Develop your research communication skills and raise your profile.

York Graduate Research School and the University research champions invite all PhD researchers to step into the spotlight and present their research through the medium of a poster.

2022 Prizes
1st place: £100 Amazon voucher - Daisy McManaman: "A Girl Resembles a Bunny": A Feminist Re-Analysis of Representations of Women in Playboy
2nd place: £75 Amazon voucher - Manli Zhu: Crafting Insta-Glammed Eyecandies: The Lived Experience of Foodstagramming
3rd place: £50 Amazon voucher - Jess Gibson: The Representation of Disability in Disabled Animated Films: Using Models of Disability as Pedagogical Tools for Analysis
People's choice: £30 Amazon voucher - Sonam Sidhu: Structure and composition of an intercellular channel in sporulatin Bacillus subtilis

PhD Spotlight poster competition 2022

The ‘PhD Spotlight’ competition is an opportunity for Postgraduate Researchers from all disciplines to demonstrate the value of their research to non-specialist audiences. Part of a series of public engagement events hosted by the York Graduate School,  the competition aligns with the University’s seven research themes.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to look at the finalists' posters and voted for our People's choice award. Our winner was Sonam Sidhu, with their poster:  Structure and composition of an intercellular channel in sporulatin Bacillus subtilis.

Our 2022 PhD Spotlight Finalists

Poster competition

The competition is open to all University of York postgraduate researchers.

You should design a poster that will engage academics and a non-specialist audience from different disciplines.

You must also accentuate the interdisciplinarity of your topic. 

Judging criteria

Your poster should:

  • offer a clear 'taster encounter' with your research project for a non-specialist audience
  • have quickly appreciable dramatic visual impact
  • make clear the interdisciplinary nature of the research
  • clearly identify how your research aligns to one of the University's seven research themes

Enter the competition

Submit an A1 size poster to with the subject header ‘PhD Spotlight Poster Competition’.

Attach your poster as a PDF (you can save a Google slide or powerpoint file as a PDF).

Application deadline: 5pm GMT on Monday 6 December 2021

All proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of the York Graduate Research School and the research champions panel, and nine finalists will be shortlisted to take part.

Applicants will be notified by Tuesday 14 December 2021 if they have been selected for the final event, which takes place on Wednesday 12 January 2022.


YorkTalks is a TED Talks-style event with York academics highlighting some of the University's most innovative and challenging research in a series of accessible 15-minute talks over a single day. The poster competition takes place in conjunction with these talks, with three York PhD students from each of the three faculties presenting their research.

The next YorkTalks takes place on Wednesday 12 January 2022.