HRC PhD poster competition - now open to all Arts and Humanities PhD students at York

Posted on 13 February 2012

The third Humanities Research Centre PhD poster competition is now open for entries

This is an invitation to reflect on, and represent, your doctoral research in a fun new way, and collectively produces an impressive and engaging sample snapshot of the great variety of research being undertaken here.

What's required?

You are invited to create a poster which

  • offers a clear 'taster encounter' with your research project for a non-specialist audience, and
  • has quickly appreciable dramatic visual impact.

In considering ways of approaching the task, you may find it helpful to have a look at last year's winning entries which can be found at

Top tips are: avoid jargon, think visually, use some (but not too much) text, aim for the eye-catching, pick enticing detail and target an audience who knows nothing about your specialist area.

Why enter?

It is useful (for all of us, at all stages) to be thinking of new ways of selecting from, interpreting and making accessible our own research in the sorts of ways encouraged by this poster competition.  The hope is, therefore, that the process of producing a poster should, in itself, prove a helpful way of clarifying your doctoral project not only to others but also, importantly, to yourself through finding diagrammatic/graphic ways of reflecting upon and configuring it anew. Once the entries are in, it will then be enriching to have the chance to see each other's designs to appreciate the spread of work taking place in the community.  We are planning ways of giving the posters profile-raising (and pleasure-bringing) exposure at various forthcoming events.  And then there are the cash prizes for winners…(see below).

Format and submission requirements

Posters should be A3 sized, and may be in either portrait or landscape format. They should be submitted as an attachment (preferably in PDF or JPG format) to Helen Jacobs ( by 12 noon on Monday 5th March.

Who is eligible to enter?

Any current PhD student from the Departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Language and Linguistics, Music or Theatre, Film and Television may enter. This includes students from the interdisciplinary centres associated with these departments.  The only PhD students not eligible to enter are the winners from last year's poster competition.

Judging and exhibition

The competition will be judged by an interdisciplinary panel chaired by the HRC Director, Judith Buchanan, and the results will be announced before the end of term. A sample selection of the competition posters will be displayed as part of the forthcoming Exhibition of Arts and Humanities Research at York. This exhibition will open on 9 March and will then be available to peruse and enjoy for a further 3 weeks.  A good spread will also be on display for the New Writers Weekend that is taking place in the HRC in June as part of the York Festival of Ideas.  Details on these events to follow.


The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes.

The top two entries will also be invited to give a short in-person exposition of their poster at a celebratory HRC event in the Summer term.  Details to follow.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy rethinking and reshaping your doctoral project into a new and bold design configuration.

And we look forward to receiving your entries!