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Portsmouth University’s Undergraduate Researchers Present at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) 2019

Nineteen undergraduates from four different faculties presented their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) 2019. Over 600 undergraduates from the UK and abroad took part in this lively two-day multidisciplinary conference at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. The diverse range of topics of the UoP delegates included: determining the atomic and electronic structure of complex materials; consent and rape-victim stereotypes in mock-jury decision making; fitness companies use of social media to portray a particular body image that pressurises young men; and developing 3D-printed fingers for a myoelectric prosthesis.

Funded by a Learning and Teaching grant, students from four faculties competed for funding and the chance to participate. An alumna from the Faculty of Science also took part and presented her research on the impact on psychological health and wellbeing of Charcot-Marie tooth disease. The participants were:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Bethanie Brooke, Cianna Holton, Simon Jones and Kelly-Anne Platt.
  • Faculty of Technology: Saqib Ahmad, Adam Akhtar, Jack Ryan, and Rubie Targema-Takema.
  • Faculty of Science: Amanda Bali, Rebecca Fulton, (alumni Melissa Howarth), Aathira Jojy, Isabel Najera and Danielle Wilson.
  • Faculty of Business and Law: Christina Allen, Bradley Austin, James Finlayson, Emily Johnson and Aden Sharif.

The students’ presentations and posters were of a high standard, something commented on by other participants and staff attending BCUR. Their enthusiasm and the atmosphere at the conference made for an enjoyable event, which included a conference dinner in the National Museum of Wales, with a spectacular welcome from the Treorchy Male Voice Choir, and an eloquent address to delegates about the significance and value of undergraduate research given by the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford. After an intense two days, the overwhelming response from participants was very positive; they mentioned how attending presentations from very different disciplines challenged their ideas and opened their eyes to new research in different fields.

If you’re interested in finding out more about BCUR contact Julian Ingle, Deputy Head of ASK.

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