In April 2017 Learning Development supported thirty-five students to attend the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) at Bournemouth University. With funding from the HSS and SE faculties and the Annual Fund, QMUL students were able to experience the excitement that can come from presenting your research to a community of scholars, and to develop invaluable presentation skills.
Over two days, students from gathered from many universities to present research that they had conducted as part of their undergraduate studies. Research ranged from how apartheid has been present in the Israeli-Palestinian and Cypriot conflicts, to the characterisation of Saturn’s F ring, to the variation of carbon storage and tree allometry across London’s urban forests. Some presented final year projects/dissertations that they were working on, others talked about exciting collaborations they had done with staff or postgraduate students. Some presented posters that encapsulated their work, others did performance pieces. Whatever they choose to do, what was common throughout the conference was what a good time everyone was having, and how supportive everyone was of each other.
In preparation for the conference, each QMUL participant had the opportunity to practice their presentation or to present a draft poster to Learning Development staff beforehand. Each student then received detailed personal feedback to help them improve and to prepare them for the types of questions they might get asked at the conference. This meant that when it came to the day, all QMULers could be confident of what they were to talk about.
For many students who plan to go onto complete Masters and PhDs, presenting at BCUR is a great thing to add to your application. For those of you looking to enter the workplace, BCUR can help you to demonstrate on your CV or at interview that you have developed invaluable presentation skills.
Learning Development will be supporting another group of QMUL students to participate in BCUR 2018. If you’d like to find out more and get an application form, just email Julian Ingle () or Heather Campbell ().
If you want to see the photos from BCUR 2017, take a look at our Flickr account here.