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Department research communications recognised at this year's OxTALENT awards.

Ellie Morgan-Jones has scooped the OxTALENT 2016 award for most innovative research poster, with a poster that is half board-game, half research poster.

The “DECisions” poster was designed to help illustrate the evidence gathering and regulatory pathway that a new diagnostic test would have to follow in order for the device to be implemented in clinical practice.

DECisionsEllie, who is the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative Administrator, said:

“I was really surprised to win, and I’m still reeling from the excitement of it! The poster is actually a board game which was designed as a teaching tool specifically for a public engagement event. It has now picked up interest from research groups related to the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative. I wanted the game to be visually appealing while still working within the confines of the branding guidelines specified by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which funds the DEC.”

The judges loved the design of the poster, commenting on the bold colours and the imaginative use of a game: “There is no denying that this is a game board made into a poster, but as a way to lead people into discovering the process, it works!”

The research poster category of the OxTALENT awards showcases some of the creative poster designs developed around the University to support teaching, research and outreach.

Charlotte Albury, a DPhil student in the Behavioural Medicine Group, was also nominated in the research poster category for her poster describing healthy conversations.

Research communications in the department was well represented at last night's OxTALENT awards, with DPhil student Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and NIHR CLAHRC Oxford communications officer Gavin Hubbard receiving an honourable mention in the public engagement category. Their recent infographic to participants in the OxFAB study used a yorkshire terrior to help demonstrate average weight loss by study participants.

YorkieThe OxTALENT annual awards recognise members of the University who have made innovative use of digital technology to foster learning and academic practice, develop more effective links between teaching and research, or improve impact through outreach and public engagement. The awards are open to students as well as staff.

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