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Case Study: Research Images As Art

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Research Images As Art Competition

How UCL Educational Media helped research scientists to become artists

Educational Media has collaborated with the UCL Doctoral School for nearly 20 years on the Research Images as Art Competition. We reproduce the submitted images as high quality exhibition prints for the annual exhibition in the cloisters. The competition, open to all current graduate students and academic staff across UCL, is for images associated with their research which have aesthetic appeal.

The exhibition is a showcase of the images illustrating the diversity of research throughout UCL. Over the years the popularity of this competition has grown to nearly 400 entries and now only the best 100 images chosen by a six judge panel are formatted and printed. Eight prizes are awarded, first prize, six runners-up and a ‘People’s Choice’ prize.

The images are then added to the UCL Imagestore and are available for the promotion of UCL. They are used extensively by our graphic designers in their projects.

What we did

Large format printing
Image layout

Research images as art exhibition in Cloisters

Close-up of Research images as art exhibition

Previous winners and runners-up 

Man in a crowd wearing a newspaper helmet
Dr Sarah Crafter, IOE Social Sciences
The Pensive Lion, 2015

Colourful computer image of heart muscle fibres
Mr Laurence Jackson, Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Muscle Fibres of the Heart, 2013

View of a swirling river
 Mr David Griffiths, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Ardara River Swirl, 2017-18

Designs using research images

Front cover of Research Staff Handbook 2020

Page showing text and research images

Page showing text and research image


Shadowy green figure

Handbook page with colourful map

Book cover with white cells


Shadowy green figure

Book cover with white cells

Handbook page with text and kidney image