Research Poster Competition 2019

People viewing poster exhibition

Call for submissions: closed!

The Doctoral College’s annual Research Poster Competition aims to showcase and reward the quality and diversity of doctoral research across the University of Brighton.

Submissions for 2019 are now open! Posters will be exhibited during our Festival of Postgraduate Research, 22 May. Our panel of judges will select their winners and festival attendees will be invited to vote for their favourite. Winners will be announced at the festival’s closing reception in Huxley foyer.


Judges’ Prize                  People’s Choice Prize
1st: £400
Runner up: £200

Need help creating your poster?

Creating an Effective Research Poster (Doctoral College PRDP workshop)
Thursday 28 March, 10.30-12.30, Huxley 406, Moulsecoomb campus
Book your place now

Posters and Banners with Publisher (University workshop)
Thursday 25 April, 10.30-12.30, Watts G6, Moulsecoomb
Book your place now

Online resources
For online software training and design tips, including InDesign training, check out Skills for Poster Design (PDF), a guide to LinkedIn Learning (formerly courses compiled for us by colleagues in Information Services.

How to enter

All posters should feature the University of Brighton logo. To request a logo pack, email

Submission requirements by Monday 20 May, 10am:

  1. A jpeg or png file (max 8MB) of your poster to
  2. Your online registration form (click the button below)
  3. A hard copy (A1) of your poster to Doctoral College, Watts Building (2nd Floor), Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN2 4GJ. Please mark your name clearly on the poster tube.

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.

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

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

  • 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 ‘How to enter’ above)

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

Judging criteria
The judging panel will assess according to two criteria which are equally weighted:

  • 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.

Poster specifications
Hard copy posters must be size A1 and can be in either landscape or portrait format. Space limitations mean we cannot accept posters which are larger than this. Electronic copies (jpeg or png) should be no bigger than 8MB with the same page dimensions as the A1 hard copy.

Poster printing
Reprographics offer a poster printing service.

Terms and conditions

  • Entries that do not conform to the specifications 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 change 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.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Good luck!

See also:

Poster submissions 2018 (Flickr gallery)
Poster submissions 2017 (Flickr gallery)