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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Research Institutes, Centres and Groups

Whether exploring global health challenges or technological advancements for agriculture, our research institutes, centres, and groups 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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University of Lincoln Supports Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The University of Lincoln is supporting applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships across all of its our schools, colleges, and institutes. The fellowships are designed to help early career researchers, who have a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, undertake a significant piece of publishable work. More information is available on the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship website.

The internal deadline for applications from interested parties at the University of Lincoln is 14 January 2022. Potential candidates within four years of their doctorate should contact their relevant Head of School in the first instance.

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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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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 Energy 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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Research with Impact

At Lincoln, we believe our research should contribute to solving real-world problems. Examples of the impact of our research are showcased in our recent submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021, covering 22 different subject areas and spanning many aspects of society, culture, the environment, the economy, and beyond.

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Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

The University of Lincoln has been successful in gaining the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award. The University fully supports the principles of HR Excellence in Research 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. 

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Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health

Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) conducts interdisciplinary research to address the most important health issues facing rural communities locally, nationally, and internationally. It aims to shine a light on the unacceptable health inequities that exist across the rural-urban divide and find innovative ways of reducing or eliminating that inequality.

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Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) is a specialist research institute that aims to support and enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in food and farming.

Researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain. One of the Institute’s core aims is to connect academic expertise with partners in industry to pursue world class research and address real-world challenges, advancing state-of-the-art agri-food technology and improving the bottom line for businesses.

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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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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.

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Industrial Research Strategy

Learn more about how our research is focused on working with partners to drive innovation in specialisms like rural health, clean energy, and agri-food technology. Our Industrial Research Strategy 2021-2026 describes our approach to collaboration across our region to support levelling up and tackle local and global issues.

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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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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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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.

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Medieval Studies Research Group

The Medieval Studies Research Group brings together academics, archivists, librarians, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers with interdisciplinary interests both in the medieval period itself and in the later interpretation and representation of the medieval past.

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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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'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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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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Research Reveals the Benefits to Social Care of Assistive Technology at Home

A new research project is investigating how affordable home technology could be used to enhance social care and improve the lives of almost 12,000 adults in Lincolnshire.

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New Research Shows Dogs Can Relate Human Emotions to Subsequent Actions

New research has shed light on how an understanding of human emotions by man's best friend can help them predict our behaviour and informs their decision making.

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New Million-pound Research Project to Investigate Support for Long Covid Patients

The University of Lincoln is working alongside five other British universities on potentially ground-breaking research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to understand and tackle long Covid.

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Cat Fight or Feline the Love? The Relationship Between Cats and Their Owners

Co-dependent and clingy or casual and aloof – a new study has examined the behaviour of pet cats to understand what it means about their relationship with their owner, and the research suggests it's a two-way street!

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Multi-million Euro Project Aims to Develop Next Generation of Robots Capable of Working Alongside Humans

An ambitious research project is aiming to help expand the roles that robots can play in assisting humans in manufacturing and distribution processes.

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Sniffing Out the Most Effective Training Method for Detection Animals

A new research study by animal behaviour experts at the University of Lincoln suggests that there may be more efficient methods of training detection animals to carry out their important roles.

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‘Trusted Bytes' Project to Boost Productivity of the Global Fresh Produce Trade

A groundbreaking collaborative project, funded by Innovate UK, aims to boost supply chain productivity across the fresh produce sector by establishing an industry-wide system for trusted data exchange.

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'Green Whistle' Inhaled Painkiller Found to be Quickest Form of Pain Relief in Ambulances

A new study has revealed that an inhaled painkiller recently introduced to the UK can relieve severe pain two to three times quicker than conventional therapies, such as gas and air or morphine, following traumatic injury.

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£1 million Grant to Help Improve the Health of Rural Communities Around the World

In its first year, a newly established research institute to address the unique health issues facing rural communities has received a boost with a £1 million grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

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The Cat's Out of The Bag: Controlled Outdoor Space is Key to Happiness

Animal experts from the University of Lincoln have investigated whether controlled outdoor access has any bearing on the happiness of our feline friends in a new study funded by ProtectaPet®.

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Crocodile Tears? Research Can Help to Increase Population Size of Endangered Species

The findings of a new study examining the behaviours of alligator and caiman hatchlings have enhanced our understanding of how we can conserve, and increase, the population of endangered crocodilian species.

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Research Sheds Light on Extreme Winter Weather Events

An international team of researchers, including from the University of Lincoln and the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, has shed light on how weather events in the Arctic can have knock-on effects for extreme winter weather in Europe, North America and Asia.

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Animal Behaviour Expert Features in Sundance Festival Film

A researcher in animal behaviour has contributed her expertise to a heart-warming short film which will be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

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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.