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UCLan sponsors first national Posters in Parliament

15 January 2013

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Celebration of British undergraduate research at the Palace of Westminster

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will host and sponsor the UK’s first Posters in Parliament exhibition to celebrate British undergraduate research at the Palace of Westminster during the week of Monday, 14 January.

Undergraduate students from 10 universities participating in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) will be exhibiting research projects throughout this week which will be viewed by MPs and be open to members of the public.

The exhibition showcases the tremendous progress that UK universities have made with regards to embedding undergraduate research and shows how research-informed teaching can enhance the quality of the student experience.

The exhibition is inspired by the US Posters on the Hill event in which the best students from the National Conference of Undergraduate Research are sent by their universities to present their work to the House of Representatives and the Senate. This gives the opportunity for legislators and policy makers to see first-hand some of the innovative research going on around the country.

"UCLan puts research-informed teaching at the heart of its student experience by providing opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme."


Professor David Phoenix, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCLan, said: “UCLan is proud to sponsor and host the first national Posters in Parliament competition at Westminster. UCLan puts research-informed teaching at the heart of its student experience by providing opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme, which gives students the chance to work directly alongside our best researchers on high quality research outputs. 

“This exhibition showcases the fantastic research being undertaken by undergraduates across the country and emphasises the importance of a research informed environment as part of the University experience.”

Annette Aiken, who undertook her research into 'Professionalisation of a Breastfeeding Peer Support Service' in summer 2012, said: “BCUR has done a fabulous job at promoting undergraduate research and exhibitions like Posters in Parliament are a great way for us to share our work and be recognised.”

“This exhibition showcases the fantastic research being undertaken by undergraduates across the country and emphasises the importance of a research informed environment as part of the University experience.”


On Wednesday, 16 January, a judging panel consisting of Ben Wallace MP (Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North; and exhibition host); Professor Mick Healey, Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire; Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive (Academic Practice) of The Higher Education Academy; and Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent at the BBC, will receive presentations from participating students to choose the winning research project.

The winner will be announced at a reception at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (12 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE) beginning at 5.30pm, where Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, will give a short speech.

UCLan's Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Chair of BCUR Steering Group, said: “We believe that the spirit of enquiry should be at the heart of higher education and that research gives students the opportunity to go beyond their formal learning and help to forge new knowledge.”

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