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For forthcoming events, visit the creative communications seminar series page

Past seminar events

June 14th 2018 12-4pm 'Graphic Medicine'

Speakers: Ian Williams and Daniel Locke

Locations: Exeter South Cloisters 2.13, with videolinks to Plymouth Portland Square C403 and Truro Knowledge Spa F10.

This seminar begin with a talk by the artists about their work and how they address the challenges of communicating their ideas. Later, Ian and Dan led a fun comic-book workshop where they walked attendants through some of the skills and strategies they use in their books.

Ian Williams is a comics artist, physician and writer, now living in Brighton. He has studied Medicine, Medical Humanities and Fine Art and founded the website, coining the term that has been applied to the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare.

Daniel Locke is an artist and graphic novelist based in Brighton. Since 2013 much of his work has been informed and shaped by the discoveries of contemporary science. He's worked with Nobrow, Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and The National Trust. 

RECAP Link (Only accessible via a University of Exeter staff/student account.)

April 18th 2018 12.30-2pm ‘Reaching new audiences'

Speakers: Kirsty Heber-Smith and Tara Lamont

Locations:  Exeter South Cloisters 3.06, Plymouth JBB MR8, Truro KSpa F10.

Tara Lamont is deputy director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre  which promotes NIHR and other research findings to decision-makers in health and care.  Tara will be talking about ways of reaching non-academic audiences, tailoring outputs and using appropriate platforms and approaches to improve the reach and impact of research.  She will use some worked examples of creative dissemination which have made a difference with tips for researchers and informal advice on what funding boards are looking for in applications and dissemination plans.

Kirsty Heber-Smithscience communicator from the University of Oxford will be giving a talk on the university’s digital interactive platform Oxford Sparks and how researchers can use social media to interact with a new audience. 

RECAP Link (Only accessible via a University of Exeter staff/student account.)

Slides: Tara LamontKirsty Heber-Smith

December 6th 2017 12-2pm 'Public Involvement and Creative Communications'

This seminar explored how public involvement can make your research communications more creative. Jointly delivered by PenCLAHRC’s PPI Team, PenCRU researchers and involvement group members this seminar will showcase different approaches to involving the public in designing and delivering communications. Real life examples will include podcasts, videos and posters all produced in collaboration with the public. 

Speakers: PenCLAHRC PPI and PenCRU teams

Locations: Exeter St Lukes Campus, Baring Court 128 (no videolink available)

Recording (start the recording from 3mins)


October 24th 2017 1-2.30pm 'Typographic design principles and practices'

Peter Jones, Joint Programme Leader MA Publishing and lecturer on BA Hons Graphic Communication
with Typography at the University of Plymouth, will be sharing his expertise in using typo-graphic design principles and practices to produce creative and engaging communication pieces such as reports, posters and leaflets. As well as giving an overview of these useful principles, Peter will also highlight how these principles can be used in conjunction your organisations Visual Identity Guidelines and how these can be used in a positive way when designing creative communications. 

SpeakerPeter Jones

Locations: Exeter St Lukes Campus, South Cloisters room 2.13 with videolink to Plymouth Tamar Science Park, John Bull Building room MR8 and Truro Knowledge Spa, room F10

Recording (please start the recording at 2mins 40 seconds)



June 14th 2017 12-1.30pm - To blog or not to blog - is blogging right for me?

André Tomlin (@Mental­Elf), Caron Sprake (@CaronCares2) and Andrew McRae (@McRaeAndrew a head of department’s blog) will be talking about their blogs why they use them, their experiences in setting up and maintenance, and sharing some top tips for blogging and how to make the most of digital technology. If you want a clear and fun introduction to the importance of blogs and social media - this is the talk for you!

Speakers: André TomlinCaron Sprake and Andrew McRae

Locations: Exeter St Lukes Campus, South Cloisters room 2.13 with videolink to Plymouth Tamar Science Park, John Bull Building room MR10 and Truro Knowledge Spa, room F10

Recording (unavailable)

Slides - André Tomlin Caron Sprake Andrew McRae


Catch up on our Tweetchat on 19th July 1-2pm #creativecomms


April 19th 2017 1-3pm – Making Research Visible, Accessible and Engaging

Sarah Chapman and Jack Leahy will be talking about their work, which focuses on creative dissemination of Cochrane reviews and other health evidence through social media. As well as giving an overview of their dissemination work, they will show how the findings of one Cochrane review were shared in multiple formats and the impact of these activities. Through a series of brief activities, you will have a chance to start building a communication plan for your research.

Speakers: Sarah Chapman and Jack Leahy

Locations: Exeter St Lukes Campus, South Cloisters room 3.06 with videolink to Plymouth Tamar Science Park, John Bull Building room MR10 and Truro Knowledge Spa, room F08

Watch the recording here:


7th June 2016 - Seminar 1: Why do we need to get creative

Part 1 

What is a communication plan/strategy? Identifying audiences and messages, using branding. Part 2 Why do we need to get creative? Golden rules, measuring impact, Cochrane example.

Listen to recordings here


Delivered by:

Jenna Richards

With a background in digital journalism Jenna provides strategic and operational digital communications support and advice to academics across the University was well as the Research Services and Innovation, Impact and Business directorates. Jenna assists researchers with the creation and management their digital presence, manages all of the institution’s central research and business web pages and social media accounts and oversees the commissioning and production of digital content for our feature led research pages.

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman is the Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK where her work focuses on creative dissemination of Cochrane reviews and other health evidence through social media, including writing and editing the Evidently Cochrane blog. She has a keen interest in exploring ways to share health evidence widely and encourage engagement with it. Before joining Cochrane UK in 2007, Sarah worked for a number of UK-based institutions, including the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, conducting systematic reviews in several areas of health. Before that, she qualified as a nurse and has degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women¹s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).


28th June 2016 - Seminar 2: Infographics

 Infographics and motion graphics (including physical graphics) what are they, who are they aimed for, where do you start, what do you need, local and free resources to help get started.

Listen to the recording here

Slides are available to download here

Delivered by:

Will Stahl-Timmins

As The BMJ's first Data Graphics Designer, Will designs online and print infographics, which explain scientific developments and investigative data to our busy clinical readership. Will takes copy from scientific authors, and works with the editors to visualise it, from concept through layout and coding interactivity. His career has focussed on visual communication of health research, using infographics and data visualisation techniques. Will turns raw data into engaging visual stories, so that the information can immediately be put to use by those that need it.


5th July 2016 - Seminar 3: Podcasts

 Part 1 Introduction to Podcasts (audio and visual). Part 2 recap of products (including small excerpt on animation and stop motion) and the pros and cons of each plus digital marketing.

(no recording just slides)


Delivered by:

Jane Reck

Jane is a freelance BBC radio producer, podcaster and media trainer. Jane’s podcast work has included features for the UK Research Councils, universities across the UK, the British Library, the BBC, the Open University and the Transport Systems Catapult. As a former press officer for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Jane is very familiar with the Impact Agenda and the importance of stressing how a piece of research is, or could potentially, benefit society and the economy. Jane’s radio features and documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live, commercial radio and BBC Local Radio. In 2015 Jane was awarded a bronze at the New York International Radio Festival for Mad about the Mustang, which was narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Jenna Richards – as above


Creative communication products and feedback

The feedback we had for this seminar series was very positive. The seminars in particular were well received and this time they will be more widely available through video conferencing at different sites and recording each session.

"Great series!  I think it would be worth running it in the future."

"Great course - would love to do course/workshops next year!"

I am going to:

 "Revisit group website for search optimisation consider podcast/other options for dissemination of research findings."

For me the most useful part of the session was…  

"Practical issues of developing podcasts and putting information online, especially importance of not relying on one type of social media and importance of making websites look professional"

The feedback from those that attended the workshops was also very positive with many of the attendees commenting that it was just good to allocate the time for this kind of work where they would normally struggle to fit it in alongside their daily workload. However, those that did not/could not attend reported that the time commitment over a prolonged period was difficult to get a whole team to commit to. Therefore, in this series workshops or additional meetings will be subject to the level of interest indicated by registered attendees.



Specific products that will be developed as a result of the 2016 workshops are:

  • podcast by UEMS and ECEHH researchers
  • A static and interactive infographic by UEMS researchers
  • Funding proposal to develop an online interactive learning tool for medical students by UEMS researchers

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