Registration is closed for this event
April 9th, 2021 12:45 PM through  4:00 PM
Online event, link will be provided
Event Fee(s)
Guest Price £ 75.00
Member Price £ 0.00



This workshop has been organised by Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan, Plymouth College of Art, and the Newer Researchers Network.

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 will require a computer with a webcam and microphone, plus a stable internet connection (to connect to the event remotely). Participants are assumed to have a basic understanding of contemporary research practices.

Participants will also require a stock of A4/A3 paper (printer paper is fine) and a few coloured felt-tip pens. 



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; Sam Rowe

12:45 — 13:00

Registration & Welcome

13:00 — 14:00

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.

14:00 — 14:10


14:10 — 15:30

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.

15:30 — 15:40


15:40 — 16:30

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.


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.


Sam Rowe is Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader for BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at Plymouth College of Art. He is also a practicing illustrator, art director, and researcher; working with brands, publications, and organisations globally. 
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