Public Engagement with Research

Sharing the Benefits

The University of Lincoln is committed to public engagement with research. Research is fundamental to our mission as a university - this includes sharing the benefits of research with the wider public and creating opportunities for people to get involved.

Public engagement in research is a two-way process which can involve interaction, participation, and learning. It spans a wide variety of activities - from public lectures and showcase events, to members of the public taking party directly in real research projects. 

Lincoln is a signatory to the Manifesto for Public Engagement published by the UK's National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

You can find out more about the University of Lincoln's approach by reading our Public Engagement with Research Strategy (PDF).

The PEARL Project

The University's Public Engagement with Research team is headed by archaeologist Carenza Lewis, Professor for the Public Understanding of Research. The team leads the PEARL Project (Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln) funded by UKRI.

The PEARL project has established a series of initiatives and platforms that now take place on an annual cycle to enhance the University of Lincoln’s public engagement with research activities, support, resources, recognition, opportunities, and strategies so it can fully deliver on its potential to engage, inform, benefit, and inspire wider publics, ultimately increasing both research quality and value to society.

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A spade sticking in some dirt on the ground

Digging Up the Past

School pupils have been getting their hands dirty (virtually, that is) as part of series of free, fun online archaeology-themed workshops.

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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Poppy Fields

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.

Mobile Arts for Peace

Thanks to a project exploring how disciplines like dance, drama, and music can empower young people to be a driving force for peacebuilding, the arts are now having a significant impact on communities across Rwanda.

Led by Professor Ananda Breed from the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) works with young people to use the arts as a way to share their experiences and communicate their own ideas for peacebuilding and conflict prevention within their own communities.

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Professor Ananda Breed talking to a student as part of the MAP project