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Academic Poster

A visual way of presenting research and promoting discussion.

5 things you need to know...

You have been asked to produce a academic poster as a method to display your research.  This is a common method used within many professions to publicise information and ideas.

  1. Plan the content - identify the main message and key points.  Think about how you are going to capture and hold the attention of your audience.
  2. Plan the visual content - think about whether the content works best as text or a graphic.  Plan your design noting the point of entry and the logical flow of the information.  How are you going to ensure your audience knows how to read your poster?
  3. Create  - create your poster, for example using PowerPoint. 
  4. Proof read the contents and edit as necessaryEnsure that your spellings, grammar and referencing are correct.  Check the print quality and readability of the poster.
  5. Remember: academic posters contain academic information and therefore need to be  formal, structured and include citations and references (the final box/image on your poster needs to be a reference list).

LinkedIn Learning Resources

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Have a look at our Academic Posters Collection for some recommended resources.

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets

There are many template images online, which are a good point of reference.

There are limited books to support this topic but you could try DEWEY CODES = 502 / 658 / 808 or search the library catalogue

Need more advice?

You can also discuss your development of this skill with a member of the Academic Skills Team.

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The University has made some applications available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres; others are free for you to download and use on your own devices (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) .  Find out more on our personalising standard software guide and our assistive tools and software guide.