School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Project Presentation

There are two elements to the project presentation:

  • a poster which you show as part of a School-wide exhibition (near the end of the Spring Term); and
  • a short talk which you give to the two markers of your project (in the Summer Assessment Period).

The poster contributes 4% to your overall project mark, and the short talk contributes 6%. The poster and the short talk are integral parts of the assessment of the project; you will forfeit the associated marks if you do not submit a poster by the deadline or if you do not turn up for your short talk. See below for details of the poster and the short talk.


Your poster must be submitted by the poster submission deadline. The poster will be shown at the Informatics Poster Presentation event, which forms part of the School of Engineering & Informatics Undergraduate Finalist Exhibition. You are expected to attend the poster event and discuss your poster with faculty and visitors.

What is the Informatics poster event and when is it taking place?

The Informatics poster event is part of a week-long School exhibition, in which all final year Engineering and Product Design students also participate. The event will take place towards the end of the Spring Term; see the exhibition webpage for date and location details. Your poster will be on display for you when you arrive. At the event you should stand next to your poster and be prepared to discuss it with faculty and visitors.

How do I make my poster?

Posters should conform to a standard format: you are strongly recommended to start from the supplied Informatics Poster Template [PPT 144.50KB]. If you decide to create your poster from scratch using other applications (e.g. InDesign) you should take great care to copy the template faithfully, ensuring a 20mm bleed is applied and a black border around the edge for cutting. In detail, the formatting requirements are:

  • The poster size is A2 (594 x 420 mm) in landscape orientation. The department, course name and academic year should be in the top right corner, exactly as in the template.
  • The background colour should be white. Do not delete the solid black line around the poster, which will be used to cut the poster to the correct size.
  • Delete red text; replace blue text with your own text in black, in the same font and size.
  • Double-check that your course name is shown correctly – you may well need to change it from the default.
  • All images should be at least 150 ppi (pixels per inch) to avoid blurriness and jagged edges, but not more than 300 ppi to avoid making the file unnecessarily large.
  • The poster should explain your project in a clear, concise manner with an emphasis on diagrams and/or imagery. Keep the number of words to a minimum, bearing in mind that the function of a poster is to convey your message at a glance.
  • If you have any questions about the poster format or have problems with the template, ask at the School Office.
How do I submit my poster for printing?

The School will arrange for your poster to be printed. In order to do this you must submit a PDF version of your poster electronically via the final year project Canvas site. Submission up to 24 hours late will be allowed, but with the usual marks deduction. Any submissions more than 24 hours late will not be accepted, since they would miss the printer's deadline.

How will my poster be marked?

Posters will be marked according to the following criteria:

  • the coherence and comprehensibility of the information presented
  • the visual appeal and consistency of layout
  • the degree of conformity to the supplied format
Can you give me some advice and tips on good poster design?

Refer to the poster FAQ for advice and links to useful resources.

Short talk

Your short talk will be scheduled in the Summer Assessment Period. The date will be announced via email by the end of the Spring Term (it will not appear on your Sussex Direct timetable). You will be allocated a 30-minute time slot. Your talk should last for 15 minutes. In the talk, you should give an overview of your project and describe what you have achieved; if you have written software you should demonstrate it. You should then allow around 5 minutes for your supervisors to ask questions (20 mins total). The last 10 minutes is for your supervisors to confer and to allow for anything that might make the presentation over-run the 20 minutes.

Your task is to convince them that your project work is interesting and of high quality. It is an excellent idea to prepare your talk in advance and practice it on a friend or fellow student.


School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

School Office:
School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Chichester 1 Room 002, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ
T 01273 (67) 8195

School Office opening hours: Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00
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