BCUR events

This website is for Newcastle University students interested in applying for an internal scholarship to attend BCUR events.  


British Conference of Undergraduate Research 

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research is a multidisciplinary conference for undergraduate level research. Each year a different British university hosts the event. Undergraduates present their research through spoken papers, posters, workshops and performances. The BCUR offers a fantastic opportunity to meet students from other universities and share your work. 

Newcastle BCUR Scholarship Competition 

Newcastle University runs a BCUR scholarship competition every year - the winners receive a fully funded scholarship to attend a BCUR event. Entrants’ abstracts are judged by a panel of academics who mark the abstracts considering their accessibility, importance and originality.

What is included in the scholarship?

  • Organised and funded trip to the BCUR Conference. (Includes standard-class student-railcard return from Newcastle or home to conference location, taxis from station to conference location, and return, conference fee including board and lodging, and the BCUR dinner.)
  • If you choose to present a poster, production of that poster.
  • If you have presented a poster, the poster or proof to be framed and displayed in the University (often the student’s School).

When can you apply?

The scholarship competition opens in October every year, winners are usually announced by Christmas and the conference takes place during the Easter break.


BCUR 2024

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In 2024 the BCUR will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on 25-26 April 2024, which will bring hundreds of students from across the UK together to meet, share their research and make new and exciting connections. 

If you are interested in applying for a Newcastle University scholarship to cover the costs of attending the event, you can find all the information you need below.

Good luck!

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Please make sure you read all instructions carefully before submitting your application.


BCUR 2023 - 5-6 April - University of Warwick

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The 2023 BCUR conference was hosted by Warwick University and for the first time also included the World Congress on Undergraduate Research (WorldCUR) and the joint event ran over 3 days from 4-6 April 2023.  

The Newcastle University BCUR scholarship competition selected 12 students to represent the University. You can read the extracts they submitted on our Student Research pages.

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N‌ewcastle University students attending the BCUR 2023 event in Warwick

The students were supported by Vanessa Armstrong, Lecturer in Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences, and a member of the BCUR Newcastle Organising Team, who accompanied them down to Warwick on the train. Students have the option to present either a poster or presentation of their work at BCUR, and there was an equal mix of six presentations and six posters. On 5 April 2023 there was a Gala Dinner for delegates of both WorldCUR and BCUR, and the keynote speech, entitled 'How to Not Fall Flat: Communicating Research to Different Audiences' was delivered by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. 

Over the two days of the conference our students presented their posters or delivered their presentations to the other delegates.



A medley of photos of student presentations and posters from BCUR23

A‌ selection of the posters and presentations by Newcastle University students


The conference was a great opportunity to meet and students from universities across the UK and the world, to network and share ideas and research projects. Two of our students, Andrew Davidson and Rashi Krishna have written about their experiences of the conference, and you can read these on our Hear from Students page.