BCUR and Parliament
Posted on: March 24, 2017 by: Stuart Hampton-Reeves
BCUR has had an excellent relationship with Parliament since we held our first Posters in Parliament event in 2013. We were there with nearly 60 students only last week, days before the appalling and tragic attack on Wednesday this week. The staff at Parliament have always been very welcoming to us, many have bent over backwards to help us with all sorts of problems to make our event as successful as it could be. I have always been bowled over by how focused everyone at Parliament has been on making us feel welcome and we have never been charged anything for the use of the rooms. They are proud of the building that they work in and very keen to make it as accessible to the public as possible. People from all over the country and all over the world come to visit the building and the commitment of its staff to maintaining its security without sacrificing its openness is exemplary. On Tuesday 14th March, we held our fifth Posters in Parliament and among the MPs who attended was Tobias Ellwood, who heroically tried to save PC Keith Palmer’s life on Wednesday. We also used Carriage Gates to bring poster boards in and out of the building and as ever both staff and security services were unfailingly helpful. Having experienced their hospitality so recently really brings home how appalling this attack was on innocent and generous people. On behalf of the steering group and executive committee of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, I want to express our condolences to all affected by this attack and our solidarity with the many hard-working, sincere and passionate staff who work in Parliament.