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The British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) was launched in 2010 with the aim of encouraging undergraduates to carry out research, by giving them the opportunity to present their findings at an annual conference. These funds will help to ensure it involves all British universities and increases the opportunities for students.

BCUR gives students from all UK universities and all disciplines the opportunity to present their research either as a poster or a presentation to an audience of academics and undergraduate students. These research projects are normally the products of summer internships or final-year dissertations.

This aims to enhance students’ learning and encourages them to progress into postgraduate study.

Inspired by the US National Conference of Undergraduate Research, the first BCUR conference was held at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in 2011, and is now held at a different university each year.

This year, BCUR also ran a ‘Posters in Parliament’ event, in which students from 10 universities presented their work in parliament.

BCUR is currently run by a coalition of 50 universities and chaired by Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire.

Catalyst funds support an improved web-site, the costs of Posters in Parliament, and will pay for ten workshops to be held at different universities.

See the BCUR website

Project information

Catalyst funding £140,000
Total project funding £240,000
 Project contact Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves 
Tel 01772 892758
Project website 

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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