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Visualising Research Competition 2020-21

Visualising Research Competition 2020-21

Wrexham Glyndwr 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 second year, the competition invites all research active staff and research students to take part.   


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. 

All staff and researcher students are welcome to enter. Please download the guidelines and entry form:

Visualising Research Guidelines and Entry Form 2021

Where can I find examples?

All the entrants from last year’s competition can be found below.


When will it open?

The 2020-21 competition at Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University officially opened in February 2021. 


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 ideas generation workshop in due course which will be advertised here.

Gwennan Barton

Gwennan Barton, PhD candidate and runner-up, Visualising Research Competition 2019

"The competition allowed me to reconnect with my creative side!  And to disseminate my research from a completely different perspective, telling the story through the lens.

I enlisted Psychology colleagues for my final image.  This element was the most enjoyable of the whole process; a lot of thought, trust and laughter went into capturing the essence of each individual and psychological concept. 

I would recommend that researchers engage with this competition. For me, creativity, reflection and innovation are important parts of the research journey, which is captured in this competition.

Regardless of previous experience with photography, it is an opportunity that everyone should engage with at least once – you will only know what’s possible when you try.  I’m grateful to WGU researcher development team for this opportunity and continued support and for providing the workshop to generate ideas."



Andy Matthews

Andy Matthews, PhD candidate and runner-up, Visualising Research Competition 2019

"The experience was really supportive throughout; Hayley Dennis did a great job providing details and drumming interest from the students. I still had some doubts about entering as I am not one for ‘arty’ things. I am glad I went along to the workshop as it dispelled some of my preconceptions about art – I didn’t need swept back hair or a flowing scarf to enter the class.

VR welcomes all abilities of creativity. The workshop with Sue Liggett got me chatting to other students about different ideas to promote research.

My research project is about men talking about their mental health. VR inspired me to look more deeply into visual data collection, ultimately working with a men’s group to create a striking blended photographed image that gave the subject a means of talking about different issues.

Still unsure if it is for you? Go along to the workshop and then make up your mind!"

Previous entries

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Is there a prize for the winner?

There will be cash prizes for the winner and two runners up which will be confirmed when the competition formally opens.


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

A workshop will take place at 1-2pm on Wednesday 14th July 2021 on Teams. As with all researcher training please join ‘Researcher Training’ using code tj5iuwm or email send a request to Hayley Dennis. If you're unable to attend please contact Hayley Dennis for a Powerpoint presentation.

This will be a useful platform to explore ideas, see examples from other universities and ask questions.


Who should I contact to find out more?

Please contact Hayley Dennis in the first instance, or Dr Sue Liggett, who will be sure to help with any queries. 

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