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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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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 website, 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 
Telephone 01772 892758
Project website 

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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