The British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) was held on the 20-21 April at the University of Winchester. It was a two-day programme featuring more than 300 students presenting across all disciplines from research into lake sediments to early modern women philosophers.
On the second day, Dr. Julio Rivera (past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research) gave a really engaging talk about research and scholarship.
Research and scholarship is dangerous and threatening because it challenges knowledge. #BCUR2015
— BCUR (@BritCUR) April 21, 2015
Two students from the University of Huddersfield presented their undergraduate research. Reece Goscinski, Politics student, presented a poster entitled ‘Decline of Collectivism in the British Labour Movement’ and he has written more about his BCUR experience on the Harold Wilson’s Pipe blog.
Rachel Miller (English graduate) reflects on her BCUR experience:
My two days at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research were as fantastic as the beautiful Winchester weather! A packed conference, it was a brilliant opportunity to see some of the inspiring research being produced by undergraduates up and down the country, from science to philosophy. It was a true honour to have been accepted to present at a conference containing such a high standard of work from such a vast range of disciplines.
I presented a ten minute conference paper on my undergraduate dissertation, titled ‘Colonial Trauma in Márquez and Rushdie’s Magical Realism’. Although this was a tricky task (condensing my dissertation into a ten minute talk), it was fantastic to see my research being so well received by individuals from a variety of fields. As my dissertation was an individual project, the question and answer session that followed was an exciting opportunity to hear different views on a topic I have worked so closely on.
Alongside the fantastic and inspiring quality of work at BCUR, were two particularly thought-provoking presentations given by the keynote speakers, Dan Rebellato and Julio Rivera. The speakers really highlighted the power of research in our lives as both individuals and societies. Julio Rivera described his journey from undergraduate theology and journalism, to PhD geography, really underlining the limitless potential of education and research.
All in all, it was a great privilege to present at BCUR, and I came away with a big sense of achievement and an even bigger smile! I would thoroughly encourage any Huddersfield University students and future authors of Fields to get involved. It’s a great experience!
Reece and Rachel are both published in the newly developed Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research. Take a look at their articles at:
Miller, Rachel Colonial Trauma in Márquez and Rushdie’s Magical Realism. e13. DOI:10.5920/fields.2015.1113.
Next year BCUR will be in Manchester in March and it is envisioned that more University of Huddersfield students will be attending. The Teaching and Learning Institute will be promoting this opportunity in general and to all students selected by School panels as part of the Fields process.
Posted by @kshjensen with contributions from @rachel_millerx and Reece Goscinski