The British Conference of Undergraduate Research will be held at the University of South Wales on the 15 and 16 April 2019 #BCUR19

Undergraduate research: present at BCUR, sponsorship available, CV points

If you are an undergraduate or a recent graduate with a piece of  research that you’re proud of—or you’re a lecturer with students like that—please read on! Newcastle University is looking for people to represent us at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2019 or Posters in Parliament 2019

Practical, transferable skills! Taking your learning outside the University! CV points!

British Conference of Undergraduate Research

  • What: the UK’s premier conference for research done at undergraduate level.
  • Where: University of South Wales
  • When: 15-16 April 2019.
  • How: ten-minute talks or posters

Posters in Parliament

  • What: an opportunity to present your research in the prestigious surroundings of Westminster Palace.
  • Where: Houses of Parliament
  • When: 7 March 2019.
  • How: posters

To recognise the great contribution that this could make to a CV and employability, there is  sponsorship for up to 12 students to represent Newcastle at BCUR 2019.

Successful students will have the following paid for by Newcastle:

  • the conference fees, including accommodation and the conference dinner
  • return train travel (from Newcastle or from home, as it’s during the Easter vacation)
  • production of presentation materials (your poster if you choose that, and/or a handout)

For poster presenters, their poster or the proof version will also be displayed somewhere in the University (to be decided by Schools) when they get back.

How to apply

To apply, students must

send a 250-word abstract on their research


by Monday 19 November

(stating whether they would like to apply for one or both events and whether they would like to do a talk or a poster).

Students who are interested in finding out more

If you want to find out more  before applying view full information here or come along to an information session where Dr Stephen Overy will cover:

  • What the BCUR is
  • Why you should go
  • How to write an abstract

Sessions will held in B30 in the Barbara Strang Teaching Centre on:

  • Thursday 18 October at 14:00
  • Thursday 25 October at 14:00
  • Thursday 1 November at 14:00

What happens after the submission deadline?

After 19 November, the abstracts will be judged by a panel from across Newcastle University, who will decide which twelve students the University will sponsor. Staff reviewers are required to help review a selection of abstracts. If you could help find out more here

The University can only nominate two students for Posters in Parliament, therefore the best two abstracts will be chosen. Students who have applied for both events and are selected for a scholarship but are not nominated for Posters in Parliament will therefore be awarded a scholarship to attend BCUR.

Those students will then need to submit their abstracts to BCUR’s own judging, by a deadline in December. Based on past experience, though, anyone who wins funding from Newcastle University will be admitted to the conference with no problem.

Please submit your research, if you’re eligible, or encourage eligible students to submit, if you’re a lecturer! It’s a great opportunity to try doing what most people have to do throughout their careers, in academia or outside it: present information to audiences. And having got Newcastle sponsorship to attend (worth at least £200 per student, depending on the cost of their travel) is also great for their CV.

Further information: the University of South Wales BCUR website, or write to

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