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British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR)


12-13 April 2021, was held virtually, hosted by the University of Leeds.

Well done to everyone who presented at BCUR this year!

BCUR is the largest conference in the UK dedicated exclusively to undergraduate research, with over 500 delegates from 70 different institutions over the two days, including about 100 University of Warwick students presenting their research work! There was a selection of around 100 flash talks and approximately 250 presentations to choose from on a diverse range of topics.

All accepted abstracts were peer reviewed and applicants were either be accepted or given the opportunity to review their abstract for resubmission. All students asked to resubmit were given specific feedback on areas for improvement in order to review and update their abstract.

For more information about the event and about BCUR please visit the BCUR organisers website British Conference of Undergraduate Research (

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. BCUR22 will be hosted at by the University of Warwick!

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.

In 2020 Warwick took two students to present their work in poster format, the students were selected from over 100 Warwick students who submitted abstracts to present at BCUR20. One of our students Adrian Racovita won the competition.

Adrian quoted. Undergraduate research is growing in popularity and the novel findings and ideas of young scientists driven by enthusiasm are worthy of praise at the highest level. I have always regarded knowledge communication highly, especially when it involves multidisciplinary cohorts. Nowadays, when the boundaries between study areas are progressively dimmer, opportunities to acquire new visions on how to integrate different approaches are essential to make the next remarkable discovery. To quote the great John Haldane, ‘if we must educate our poets and artists in science, we must educate our masters, labour and capital, in art.’ Posters in Parliament was a great opportunity to present the perspective of my research to a noteworthy audience and in an outstanding environment. What I enjoyed most however was its competitive aspect which added a unique charm to the whole event. I am equally grateful and proud of the hard work that ultimately resulted in me winning the first prize and I want to thank my supervisor, Prof. Alfonso Jaramillo as working under his mentorship has shown me how intriguing and exciting research actually is. 

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. Read more here

In 2018 James Blake a former Warwick student won the event. Read more here about James's work

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