Prestigious undergraduate research conference awards top marks to Blackpool and The Fylde College students

Published on 25/04/2019 by nmoo

Research work carried out by students studying for degrees at Blackpool and The Fylde College resulted in 11 of them from Computing and Digital Technologies being selected to take part in the prestigious British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

This highly-regarded annual event, which took place earlier this month at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, aims to raise awareness of the importance of research as part of an undergraduate’s learning experience and personal development.

As well as showcasing individual research work and achievements, it also offered an opportunity for over 600 conference delegates to learn from each other through the sharing of ideas and best practice in research techniques and methods. Almost 70 leading learning institutions from around the UK took part in the event.

The B&FC students are all studying towards a BSc degree in various areas of Computing and Digital Technology. Following peer review of an abstract in which each set out the aims of their research, the methodology used, the background to each project, and a summary of the conclusions they reached, the top marks awarded led to their selection to make a presentation at the conference.

The 11 chosen presented their projects to the 600 delegates in a variety of forms. Some made a 15-minute oral presentation that ended with a question and answer session with the audience and others explained their project in poster form or through an exhibition staged at the two-day event.

Topics covered ranged from the development of cyber security systems to software engineering in computer games and research into web technologies and digital media.

Sophie Maxwell, 21, from Blackpool, who is studying for a BSc Hons in Software Engineering Game Development, described her attendance at the conference as “an amazing opportunity.”

“There was knowledge from a wide range of subject areas being presented and it was exciting to be able to share and learn about a variety of things from people from all around the UK” she said. It was inspiring to see all the other projects being conducted in both similar and in different areas of research and I learned about a huge range of topics, from performing arts to physics as well as ways to improve my own work and future projects.”

Fellow student Carl Green, 31, from Thornton-Cleveleys and who is studying for a BSc Hons in Web Technologies and Digital Media, said that he had gained confidence and experience in presenting to an audience that will be beneficial for his future career aim of becoming a computing lecturer. “It was also very interesting to be able to view the research projects of other undergraduate students and gain an insight into the projects they were undertaking,” he added.

Colette Mazzola, Senior Tutor in Computing & Digital Technologies at B&FC, spoke of her pride in the students who presented at the conference. “They have stepped out of their comfort zones and had a great experience, meeting people from all over the world and building their portfolios that will help them in their future careers,” she said.

B&FC offers more than 60 degrees accredited by long-standing partner Lancaster University, which is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK.