PGR Poster Competition and Research Showcase (Sponsored by SIPS)

Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 12:30pm until 15:30pm

Cantor 9132 & 9135, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

The Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce the fourth annual PGR Poster Competition and Research Showcase.

We would like to thank our 2020 competition partners Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Policy Press, Blackwell’s and Emerald Publishing for their kind sponsorship of prizes as without their support, staging this event would not be possible.

All SHU postgraduate research students are invited to apply for a place at this free event which takes place on Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 12:30pm until 15:30pm. It will be held in Cantor 9132 & 9135, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University. This multi-disciplinary event allows students to develop a range of skills in a friendly and supportive environment such as communicating research, responding to questions and feedback and developing their researcher profile. In addition, there is an opportunity to meet and network with other students and staff from across the faculty. At last year’s event Professor Colin McCaig commented that ‘this is a really supportive and developmental event, allowing our doctoral students to showcase their work and learn the ever-useful skill of succinctly describing their work and its impact to diverse audiences’.

This competition is open to students at every stage of their research, so you can choose to focus on initial ideas or research findings. Whether you are developing a PhD proposal, refining your ideas at RF1 and RF2 stage or preparing for a viva, this is a great chance to explore opportunities for communicating key ideas about your research.

Format of submissions:

There are 3 strands for submissions:
• Research poster (Doctoral students)
• Research poster (Masters students)
• Creative showcase (Open to all PGR students)

We are inviting students to present their research in the form of either a research poster, with 2 strands for Doctoral and Masters level students, or in another creative medium. Examples of creative showcase submissions could be: a visual map; moving images; an audio recording or soundscape; a 3D model – this is not an exhaustive list so don’t be limited by our suggestions!

Whatever form your submission takes, it should convey a message about your research, its (potential) impact/academic significance and research design. You need to present your submission, either in poster or other format, in such a way that an audience can engage with it within 5 minutes. If you decide to present your research in a non-poster format, you should ensure that it fits within a square metre of space and is understandable as a stand-alone artefact. Your research should require no specialist equipment either for its presentation or to engage the audience – we can supply basic IT equipment such as a laptop and projection screen and can assist with finding the appropriate space to support engagement with your format. Further guidance on presentation formats and support will be provided to all presenters.

All students interested in presenting their research will need to submit an abstract related to their doctoral or masters research here.

Your abstract should comprise no more than 200 words and should give an overview of your research or a specific aspect of it. You will also need to indicate whether you intend to present in a poster format or describe the format you will be using. Students will be notified via email on Wednesday 19th February whether their abstract has been accepted.

The call for submissions is open until Monday 10th February at 6pm.
Successful delegates will be provided with instructions, including details of the judges’ marking criteria, to aid their preparation. There will also be drop-in workshop sessions facilitated by previous student presenters held at each campus w/c 24th February.

NB – Due to it being a competition, guidance can only be provided on the formats and not in respect of any of the marking criteria.