Illustrating the impact of research at Staffordshire University through Images of Research

"I am delighted with the number of people who have contributed to this year's competition. It shows the breadth of the ongoing research undertaken by our staff and students."

Professor Allan Howells, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Staffordshire University is committed to delivering research with impact. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), which judges the quality of UK university research, 78% of research undertaken at the university was rated at international standard or above.

One of the ways that the University has been showcasing our research excellence is through the annual Images of Research poster competition. Researchers across the University are asked to submit a research poster of no more than 150 words and accompanying image to describe why their research matters and the difference it makes to society, the economy, other research and global challenges.

Over 40 researchers from Staffordshire University entered the competition and made it through to the judging stages demonstrating the breadth of research across the University.

This year there were 3 awards up for grabs; the Business Award, the Student Award and the Deputy-Vice Chancellors Award. Kindly involved in the judging of the posters was a group of industry leaders from Capula, ATP Industries, Staffordshire BIC, Vision Photography and Project Alpha, and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Allan Howells and Staffordshire University students.

The celebration event took place on Thursday 19th November in the Science Centre with over 60 guests including the judges, researchers and university staff. Professor Howells announced the winners and presented them with bespoke glass trophies and gift vouchers.

Two posters were highly commended; "Pits, Pots and Poets" by Catherine Burgass from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies and "Making the Invisible, Visible" by Francesca Stubbs-Hayes from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

The overall competition winners were:

Business Award: "Rainbow Connection - Using Calchones as Anti-biotics", submitted by Elecia Henry from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences and supporting team including Professor John Cassella, Dr Susan Bird, Dr Pauline Gowland and Dr Rob Smith.

Student Award: "May the Force be with You", submitted by Kayleigh Sheppard and Professor John Cassella from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

Deputy Vice-Chancellors Award: "Testing the Fishscale of Academicness", submitted by Alke Groppel-Wegener from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies and supporting team including Dr Katy Vigurs, Helen Bowstead, Lesley Raven and Dr Geoff Walton.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Allan Howells said:

"I am delighted with the number of people who have contributed to this year's competition.  It shows the breadth of the ongoing research undertaken by our staff and students. I am pleased that this competition provides an opportunity to showcase the research to our staff and prospective students and other visitors to the University."

All 42 research posters are on display on the ground floor of the Science Centre for staff, students and all visitors to the university to see.