Posters in Parliament

Posters in Parliament brings together a remarkable collection of the best undergraduate research from across the country.

This event is part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of undergraduate research. BCUR grows every year, giving more and more undergraduate students the opportunity to experience real research at the cutting edge of their field. Many of them go on to publish their work in highly-rated journals and then develop their research even further as postgraduate research students.

Every year, attendees at our events are overwhelmed by the quality of the work on display. This year will be no different. Over 40 students are presenting their work at this event.

We showcase the tremendous progress that UK universities have made with regards to embedding undergraduate research and demonstrates how research-informed teaching can profoundly enhance the quality of the student experience.

For undergraduate students, Posters in Parliament is a great opportunity to share research and ideas with students from other universities across Great Britain. The select students are enquiring, energetic and innovative and their questions and discoveries, are essential to Britain’s success in the future.

The modern world faces big challenges in a huge range of areas such as energy, health and sustainability but Posters in Parliament clearly demonstrates we have a new generation of emerging researchers able to meet those challenges.

Posters in Parliament is an exhibition inspired by the US Posters on the Hill event in which the best students 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 taking place around the country.

Posters in Parliament 2017 is sponsored and organised by University College London.

Each participating UK university can nominate two participants to exhibit their undergraduate research in the exhibition. A selection process will be arranged within each institution. Posters must exhibit work that has been conducted in the final year of an undergraduate programme, from current final-year students or recent (2016) graduates.

Along with the opportunity to present your work in the Houses of Parliament, the top three posters, as selected by a judging panel, will receive a monetary award to be put towards furthering the research or researcher’s career. Following the selection which takes place within each university prior to nomination, there will be two further phases. The judging panel will divide the submissions into a long-list and a short list. The long-list will be showcased in the first half of the exhibition. In the second half the judging panel will view the shortlisted posters and select the first, second and third place winners.

The judging panel will use the following criteria for selection (out of 20 points):

  • The quality and rigour of the research /15
  • The quality of the presentation /5

Posters must be orientated in portrait layout and be A0 in size (841mm x 1189mm). Each institution should offer students a small amount of funding to cover the cost of printing. Your institution will have its own submission guidelines and dates. The deadline for institutions to send the final copies (a digital PDF, and a hard copy printed version) to the organisers is 1 February 2017.

Your own university may offer poster design guidance, or you may wish to visit general guidance from the following institutions:


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