BCUR 2019

BCUR 19 - 15-16 April 2019

What is BCUR?

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. BCUR 2019 will be held at the Treforest Campus of the University of South Wales on 15-16 April 2019.

Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference.

Who is BCUR for?

If you are an undergraduate student, this is a great opportunity to meet students from other universities and share your work. Many courses include opportunities to develop independent research.

You might be working on a dissertation, or you may have devised your own topic for an assessment. You might have worked with an external company, or worked with a researcher over the summer to help them with their research project.

All research is welcome at this conference, in any discipline taught in Higher Education. If you are unsure whether your work fits, get in touch, or talk to your tutor to find out how to get involved.

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Any Research by students at undergraduate level that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. This could be through dissertations or projects, work undertaken in modules, or by taking part in research that goes on in your university through schemes such as undergraduate research internships.

NO! BCUR supports research from students of any discipline. Every subject has its own way of doing research and all are welcome to apply to be part of the conference.

An undergraduate research conference is just like any other academic conference. There will be spoken papers, lectures, poster presentations and workshops — but each one will be delivered by undergraduate students presenting work they have done either as part of their course or as part of an internship. For two days, you will be able to talk to undergraduate researchers from your own disciplines, and you will also learn a lot about how other disciplines approach research problems.

If you are presenting work you did as an undergraduate then yes, but you need to have graduated within the last 12 months.

A recent graduate is someone who has graduated in the last 12 months. Any research presented must have been completed as an undergraduate.

Yes. We welcome students from all countries, just make sure you are eligible to enter the UK and get the right visa. See https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.We are happy to provide a letter of invitation if this will help you. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to help you financially, but we can make representations to your university on your behalf.

The conference fees are kept very low to make it more affordable for students to attend. All money raised goes to cover the costs of putting on the conference, the conference cost will be:

Student Day Delegate Rate 1 day only


Staff Day Delegate Rate 1 day only


Student Delegate Rate 2 days no dinner


Staff Day Delegate Rate 2 days no dinner


Student Delegate Rate 2 days including dinner and drinks


Staff Rate 2 days including dinner and drinks


Most students receive financial support towards the costs of BCUR from their institution. Please check with your own institution whether they will be able to offer you any financial support.

Yes, you are more than welcome to attend BCUR even if you are not presenting, but check with your university to see if they will be able to fund you.

If you are an undergraduate student, this is a great opportunity to meet students from other universities and share your work. It gives you a chance to engage in publication, presenting and networking activities; enhancing your transferable skills in these areas. Presenting at a National Conference will also look great on your CV and in job applications.

Your abstract should be a short summary of your research that enables the reviewers to quickly understand the purpose and content of your research. 

 Try to answer these three questions when writing your abstract:

  • WHAT is your research about? Make this short, interesting and punchy
  • WHY does your research need to happen? Give an overview of what is currently unknown, provide a context for the study, and include aims or goals if appropriate
  • HOW have you conducted your research? Detail your research methods.

Finally, don’t forget to detail your findings and main discussion points!

‘Top Tips’

  • Do not exceed the word limit 
  • Always use formal language
  • Avoid graphs and figures where possible
  • Do not use acronyms

Contact us

If you have any questions or queries regarding BCUR19,  please feel free to drop us an email at [email protected].

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