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Making Sense of Research: Competition Guidelines

Making Sence of Research


Important points to note

  1. We encourage entries made by groups of research students.
  2. Please note that any one student may submit/contribute two entries.
  3. A completed application form must accompany each entry.
  4. Each entry must also have an accompanying abstract for the judges and a summary for the public.
  5. All entries that do not conform to these guidelines will be rejected.
  6. There will be advice sessions during the competition period and optional creative workshops for students to attend.
  7. Entries must be the original work of the entrant or entrants.
  8. Entries must relate directly to the entrants’ research at the University of Hull.
  9. Entries may not contain explicit or illegal content. 
  10. Content must be suitable for viewing/experiencing by members of the public including children. 
  11. Entries do not need to be new, but must have been created in the last calendar year.

Abstract and Summary

Each entry must have a 300-word abstract and 100-word summary. It should be free of jargon and written in plain English, making it easily readable by non-specialists and members of the public.

Images and Photographs

  1. Should be full colour or black and white
  2. The image should not contain added text
  3. If digital, images can be submitted in portrait or landscape orientation. The overall presentation of your submission may vary depending on which orientation you choose.
  4. If digital, the image must be as high a resolution as possible.  300 x 300 dots per inch (dpi), or file size in excess of 1.5MB. 
  5. Make sure that your file is set at A2 size in the print options of your media/editor package.
  6. Digital images must be sent to us in PDF format. 
  7. You are free to use any package you wish to edit/manipulate/enhance your image.
  8. You may also use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a document into which you can insert your image and then save as a PDF.  With PowerPoint, it is possible to set the document to portrait style in addition to landscape style.  PowerPoint is also a very useful tool to create a poster if that is the category you wish to enter.
  9. You may also create a digital illustration/painting/image using a graphic design/illustration/drawing package If you need any advice please just get in touch. 

Short film, video or animation

Should be no longer than 1 minute in length and should be in digital format usable on UK-based workstations/devices, preferably MP4 or MOV. From a practical perspective, these will be viewable from an online gallery and are unlikely to form part of the physical exhibition.

Artwork and Other Formats

We welcome any creative form of expression and sensory experience for the audience. Some of you may prefer to make something, a model or some form of construction, a tapestry/embroidery, a collage, a hand drawing/painting/oil/acrylic/pastel etc., a comic strip, a non-academic poster, static and moving images, models, craft work and virtual environments...  These entries must be mountable for safe hanging on an A3-size mount, or be capable of being displayed on a flat horizontal surface no bigger than A3. Three-dimensional objects may not be taller than one meter.

You can also suggest another format. 

Production Materials

For those who are submitting graphic work electronically, the Graduate School will pay for the printing of entries up to the size of A2 (cost £12). We will provide the same amount towards the cost of materials to produce entries in other formats. Payment will be made only against receipts.


All students registered on a postgraduate research degree at the University of Hull are eligible to enter this competition. Any former postgraduate research students at the University of Hull who were awarded their degree in the academic year 2018-19 are eligible to enter as well.

Consent to Reproduce, Copyright and Liability

By entering this competition, you consent to the University of Hull retaining the right to use all entries submitted (including those not chosen to be produced) in materials without requiring further permission from you.

The materials this applies to include:

  1. Those included in the exhibition (printed and online),
  2. Any used on the ‘Making Sense of Research’ website, and,
  3. Any other printed or related materials we may produce to celebrate or share the work included in the completion and exhibition.

As an entrant you retain all intellectual property, including copyright, but as such you hereby grant the University of Hull a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence in perpetuity to reproduce the works based on your submission without any obligation to compensate you.

In addition, all entries will be published in an online Exhibition Booklet.

The University will not be liable in any way for an entry. It is your responsibility to:

  1. Secure permission from anyone in your photograph.  You are advised to get written consent. Advice available on request.
  2. Ensure that there are no infringements of third party intellectual property rights with what you have produced. You must wholly own the image, or obtain written authority of contributors both to submit the image to this competition and to grant the University of Hull a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce works on your submission.

By signing the application form for entry, you are confirming you accept these terms.

How to enter

Read these guidelines.  You can also print these guidelines by printing this webpage.

Complete the Application Form – click on the Application Form Tab and download the form from there. 

Reminder: Deadline for submission is Thursday 30th May 2019 by 4.30pm.

Submit electronically via email to Jackie McAndrew on using the subject title ‘Making Sense of Research’ Application Form.

Submit by post or in person to the Graduate School, Room 107, First Floor, The Graduate School Building, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, HU6 7RX.