22 January 2013
The UK’s first Posters in Parliament exhibition to celebrate British undergraduate research, hosted and sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has been hailed a success by the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Sir Alan Langlands.
The exhibition at the Palace of Westminster during the week of Monday 14 January showcased the work of undergraduate students from ten universities which participated in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).
Their research project posters, which ranged from breastfeeding to ethnic conflict, were viewed by MPs and members of the public. The work highlighted the progress that UK universities have made in embedding undergraduate research and enhancing the quality of student experience through research-informed teaching.
"This event demonstrates is that the UK is a fantastic place to do research. The quality of staff and the quality of students is something of which to be truly proud.”
Rebekah Simpson from Plymouth University was crowned the winner and the runner up was Andy McWilliam from the University of Nottingham. Following the Posters in Parliament exhibition the attendees were invited to the Royal Institute of
Chartered Surveyors where Sir Alan spoke about the importance of research at all levels of education.
Sir Alan commented: “I’m delighted to take part in this event and see these examples of undergraduate research – there was a striking variety on show, and the judges got to see a tremendous range of projects. It demonstrates that the UK is a fantastic place to do research. The quality of staff and the quality of students is something of which to be truly proud.”
Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Director of the Centre for Research-informed Teaching at UCLan, organised the event.
He said: “The event achieved everything I wanted it to and more. Sir Alan was impressed with the quality of the students’ research and through the exhibition we were able to show the exceptional work that undergraduate students can produce when given the opportunity. The exhibition allowed legislators and policy makers to see first-hand some of the pioneering research going on around the country.”
"The exhibition allowed legislators and policy makers to see first-hand some of the pioneering research going on around the country.”
The judging panel consisting of Ben Wallace MP, Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent at the BBC, Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive (Academic Practice) of The Higher Education Academy, and Professor Mick Healey, Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, who spoke to each student in turn.
The Inaugural event at Westminster followed the successful UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme ran by the University for the last three years. Last year 60 research projects were undertaken by students from 14 Schools at the University who spent ten weeks working with academics in a variety of subject areas including science, psychology, sport and the arts.