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UWE Bristol Student Conference 2018 – call for abstracts open

We’re looking for abstracts for the 2018 UWE Bristol Student Conference, which will celebrate research, enquiry, and evidence-based practice from undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

The Student Conference will take place on Monday 26 March 2018 at the Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC) on Frenchay Campus. It’ll provide students from across all years of study and disciplines with an exciting opportunity to share their research.

“Your course teaches you how to achieve and present academic knowledge – but only a few people ever see your work. This conference allows research and ideas to be shared.”

Student Conference 2017 participant

Interested in taking part? This is a great opportunity to learn from fellow students, boost your CV and gain presentation and research skills.

We’re excited about building on the success of the inaugural 2017 event, organised jointly by staff and students, which had 40 presentations and 36 posters communicated to 300 delegates.

Learn more about the conference

Benefits of participating

There’ll be prizes for the best spoken and poster presentations, and posters will be printed at no cost. Your presentation/poster title, abstract and a short biography will be included in a colour programme (available as a digital version and in printed form).

You’ll be able to share knowledge with a wide audience and learn from your peers. This will be a great opportunity to gain academic and employability skills that you can add to your CV and discuss at job interviews.

Preparing for and presenting at the conference counts as undergraduate research activity, which is eligible for your UWE Bristol Futures Award.

Positive feedback from past participants

Students who took part last year commented:

"It's a great way to present ourselves as BME students to other UWE Bristol members and their families. Honestly, I felt so proud of myself… I was important and recognised. Never felt so special."

"This conference was the best experience I have had at UWE Bristol."

Work you can submit

You can submit existing coursework material or choose to present new ideas to get feedback. Your work can be presented from any level of study – whether it’s produced individually, with fellow students, or co-produced with staff.

If you’ve been excited by your learning and want to show it off to an audience of peers, staff, employers, family members and friends then this is the conference for you!

You’ll be able to share your research through spoken 15-minute presentations, or A1-sized posters with optional associated artefacts or installations. Posters and associated installations will be displayed for the duration of the conference, but we’ll allocate time for you to stand by them to answer questions from delegates. If you give a verbal presentation there’ll be time for questions for individual presenters.

Ideas of work you could include

If you need inspiration, you may want to include work like:

  • dissertation work
  • group-based and individual projects
  • placement and internship activities
  • assessed essays or other evidence-based enquiry
  • reflective evidence-based practice and service improvement.

How to submit your work

If you’re interested in taking part, please complete the online abstract submission form by midnight on Friday 26 January 2018.

What to include in your application

Please include the title of your work, an abstract (a maximum of 300 words) and a short biography (maximum of 75 words). We recommend that you prepare these in advance and then paste them into the application form.

As this is a multi-disciplinary conference, please write your abstract so it’s accessible to a broad audience.

We’ll accept all abstracts that meet the criteria shown on the submission form, numbers permitting. This opportunity is only open to students at UWE Bristol.

You can view the application form and familiarise yourself with it as many times so you like, but you should submit your form only once when you’re finished.

Inspiration for your abstract

If you'd like ideas of what to include, take a look at our guidance for writing your abstract.

Conference timeline

This timeline shows key dates for the conference:

Abstract deadline Midnight on Friday 26 January 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance From Wednesday 31 January 2018
Conference registration opens Monday 5 February 2018
Submit presentation slides and posters online Friday 9 March 2018
Conference takes place 10:30–16:30 on Monday 26 March 2018 (first week of Easter break)

Any questions?

Please note that the Student Conference is only open to UWE Bristol students. If you have any questions about the conference or the abstract submission process please email the conference team at

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