Conference foyer

Undergraduate Research Conference

Each year we host a conference where undergraduates from all disciplines come together to showcase and celebrate their research.

2021 Undergraduate Conference

Running from Wed 10th to Wed 17th March 2021, this will be a truly global conference, with opportunities to join students from all Lancaster University Teaching Partnerships around the world. Click on the links below to find out how you can get involved in this showcase celebration of undergraduate research.

If you have any questions, please email the conference team at ugconference@lancaster.ac.uk 

 

2021 Conference: Key dates for your diary

The dates below are important. Make a note of them! Organising a conference is a large undertaking and we will need to stick to the timetable to make sure everything gets done!

5th January 2021(9am UK time)

  • Closing date for applications for student presentations.
  • Closing date for conference support team applications.

18th January 2021 (week of)

  • Notification of acceptance of presentations
  • Conference registration opens

1st March 2020 (12 noon UK time)

  • Last day for student presentation uploads

8th March 2021

  • Last date for conference registration

10th March 2021: Conference opens

If you would like further information, please contact us by email: ugconference@lancaster.ac.uk 

Group of students chatting at a conference

2020 Conference video montage

Watch this short video of snapshots from the 2020 conference, held at Bailrigg campus in March 2020.

2020 Undergraduate Conference

Back in mid March 2020, just before lockdown, Lancaster held its inaugural Undergraduate Conference. As we plan for 2021, we reflect with delight and a sense of achievement on the event.

“From learning about lava flows on Mars, to the geographical histories of the Lake District and the relationship between austerity and the environment, the Lancaster University Undergraduate Conference 2020 was an informative, thought-provoking and fascinating event.” Chloe Johnson (3rd year, Sociology), winner of the best poster prize.

 

Our first ever Lancaster University conference for undergraduates was held on Wednesday the 11th March 2020. The UG Conference Support Team were first to arrive to set up the George Fox building and to welcome their peers from across all faculties to present and celebrate their research.

2020 conference lunch

The event, attended by over 100 student delegates, got underway with lunch, networking and poster presentations on a range of research topics.

2020 conference posters

Professor Jane Taylor, Director of the Institute for Curriculum Enhancement, welcomed delegates, acknowledging the diversity of student contributions from planning to presentations, highlighting this as a “conference led by undergraduates for undergraduates”. She welcomed Professor Tony McEnery, from Linguistics and English Language who gave a keynote address, asking, “What does research have to do with me”. Tony’s engaging talk invited us all to think about the opportunities and benefits of getting involved with being curious and meticulous throughout all our lives and not just work that is labelled as ‘research’.

‌‌‌‌2020 conference lecture

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to our student’s work. For 3rd and 4th year students to present and disseminate their research, and for us all to learn about a wide range of topics. Presentation topics spanned all faculties of the University, and each session was deliberately organised to be a mix of discipline to give the audience the chance to experience something new. 

2020 conference group chat

Student and staff delegates commenting on the quality of the presentations, the outstanding and expert session chairing by students and the enthusiasm of the delegates. Both students and staff hailed the afternoon as a success, with comments such as:

  • Wow, it was great to see how passionate people are about their work and learn about other subjects other than my own
  • I very much enjoyed yesterday’s conference; a huge variety in type of presentation, and a good overview of the quality of our students’ work for visitors. The best were very good indeed. Well done to all involved
  • Make it bigger!

‌We all left knowing a lot more about the breadth of research undertaken by undergraduate students at Lancaster, and being proud of their contribution to Lancaster University’s research community. Congratulations to all involved.

2020 conference presenters and support team