What is an undergraduate conference and why should I get involved?

An undergraduate research conference is an event designed to promote, share and celebrate work undertaken by you as undergraduates, as part of your study. It’s about coming together as a community of undergraduates to showcase projects and learn about the contribution you make through your work to the whole University community.

Conventionally a conference would be held face-to-face at a large venue and consist of oral presentations, paper poster displays, display stands to visit and lunch! The Covid-10 pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to run the 2021 conference in a different way, wholly online and for all undergraduates across the Lancaster University Teaching Partnership. This means it will be a truly global showcase of undergraduate research with opportunities to meet and talk to students from across continents and cultures. This includes all 8 LU partners, spanning the UK, China, Germany, Ghana and Malaysia.

You can participate in the undergraduate conference in many ways. You can connect with fellow undergraduates by presenting your project and research findings, help with conference organisation and supporting roles to enhance your employability skills, or simply join as a delegate to view the presentations and online activities and be inspired by the global research going on at Lancaster University.

2020 conference group chat

For the event, we will have a specifically designed website to showcase undergraduate projects and research work undertaken as part of degree courses or internships, as poster style presentations. Additionally we will welcome a range of live online speakers, students and staff from across all the Lancaster University Teaching Partners to talk about their work during the conference week.

The conference is free and open to all undergraduate students across the Teaching Partnership who are registered on a Lancaster University degree. It’s a great opportunity for you to network with fellow student and find out about a wide range of topics which may be totally new to you. Join us!

Conference opportunities

Read more about ways in which you can get involved. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us by emailing ugconference@lancaster.ac.uk


  • Present your project or research work

    Showcase your research project to conference delegates from a global audience, in the form of an online webpage poster-style presentation, on our conference website. This opportunity is open to all undergraduates from across the Teaching Partnerships in their 2nd, 3rd & 4th years of study.

    There is an application process. Visit the conference presentation pages for details and advice on how to prepare your application, and links to the application form. Applicants are advised to discuss ideas with their Supervisor before the end of term.

    Deadline date for applications: 9am (UK time) on 11th January 2021.

  • Join the conference support teams

    Supporting the conference ‘back stage’ are fun and engaging roles. They will give you the opportunity to work with a range of students from across the University partners and develop skills such as teamwork and communication. All the support roles are essential for the smooth running of the conference. Indeed without volunteers in these roles, we would not be able to run the conference. Each role is different, but they all require a proactive and professional mindset along with a willingness to learn and get involved. We will provide a supporting statement acknowledging your contribution - a great enhancer for your CV! We will provide support and training for all roles before the conference.

    Brief details of the roles are given below. You can read more on the conference support section of the website where you will find links to the support role application form. You will be asked to provide a short statement about why you would like to join the team and what experience you have. Remember enthusiasm and reliability are key requirements. If you would like more information about these opportunities, please get in touch with Kathryn James or Sue Ward via the conference email: ugconference@lancaster.ac.uk.

    Deadline date for applications: 5th January 2021.

    Support roles in brief:

    • Steering Group membership: Be part of the background group, which discusses ideas and makes the conference happen! This role is open to all students.
    • Conference marketing and communication: Promote the conference to your campus students before the event, and be proactive in encouraging engagement during the conference week through social media and via the student online presentation platform. This role is open to all students.
    • Conference advocates: Work with students from across the Teaching Partnership to discuss website contributions and share your thoughts on the site and social media. Join the conversations, generate interest and find out what projects and research are happening across the world! This role is open to all students.
    • Technology Support Officer: Support students to prepare and upload their webpage presentations to the conference website, and assist the conference team with daily talks hosted online. This role is open to all students with IT skills and knowledge.
  • Attend the conference as a conference delegate

    Attendance is open to all undergraduate students from all years. You do not have to present anything to attend and attendance is free.

    You will need to register for the conference, and in doing so agree to our conference etiquette. Registration will be open from January 2021 until the 8th March 2021. The conference will open on Wed 10th March and run for a week. Registration will allow you to:

    • View the online student presentations on our conference website, and join in the online chat and activities.
    • Listen to the short talks and chat with students across the partnerships. You can watch and listen live, or catch up after the live presentations by looking at the recordings.
    • Attend the keynote speakers: Join us each morning to hear the opening talks for each day, where members of academic staff and students present their insights on their own work from across continents and cultures. Speakers and timings to be confirmed.
    • Attend the closing talk and award presentation at the end of the conference on Wed 17th March. There will be awards for the best presentations and for interactive activities. Details and timing will be confirmed closer to the event.

Important notices

1) The conference adopts a zero tolerance approach to bullying, harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct. Any instance will be investigated and where necessary, disciplinary sanctions used, so that our staff, students, and visitors can enjoy an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Please make yourself aware of the Lancaster University Bullying harassment and sexual misconduct policy.

2) Many parts of this conference will be recorded, including comments made by participants including yourself. Conference registeration and attendance acknowledges that you are aware of this and agree to be recorded. This recording, kept for up to 2 years, may be used in University marketing across Lancaster University partners.

3) Privacy Notice. The UG Conference supports and adheres to Lancaster University Student Privacy Notice. When you register for the conference we collect personal information from you such as your university contact details, your institution and department of study. We will use this information for conference administration and the statistics derived from it for marketing and publicity. We do not and will not share or sell any of your personal information to anyone outside of Lancaster University including third parties, unless required to do so by law. Your information will be securely stored within Lancaster University’s systems and will be retained for 1 year. You have certain rights regarding your own personal data, please refer to the Student Privacy Notice and the Rights of the Data Subject webpage for further details. It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of and understand the Privacy Notice.

Please note, from time-to-time we may use the contact details you have provided to ask you follow-up questions about the event or to ask you to promote a similar event in future years. If you do not wish to be contacted for this purpose in future, please contact ugconference@lancaster.ac.uk

2020 conference feedback

Read these comments from the participants of the 2020 Undergraduate Research conference

"Wow, it was great to see how passionate people are about their work and learn about other subjects other than my own" (student delegate)"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" (staff delegate)“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. The student-led poster presentations and speeches provided a laid-back and comfortable environment for students from different disciplines to share their knowledge from various fields of work with fellow students, staff and visitors. I hadn’t completed my dissertation research on the sexualisation and shaming of women’s bodies prior to the conference in March, as my hand-in was due in May. Even so, I decided to present a poster on my ongoing research because I wanted to challenge and motivate myself. By discussing my ideas and data analysis to an audience with little knowledge on sociology or feminist studies, I had to clearly explain my research without any jargon or pre-existing knowledge. This has significantly helped me when writing my dissertation concisely. I was also able to draw in-depth conclusions and counter-analysis of my data by appreciating different perspectives. The attendees were really supportive and genuinely interested in my research, growing my confidence and pride for my ongoing work, especially as I won Best Poster! I’d recommend anyone to present a poster, whether they’ve finished their research or are just thinking of new ideas.“ Chloe Rose Johnson, BA (Hons) Sociology at Lancaster University. Chloe won the best poster prize in 2020.

Visit the 2020 Conference section of the website for more information and images from this event in March 2020.