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Knowledge Exchange Newsletter - May 2021 Edition

University of Hull Knowledge Exchange Poster Competition 2021

​​​​​About the competition

​The University of Hull poster competition will be run again in 2021 to showcase the KE undertaken by staff at the University of Hull. All staff and postgraduate research students across all disciplines are invited to submit a poster on an aspect of their KE activity. The owners of three best poster presentations will each receive an award of £500 to be spent on conference attendance/KE training.​

​​​Competition guidelines

  • Each entrant should submit the form below along with a PDF of their poster.
  • ​​Only one poster allowed per entrant. Posters must relate to an aspect of the entrant's KE activity. 
  • We strongly recommend that entrants follow the guidelines below on posters
  • Posters can be landscape or portrait orientation.

Judging criteria

​Posters will be assessed according to these criteria:

  • Poster design - presentation and visual communication
  • KE content - 
  1. ​H​ow easily this can be understood by non-subject specialists
  2. The impact and significance of the KE activity being showcased


​Deadline for competition entry: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021​


NB: The application form is downloadable as a word document at the bottom of this information.



Your poster should be designed to convey the essence of your KE activity in a clear, eye-catching and appealing way. Your audience may include colleagues, academics, stakeholders from non-academic partners and students; many will be non-specialists in relation to your discipline.

A good poster will

  • attract passers-by to stop and take an interest
  • allow the viewer to remember key details of your KE activity
  • be accessible to a non-specialist and enable them to learn about your subject
  • draw in your audience and get them asking questions stimulate discussion

Viewing distance
You should ensure that your poster can be read clearly from a distance of 1 metre or more.

Viewing time
It should be possible for the viewer to absorb the general information in your poster in a short time (up to 3 minutes)

Key information
Your name, your department



Meaningful but not complicated. The purpose here is to communicate your work to a non-specialist audience

Your display should be visually clear and easy to follow. Whatever the focus, there should be a logical flow which guides the reader through your discussion /argument/idea.

Ensure that the general overview of the poster is clear and that the more detailed information is not too complex. Any specialist/technical terms should be explained. The poster format requires you to condense detailed work into key points, so you will need to be selective; however, you must demonstrate knowledge, display understanding and develop an argument or a narrative thread.

Demonstrate how your knowledge exchange fits in with the world as a whole, to help viewers relate to it.

Good use of colour is helpful. Even if the majority of the material is in black and white it is important to highlight with colour. However, bear in mind that too much colour can be visually confusing.

Make sure the images you use are clear and of good quality.

These must be sharp and relevant to the presentation. Charts, drawings and illustrations should be simpler and more heavily drawn than those you would use for slides. Use of colour is encouraged to add emphasis effectively.

Font-style and size
Be consistent in your choice of font, limiting yourself to one or two. Ensure that the font sizes are legible from the indicated viewing distance.

Text and graphics should be grouped together in relevant and visually stimulating sets.

Layout / flow
Guide the viewer's eye in an orderly way. Ensure that there is a logical path of items to be followed. It may be appropriate to link sections with lines or arrows.

Adding an outer border to your poster, and bordering any sections contained within, generally helps to define your display clearly.

Acknowledge any contributors other than those shown at the top of your display. 

Copyright and confidentiality

You must ensure that your poster does not disclose any confidential/commercially sensitive information. Please also consider whether your poster would disclose any unprotected intellectual property.

Contact point
Encourage people to find out more about your knowledge exchange activities. Provide contact details/leaflets/cards for readers to take away.

This may be useful and could be done by giving a set of key bullets.



Some possible ideas are:

Use of analogies
Use an analogy which is easy for the viewer to remember. Relate your problem, or its solution, to the likely common experience of the viewer.

Relevant three-dimensional models could be attached.

Consider making the poster tactile.



Window pane effect
Straight rows and columns of information are not visually stimulating especially if the size and content of each appears similar, giving a window pane effect. Use a pattern of sections - this need not be regular.

Sparseness/ Clutter
Make sure that enough information is included on the poster. Don't compensate for lack of information by using exceptionally large fonts or images. Conversely, avoid having too much information, so that different sections are not clearly identified.

Too much detail
Don't be tempted to include all you know on the subject - remember that the viewer has a limited time to look at your poster.

Irrelevant detail
Try to avoid inappropriate side issues which may detract from the main subject.​


Poster form 2021   Download the Poster Application Form by clicking on the document link below.


Knowledge Exchange Announcements

From: Emma T Calverley - Head of Operations, Knowledge Exchange

Dear PGRs

Vacancies have arisen on the University Knowledge Exchange Committee for the following categories:

· one member who is a non-academic staff (to be elected by non-academic members of staff); and

· one member who is a PDRA or PhD student (to be elected by PDRAs and PhD students)

The persons elected will serve for a term of 2 years. To be considered as a candidate please complete the nomination form and send it to by noon on Wednesday 20 January 2021. Voting will take place between Monday 24th January 2021 and Friday 29th January 2021. The first meeting of the committee will take place on Monday 22 February 2021, 9-11am.


Many thanks,



Emma Calverley | Head of Operations, Knowledge Exchange |Research & Enterprise

University of Hull

Hull, HU6 7RX, UK|

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Knowledge Exchange Celebration Week 16 - 20 November 2020


Knowledge Exchange (KE) is the transfer of ideas, research, expertise or skills between universities and business, communities, the third sector and government.  Knowledge Exchange brings together academic staff and non-academic partners to increase the impact of research, making it more likely that your research and expertise will make a difference to the ways in which questions, events or problems are understood and addressed around the world.
To find out more about the diverse and impactful Knowledge Exchange work that being achieved by colleagues from across the University, come and join our online Knowledge Exchange Celebration Week next week.  We’re hosting a variety of webinars, featuring not only our academic colleagues but also many of our external partners.   More details on each webinar are below.  To join, simply sign up using the “Register Now” button.


Knowledge Exchange Celebration Week
Webinar Programme 16 - 20 November 2020


Introduction from Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Dave Richards

Introduction to Celebration Week by Dr Dave Richards, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise         View the Film here

Engaging with Local Government - Monday, 16 November: 9.30am – 11am

Engaging with Local Government
Monday, 16 November: 9.30am – 11am

Find out about our collaborations with local government in the Active Withernsea and Future Work Design projects, with speakers from the University and our regional Local Authorities.   Withernsea is one of only 12 areas chosen by Sport England to understand more what makes happy and healthy communities, using a number of innovative and systems-based approaches. The Future Work Design study is looking at the impact on staff working remotely or from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the effects on staff health and wellbeing alongside an increase in efficiency and productivity in the delivery of services to the public.

Chaired by Deborah Robinson, Faculty Director of Professional External Engagement the panelists include:
Professor Gerald Midgley - Professor of Systems Thinking
Esther Hall​ - Public Health System Change Lead,  East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Dr Katie Cunnah - Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Assistant within the Centre for Human Factors
Helen Knights - Strategic Lead, ICT Business and Governance,  North East Lincolnshire Council
Joanne Andrew - Strategic Workforce Lead at The HR People, North Lincolnshire Council/North East Lincolnshire Council

View the Webinar here




Community Engagement in Archaeology - The Petuaria ReVisited project - Monday 16 November 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Community Engagement in Archaeology - the Petuaria ReVisited project 
Monday 16 November 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Chaired by Dr Peter Halkon, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology the panelists include:
Martin Credland chair of the Elloughton and Brough Playing Field Association and former chair of the Elloughton and Brough Town Council and chair of Petuaria ReVisited.  
Jonathan Farley, PhD student who is researching the Roman archaeology of Brough and aspects of Heritage engagement.   
This webinar will explore heritage engagement in local archaeology projects with an example of how this works in practice based on the 2020 excavations at Brough

View t​he Webinar here

Working in Partnership to Tackle Modern Slavery - Tuesday, 17 November: 9.30am – 11am

Working in Partnership to Tackle Modern Slavery
Tuesday, 17 November: 9.30am – 11am

Experts from the University’s Wilberforce Institute will be joined by collaborators from the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and Humberside Police to share their insights into how working together increases impact and effectiveness.

Chaired by Wilberforce Institute Director Professor Trevor Burnard, the panelists are:
Alicia Kidd - Postdoctoral Researcher, Wilberforce Institute
Andrew Smith - Coordinator, Humber Modern Slavery Partnership
DCI Christine Calvert - Humberside Police
Cristina Talens - Director of Modern Slavery Risk Assessments, Wilberforce Institute

View t​he Webinar here​​

“Dare to Bee” – Knowledge Exchange in Student Enterprise - Wednesday, 18 November: 10am – 11.30am


“Dare to Bee” – Knowledge Exchange in Student Enterprise

Wednesday, 18 November: 10am – 11.30am

To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship week, this webinar will highlight the innovative "Dare to Bee" student enterprise project, led by the Hull University Business School.   Dare to Bee is an innovative student, entrepreneur, academic enterprise and knowledge exchange project.   You will hear from our external partners in the project, and also directly from students, who will talk about the achievements they have made since the project's launch in September 2020.

Chaired by Richard Keegan, Director of Business Engagement and Enterprise
Dr Andrew Steel, CEO of the PATT Foundation the panelists are:
Dr Antonio C Malfense Fierro, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Programme Leader for BA Business Management with Entrepreneurship
Dr Fannie Yeung Lecturer in Marketing
Leanne Cook - University of Hull Student
Maria Hague - University of Hull Student
Adele Gregson - University of Hull Student


Accelerating a Net Zero Future - Wednesday, 18 November: 12.30pm – 2pm


This webinar will showcase 3 different ways in which the University is accelerating a Net Zero future.  You will learn how we are working with local markets to help fuel the local bio economy, how the Aura collaboration is at the forefront of innovation for offshore wind and low-carbon energy, and how the SparkFund innovation support and grants programme is helping businesses to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes in the low carbon sector.

Chaired by Louise Smith, Director of Aura, the panelists are:
Dr. Irene Sotiropoulou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Energy & Environment Institute
Professor James Gilbert, Professor of Engineering
Ian Palmer, SparkFund Innovation Manager
Anna Coromina, Boulevard Market Manager
Aviv Kruglansk Boulevard Market Manager


View t​he Webinar here​

Dialogue and Participation in Public Engagement - Thursday, 19 November: 9.30am – 11am


This webinar will shine a light on the University's strength in engaging with the public, stimulating dialogue and participation on topics as varied as flood resilience, social justice and improving our waterways.

Chaired by Dr. Simon Green, FACE ADR, the panellists are:

Dr Chris Skinner, Research Fellow, Energy and Environment Institute; 

Professor Mark Lorch, Professor of Public Engagement and Science Communication, FOSE; 

Dr Gill Hughes, Lecturer, FACE;

Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson, Reader/ Head of Department English, Creative Writing & American


View t​he Webinar here​

Heritage and Performance: History in Partnership with Team GB - Friday, 20 November: 9.30am – 11am


At this webinar,  you will hear from academics and students from the History department, who have been working with Team GB to understand and tell the story of Team GB's heritage, as well as find out from Team GB how they have benefitted from the collaboration.  

Chaired by Professor Glenn Burgess, Professor of Early Modern History,  the panelists are:
Dr Catherine Baker, Research Coordinator for History and Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History
Nicole Bateman, Project Manager (Marketing) - Team GB;  Owen Eastwood, Team GB Consultant
Lewis Carter, post-graduate student 
Grace Hawkins, second year History student 

View t​he Webinar here​

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