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The Student Thesis Conference as a model for authentic and inclusive student research dissemination

Douglas, Caroline; Yearsley, James; Scott, Graham W.; Hubbard, Katharine E.


James Yearsley


Engaging in a final year project is required in most undergraduate degree programmes. However, the student research experience often differs from the academic experience due to a lack of opportunities for research dissemination. We present the Student Thesis Conference as an innovative research dissemination model used in Sports Science degrees at the University of Hull. The 500 delegate conference is embedded throughout the programme; first year students attend as delegates, second years present their dissertation proposals as posters and final year students give oral presentations of their research findings. We determine that the conference engages students of all abilities, and students see the conference primarily in terms of improving communication skills. We show that the conference increases student confidence in presentation skills, demonstrating the impact of communication to larger audiences. The conference is an inclusive and authentic model of undergraduate research dissemination, and could be widely adopted throughout the sector.


Douglas, C., Yearsley, J., Scott, G. W., & Hubbard, K. E. (2018). The Student Thesis Conference as a model for authentic and inclusive student research dissemination. Higher Education Pedagogies, 3(1), 319-341.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 15, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2018
Publication Date Sep 22, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Higher Education Pedagogies
Print ISSN 2375-2696
Electronic ISSN 2375-2696
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 319-341
Keywords Undergraduate research; Inquiry-based learning; Research dissemination; Undergraduate conference; Communication; Capstone experiences
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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.<br /> This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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