Research at Lincoln

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 recognized as part of a spectrum of creativity, innovation and problem solving.

The University has a strong ethos of inclusion, with our students engaging with our research so that they learn by developing new knowledge alongside their teachers

Professor Andrew Hunter, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Research with Real Impact

Research is at the heart of what it means to be a university: it is the process of knowledge creation. It informs the best teaching, drives industrial innovation, tackles global problems and enriches our culture and society.

At the University of Lincoln, academic teams are involved in research at the leading edge of their disciplines, from developing state-of-the-art robotics, to uncovering secrets from our medieval past.

This research is changing the world and its quality and relevance is recognised nationally and internationally. More than half of Lincoln’s research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 - the last major assessment of research standards across UK universities.

Take a look at the varied research being undertaken within our Research Centres.

Student Spotlight on Research

Nigel500x333 Developing Technology for Cancer Treatment

A research team led by Professor Nigel Allinson at the University of Lincoln is developing world-first medical imaging technology to provide more effective radiotherapy treatment for thousands of cancer sufferers. Proton beam therapy has the ability to deliver high doses of radiation just to a tumour site with very little radiation being absorbed in healthy tissue. It is particularly useful in treating cancer in children and tumours that are close to the body's vital structures such as in the head or near the spinal cord. The UK’s first proton therapy centres are due to open by 2020. Find out more about research taking place at the University in the Research Showcase.

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StudentProducerEdit The 'Student as Producer' Ethos

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.

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Research News

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. 

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.

Cancer Cell

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.

Discover our Expertise

The strength and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln is reflected in the outstanding quality of our academics’ published work.

Discover the expertise of our academics by visiting the individual College Research pages:

College of Arts

College of Social Science

College of Science

Lincoln International Business School

Research Excellence Framework

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment, more than half of Lincoln's research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading.

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