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 oncologists and medical physicists 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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Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

The University of Lincoln fully supports the principles of the HR Excellence in Research award and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Our commitment to the development of researchers is to create a supportive culture and environment that encourages creativity, interaction, and collaboration.

The Concordat is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for research careers in UK higher education and benefits the whole community. The Concordat sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers. The University of Lincoln’s HR Excellence in Research action plan was submitted to the European Commission in October 2020.

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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

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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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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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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'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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'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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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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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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City Expansion Creating Sites for Diseases

Findings from an interdisciplinary research project has indicated that urban expansion is creating the conditions for infectious diseases to emerge and spread around the world.

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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 Impact Magazine

In the latest edition of our Research Impact magazine, we highlight some of the research that the University of Lincoln is currently undertaking to address the distinct challenges we face during the COVID-19 crisis, outlining a number of groundbreaking projects and hearing from academics who are offering new perspectives on virology and disease.

We also look beyond the current crisis and highlight research that continues to have a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of our local, national, and international communities.


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Research News
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Climate Change Caused the Demise of Central Asia's Forgotten River Civilizations, Not Genghis Khan

A new study challenges the long-held view that the destruction of Central Asia's medieval river civilizations was a direct result of the Mongol invasion in the early 13th century CE.

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Research Project Using Art to Build Peace for A New Generation

A research project using art and digital technology to empower and educate young people across the globe has been awarded funding worth £2 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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Microsoft Joins Forces with University to Help Students Prepare for Digital Revolution

Educating and empowering students to thrive in the digital economy is the common vision of a Shared Goals Agreement between Microsoft and the University of Lincoln.

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Giant Lizards Learnt to Fly Over Millions of Years, New Research Reveals

Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly over the course of millions of years, according to new research by scientists from the Universities of Lincoln, Reading, and Bristol.

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Barclays Launches Eagle Lab Farm to Boost Future of UK Agriculture

Barclays is launching a new Eagle Lab Farm at the Riseholme campus to support the UK farming sector and offer entrepreneurs and researchers access to cutting-edge Agri-tech resources.

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Researchers Develop Artificial Intelligence for Early Prediction of COVID-19 from Standard Blood Tests

A group of researchers has developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) that accurately predicts COVID-19 infection from standard blood tests, which has the potential to increase testing capacity and spot potential outbreaks before they develop.

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Having Pets Linked to Better Mental Health and Reducing Loneliness During Lockdown

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, according to new research from the University of York and the University of Lincoln.

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Electronic Collars Less Effective than Reward-based Training, Research Finds

Training dogs with electronic collars is no more effective than traditional training methods, according to a new study by animal behaviour researchers at the University of Lincoln.

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Farming Robot Research Supports Valuable Community Café Initiatives

People in Lincoln are enjoying the fruits of key agricultural and robotic research projects at the University of Lincoln's Riseholme campus thanks to a new partnership which is supporting some of the most vulnerable in society.

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Dating App Users Spend Just One Second on Profiles

Dating app users spend just one second making a decision about potential partners, according to new research conducted by cognitive psychologists from the Universities of Lincoln and Swansea.

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Scientists Aim to Untangle Jet Stream's Disruptive Effects With New Forecasting Technique

A major new research project led by the University of Lincoln is aiming to transform the way forecasters model the effects of the jet stream and other atmospheric circulations on the weather of Britain and its near neighbours.

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International Study Reveals New Malaria Transmission Patterns in Africa

A Global Professor at the University of Lincoln has contributed to a new international study which reveals how future climate change could affect malaria transmission in Africa over the next century.

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Fighting Like Cat and Dog? Scientists Reveal Pheromones are Key to Harmonious Pet Relationships

Animal behaviour scientists from the University of Lincoln have discovered that filling your home with appeasing pheromones could be the key to a happy household where both dogs and cats are living under the same roof.

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New Research Reveals Effect of Global Warming on Greenland Ice Melt

New analysis of almost 30 years’ worth of scientific data on the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet predicts global sea level rise of at least ten centimetres by the end of the 21st Century if global warming trends continue.

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Family, Community, and COVID-19 – Research Examines Social Influences on Burden of Disease

The ways in which family and community ties across different parts of Britain have shaped the burden of disease from COVID-19 will be explored in a major new research project at the University of Lincoln.


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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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.

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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.

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.