Research Environment

Encouraging Excellence, Supporting Success in Research

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.
Our institutes, centres, and groups provide a wide range of opportunities for research, nurturing creativity and encouraging ideas that can challenge the status quo, while also promoting inclusion and diversity, and pursuing cross-disciplinary, collaborative research with rigour and integrity. By focusing our research around core themes, challenges, and priorities we aim to cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries while ensuring specialisms can emerge and flourish, driven by a culture of curiosity and innovation. 
Networks like our Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies and initiatives like our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme provide further opportunities for academics at different career stages and students of all levels to work together on internationally significant research projects.
Major investments in new buildings, advanced equipment, and state-of-the-art research facilities are helping to ensure that we continue to provide a vibrant academic environment for our researchers and attract high-quality staff, creative and productive students, and strengthen successful research collaborations with other universities and industry partners.


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Eleanor Glanville Institute

The Eleanor Glanville Institute is an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity, and equality which aims to drive cultural change across the institution to further the strategic ambitions of the University of Lincoln.

The Institute's approach is to critique and challenge social exclusion and inequality in contemporary society, exploring issues of, and connections between, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and disability. Interdisciplinary research themes seek to understand and address discrimination in higher education and wider society, while outcomes inform and influence evidence-based policy and shape best practice both within the UK and internationally.

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Specialist Facilities

Thanks to major investment in new buildings, advanced equipment, facilities, and archives, the University of Lincoln offers a vibrant academic environment in which to pursue research and undertake research-informed study.

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Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies

The Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) supports the curiosity that drives international research excellence at the University of Lincoln. LIAS provides a focal point for research activities across the University’s community, promoting a culture of creativity and interdisciplinarity.

The Institute offers fellowship schemes to bring prestigious international visitors to the University, travel schemes for academic staff to collaborate with researchers overseas, and focused research development activities for researchers to enhance their knowledge and networks.

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Doctoral School

With a focus on interdisciplinary opportunities, the Doctoral School supports postgraduate researchers across the University of Lincoln, facilitating cross-university networks and opportunities to meet up and share experiences with peers throughout the wider research community.

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Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute

The Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute (LILI) is the University's strategic unit for impact, working both in support of University activity and driving best practice nationally and internationally. LILI reflects Lincoln's core commitment to the University's civic responsibilities, and combines expertise and experience across academic research and research management to develop evidence-informed approaches to social change.

LILI focuses on developing meaningful and sustainable approaches to academic and institutional practice, research culture, and professional development, and acting as a critical voice to challenge unhealthy approaches to research implementation and impact.

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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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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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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 opportunities 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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Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute

The Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI) is committed to the study of Higher Education as a complex, dynamic, and emerging field, with a particular emphasis on impact evaluation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the quality of the student experience, and student engagement. 

Working collaboratively with researchers across a diverse range of subject disciplines both within the University and beyond, LHERI contributes directly to the production of an evidence base of empirical research which improves practice, advances thinking in conceptual, theoretical, and methodological development, and informs policy and decision-making.

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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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Research Repository Open Datasets

Making research outputs and datasets easily accessible is at the heart of our Open Research and Open Data commitment at the University of Lincoln. Alongside the infrastructure that we have developed to provide open access to our publications, we are supporting our researchers to ensure that they make their research datasets available through our Research Repository.

We believe that Open Research is at the heart of collaboration and interdisciplinarity, advancing science and encouraging co-production and co-creation.

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Research Ethics and Integrity

The University of Lincoln is committed to encouraging research of the highest quality by supporting good conduct and helping to prevent misconduct. It aims to uphold the commitments outlined in the UUK Concordat to support Research Integrity, which provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance.

The University operates a Code of Practice for research and a Research Ethics Policy to support good conduct across the institution and encourage research of the highest quality.

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