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Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)

Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence Conference

Bournemouth University’s (BU) annual research conference – Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) – returns for a sixth year on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Would you like to share your research with the wider BU community? SURE provides you with the opportunity to do so. Be part of a cross-university event. Present the research you do on your student work either as a short presentation or a poster. We welcome individual students and groups of students from levels 4, 5 and 6. In fact if you finished your undergraduate degree in July 2020 we’d love to welcome you back to present your dissertation as part of the conference.

We expect that SURE 2021 will be a virtual event, but clearly if social distancing measures permit we will be delighted to host SURE on campus in a traditional conference format as we have done previously.

Over 100 students were set to present their work at SURE 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant we needed to look at an alternative digital showcase to replace the conference on-campus. We’ve now gathered work together from students across our four faculties with a selection of presentations and posters reflecting the huge variety of subjects our undergraduate students tackle.

We hope you can see how the work amply demonstrates students' curiosity and research capability. As well as giving students a supportive platform to showcase their work, the conference gives others at BU and externally an insight into the excellent research undertaken by our undergraduates and an excellent addition to student CVs for the future.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates to share their work and develop their presentation skills. 

Why you should apply

SURE is a great way to share your research and gain valuable presentation skills. BA (Hons) Public Relations graduate Balint Brunner explains how he became involved in the SURE Conference in 2019 and how it led to him presenting at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research:

How to apply

Applications are now open for SURE 2021. The closing date for our second call for submissions is Friday 29 January 2021.

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. 

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