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Submit your abstract by 20 January 2020

Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence 2020 #SURE2020

About the conference

Bournemouth University’s (BU) annual research conference – Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) – returns for a fifth year in 2020. As well as giving students a supportive platform to showcase their work, it gives others at BU an insight into the excellent research undertaken by our undergraduates. The conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates to share their work and develop their presentation skills. 

All undergraduate students at BU are eligible to apply, as are recent graduates. Examples of research could be anything from preparing for your dissertation or an essay, to work carried out during your placement year, to volunteering or work with academic societies. The key criterion is to be able to evidence your own critical thinking through your work.

There are some some useful tips on writing an abstract, a video explaining why it's good to get involved and a case study of previous SURE entrant Katie Dennis to the right of the page to get you started.

The SURE conference is now recognised as a part of the Global Talent Programme.

Why you should apply

SURE is open to all undergraduates and recent BU graduates and is a great way to share your research and gain valuable presentation skills. As well as being a chance to improve your skills, prizes will be available which include a fully-funded Masters at BU for the best overall contributor. There will also be opportunities to participate in BCUR 2020 for students across each faculty.

Here's a video of recent BA (Hons) Public Relations graduate Balint Brunner explaining how he became involved in the SURE Conference last year and how it led to him presenting at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research:

How to apply

All applicants should complete an abstract submission form and return it to Please ensure that you include your faculty in the email subject line. These guidance notes should help with writing your abstract. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday 20 January 2020.

We would also be delighted if you would like to submit a photo with your application to help illustrate your research journey. This could be of you in a meeting, out on fieldwork, studying in the library or just a snap of your desk covered in mugs of tea and papers - anything that illustrates how you go about your research. There's absolutely no obligation to do this but we'd like to put together a gallery of images so you can see how other researchers work! Please make sure images measure 1920 x 1080 pixels.

SURE 2019 winners

SURE 2019 winners

Find out who the BU student winners were at this year's Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence Conference
BCUR 2018 students

BCUR 2018 presentations

BU students shared their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2018 in Sheffield