Undergraduate Research Influencing Policy
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 University of Warwick supports selected students to attend PIP annually.
Selection to present at PIP is open to all academic disciplines from students who exhibited at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR). Criteria for selection consist of both academic excellence and quality of Poster design.
In May 2023 Posters in Parliament was re-inaugurated and hosted by the University of Warwick.
The University of Warwick is proud to have supported two students to exhibit their research at the heart of British political power.
- Gentle Lung "Read This Like a Performance - Expanding on Theatrical Audience Engagement and Communication"
- Himali Mistry "Developing a strategy to optimise smart farming using an embedded feedback control system and artificial intelligence techniques"
Posters in Parliament was paused in 2021 & 2022 due to COVID.
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 https://warwick.ac.uk/students/news/newsevents/posters_in_parliament/
In 2018 James Blake a former Warwick student won the event. Read more here about James's work https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/sharing-practice/blog/2018-06