• Go to national conferences

    Every year GetPublished! funds and mentors Oxford Brookes students to take part in two national conferences.

    Posters in Parliament

    Posters in Parliament is an annual event at which the best original UK undergraduate research is presented to MPs in parliament.

    Through GetPublished!, two Brookes students are fully funded to travel to parliament and present their undergraduate research at the conference poster event.

    Students spend a whole day in parliament. In the morning, they learn about how parliament works and how to influence parliament through their research, for example by responding to calls from committees of MPs by submitting evidence, or by lobbying local MPs. After a short tour of some of the parliament buildings, students then have lunch in Westminster, and in the afternoon they present their posters at the conference. The conference is attended by MPs as well as university Vice Chancellors and other prominent figures in higher education.

    In 2018, students Hanna Rose and Max Jones both presented their work. Hanna's research examined the views of female engineers to try and determine why there is an underrepresentation of women in engineering. Max's research examined barriers to sustainable water use in the tourism industry in Malta. Max said the event “was a fantastic experience".

    Dr Louise Bunce (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences) accompanied the students and said "It was a very encouraging event and I was impressed at the quality of our students and the enthusiasm they have for their work. It was a great experience for them, and we all learned a lot about how to influence government policy through research".

    Get Published - Posters in Parliament - Hanna Rose (left), Dr_ Louise Bunce (centre), Max Jones (right)

    Hanna Rose (left), Dr Louise Bunce (centre), Max Jones (right)

    Posters in Parliament 2019

    The two students nominated to represent Oxford Brookes University at Posters in Parliament 2019 are:

    • Sanna Djurhuus (Economics, Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
      Research project: Reasons to stay, reasons to return: an impact analysis of a Faroese migration policy focused on students in higher education
    • Briony Farmer (Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
      Research project: Prefab: A Potential UK Housing Solution?

    British Conference for Undergraduate Research

    The British Conference for Undergraduate Research is the largest UK conference of its kind to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to present their research.

    Every year, Brookes students are selected through the GetPublished! project to attend this two-day multi-disciplinary conference and present their work, either as a poster, talk, workshop or performance. The students are accompanied by a member of staff who mentors them to present their research, and supports them in enjoying the academic and social opportunities of the conference.

    The 2018 conference was the biggest yet, with students from over 69 institutions presenting their work. These included 5 Oxford Brookes students who presented their original research on topics such as testing the cognitive abilities of Harris Hawks, examining breathing difficulties in Parkinson’s disease, and analysing themes of capitalism and authenticity in Brett Easton Ellis’s novel Psycho.

    Francis Hughes, a 3rd year Biomedical Sciences student said: “It was a fantastic two days and the experience is one I will remember always. Meeting new people and developing the skills to present at the conference was really enjoyable.”

    Dr Louise Bunce (HLS) who accompanied the students said: “It was a great experience for the students to get a taste of a real academic conference and to gain an insight into research in other disciplines. I was genuinely impressed by the quality of our students' research projects, as well as their ability to present in a confident, knowledgeable and engaging manner. It was a real pleasure to be able to be able to support them”.

    The 2018 Oxford Brookes BCUR students - Stephen Rowlett, Daniel Underwood, Francis Hughes, Trang Dang and Sarah Andree

    The 2018 Oxford Brookes BCUR students: Stephen Rowlett, Daniel Underwood, Francis Hughes, Trang Dang and Sarah Andree.

    British Conference for Undergraduate Research 2019

    The five students nominated to represent Oxford Brookes University at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research 2019 are:

    • Ali Altamimi (Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
      Research project: A public engagement project seeking to develop an animation to improve preoperative guidance for endoscopy
    • Alexandre Lopez (International Relations and Politics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
      Research project: In relation to their traditional foreign policy (post-Mao), why are the Chinese increasing their security role in Africa?
    • Jason Perera (Law LLB, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
      Research project: A critical study of the function and effectiveness of Section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the context of Parliamentary Supremacy and case law: has the interpretative obligation had a positive effect?
    • Amy Pollard (English Literature and Film Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
      Research project: Literature, But Lesser: Can fan fiction be considered a legitimate form of literature?
    • Beth Santry (Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)
      Research project: An analysis of the nutritional value of UK commercial Indian ready meals

    Watch one of our 2018 presenters, Trang Dang, talk about the British Conference for Undergraduate Research