Research Poster Competition 2018

**Deadline extended to Tuesday 29 May, 10am**

Competition online submission date: Thursday 24 May 2018, 12pm (midday)

Photo of posters on display and audience
Research poster competition 2016

We are delighted to announce the Doctoral College’s Research Poster Competition for 2018, one of the events in this year’s Festival of Postgraduate Research. This competition will recognise and reward the quality and diversity of research being conducted by research students across the University of Brighton.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Judges’ Prize and People’s Choice Prize.

Prizes: Judges prizes, 1st £400, runner up £200. People's choice prize £250

The research posters will be on display in the foyer of Huxley, Moulsecoomb, from 12pm on Thursday 7 June and online for at least one week prior to the festival event. All staff members of the university will be eligible to vote once online for their favourite poster. The judging panel will assess hard copy posters exhibited at the festival.

The winners will be announced at the Festival of Postgraduate Research’s closing reception in Huxley foyer, 7 June.

Competition details

Posters are welcome from all doctoral students* across the university and may be submitted by individuals or groups. Only one entry per person/group is permitted. You can view entries from last year’s competition online and find out who took away the prizes in our festival competition round-up.

* Doctoral students are eligible to enter up to the point that their PhD has been conferred by the Doctoral College Examinations Sub-Committee. 

This competition is for posters only; there will be no accompanying oral presentation. The poster has to do the talking!

Applicants are invited to submit a poster which communicates their research, or an aspect of it, to non-subject specialists. The poster should include the following:

  • title of the research
  • name of author(s) and their school
  • name of lead supervisor or supervisory team
  • name of funding body if appropriate
  • University of Brighton logo (see submission requirements below)

Judging criteria
Posters will be judged according to two criteria which are equally weighted. Entries must therefore equally address both the following:

  • Poster Design – visual presentation and communication of ideas.
  • Research Content – the quality of the research described in the poster and how easily this can be understood by non-subject specialists.

Need help creating your poster?

The Doctoral College is running a research poster workshops as follows:

Creating an Effective Research Poster
Weds 18 April, 2pm, Dorset Place 502, Grand Parade campus
Facilitator: Dr Ross English

This session will look at the purpose of posters and how to use them to best convey your research.  Included will be the effective use of layout, design and graphics, and how to make sure you reach your  intended audience.

Download slides from the workshop: Fundamentals of giving poster presentations 2018-2152f5w

Online resources
If you’d like some online software training and design tips, including InDesign training, check out Skills for Poster Design (PDF), a guide to courses compiled for us by colleagues in Information Services.

How to enter the competition


Applicants should submit:

  1. A request for the University of Brighton logo pack and usage guidelines by emailing
  2. By Tuesday 29 May 10am: A jpeg or png file (max 8MB) of their poster to
  3. By Tuesday 29 May, 10am: Their online registration form (below) which includes a requirement to provide a short (100 words) summary of the research. (Log in to save and return to the form later).
  4. By Monday 4 June, 12pm: A hard copy of their poster to Doctoral College, Watts Building (2nd Floor), Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN2 4GJ

Poster specifications
Hard copy posters must be size A1 and in landscape format. Please ensure that your name is clearly marked on the poster tube.

Electronic copies (jpeg or png) should be no bigger than 8MB, in landscape format with the same page dimensions as the A1 hard copy.

Poster printing
Reprographics in Cockcroft offer a poster printing service. Prices for an A1 poster start at approximately £5.00, depending on the type of paper chosen. Their term-time opening hours are Monday- Friday 09.00-20.00. They can be contacted on extension 2789.

Terms and conditions

  • Entries that do not conform to the specifications for the electronic file or abstract will be rejected.
  • Posters and research must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Entrants are not permitted to canvas for votes in the People’s Choice prize category eg via ‘vote for me’ campaigns. Anyone found doing so will be disqualified.
  • By submitting a poster to the competition the owner allows it to be used without charge in publicity associated with the University of Brighton eg to display within the University or feature in university publications, websites etc.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries.
  • Entrants will be required to attend the closing reception of the Festival of Postgraduate Research on Thursday 7 June, Huxley, or to send a nominated representative.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!