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HRC PhD Poster Competition

The 2017 HRC 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 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 previous years' winning entries.

Top tips are: think visually, use some (but not too much) text, avoid jargon, 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 interpreting and making accessible our research. Producing a poster can be a very useful way of clarifying your doctoral project not only to others, but also to yourself. It will also give you practical experience in communicating your research to different audiences. And there are also cash prizes for winners... (see below)

Format and submission requirements

Posters should be A2 sized, and may be in either portrait or landscape format. They should be submitted as an attachment (in PDF format) to Helen Jacobs ( by 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd March.

To help you, we have produced some tips for arts and humanities poster design.

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 Acting Director, Kate Giles. All entered posters will be displayed at a poster exhibition in the HRC on Tuesday 18th April when the results will be announced. 


The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes as follows:

First prize: £80 
Second prize: £60
Third prize: £40

The top entries will be invited to give a short in-person exposition of their poster at the Arts and Humanities Summer Research Celebration on the 24th May. The winning entries will also join the honour roll of past winners on the HRC website

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

We look forward to receiving your entries!