UWTSD Lampeter students selected to have their work displayed at ‘Posters in Parliament’ event


Two students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter were selected to have their posters shown at the ‘Posters in Parliament’ event that took place in Westminster this month.

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Charlotte Stone with Associate Professor Ralph Häussler at the 'Posters in Parliament' event

This event was part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of undergraduate research which brings together a selection of some of the best undergraduate research from across the UK.  Over 60 students from universities across the UK were chosen to display posters of their undergraduate research work at the Houses of Parliament where they had the opportunity to present their findings.

UWTSD Lampeter students, Charlotte Stone and Rebecca Calder, were two of the students chosen to have their work displayed – both of whom are studying Classical Civilisation at UWTSD.  The only students selected to take part in the event from Wales, Charlotte and Rebecca, were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss their research with MPs, Policy makes and Peers at such a high profile event.

“Presenting my own research in Parliament has been an extremely valuable experience,” says Charlotte Stone. “It has challenged me to make my findings accessible to non-specialists and explain the relevance of my research beyond my own discipline. Linking the question of the origins, function and identity of Roman-Celtic deities to questions of religious exchange and identity across Europe was very timely a few weeks before Brexit, which is why I had a lot of interest in my poster. The poster was originally a coursework assignment. However, I had to make significant revisions to further improve its quality which has pushed my research skills to a whole new level.”

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Rebecca Calder with Associate Professor Ralph Häussler at the 'Posters in Parliament' event

The posters that the students displayed were part of a new four-week immersive teaching block designed by Ralph Häussler that explores Celtic religion in a multidisciplinary and pan-European approach. Within this four-week block, all students did their own independent research project on a Celtic god or goddess of their choice. Associate Professor Häussler, Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Archaeology at UWTSD, is very proud of his students and is very pleased that they were selected to showcase their work.  He said:

“I was delighted that Charlotte and Rebecca were selected to discuss their work at the Houses of Parliament.  We have a strong tradition at UWTSD Lampeter for promoting undergraduate research in its own right. It was a great event and we had an opportunity to meet with a number of students, academic colleagues and MPs from across the UK. 

It was an excellent experience for both Charlotte and Rebecca who presented their independent research based on their 2nd and 3rd-year module "Romano-Celtic Religions" in Michaelmas term 2018. They did some fascinating multi-disciplinary work, looking at 'Celtic deities' in a diachronic perspective, from pre-Roman times to the Middle Ages. There was a lot of interest in their posters during the event and Charlotte was one of the judges’ favourites but, in the end, the first prize went to a science poster!  However, it was a great day for everyone and we hope to be there again next year.”

Associate Prof Thomas Jansen, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at UWTSD, also represented the University at the event. He added:

“The Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts places great importance on students developing research skills early on in their academic careers. To this end, we regularly attend events such as Posters in Parliament or the British Conference for Undergraduate Research. Presenting their work publicly is immensely empowering for students; it gives them confidence in their own abilities and puts them in charge of their own learning, two values we cherish in our undergraduate education. Seeing our students succeed at such events is a great confirmation of the excellent work that is done across the disciplines at UWTSD.”

For more information about the Classical Civilisation degree and about studying at UWTSD Lampeter, go to https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-classical-civilisation/

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