BCUR is dedicated to promoting research at undergraduate level across the UK.
The best introduction to this field is Mick Healey and Alan Jenkins's book Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (York: HEAcademy, 2009) which can be downloaded from the HEAcademy website. Healey and Jenkins argue that:
all undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and inquiry. In undergraduate research, students learn and are assessed in ways that come as close as possible to the experience of academic staff carrying out their disciplinary research.
Healey and Jenkins have been amongst the most energetic and visionary advocates of undergraduate research in the UK, but there are many people now working hard at a number of centres and universities across the country to bring the UK's level of undergraduate research up to levels that match those in the U.S. and Australia.
Also highly recommended is Angela Brew's book Research and Teaching: Across the Divide (London: Palgrave, 2006). Brew brings together a number of studies (including her own pioneering work) to demonstrate the effectiveness of breaking down institutional barries between research and teaching.
One of the most significant outcomes of the rise of undergraduate research in the UK is the large number of academic journals devoted to publishing research conducted and written up by undergraduate students. Many of these journals are multi-disciplinary and closely-tied to one institution. However, there are specialist journals (such as the Journal of Qualitative Sports Science) and journals which accept papers from all students, whatever their university (such as Reinvention). The links below take you to some of the journals that we like to read. If you are the editor of an undergraduate journal not listed here, let us know!
Diffusion: the UCLan Journal of Undegraduate Research (Central Lancashire)
Geoversity (Oxford Brookes)
Earth and E-nvironment (Leeds)
Bioscience Horizons (Oxford)
The Student Researcher (Trinity St. David's)
The US has a large number of well-established journals and the Council of Undergraduate Research lists many of them on this page.