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Research Poster Competition 2021 RESULTS IN!

The Research Poster Competition showcases the richness and variety of PhD research undertaken at Sussex. Postgraduate researchers from all years and disciplines are invited to submit a poster on an aspect of their work. 

Posters should offer a clear taster of your research, have visual impact, and be accessible to a non-specialist academic audienceThe competition is a great way to build on our interdisciplinary research community and to discover more about the huge range of postgraduate research projects being carried out at Sussex. 


We received some really exceptional entries this year. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted!

  • First placeBrontë McDonald (Psychology) - School Attendance Problems During Covid-19
  • Second Place: Fiona Walker (Psychology) - The effect of health messages on intentions to consume alcohol during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • People's Choice Award: Swati Bhargava (Business School) - “They said you would fail but I succeeded!” Discourse Analysis of a specially-abled Woman Entrepreneur in India

The competition was judged by a panel drawn from the University’s research community, and the first place, second place and People's Choice winners were announced at the Festival of Doctoral Research on Thursday 8th July.

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 First prize: £300 towards your research 

 Second prize: £150 towards your research

 People’s choice: £150 towards your research 

Competition guidance

Competition entrants should note the following:

  • Posters must relate to an aspect of the entrant's doctoral research.
  • Each doctoral researcher can submit only one poster.
  • Posters can be landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Posters must be submitted in PDF format.
  • It is the responsibility of competition entrants to ensure that any images used in their poster are not copyrighted.
  • Your poster must not have been submitted to a previous Festival of Doctoral Research competition.
Judging criteria

Judges will assess the posters according to the following criteria:

First impression

  • Is the poster easy to read?
  • Is space used effectively within the poster?
  • Does the poster present a logical flow of information?
  • Is the poster overall visually attractive and engaging?

Title and content

  • Is the title engaging?
  • Are the aims/objectives of the research clearly stated?
  • Are the methods clearly explained and with sufficient detail?
  • How well are the results communicated on the poster? 
  • Are any images, graphs or figures clear and easy to understand?


  • Does the poster communicate a clear 'take-home' message?
  • Is the poster accessible to a non-specialist academic audience?
Key competition dates 
Deadline for submitting your entry Monday 28th June
Entries reviewed by judging panel Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July
Shortlisted posters announced Monday 5th July
Shortlist displayed at Festival of Doctoral Research online exhibition Monday 5th - Friday 9th July

Voting for People's Choice award

Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th July (noon)
Winners and People's Choice announced at Festival prize-giving ceremony Thursday 8th July

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