Posters in Parliament
Posters in Parliament (PiP) is organised by the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), and is inspired by the US 'Posters on the Hill' event. Professor Paul Taylor, Chair of the BCUR, describes PiP as 'one of the very best opportunities for Parliamentarians and policy makers to experience the extraordinary talents being nurtured on campuses nationwide.' Universities participating in the BCUR conference are invited to send two students to PiP to showcase their research in Parliament.
2023 Posters in Parliament Event
In total, 22 universities attended PiP in 2023. Posters were displayed in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House, and students discussed their research with MP's, civil servants and policy makers, as well as academics and BCUR students from other universities who attended the event.
Professor Paul Taylor opened the event by welcoming everyone to Parliament and thanked Alec Shelbrooke MP, who was hosting the event.
Alec Shelbrooke, the Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell was delighted to host the event and talked about the integral role research plays in the work of Parliament, how important it was to support research students to showcase their work, and he hoped the students were able to use the opportunity to network with their peers and other attendees.
Professor Paul Taylor and Alec Shelbrooke MP addressing students at the 2023 Posters in Parliament Event
Paul Taylor gave an emotional speech in which he expressed his delight that Posters in Parliament was up and running again after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19. The last event was held in March 2020, just as Covid hit, when the future was uncertain. He congratulated the students for navigating their way though such a challenging period and thanked them for continuing to produce first class research in difficult circumstances.
Ellie Hansen and Maisie Green, who represented Newcastle University at BCUR 2023, were invited to attend the Posters In Parliament event. You can view their posters here:
Ellie and Maisie started their day with a Tour of the House of Lords, during which they witnessed the ancient Speaker's Procession through the Central Lobby into the Chamber of the House of Commons, and learned about how the House of Lords contributes to the process of Government.
Ellie Hansen and Maisie Green receiving their certificates from Paul Taylor
Matt Western, Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington visited the Newcastle University stand and spoke to Ellie and Maisie about their research.
Maisie Green with Matt Western, standing in front of her poster
The event was deemed a huge success and it is hoped that it will be back again in 2024.
Find out more about what it's like to attend Posters in Parliament
Ellie and Maise have shared their experiences of the day, which you can read on our Hear from Students pages.