Following the success of SURE 2019 at BU on the 20th March, over 16 undergraduate students across all faculties were offered the support to showcase their research at BCUR 2019.
Presentation topics ranged from implications of Augmented Reality (AR) as location-based technology for a mixing tool in music production, to merits of the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) programme on diverse backgrounds, to concepts of brand personification and shared values as antecedents of customer engagement in brand research on Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.
George Caton-Coult, an FMC student studying BA (Hons) for scriptwriting and television was one of the funded students attending and presenting at the conference and presented ‘Theorising a relationship between soundtrack and antihero engagement in Peaky Blinders.’ He said; ‘Really great 2 days, really great to come somewhere there are so many ideas and presentations s very good for presentation skills, for your future career, everything. If you are passionate about your work and have a desire to share it anyway, even if you are the kind of person that doesn’t talk a lot, it’s completely worth doing. SURE in particular really helped me prepare for BCUR, it worked really nicely as a kind of way to build up to this. The SURE conference was great for that. I would advise anyone who is passionate about their work and know they’ve done good work to push the boat out and give this a try, it’s been really great’
Daisy Woodall, an Events Management student presented on Internal political efficiency as a motive for mobile millennials to attend people’s vote and The Independent’s March for the Future. She said ‘If not for anything else, it is something you should do even if it just for getting an in depth understanding of what you are researching and practicing your presentation skills, that alone is really good. And after that, networking, meeting other people and you never know who you are going to meet and what they are going to think about your work and you might get more insights that you wouldn’t have otherwise thought about’
Matthew Dray, a Computing student from the faculty of Science and Technology presented his work on Efficient and scalable landslide monitoring via internet of things and data analytics. ‘It’s a great opportunity to hone professional skills, seeing other people and how they present their research and take that away with you, and learn and adapt from that as well.’
The involvement of BU undergraduate research at the national BCUR event along with a presence at their annual precursor event, Posters in Parliament, has been possible with key support and involvement from CEL and key contributors across all faculties. It is an opportunity for students to engage with the research process and make real world connections to the impact of their work. For future opportunities in these initiatives, contact Mary Beth Gouthro email@example.com or Fiona Cownie firstname.lastname@example.org.