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University of Manchester 2023


The ULAB 2023 Conference is officially over. Thanks for your attendance! We will make an announcement once the proceedings are ready; stay tuned...

Welcome to the homepage for the 2023 ULAB conference, to be held at the University of Manchester.

The Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (ULAB) was founded in 2011. Since then, ULAB has hosted an annual conference which aims to give undergraduate students, and recent graduates, a chance to network with each other and showcase their research. The ULAB 2023 conference will be hosted by the University of Manchester, with participation both in-person and online being an option for attendees. The conference is being organised by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Manchester. Every year, a prize sponsored by the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) is awarded to the best presentation, as voted on by the conference attendees. The prize consists of free LAGB membership for a year and the opportunity to attend and present the research at the following LAGB Annual Meeting with full funding, as well as the option to receive coaching and advice in presenting at academic conferences with a member of the LAGB committee.


University of Manchester
Thursday 13 April and Friday 14 April 2023 in the following rooms:
  • Theatre: Simon Theatre D
  • Presentation/Lunch Room: Simon 3.44B
  • Office Use: Simon 3.62
Saturday 15 April 2023
  • Manchester Student Union


 Thursday 13th April

 9:00-10:00 Registration Simon Building: 3.62
10:00-10:30 Welcome to ULAB Manchester 2023 Simon Building: Theatre D
10:30-11:30 John Bellamy: Bees, Paigons and Citeh: Exploring authenticity through language.
 Simon Building: Theatre D
11:45-12:00 Stuart Wrigley Sheffield CDT Opportunities Simon Building: Theatre D
 12:00- 13:00 Lunch, Sponsored
by Sheffield CDT Simon Building: 3.44B
13:00-13:45 Panel. Being on a National Committee. Bea, Cliodhna and Caitlin Simon Building: Theatre D
14:00-17:15 Student Presentations   

Friday 14th April

9:00-10:00 Registration Simon Building: 3.62
10:00-11:00 Mae Nugen: Becoming language teachers: The good, the better, and the best Simon Building: Theatre D
11:00-11:45 Poster Presentations Simon Building: Theatre D
11:45-12:00 Sam Hellmuth York PG opportunities Simon Building: Theatre D
12:00-13:00 Lunch, Sponsored by York PG department. Simon Building: 3.44B
13:00-13:50 Postgraduate Panel
 13:50-14:00 Break
 14:00-17:15 Student Presentations 

Saturday 15th April 

9:30-10:00 Registration Theatre Lounge, Student Union, Second Floor
10:00-11:15 Student Talks Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor tbc, Student Union
11:15-12:00 Cheima Bouchrara: Introduction to Forensic Linguistics Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor
12:00-13:00 Lunch by Corridor The Hive, Student Union, Second Floor
13:00-14:00 Careers Panel Anna Davies and Is Dexter Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor
14:00-14:15 Break
14:15-14:30 Raffle Prize Winners Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor
14:30-17:30 Annual General Meeting Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor
17:30-17:45 End of Conference Catch Up/ Photos The Hive, Student Union, Second Floor 


We are running socials at the end of each conference day as a way to say thank you for coming out and to help attendees get to know each other. 

Thursday 13 April 

19:00-21:00 ULAB 2023 Opener: TaskmArtie Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor, Manchester Student Union

Friday 14th April

19:00-22:00 Kro Bar Dinner and Networking Event Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PG ULAB
*please note dinner will not be provided by ULAB but is priced at an affordable student rate with 10% off

Saturday 15 April 2023

19:00-22:00: That’s a Wrap! ULAB Closer Party Theatre, Student Union, Second Floor and Theatre Lounge Bar, Student Union 
We've hired virtually the whole SU first and second floor for a closer party

Submission guidelines

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. If you have not written an abstract before, you can find a helpful guide to writing an abstract on our website here:

All submissions must fall within the field of linguistics. As this is an undergraduate conference, the bulk of the work for all submissions must have been carried out whilst the author was an undergraduate student of linguistics or a related discipline, and so long as their undergraduate studies were completed no more than three years prior to submitting the abstract.

We accept abstracts from students all over the world! You don't have to be studying at a British University to apply, and we gladly welcome abstracts from further afield. All abstract submissions must be in English. This year will be two types of presentations: short talks (10-15 minute talk plus 5 minutes of questions) and poster presentations. You will be asked to indicate in the submission form what your preferred presentation type is.