Research at Lincoln

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Pioneering Research

At the University of Lincoln, our academic teams are involved in research at the leading edge of their disciplines, from developing new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments, to tackling the digital divide and preserving historical artefacts. This research is changing the world and is recognised nationally and internationally.

The quality and breadth of our research was highlighted in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment in 2014, where more than half of our submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading, and where two of our subject centres were rated in the top 10 of all institutions in the UK for the quality of their research outputs. The national REF is a vital method of assessing the quality of research at British higher education institutions. With around £2 billion worth of funding awarded to UK universities each year by the major research councils, the REF is a key indicator of where funding is focused to maintain an internationally competitive research sector which makes a major contribution to the global economy, wellbeing, and expansion of knowledge. 

Student Research

At Lincoln we believe that teaching and research are complementary, not competing, activities. This commitment to a true spirit scholarship is embedded across the University. Through our ground-breaking Student as Producer ethos, which presents students at all levels with opportunities to collaborate on real academic research projects, our students can experience the thrill of academic discovery as they learn. This approach to research-engaged teaching is at the core of our curriculum. It is one of the reasons we were commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for our approach to enhancing student learning opportunities.

By choosing the University of Lincoln, our postgraduate students can benefit from working with specialists in their respective fields who have national and international reputations and excellent commercial links. The aim is for them to acquire in-depth knowledge and experience in a particular subject through original investigation.

The result of REF 2014 reflects the exceptional quality of the research taking place across our institution. It is a testament to the abilities and efforts of our staff and students. What is particularly pleasing is the sheer variety of world-class research acknowledged to be taking place at Lincoln, ranging from laboratory science and business and management, to studies of medieval history.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor

The University of Lincoln is committed to research that responds to, predicts, analyses, and creates transformational social change, for the betterment of humankind. We promote research that aligns with key global challenges, and that includes partnerships across disciplines within the University and with regional, national, and global partners. Our research extends beyond the laboratory to impact businesses and communities, and is explicitly recognised as part of a spectrum of creativity, innovation, and problem solving.

Professor Andrew Hunter, Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Research News
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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.

Creating Impact: Lincoln Launches New Academic E-journal

A new academic e-journal addressing emerging issues within the higher education sector from digital education to student experience has launched at the University of Lincoln, UK.

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First Ever Proton Imaging System to be Installed in UK’s New NHS High Energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre

One of the most complex medical imaging systems ever developed which uses proton beams will be installed in one of the UK’s only two new NHS high energy proton beam therapy centres, helping to provide better treatment planning and monitoring for difficult to treat cancers.


Back in Black for Singletons Trying to Find Love

Black beats red as the colour of choice when it comes to finding new love, according to new research based on the hit TV series First Dates, which shows that single people wear more of the darker hue when meeting a potential partner for the first time. 

Nanomedicine: Drugs Can Be Made ‘Smarter’ Using New Drug Design Technology

A new method has been developed to make drugs ‘smarter’ using nanotechnology so they will be more effective at reaching their target.

Great Lives: Carol Ann Duffy

Former Poet Laureate, playwright, and Visiting Artist at the University, Dame Carol Ann Duffy will return to Lincoln in October as part of the Autumn 2019 Great Lives public lecture series.

Each year the University welcomes high-profile individuals from all over the world to speak at our prestigious Great Lives series. The lectures connect audiences with inspiring figures who are considered leaders in the worlds of business, sport, politics, science, and the arts. 

Watch the video to see our interview with Dame Carol Ann Duffy, or find out more about the upcoming lecture below.

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