All posters submitted for this event should:

Assessment criteria for posters (for award of prizes)-

- Accessibility to an educated general audience;
- Engaging title;
- Eye-catching layout and design;
- Clarity of research aim(s) and significance of the work;
- Concise and relevant presentation of material (text/figures);
- Clear organisation and logical conclusions.

NB. The Doctoral College will cover poster printing costs – see process notes below.   

You may find this Research Poster Support Guide useful as you plan your poster. 

2. Research exhibit/hands-on activities

Exhibits/activities should be designed to aid communication of the research to an educated general audience, and must:

 Researchers can enter as an individual or as a team (with one person as contact on the entry form).


Abstracts are required for both poster and exhibit entries, and should:

Please have your abstract ready when you register on-line as you will need to include it in the form.


All posters and exhibits/activities displayed at the Showcase will be judged, based on the requirements and criteria given above, and a number of prizes will be awarded (value: £50-£100).

If you have any questions, please email


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