Research at Lincoln

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Our Research Themes

The University's research themes represent both our current strengths and future areas of opportunity. They embody a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, but also with our aspiration to become both thought leaders and researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

While the themes capture our areas of research excellence and most of our research in general, there are also a set of methodologies and values that we apply to our research activities. These cross-cutting strands include: the co-creation of knowledge with stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally, and with our students; interdisciplinarity to answer the important questions of our age; creativity in research to develop new paths and solutions; and the concept of the 21st century lab to use our local environment and communities as our test-bed for research into global problems.

Impacting Global Goals Through Research

Through our research, we strive to change society for the better - whether that is connecting individuals and communities through shared local heritage, or contributing to international efforts to address global grand challenges such as climate change.

As a University created by its community for its community to reduce inequalities, we understand the vital role education and scholarship play in ensuring that in our rapidly-changing world, no one is left behind.  We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, framing our research and collaborations in ways that can contribute to delivering peace and prosperity for people and planet. 

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'Improving Outcomes for Cancer Patients'

A new medical imaging system designed to help radiographers more accurately plan proton beam therapy treatment could provide a positive beam of hope for cancer patients.

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'Transforming the Lives of Young Fathers'

Young fathers are often seen to be a risk and even a problem in today’s society, stigmatised and often excluded from essential professional support services.

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are leading a project that is adopting a father-centered approach to tackling these issues, examining the lived experiences and support needs of young men in a bid to implement a more compassionate and truly participatory support environment that will benefit young fathers, their families, and wider civil society.

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Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health

The newly formed LIIRH will conduct world-class research that focuses on the greatest health issues facing rural communities across the globe. Working in partnership with a network of national and international collaborators, and acting in conjunction with the new Lincoln Medical School, the Institute is seeking to establish itself as the preeminent rural health institution worldwide.

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Industry Links

The University of Lincoln is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in our pioneering approach to working with industry. Our unique relationships with companies such as Siemens and the Lincolnshire Co-op demonstrate our innovative industry-engaged approach, which has been acknowledged through a series of national awards over the past decade.

We have built a reputation for understanding and responding to the needs of business, forging strong industry links to address specific skills gaps and real-world commercial challenges.

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21st Century Lab

The 21st Century is creating profound changes and universities have a significant role to play to shore up societal certainty against a backdrop of significant upheaval.

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If we are to stay relevant we need to anticipate and prepare for change and work with our communities to shape and drive the 21st Century as it continues to unfold.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor

Research Institutes, Centres and Groups

Researchers at the University of Lincoln collaborate through a dynamic range of Institutes, Centres, and Groups which together form a rich, collegiate environment where research carried out by our academics, students, and partners is nurtured.

Whether exploring global health challenges or technological advancements for agriculture, these centres are hubs for pioneering new studies which bring together expertise from across the University to produce research that is changing the world.

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Public Engagement

The University is dedicated to public engagement, sharing the benefits and providing opportunities to get involved in our work.

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'The Epic Tale of the Humble Goldfish'

It is a common household pet, loved by inquisitive toddlers and parents alike, but the humble goldfish, swimming amiably in its aquarium, hides a remarkable history - one of cultural, scientific, and environmental significance.

Research conducted by Professor Anna Marie Roos, Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Lincoln, has revealed the fascinating past of a creature that has become an iconic cultural commodity.

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'A Thousand Lost Voices Preserved'

A living archive of 1,000 previously lost voices telling tales of the shared experiences, bravery, and sacrifice of those who lived through the aerial bombing campaigns in the Second World War has been digitised and preserved for future generations.

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Research Studentships

At the University of Lincoln, postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship. The University offers a range of studentships including funded and part-funded opportunities, please refer to the current studentships information below. 

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme embodies our Student as Producer ethos, encouraging students to become actively involved in the research of the University.

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Support Our Research

Our academic teams are involved in research at the leading edge of their disciplines. It is vital that we support those who are learning, teaching, and researching by ensuring they have the opportunities, facilities, and resources to reach their full potential.

Your gift today could mean a world-changing discovery tomorrow. 

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Research Environment

At the University of Lincoln, we understand the importance of providing staff and students with the best possible environment for pursuing research that can support our communities, improve lives, and change the world.

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Research News

Consortium Wins Bid to Create ‘World’s First Robotic Farm'

The future of UK and international farming and food production has been boosted after Innovate UK announced funding of £2.5m for what is widely considered to be the world’s first robotic farm.  

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Diabetes Study Finds New Treatment Target for the Disease

New work by a leading team of diabetes researchers has discovered how to target a problematic protein to help prevent kidney damage and significantly slow disease progression.

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Cities Creating ‘New Ecological Niches' for Infectious Diseases

New research highlights how urban expansion is creating the conditions for infectious diseases to emerge and spread around the world by blurring the classical boundaries between city, suburb, and countryside.

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How is Life in Lockdown Affecting Man's Best Friend?

Leading animal behaviour scientists are exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown is affecting some of our closest companions.

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Supporting Wellbeing Through Community Archaeology

A project aimed at boosting well-being in rural communities will involve thousands of members of the public in excavating archaeological finds under lawns and flowerbeds across Europe.

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Could Climate Change Cause Infertility?

A number of plant and animal species could find it increasingly difficult to reproduce if climate change worsens and global temperatures become more extreme.

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Poultry Probiotic to Tackle Global Disease in Antibiotic Fight

A probiotic aimed at eliminating a disease which costs the world poultry industry $6billion a year is being developed by a Lincoln/China collaboration in the fight against a global antibiotic crisis.

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Training Children and Adults to Understand Dog Body Language Could Promote Safer Interactions

A better understanding of the way dogs communicate distress could be the first step in reducing the risk of dog bites for both children and adults, a new study has found.

Global Coastal Wetlands Need to Move Inland in Fight Against Climate Change

Up to 30 per cent of coastal wetlands could be lost globally by the year 2100 with a dramatic effect on global warming and coastal flooding, if action is not taken new reserach has found. 

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Detecting Faults: Virtual Experts Bridge Gap in Engineering Industry

Intelligent software that can automatically detect system faults in industrial machines is being developed by researchers in a bid to assist current support engineers and plug an expanding skills gap in the engineering industry.

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Child Passport Photographs Ineffective for Reliable Identification at Borders

Passport style photographs are not a reliable way to validate a child’s identity at border control or in child protection cases, according to a new study into the facial identification of infants.

Garden Seed Influences Young Turtle Doves’ Survival Chances

Britain’s fastest declining bird species, turtle doves, which are raised on a diet of seeds from non-cultivated arable plants are more likely to survive after fledging than those relying on food provided in people’s gardens. 

Monkeys with More Social Partners Better Equipped to Withstand Winter

Wild monkeys which have more social partners form larger huddles in adverse weather and have a better chance of surviving winter, new research has found.