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UPDATE 16.30 16/03/2020:

Bournemouth University appreciates that the coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic is a cause for concern for students, colleagues and the wider BU community. The welfare of our staff, students and visitor is the university’s highest priority and since early January we have been continuously monitoring the situation and liaising closely with Public Health England (PHE) and acting in line with their latest advice at all times.

Based on this advice, the university has taken the decision to postpone all university events until at least 1 May. We recognise that this may be disappointing, but believe it necessary to help keep our community safe.

Therefore, SURE 2020 on the 18 March will be postponed until further notice. We will review a possible rescheduled date in due course and contact you again once we have further details. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the effort you have put into this event thus far.

About the conference

Bournemouth University’s (BU) annual research conference – Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) – returns for a fifth year on Wednesday 18 March 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. 

Applications for submissions to SURE 2020 are now closed. We have received a fantastic number of submissions from all faculties - thank you. Now we would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend the conference to see the excellent work that our undergraduate students have submitted.

And to celebrate the SURE 2020 conference this year we're giving you the chance to win two guest list tickets to the SUBU Summer Ball! Just follow the details below to enter the prize draw:

  • Pre-register to attend the conference via Eventbrite
  • Check-in at the conference on arrival
  • Attend the conference throughout the day
  • Be present at the end of conference closing session in Inspire. If your name is called but you are not present to collect your tickets, then we will move on to the next name.

You can find a useful workshop presentation to download on the right side of the page that tells you all about the conference, what it means to present and the experiences of previous SURE winner.

The latest Programme for the SURE Conference can be downloaded here.  Please note, this is still subject to last minute changes. 

Why you should apply

While the deadline to apply to SURE 2020 has now passed, here's why it's such a great opportunity for undergraduates and recent gratuates:

SURE 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