University-wide Poster Competition 2015

The annual University-wide poster competition is taking place on 22nd May 2015.  This is a university-wide competition, open to all MPhil/PhD students, and will take place in CAMS, ground floor of the main building. 

The competition requires you to present your research in a poster that is ‘in layman’s terms, that is, understandable to a member of the general public’.

Rules of entry

  • poster must be A1 size (59.4cm x 84.1cm)
  • poster can be either portrait or landscape
  • A4 versions of the poster may be used as handouts in addition to business cards.  No other handouts may be used.
  • no additional material may be used or added to the poster (e.g. laptop demonstration, speaker in poster, anything stuck on the poster, flaps or lifts on the poster, illustrations requiring 3D glasses are not permitted)
  • entrant name, title of poster and name of entrant’s university must be clearly  presented on the poster
  • one QR code at the top right hand corner of the A1 poster WILL be permitted.  The QR code will be for information only and used in the same way as a website address on a business card.  Students will only be able to share the additional information gained from the QR code AFTER judging has finished.  Students should NOT use the QR code as an alternative to illustrating their posters or explaining their research clearly to the judges.  Judges are not permitted to view material gained from a QR code until after judging sheets have been returned to the event organisers


Aston University will be awarding three prizes (£200; £150; £75).

Entry procedure
To enter the competition, please complete the application form and return it by email attachment to or paper copy addressed to Sarah Hosten, Staff & Graduate Development, Room MB728, by  Monday 11th May 2015.  You do not need to submit your poster by this date, but obviously, it will need to be printed/produced by yourselves by 22nd May 2015.  Details of the procedure for the day of the competition will be sent to entrants subsequently.

On the day of the competition, students will be expected to verbally present their research and poster to judges.  Ten minutes is allocated for this and students should be prepared to answer questions from the judges.  A further five minutes for questions is allowed.  A formal presentation is not required.  Please note that whilst your supervisor may provide guidance, the design of the poster including wording and layout must be your own.  Judging criteria can be found here.

Additional information
Judges will work in pairs and students will be assessed on a minimum of two occasions, although this is subject to review depending on the number of entrants.  Timings will be allocated nearer the day so that students need only attend for one hour during the day, but must return for the presentation of awards around 4pm.  Lunch will be provided, and all research students are invited to join us whether participating in the competition or not.  Lunch will be served at 1pm in CAMS.

If you wish to join us for lunch but do not wish to enter the competition, please email to that effect so that ample catering is ordered.  Non-entrants are also invited to view the posters and/or join us for the presentation of awards at 3.30pm in CAMS. 

Poster competition 10am-12.30pm
Lunch 1pm-1.45pm
3MT competition 2pm-3.10pm
Awards presentation 3.30pm