Images of Research

Images of Research competition 2019

This year the Research and Knowledge Exchange Directorate hosted its inaugural Images of Research competition. The event aimed to support research communication and promote our diverse research culture.

Early career and postgraduate researchers were invited to tell a story about their research in a single photograph and accompanying abstract. A total of 42 submissions were received from all faculties. The top 10 entries were displayed alongside their abstracts in the University's Grosvenor Gallery.

Two prizes were available: the People's Choice award voted for by visitors to the exhibition, and worth £100; and the Judges' award worth £200 decided by a panel of experts from around the University including Professor Richard Greene, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Data Incoming!

This year, Sarah Scott, a third-year PhD student from the Faculty of Science and Engineering won both awards for her image 'Data Incoming!'

Sarah's PhD research aims to understand the role of genetics in female white rhinoceros' reproductive success, and she was delighted to be selected as winner of the competition. Sarah said: "As part of my research in Kenya, I collected dung samples from rhinos to use as a source of DNA material - each precious sample helps to unravel the genetic structure of the population. I spent hours on end tracking rhinos and I took a lot of photos to help me match each rhino to a sample gathered.

"This picture was extra special for me as Rose was the last rhino in a group of 13 that I was waiting for a sample from for my research."‌

She added: “This is the first photography competition that I have entered and I can’t believe that I won! I am pleased that both the visitors to the exhibition and the judges felt that my photo communicated my research well and enjoyed my image. I want to get into photography, so I may decide to spend my prize (£300 Amazon vouchers) on a new lens for my camera.”

We are hugely grateful to all those who submitted entries to the competition this year, and we look forward to next year's competition.

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Celebratory Brochure

We have created a celebratory e-brochure containing all 42 competition entries received and photographs from the exhibition and award ceremony.

Please take a look to find out more about the exciting work being completed by our early career and postgraduate researchers. The collection clearly reflects the diversity and quality of the research taking place at Manchester Met. 

Download the RKE-Images-of-Research-E-brochure-2019

Images of Research tour

We are excited to announce that Images of Research is currently on tour around the University!

Don't miss the chance to see the shortlisted entries and read about the exciting research being completed by our emerging researchers.

The images will be on display at the following locations and times.

Time period Venue
20/05/19 - 14/06/19 Science & Engineering - 'The Street'
17/06/19 - 19/07/19 Business School - South Atrium
02/09/19 - 20/09/19 Brooks - Ground Floor
23/09/19 - 31/10/19 Righton - Open Space