Undergraduate Conferences

Undergraduate Conferences

The Centre for Research-informed Teaching encourages and supports undergraduate students to attend and present at conferences both Nationally and Internationally.

In 2011 the University of Central Lancashire became the first university to host BCUR, the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. In 2012 Warwick University hosted this event and in 2013 the conference moves to the Plymouth University.

The Centre for Research-informed Teaching headed the university collaboration which led to the creation of BCUR, and the Director of the Centre, Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves is the chair of the BCUR steering committee.

The University of Central Lancashire was also the first university to send undergraduate students to NCUR, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, held annually in the USA. The Centre has supported students to attend this conference since 2010.

In 2012 the Centre was instrumental in the establishment of a ‘Posters in Parliament’ event where undergraduate students from institutions across the UK were invited to the Houses of Parliament to talk about their research.

In addition to this the Centre organises a number of multi-disciplinary internal conferences, maximising the opportunities that undergraduate students at UCLan have of presenting their work in this format.

Project lead: Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Project staff: Dr Mandy Dillon


  • Gives the students confidence and experience
  • Increases the students employability profile
  • Opens the world of research to undergraduate students
  • Increases networking amongst students and staff
  • Increases the profile of undergraduate research
  • Increases the profile of UCLan as a centre for undergraduate research in the international higher education sector.

Collaborators and partners

BCUR (steering group for BCUR)

Public outputs

British Conference on Undergraduate Research

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)


2008 - present

Further information

To find out more about BCUR please contact Stuart Hampton-Reeves at SHampton-reeves@uclan.ac.uk