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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 lay audience. These skills will be valuable for your future employability and funding applications.

"BCUR was my first introduction to taking part in conferences and I didn't know what to expect. Since it's a transdisciplinary conference, it allowed me to develop my skills as much as in presenting visually and verbally, as it did in listening meaningfully to others' perspectives. I also gained a friendship from it which continues to this day, two years later." | Ceara Webster, final year Liberal Arts student

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 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.

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 Showcase 2019

The URSS 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.

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.