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Images of Research: Vote NOW!

Celebrating the work of our early career and postgraduate researchers.


Discover the fantastic work of our early career and postgraduate researchers by attending our Images of Research exhibition from Monday 2 March.

The Images of Research photography competition challenges our early career and postgraduate researchers to communicate the significance and impact of their work through a single image and a 150-word abstract.

The event, now in its second year, follows the great success of the 2018/19 Images of Research competition where Sarah Scott, third-year PhD student from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, scooped both the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Judge’s Choice’ awards with her submission ‘Data Incoming!’.


This year’s shortlist includes a host of fantastic entries from our emerging researchers: 


  • Charlotte Arculus, Faculty of Education – ‘Illuminating Arts Practices in Early Childhood with More-Than-Human Technologies’
  • Carlos Bedson, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Britain’s Unspoken Wildlife Tragedy’
  • Rebecca Clarke, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘The Long Trail Ahead in Stroke Recovery’
  • Jamila Makarfi, Faculty of Business and Law –‘Corporate Security Responsibility’
  • Alejandra Zamora, Faculty of Business and Law – ‘Fighting Extinction’

Early career 

  • Becky Alexis-Martin, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Laughing in the Face of Death’
  • Su Corcoran, Faculty of Education – ‘Exploring Displaced Young People’s Belonging and Learning Experiences Through Art’
  • Emily Crompton, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – ‘Documenting Demolition: A Community Evidencing Project at Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre’
  • Sarah Fox, Faculty of Arts and Humanities – ‘Trust Women’
  • David Tomlinson, Faculty of Science and Engineering – ‘Defining Obesity: ‘BMI or Body Fat Percentage?’

Three awards are up for grabs, including the ‘People’s Choice Award’, ‘Judge’s Choice Award – early career researchers’ and ‘Judge’s Choice Award – postgraduate researchers’.

Our 10 finalist’s images will be on display throughout March in the reception of the Benzie building and you can vote for your chosen winner in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ on the Images of Research competition webpage

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Images of Research Competition Deadline Extended

The Images of Research deadline has been extended to 12pm Friday 7 February 2020.

This year we are looking for images that demonstrate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the research competed here at the University.

Please consider applying if you are a Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher.

The competition represents an amazing opportunity for you to demonstrate the impact of your research while thinking about how to holistically showcase it in a new and visual way.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or visit the Images of Research webpage. 

Images of Research 2019 winner. ‘Data incoming!’ by Sarah Scott

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Calling all PGRs and ECRs: There is still time to enter the Images of Research photography competition

Manchester Metropolitan researchers are invited to showcase their projects

Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers are invited to take part in the hugely popular Images of Research photography competition. 

The competition aims to showcase the breadth and depth of research taking place at the University by telling stories about our research projects through a single image and accompanying abstract. 

Last year’s winning entry – ‘Data Incoming!’ by Sarah Scott, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Richard Greene, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, tells us more:  

“The Images of Research competition is an exciting opportunity to showcase the excellent research that is going on across Manchester Metropolitan – using powerful imagery to explain its significance to a wider audience.” 

Dr Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, adds:  

“This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the work of our exciting emerging researchers and emphasises our commitment to research that engages with the world beyond the University – delivering real benefits to society, culture, the environment and the economy.” 

The strongest entries will be exhibited in the Benzie Building during the spring term and will be shortlisted by the Images of Research judging panel: 

  • Professor Richard Greene (Pro-Vice Chancellor, RKE)
  • Dr Justine Daniels (Director, RKE)
  • Ian Christon (Head of External Communications, External Relations) 
  • Sam Gray (Head of Impact and Environment, RKE) 

There are three awards up for grabs, including the People’s Choice award that is voted for by staff members, students and members of the public, and each award winner will also receive £100 Amazon voucher.  

Please visit the Images of Research webpage for further competition details and make sure you submit your entry by Friday 24 January (12:00pm)

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Images of Research 2020: Flair, Ambition and Enthusiasm

The second Manchester Metropolitan Images of Research photography competition is now open for entries!

The Challenge

You are invited to submit a photograph and accompanying abstract that communicate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the impact of your research to a non-specialist audience.

Who Can Enter?

Please submit an entry if you are one of the following:

  • A postgraduate research student (PGR) at Manchester Met
  • An early career researcher (ECR)* at Manchester Met

What Prizes are Available?

Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed on the ground floor of the Benzie Building from Monday 24 February to Friday 20 March 2020.

There will be three prizes available:

  • Judges’ Choice (PGR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • Judges’ Choice (ECR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • People’s Choice: £100 Amazon gift voucher

How Do I Enter?

To enter, and for more information please visit the competition website.

The deadline for entries is 12:00pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

*An early career researcher (ECR) is defined for the purpose of this exhibition as a member of research staff, or teaching and research staff, who are within eight years of receiving their doctoral award. For example, Lecturer, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Please get in touch to discuss your eligibility if you are unsure.

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Images of Research Exhibition – Don’t miss out!

A free photography exhibition showcasing the research, and its impact, of Manchester Met’s postgraduate and early career researchers.

Our Images of Research competition challenged Manchester Met’s emerging researchers to tell a story about their work in a single photograph.

The strongest entries will be on display in the beautiful Grosvenor Gallery until Thursday 7th March.

Please come along and vote for your favourite. The entry with the most votes will receive a £100 voucher.