Oxford Brookes students present research in Parliament

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Georgia Shortman and Olena Zyelyentsova at Posters in Parliament

Two Oxford Brookes students attended Parliament last week for an event at which the UK’s best undergraduate research was presented.

The fifth annual Posters in Parliament conference, which took place on Tuesday 14 March 2017, brought together the best in undergraduate research from 52 students across 27 UK universities. 

Posters in Parliament was one of the greatest opportunities I have had in my student experience. Being chosen to represent your university is such an amazing experience for any undergraduate researcher.

Olena Zyelyentsova, International Relations and Politics student

Hilary Benn, Ben Bradshaw and Caroline Lucas were among the MPs who attended the event.

The annual exhibition at Westminster is part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of research at undergraduate level.

The two Oxford Brookes students selected to attend the event in Westminster were third year Politics and Sociology student Georgia Shortman and third year International Relations and Politics student Olena Zyelyentsova. They presented their research on women in the wine trade and the role of the west in the Ukraine crisis respectively.  

Olena Zyelyentsova commented: “Posters in Parliament was one of the greatest opportunities I have had in my student experience. Being chosen to represent your university is such an amazing experience for any undergraduate researcher. I feel like it gave me so much motivation and made me believe in my abilities, especially considering that this is a nationwide competition.”

 

Parliament

 

The next BCUR event is on 25 and 26 April 2017. Oxford Brookes will be sending five of its students to the conference at Bournemouth University.

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) Steering Group, said: “The students whose posters are included represent the next generation of innovators and academics. Their discoveries are already helping to further our understanding of the big challenges facing the world today.”

The students were recommended to the exhibition as part of Oxford Brookes University’s Get Published! scheme which is a unique project which helps students to present their work to a wider audience. 

More information about the Get Published! initiative and upcoming conferences can be found on University’s webpages.