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Visualising & communicating your research

Wednesday, 04 September 2019


Research impact is linked to the ability to engage others with it. Indeed, peer review, publication and presentation are core academic standards but so is public/stakeholder engagement - formal and informal. Importantly, and as researchers, we need to be able to communicate our research effectively so our work can inform future activities be these continued research, linked activities or contextual application.

This workshop will be delivered in partnership with academics and artists who specialise in illustration. Specifically, it will explore the medium of message and the development of visual communication. This will include the use of illustration, presentations, posters, and the psychology of communication/visual impact. The workshop will be hands-on and participants will engage in creative activities.

To get the most out of this workshop, participants are asked to bring a piece of their research they would like to work on. This could be an abstract, poster, presentation, paper or other output. They are also asked to bring a laptop.



By the end of the workshop, successful participants will be able to:

1.     Articulate the necessary elements for impactful visual communication;

2.     Construct a visual presentation for a named piece of research;

3.     Critically analyse visual research communication to discern elements of good and poor practice;

4.     Explore the role of creativity in research communication.



Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan; Mel Brown; Sam Rowe; Jason Hirons, Plymouth College of Art

10:00 – 10:30

Registration & morning coffee

10:30 – 11:45

Session 1 – What makes good visual communication?

In this session we will explore elements which facilitate successful communication. Throughout the session you will be exploring and developing ways to enhance communication of your own research  – through a series of playful tasks.

11:45 – 13:15

Session 2 – Developing an impactful and memorable presentation

In this session, we will work on conference-style presentations; a key activity for all researchers. With guidance and critique, participants will work to develop their own presentations.


14:00 – 15:30

Session 3 – Developing an engaging and meaningful poster

In this session, we will work on conference-style posters; a key activity for all researchers.  We will support you to embrace the value of images to convey complex theories, fiddly ideas and vague themes.


15:45 – 16:30

Session 4 – Launching a visual social media campaign

In this final session, we will explore the potential of social media (Instagram) to engage audiences, disseminate your research - to get your ideas out there! We will explore visual techniques/practice to enhance impact, readership and engagement. 


Jason Hirons is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Illustration at Plymouth College of Art. He is a writer, arts producer and walking artist specialising in short form text, and his research interests include Transformative Learning, Inclusivity in Creative Learning, and Landscape Agency. He is one half of the creative partnership Driftingspace, and is a founding member of Interchange, a collective of artists, architects, activists and change makers.


Mel Brown MA is Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader BA (Hons) Illustration at Plymouth College of Art. Research interests are centred around an exploration of creative pedagogy, including gamification and the role of ‘play’ in education.


Sam Rowe is an illustrator, designer, and lecturer at Plymouth College of Art. He works with (and draws pictures for) lots of different brands and publications; including Airbnb, The New York Times and Wired. His research aims to facilitate critical discussion within the illustration industry — their roles, assumptions and biases.


Dr Mark J.P Kerrigan is Director of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement at Plymouth College of Art. He is also a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), SRHE Newer Researchers Network Convenor and former Director of Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Medical Science at Anglia Ruskin University.

Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Wednesday, 04 September 2019
Times: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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