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Posters in Cloisters: celebrating undergraduate research at UCL

Our annual search for the best undergraduate research poster gives UCL undergraduates the chance to take their research to the Houses of Parliament.

UCL undergraduates are invited to submit their research posters for an exhibition in the UCL Cloisters.

A shortlist will present their research to the panel and all will have the chance to present their research to the UCL community at a lunchtime event during that week.

Two outstanding posters will be selected by a UCL panel for inclusion in Posters in Parliament, an exhibition of undergraduate research at Westminster. The two students or student teams selected will present their posters to visitors to the exhibition, including policymakers, researchers and MPs. 

Staged by the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of research at undergraduate level, the event is designed to demonstrate how research-based teaching can profoundly enhance the quality of the student experience. A key objective of our institutional strategy, UCL 2034, is to give all students at every level the opportunity to carry out research. 

Why you should take part 

Posters in Cloisters

  • share your research and ideas with the UCL community
  • develop your research skills
  • get experience with public engagement and producing a research poster

Posters in Parliament

  • share research and ideas with students from other universities across Great Britain
  • present your work to legislators and policymakers and demonstrate you are part of a new generation of emerging researchers able to meet global challenges
  • add an impressive achievement to your CV

What kind of poster is expected?

Your poster should be designed to convey the essence of your research in a clear and eye-catching way, to appeal to colleagues as well as non-specialists. 

The research you present can be work you have carried out as part of your programme of study or outside it, for example as a Laidlaw scholar or as a private project.

The selection and judging process is as follows (out of 20 points):

  • The quality and rigour of the research /15
  • The quality of the presentation /5

Posters must be orientated in portrait layout and be A1 in size (841mm x 594 mm) and submitted as PDFs to teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk 

Selected posters will be chosen to present to a panel. Other submissions will be on display and students will present to attendees.

All posters need to be printed, at students’ expense (however departments may be able to help, and should be approached in the first instance). 

Examples from previous years

View images in the gallery below and scroll down for more detail and downloadable copies of the posters featured.

  • Read about the event, winners and posters submitted 
  • First place was awarded to Lou Herbert, Emma Dulac, Hana Mahmood, Salma Abdirizak, Yasmin Madani-Lavassani (pictured), third-year students studying a BSc Intercalated Degree. They presented their research on, 'Nurse migration: the Philippines’’ invisible wound? Analysing the macro to micro consequences of nurse exportation of the Philippines.' 
  • Second place was awarded to Jun Jie Ong, a third-year student, studying MPharm Pharmacy, who presented his research on '3d printing of opioid medicines with alcohol-resistant and abuse-deterrent properties.'  

How to take part

As part of the process, we will be holding a screening event at UCL where submitted posters will be on display and two students will be chosen by a panel to progress through to the Houses of Parliament event. 

Key dates

  • Posters will be on exhibition in the Cloisters from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020. 
  • You and/or your team will need to attend to present your research between 12-2 pm. 
  • Deadline to submit your pdf poster: Friday 31 January 2020. 
  • Posters in Parliament: Wednesday 11 March 2020, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Who can take part

You need to present undergraduate work and either be a current undergraduate student at UCL, or have graduated in the last 12 months.

How to submit a poster

Email your PDF, or link to download, to teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk.