British Conference of Undergraduate Research held in Wales for first time


The University of South Wales hosted the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) at the Treforest Campus this week (15th & 16th April), marking the first time the event has been held in Wales.

BCUR has been running for nearly a decade, and this year saw more than 500 students attend during the course of the two-day conference.

Delegates came from more than 50 UK universities along with researchers from Canada, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the USA. Thirty of the presenters at the conference were USW students from a range of backgrounds. 

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor, said: “BCUR is a national platform in the UK for undergraduate research, showcasing some of the country’s intellectual pioneers, the next generation of engineers, medics, historians, social scientists and lawyers, among others. 

“Our involvement in BCUR reflects the University’s commitment to ensuring our students are playing their part in contributing to the development of new ideas, and developing new tools for addressing some of our most pressing challenges.”

One of the conference VIPs was First Minister Mark Drakeford, who attended a conference dinner on Monday evening at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. He is pictured above with USW staff involved in organising BCUR 2019, including Dr Andrew Thompson, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and some of the students who submitted their research.

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