Uni Imps Tickets

Uni Imps tickets for the Lincoln City vs Accrington Stanley on Saturday 16th December and Lincoln City vs Stevenage on Boxing Day are now available from the SU reception in the Engine Shed. 

Tickets are £4 each and you can purchase up to four tickets for the game. On purchase you will be asked to provide a valid staff or student card.

Please note that the tickets for Boxing Day are allocated in the Stacey West Stand. This is to support Lincoln City in ensuring that they can optimise the stadium’s capacity.

If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Damarell at  or call extension 5014.

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New sniffer dog research could “save lives”

A team of scientists has provided the first evidence that dogs can learn to categorise odours and apply this to scents they have never encountered before.

The research reveals how the animals process odour information and is likely to have a profound impact on how we train sniffer dogs.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, and funded by the Office of Naval Research and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global in the US, found that dogs are able to categorise odours on the basis of their common properties. This means that dogs can behave towards new smells from a category in the same way as smells that they already know.

As humans, we do not have to experience the smell of every fish to know that it smells ‘fishy’; instead we use our previous experience of fish and categorise the new smell in the correct way. The new research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveals that dogs can do the same.

Researchers separated dogs into two groups and then trained them to respond to 40 different olfactory stimuli – or smells – half of which were accelerant-based. The dogs in the experimental group were trained (through a reward) to offer a behavioural response, for example “sit”, when they were presented with smells which fit a specific category, but to withhold that response for other non-category stimuli. The remaining dogs were trained on the same stimuli but were not rewarded for the categorical variable.

The researchers found that only the dogs in the category group were able to learn the task. Even more significantly, when presented with completely unknown smells, the dogs were able to place them in the correct category and to remember the odours six weeks later.

The researchers concluded that this means that dogs can apply information from previous experience to novel – or new – scents in order to apply an appropriate response.

Dr Anna Wilkinson from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln said:  “As humans, we are very good at assigning different things to different categories; for example, we know something is a chair because there are identifiable aspects such as a flat space to sit on, or four legs. Categorising odours works the same way, and we were keen to discover whether dogs would be able to learn those skills.

“This was an extremely hard task for the dogs as the odour stimuli varied in strength, so animals were never trained on exactly the same stimulus. As such, it is even more impressive that the experimental group dogs learned and retained the information.

“These findings add substantially to our understanding of how animals process olfactory information and suggest that use of this method may improve performance of working animals.”

The findings have implications in the field of working dog training as it implies that it may be possible to improve the way we train detection dogs.

Ayodeji Coker, the ONR Global Science Director sponsoring the research, said: “The threats being faced by today’s warfighter are constantly evolving, especially as it pertains to explosives. Developing new capabilities to better train dogs to categorize explosives odours will help save lives.”

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Sarah Swift Artwork Competition: Understanding People

Following the successful artwork competition for the signature wall in the Isaac Newton Building, the University of Lincoln has launched another student artwork competition to find an original piece for the entrance of the new Sarah Swift Building.

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The artwork, which should be on the theme of “Understanding People”, will be mounted facing the main entrance and therefore visible from the road, railway and internal staircase. It is hoped that the artwork will be appropriate to the building and be in keeping with the building.

This exciting opportunity is open to enrolled students of the University from across all Schools. The first prize is a new Apple MacBook Pro worth over £2,000.

Collaborations between staff and students are particularly welcome.

The deadline for the competition is Friday 2nd March 2018. Please see the creative brief for full details (opens PDF).

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Lincoln academic appointed Chair of Midlands Arts Council

Founding Director of the Centre for Culture and Creativity at the University of Lincoln, Sukhy Johal MBE, has been appointed Chair of the Arts Council’s Midlands Area Council.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

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New appointments to ACE’s Area Councils were made by an assessment panel that included Sir Nicholas Serota, Helen Williams (Head of Heritage at DCMS), and William Shawcross (Chair of the Charity Commission), and approved by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

With more than 25 years’ experience working in a range of senior roles across the arts and cultural sector, Sukhy offers a wealth of experience in local government including cultural services and economic development. Born and raised in Nottingham, he started working as a volunteer at Nottingham’s Apna Arts at the age of 16 and steered the organisations transformation in becoming the New Art Exchange. Locally, he has supported a range of ground-breaking projects across the city, including Lincoln’s Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, The International Bomber Command Memorial Centre and, as part of 2015’s city-wide Magna Carta 800 celebrations, was appointed Director of the 1215.today digital arts platform.

He was appointed as the Founding Director of the Centre for Culture & Creativity at the University of Lincoln in 2016. The Centre is the first of its kind in the UK, aiming to foster new opportunities for partnerships between organisations and individuals working across art, media and technology, engineering, science and design disciplines locally, nationally and internationally.

Sukhy, who will continue in his role at the University after joining the Area Council as Chair,  said of his appointment: “England has a world class reputation for creative excellence and Arts Council England is integral to supporting its growth. I’m delighted to be joining National Council as Chair for the Midlands. This part of the country has an ambitious and outstanding cultural ecology alongside an exciting energy of talent pushing innovation and new ideas in taking great art to all communities. The Midlands has a distinctive proposition through our diversity of people and places, from our dynamic cities to the riches of our rurality.”

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said:  “I am delighted that the Founding Director of the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Culture & Creativity, Sukhy Johal MBE, has been appointed to this prestigious and important role as Arts Council England Midlands Area Chair. It is testament not only to Sukhy’s stature and standing in the UK arts sector, built through his outstanding commitment and contribution to developing the arts and cultural sector in this region over many years, but also the high esteem in which Lincoln itself is now held regionally and nationally as a vibrant and exciting cultural destination where arts, heritage and the creative industries thrive.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Sukhy has a wealth of experience within the cultural sector and I’m looking forward to working with him to ensure that arts and culture across the Midlands continues to thrive.”

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Free Sports on the last day of term | 22nd Dec

The University Sports centre is inviting staff and students to join them in some pre-Christmas exercise and festive fun in a sports lunch time session.

Open to all regardless of whether you have played sport before or are a complete beginner, instruction and equipment will be provided for those who do not have their own.

The free session takes place on Friday 22nd December from 12noon to 2pm.

Please register your interest to Heather Johnson by email: hjohnson@lincoln.ac.uk

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Student Services and the Christmas Break

The ‘Student Services Christmas pages’ are now available on our website http://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk/home/christmas/

There is lots of information on there about things to do over the Christmas break and support available as well as some tips on staying safe and healthy, including a ‘Student Survival Guide to Winter’.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in Student Services.

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Safety and Security on and off Campus

Now winter is very much upon us, and attention is turning to the Christmas holiday, it is a good time to think about safety and security both on and off campus.

Sunset arrives mid-afternoon, there may be fewer people out and about in public places, and many students will be thinking about heading home for the festive period in a few weeks’ time.

The University has a Campus Security team who patrol the campus around the clock, operate extensive CCTV and can respond immediately to any security incidents on campus 24 hours a day. But all staff and students can contribute to looking out for people and property by adopting a few simple precautions:

Some tips when you are out and about:

  • Avoid isolated places, especially at night.
  • Stick to well-lit and overlooked routes whenever possible.
  • Try to travel in groups of two or more people.
  • If you are going out alone, tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Mobile phones, laptop computers and other portable gadgets are attractive to opportunist criminals. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them.
  • Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is a licensed Hackney Carriage (‘black cab’), and only use a private-hire cab that you have booked by phone.
  • Don’t accept lifts from strangers.
  • Trust your ‘gut feeling’ and avoid people and situations that make you feel uneasy.

When you are on campus:

  • Protect your belongings by locking your office/room door every time you leave.
  • Don’t leave purses, phones, laptops and other valuables unattended.
  • Call Security on ext. 6062 (01522 886062 from a mobile) if you are concerned about anything unusual on campus, or if you think that someone has ‘tailgated’ you into a secure area of a building.

When you are at home:

  • Remember to always lock your door – your room door if living in Halls or your front and rear doors when living in a shared house, even when you are in.
  • Do not allow anyone into your home unless you know who they are or they show you a valid ID.
  • Do not leave ID cards, cash cards, money, cheque books or keys lying around – an opportunist may find these too tempting.
  • Never leave your home unlocked when you go out, even if it is only for a short period of time.
  • Don’t forget about closing windows when you go out, including upstairs ones.
  • Do not leave keys or personal belongings where they can be seen through doors and windows.
  • Make sure you are covered by contents insurance, and register your gadgets at immobilise.com
  • If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report it to Security on 886062 (if on campus) or report it to the police by calling 101.

 

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Review us and win!

What Uni are inviting students from across the UK to review their University to be in with a chance of winning a travel voucher.

Whatuni- Competition Voucher 02.12- 28.02

To review Lincoln and be entered into the prize draw, visit www.whatuni.com/review.

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Space Travel: From Fantasy to Reality and Beyond | 20th Dec

The Isaac Newton Christmas Lecture, titled “Space Travel: From Fantasy to Reality and Beyond” will take place on Wednesday 20th December 2017. 

A duo public lecture (including 20 minutes interval) by Dr Fabien Paillusson School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln and
Dr Anna Marie Roos School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln

Wednesday 20 December 2017
6pm – 7.40pm

This special Christmas lecture consists of two short parts of 25-30 minutes each with 20 minutes interval, during which a bar will be open where visitors can buy mulled or usual wine and soft drinks. After the second talk there will be some time for questions.

Stories about leaving the Earth to visit other worlds have existed since ancient times. The specific content and focus of these stories depend on the culture and time period one is looking at. In the first part of this duo public lecture, Dr Anna Marie Roos will share with the audience various accounts of space travel ranging from antiquity to the 17th century. In the second part, Dr Fabien Paillusson will discuss more specifically how Newtonian and post-Newtonian scientific ideas compel us to think anew some of the basic premises of space travel.

For more information and to book your place visit:
https://lincolnmathsphys.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/isaac-newton-christmas-lecture/

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Formal Examinations January 2018

The first formal examination period for this academic year will start on Monday 8th January 2018.

If you have formal examinations, your individual examination timetable is now available on Blackboard. Please remember that your timetable is subject to change, and you should therefore check it regularly.

In some instances, the same exam will be scheduled in several venues due to room capacity. Please ensure that you attend the venue as scheduled on your own timetable.

Please familiarise yourself with the Conduct of Candidates in Examinations Regulations (opens pdf) before your first exam, as there have been updates for this academic year.

If you are taking an exam where you are permitted to take in certain equipment, such as a calculator or clean translation dictionary (with no annotation or notes inside), please ensure that you bring the correct item to your examination as these will be checked as you take your seat. Mobiles phones are not permitted into exam venues under any circumstances, and so you cannot use your phone as your calculator. If you are unsure of what is permitted, please check with your School Office prior to your exam.

As the weather can be very cold at this time of year, and it may be cool in some of the exam venues, please dress appropriately for your personal comfort. Coats and hats will not be permitted in the examination room.

Finally, please remember to bring your Student ID Card to every examination as this will be checked before you enter the exam room.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding examinations please contact your School Office or email exams@lincoln.ac.uk.

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