Visualising ResearchCompetition 2022

About the Competition

Glyndŵr University’s Visualising Research Competition celebrates its research, highlights its diversity, and rewards the individuals and research teams that make it happen. Now in its third year, the competition invites all research-active staff and research students to take part.

It’s well-known that humans prefer to attend to images than lots of dense writing, and our competition challenges researchers to capture the story of their project in a single image. It’s no easy feat, especially if your subject area is hard science and visual representation of concepts is not a traditional way of showcasing your work… but that’s all part of the fun!

Images can help to engage and capture the attention of your target audience. This method of dissemination can help to reach people who would not ordinarily be interested in your work or understand the academic jargon. They say a picture paints a thousand words.

Approaching public engagement more creatively can also help you to express yourself as a researcher and may even bring wellbeing benefits. One study has found that taking a photograph and sharing it every day has numerous benefits, with participants stating how good it was to be able to take time out for self-care, which could include five minutes to snap a phone photo or encouragement to get out of the house to find a photogenic location.

Since the inception of the competition, we’ve had some brilliant entries from Glyndwr staff and research students from across a variety of subject areas. Some people chose to submit a traditional photograph, others staged a scene, and some even used photo editing software to add extra layers to their submission. The possibilities are endless, so get creative today!

Photography student

Eligibility – Who can enter? 

All current doctoral researchers are eligible to apply.   

All current staff of Glyndŵr University are eligible to apply (including Research Assistants), provided that they are a) working toward a research degree, b) hold a research degree and are actively involved in research or c) are currently conducting research as an academic member of staff. 

Images must be generated as a result of research carried out during your doctoral studies or research you are undertaking as an academic member of staff. 

How do I enter? 

To enter simply create a photograph that will invite interest and intrigue in your research. The image should inform, engage, and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current doctoral-level research and above.

Please download our competition guidelines and entry form below. 

VR Competition Guidelines

What’s in it for me? 

An image that is a direct result of your research or that represents an aspect of it could attract new interest in your work. The image may be useful for numerous outputs, for instance, social media, press releases or even the cover of a book. Ultimately it could lead to an increase in the take-up and citation rate of your research.

Your image may be displayed in and around Glyndŵr University, on the university website and possibly at other venues locally and nationally, crediting you and your ideas.   

Is there a prize for the winner? 

There will be cash prizes for the winner (£250) and two runners-up (£50 each). 

Where can I find examples? 

All the entrants from last year’s competition can be found at the foot of this web page. 

When will it open? 

The competition at Glyndŵr University will officially open on Wednesday 13th July 2022.   

When will it close? 

The competition closing date is Friday 16th September 2022. 

Do I need to be good at art or photography to take part? 

Not at all! Please see testimonials from past winners below. We will be putting on an idea generation workshop in due course which will be advertised here. 

I’m unsure how to approach it. How can I explore ideas? 

There will be an introduction to the competition by Dr Sue Liggett (Associate Dean, Research) at 1-2 pm on Wednesday 17th August 2022 on Teams.    

In August there will be a workshop to explore ideas, see examples from other universities and ask questions (date TBC). Just bring yourselves, and any notes of ideas you might have started exploring, but don’t worry if you are not at that stage yet. This is where the workshop will help!   

Who should I contact to find out more? 

Please contact Hayley Dennis researchoffice@glyndwr.ac.uk in the first instance, or Dr Sue Liggett s.liggett@glyndwr.ac.uk, who will be happy to help with any queries. 

 

See previous winners and entries for inspiration.