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Festival of Doctoral Research

Submit your research poster into our Festival of Doctoral Research competition to be in with a chance of winning a prize.


Thursday 8 July 2021


We will showcase your posters online, and also display them on the 8th of July in the Third Space (Student Union).


We are inviting all current postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to submit a poster for the upcoming Festival of Doctoral Research on Thursday 8 July, 2021. We will be shortlisting posters for presentation at the event online and in the Third Space, Student Union.

Guidelines- what we need from you

Please submit your application to docfest@port.ac.uk by 12:00pm Friday 2 July. 

This must include:

  • Your poster should summarise your research to non-subject specialists. 
  • Your poster should include your name, UoP logo, Faculty and the title of your research. 
  • Posters must be A1 and can be in either portrait or landscape format.
  • Provided that a non-subject specialist could easily understand it, you are welcome to submit a poster you have presented at your Faculty research conference or at another internal or external conference. Entries must be electronic and submitted as a PowerPoint slide or pdf.
  • Those whose posters are shortlisted will have their poster displayed in the Third Space, Student Union on Thursday 8 July, 2021, and online.
  • Posters can be in either portrait or landscape format. You will not be expected to prepare an oral presentation to accompany your poster this year.

You may find design inspiration via 'Designing conference posters' and 'PhD posters', and guidance on the technical aspects of producing a poster in PowerPoint can be found here

Who can apply?

All current doctoral research students, including those undertaking professional doctorates, who have not graduated before 1 June 2021.


Please submit your application to docfest@port.ac.uk by 12:00 on Wednesday 16 June including:

  • Your research poster
  • Your name, student number, faculty and department/school
  • Your thesis title
  • Contact email address
  • Completed consent form

Judging criteria

The short-listing process will be based on three criteria, which are equally weighted:

  • Poster design – composition and use of space to set out the research.
  • Words and visuals – how well do they complement each other?
  • Communication – the success of the poster to communicate to a non-subject specialist.


First prize £100

Second prize £50


The competition will be judged by public vote on the day.

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