The Undergraduate Research Showcase and the Exeter Award

Take part in the Undergraduate Research Showcase 2023

Amelia Groves is Student Learning Support Officer for the Study Zone.

The University of Exeter’s annual Undergraduate Research Showcase (UGRS) is back for 2023. The UGRS is run by Study Zone and exhibits undergraduate students’ research online and in-person across Streatham, St Lukes’ and Penryn campuses. Participating in the UGRS counts for 5 hours towards the Exeter Award. Keep reading to find out more.

What is the UGRS?

The Undergraduate Research Showcase has run every year in January since 2016 and is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research to a wide audience. Any undergraduate student from any course or discipline can submit their work, including alumni who graduated last academic year.

Students can submit their research in the form of an abstract, a poster or a video. The deadline for submitting is the 8 of January 2023, with the Showcase week being Monday 23 to Friday 27 January 2023. During that week, work submitted will be exhibited physically on three University of Exeter campuses (see the website for the exact locations) and online on the SharePoint website.

Students will also be offered the opportunity to present their research at launch receptions in front of an audience of students and staff. The launch reception on Streatham will take place on Monday 23 of January and on Penryn on Tuesday 24 of January. To keep updated when further details about the launch reception are released, you can fill in this expression of interest form.

All work submitted will be showcased but the top submissions will win a variety of prizes, such as Amazon vouchers and the chance to present at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) with fees paid for by the University.

Why should I submit?

There are lots of motivating reasons as to why you should submit your research to the UGRS. Here are a few…

  • Chance to present at a launch reception in front of an audience.
  • Win paid entry to the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR).
  • Work published in the online UGRS Collection.
  • Network and share your passion!
  • Amazon vouchers to be awarded.
  • Develop your communication skills.
  • Get noticed on applications for funding and further study.
  • Counts towards the volunteering/work experience section of the Exeter Award.

How exactly does the UGRS relate to the Exeter Award?

The Exeter Award is designed to make students more employable. There are several sections to complete, including 35 hours of volunteering and/or work experience, personal development sessions, a mock job application form and the interview experience.

All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are eligible to participate in the Exeter Award and students will receive training on how to make themselves the most employable.

Completing the Exeter Award will help boost your CV and you will develop a range of skills that you can take forward into the graduate jobs market.

Submitting your work to the UGRS counts for 5 hour of volunteering experience towards the Exeter Award. This means that submitting your work to be showcased online and in-person means you are a step closer to achieving your Exeter Award.

How can I take part?

To take part in the UGRS, you will need to submit your research via the submission form that can be found on the UGRS website by midnight on the 8 of January 2023.

There is lots of submission guidance and examples of previous research submitted on the UGRS website. For further help on creating a submission to the UGRS, you can attend a Study Zone drop-in to chat to an Academic Skills Advisor.

To take part in the Exeter Award, you can find all the information on the Exeter Award webpage

If you have any questions…

…about the UGRS, please contact

…about the Exeter Award, please contact