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Make the most of your research: BCUR and URSS applications now open

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research

What is the British Conference of Undergraduate Research?

Established in 2011, the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) is the largest conference in the UK dedicated exclusively to undergraduate research. The conference meets each year in a different University. All research is welcome, and undergraduates of all years are encouraged to submit papers, to present posters, oral presentations and performances. If you’re unsure whether your work fits, get in touch with BCUR here, or talk to your personal tutor about how to get involved.

Why should I get involved?

This is your opportunity to share your research, engage with students from other universities and disciplines, and to discuss new ideas. You'll have the chance to see how others approach and communicate their research. Your own presentation skills will also be challenged, as you’ll need to consider how to communicate and present your research to a different audiences. These skills will be valuable for your future employability and funding applications.

Students from the GSD Department have previously been involved in the academic conference, discovering the importance of being able to adjust how they present their research to suit different audiences.

"When it was my turn to present my research (...) to a non-technical audience, I saw how important it was for all those in academia to be able to disseminate their work effectively in order to motivate other researchers in your work." | Arifa Akther

"Since I am considering an academic career, going to this conference was an invaluable opportunity. It helped me with framing my own dissertation in a way that a wider public could understand, which is a central skill for any academic." | Nicola Blasetti

GSD students outside the University of South Wales for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research
Past GSD participants

At BCUR 2019, a number of GSD students presented their research at the University of South Wales.

BCUR application is now open

Abstract submissions for BCUR 2020 are now open. The academic conference will be held at the University of Leeds, 6-7 April 2020. See here to find out more about the event. The deadline for submissions is 12am Sunday 5 January 2020.

To submit your abstract and to find out more about the conference, see here.

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

What is the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme?

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) enables undergraduate students to carry out an interdisciplinary summer research project. The scheme is open to any undergraduate student at Warwick.

Applicants must get the support of an academic supervisor and can apply for a URSS bursary to undertake their research project, either in the UK or abroad, for between 6-10 weeks.

If your application for a URSS bursary is successful, you'll be entered onto the URSS Experience. The URSS Experience allows you to take part in a programme of skills development opportunities, all of which help you with completing your summer project. The programme includes workshops on research posters and abstracts, the opportunity to publish in the Reinvention Journal and acknowledgment of your achievement on your Higher Education Achievement Report. See here to find out more about what the URSS experience entails.

Why should I get involved?

Hear from students at Warwick about their experience of URSS, and be inspired to take part. In particular, hear from GSD student, Nicola Blasetti, about his summer project.

"If you are interested in learning more about a specific area of research while exploring the world, don’t miss out on this opportunity! I would do it all over again if I had the chance. My URSS projects have definitely been the highlight of my university experience." | Nicola Blasetti

URSS application is now open

Before applying, you'll need to establish a research proposal and find a supervisor who is willing to support your application. You might want to discuss this with your personal tutor in the first instance.

The application closing date is 5 January 2020.

To apply, please complete the URSS application form.

URSS 2018
Past GSD participants

At the URSS 2018 Showcase, GSD students presented their work on areas of sustainable development. See here for further details about the titles of their summer research projects.

Discover your URSS project

The Library are running sessions designed to help you find resources and start researching for your URSS topic and application.

  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 3pm-4pm, Main Library, Seminar Room
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10am-11am, Main Library, Seminar Room
  • Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10am-11am, Main Library, Seminar Room

Sign up for a session here.

URSS 2019 Showcase

The URSS 2019 Showcase will take place on Wednesday 13 November 2019, 1pm-4pm in the Panorama Room in the Rootes Building. If you're interested in the URSS come along and meet this year's participants.