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British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR)

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6 - 7 April 2020 | University of Leeds

BCUR is the largest conference in the UK dedicated
exclusively to undergraduate research.

Submit your abstract

Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, to present posters, creative show and tell, oral presentations and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight Monday 20th January 2020. Once abstract submissions have closed, all abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Applicants will either be accepted or given the opportunity to review their abstract for resubmission. All students asked to resubmit will be given specific feedback on areas for improvement. You will be contacted by email with the outcome of your submission before 31st January 2020.

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.

Funding: Warwick supports BCUR but there is no specific fund for attendance. When you hear about your acceptance to present at BCUR you will need to approach your department directly. If you need further advice or support please contact the Warwick BCUR team at

Abstract advice: Guidance on preparing your abstract

Confirmation of those invited to participate in BCUR20: Before the 31st January 2020.

Registration: From the 4th February 2020

Enquiries about your BCUR20 submission:

Help and advice on what to expect at BCUR:
PLEASE NOTE: The BCUR Team in IATL promotes BCUR at Warwick but does not organise it.

About BCUR

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The Conference meets annually every spring in a different British university. 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. Conference fees are usually paid by the student’s own university. BCUR also accepts submissions from students outside of the UK. The call for papers is usually published in the autumn.

BCUR was founded in 2010 and held its first conference in 2011 at the University of Central Lancashire. The event doubled in size for the second conference, held in 2012 here at Warwick. The 2013 Plymouth conference was bigger still, and the conference has continued to attract an increasing number of attendees and presenters year on year.

BCUR 2020 will be held next spring at the University of Leeds, 6 - 7 April 2020. The call for abstracts is open for University of Warwick undergraduates, the deadline is midnight Monday 20th January 2020.

Posters in Parliament

Posters in Parliament is the annual sister event of BCUR and brings together a remarkable collection of the best undergraduate research from across the country. Attended by MP's, civil servants and policy makers, as well as academics and fellow BCUR students, the event is an amazing opportunity for our student researchers to discuss their work with such influential people. The next Posters in Parliament will be on Wednesday 11th March at Portcullis House, London. Warwick select two students who have applied to present at BCUR 2020 to present their work in the form of a poster at the event.

In 2019, two Warwick students were selected to present their posters. The event, hosted by the University of Sussex, was held on Thursday 7 March 2019 in Portcullis House, London. The Warwick students spoke to fellow undergraduate researchers and academics, as well as Government officials and MP's, including MP's local to the University of Warwick.

The main BCUR website

Posters in Parliament

Showcasing the best British undergraduate research

Support and guidance

Including writing an abstract, presenting and networking

BCUR 2012

23 September 2014
University of Warwick

Archive of videos and photos

BCUR dates and locations:
  • BCUR 2019
    15-16 April 2019
    University of South Wales, Cardiff
  • BCUR 2018
    12-13 April 2018
    University of Sheffield
  • BCUR 2017
    25-26 April 2017
    Bournemouth University
  • BCUR 2016
    22-23 March 2016
    Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BCUR 2015
    20-21 April 2015
    University of Winchester
  • BCUR 2014
    14-15 April 2014
    University of Nottingham
  • BCUR 2013
    15-16 April 2013
    Plymouth University