The University of Warwick is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to undertake research and have a voice within the academic community as early as possible within their studies. Our strategy is structured to ensure that Warwick provides a distinctive learning experience, characterised by research-led learning and teaching. The University encourages active rather than passive learning, innovation and a constant dialogue between students and teachers. We also support an internationalised student experience through links with our international partner institutions.
IATL, where the Warwick ICUR organising team is based, was formed to take forward these key aspects of the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy, particularly a commitment to innovation, interdisciplinarity, inclusiveness and internationalism and to promoting academic literacy skills and student leadership. It was through these values that Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research was formed in 2007 and they continued to guide us, alongside our colleagues and friends at Monash, when we devised and developed ICUR, which has the explicit aim of giving students a realistic, yet supported experience of presenting research at an academic conference. We are very excited to see the expansion of the conference this year and we hope to see that growth continue as we work with yet more international partners in the future, giving all students involved a truly exciting, innovative and international experience.