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Festival of Doctoral Research

Portray your research as a single image

Visualise Your Thesis Competition

A single image which should inform, engage and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current postgraduate research.


Thursday 13 July 2023.


We will showcase your image online, and also display it on the 13 July 2023 in Eldon Building.

Who can apply?

All current doctoral, MPhil and MRes research students who have not graduated before 1 June 2023.

    Guidelines - what we need from you

    • An image related to your research. Each student can submit ONE original image which can be a drawing, photograph, or graphic. Please submit your image as a .jpeg or .png file.
    • Research abstract. Your image must be accompanied by a research abstract of no more than 250 words, that explains what your image shows and how it relates to your research. The abstract must be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.
    • Your thesis title.
    • A short description of the cake for ALT text for screen readers (see example of why this is important here)
    • Completed consent form.

    Judging criteria

    • How engaging and powerful is the image?
    • Does the image embody the research?
    • How clear is the abstract to a non-specialist audience?


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

    Public voting will be restricted to the festival delegates.

    Only the competition winners will be announced; other rankings will not be made available. 


    • First place £100
    • Second place £50


    To apply, please complete the application form by 12.00pm on Wednesday 28 June.

    Successful entrants will be notified two weeks before the event.