Over 100 Masters courses on offer at free Postgraduate Taster Day

People with a love for learning will be able to choose from over 100 subjects on offer at a free Postgraduate Taster Day in Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln is inviting members of the public to experience some of its most popular Masters level courses by hosting a series of subject masterclasses. Covering academic disciplines ranging from the arts, sciences, social sciences and business, the taster day aims to spark the interest of potential postgraduates.

The Postgraduate Taster Day takes place on Wednesday 18th October, from 1pm-5pm, at Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool campus.

Claire Mann, Postgraduate Recruitment Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “The introduction of national funding to support postgraduates, has made Masters level study more accessible not only if you are in the final year of your degree, but for recent graduates and professionals looking to advance their career.

“Studies have shown the many advantages a postgraduate qualification can offer – the ‘postgraduate premium’ is estimated to be worth £200,000 over a lifetime* – but the benefits are about much more than earning potential.

“The University of Lincoln’s Postgraduate Taster Days give the public an opportunity to speak one on one with academics and explore the possibility of post-graduate learning.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the School of Health and Social Care’s newly launched MSc Physiotherapy course, which is currently available for pre-registration. The course focuses on a whole body approach to promoting and maintaining patient wellbeing with the masterclass sessions offering an insight into current physiotherapy practices.

For aspiring psychologists, academics from the School of Psychology will be on hand to offer advice on specialist courses including MSc Developmental Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology. The School of Education will also run sessions on its PGCE qualifications for those looking to pursue a career in teaching.

The Lincoln Business School will run sessions on its MBA Master of Business Administration qualification, a one year course designed to enhance earning potential by providing a global perspective to future senior industry leaders.

An advice lounge will also be available throughout the day offering information on the application process as well as the funding options available.

For more information on Masters study or to book a place at the University of Lincoln’s Postgraduate Taster Day, visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/postgraduatevisits or phone: 01522 886644. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Changes to Royal Mail Collection Service

Due to changes with Royal Mail Collection Service, the last time for collection will now be 3.45pm.

Alan Blackham, the Estates Manager, Campus Services.

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Get involved in Frequency Festival 2017

Frequency Festival 2017, Lincoln’s iconic biennial digital culture festival, is nearly here and is looking for volunteers to get involved!  

This year the festival will explore the theme of disPLACEment, bringing ten days of extraordinary art installations and events to Lincoln, fusing virtual and augmented realities, digital culture, art and debate with the city’s medieval streets.

The Frequency team is looking for dynamic, positive and professional volunteers to help at Frequency events during the festival, which will take place from Friday 20th until Sunday 29th October.

There are various volunteer roles, including:

  • Street Team member – letting people know about Frequency 2017 and providing information to members of the public.
  • Exhibition host – overseeing exhibits/performances/Installations during festival.
  • Event volunteer – assisting with the delivery of events.

To get involved, or to find out more, email signup@frequency.org.uk.

Alternatively, students at the University of Lincoln can also sign up via the University’s Students’ Union website at https://lincolnsu.com/volunteering/opportunities/community/arts.

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The Mum and Baby Sleep Study

The Lincoln Sleep Lab is looking for new mums and their babies to take part in a unique study into the quality of their sleep.

Sleeping when you have a new baby can be tricky, often leading to families feeling tired and stressed in the first few months and yet, despite this, science knows little about sleep in young babies and their mothers.

The study requires mothers and their babies (of around three months old) to stay overnight in the Lincoln Sleep Lab at the University of Lincoln, where the duration and quality of their sleep can be monitored.

The ultimate goal of the study is to help improve sleep quality in new mothers and their young babies, leading to greater well-being for the whole family.

As well as contributing to worthwhile research, the mum will also receive £50 cash and a £5 gift voucher for Mummy and Little Me.

To find out more, contact Professor Alina Rodriguez at arodriguez@lincoln.ac.uk or Federica Menchinelli at fmenchinelli@lincoln.ac.uk.

You can also take a look at the Lincoln Child Development Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LincolnChildDevelopment/.

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An evening of supernatural tales, talks and theatre

Some of Lincoln’s most enduring ghost stories will be brought to life in an evening of story-telling, discussion and live theatrical performance set in a historic building famous in local folklore for its paranormal happenings.

The purportedly haunted White Hart Hotel in the city’s Bailgate will provide the setting for A Lincoln Ghost Story Evening – an event which will celebrate some of the historic city’s most popular ghostly tales and reflect on the public’s continuing fascination with the supernatural.

The event will takes place on Monday 27th November, between Halloween and Christmas, with audiences invited to explore the ghost story’s long association with the festive season. It is organised by the researchers specialising in Gothic literature from the University of Lincoln and will feature a guest talk by Dr Derek Johnston, a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and author of ‘Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween’.

The guide of the original Lincoln Ghost Walk will share her experiences of recounting ghostly tales in the historic streets of Lincoln. Recent graduates from the BA (Hons) Drama course at the University of Lincoln will then treat the audience to a special theatrical performance, conjuring up the White Hart’s spectral history and offering tarot card readings, before the evening concludes in the traditional fashion with reading of a classic ghost story.

The event is organised by Dr Scott Brewster, from the University of Lincoln’s School of English and Journalism. A specialist in Gothic literature, Dr Brewster has recently co-edited The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story – the first volume to examine the ghost story tradition in a truly international context.

He said: “I’m fascinated by the enduring popularity of the ghost story in literature, film, television or amongst online communities. Ghost walks and ghost hunts show the continuing power of the supernatural tale in contemporary culture. This event casts light on ghost stories, some of them local, and why they still matter to us in the twenty-first century.”

A Lincoln Ghost Story Evening will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 27th November. Tickets cost £5 (including complimentary drink and mince pie) and can be booked through the University of Lincoln’s online store at http://lncn.eu/whghost.

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Be Inspired! with Dr. Meredith Nash

This October, Visiting Scholar Dr. Meredith Nash, will deliver a Be Inspired! Lecture ‘What is it like to be a woman in STEMM? Gender bias, sexual harassment, and the myth of meritocracy.’

Meredith Nash is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. She is at the University of Lincoln as a Visiting Scholar at the Eleanor Glanville Centre and the Health Advancement Research Team. Her research examines the depth and enduring character of gender-based inequalities.

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. In this presentation, Dr Nash will discuss her findings from a mixed-methods sociological study drawing on the experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in 2016. She will explore the women’s experiences of science leadership, including challenges they face as women in male-dominated fields and what they think needs to change to help women in STEMM advance.​

The lecture will take place at 5pm on Monday 23rd October. It is free to attend but prior booking is essential. To book your place, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-inspired-lecture-dr-meredith-nash-tickets-38769342146?aff=es2

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MP Karen Lee to hold staff and student surgery

On Friday 13th October, the University will welcome the MP for Lincoln Karen Lee to the Brayford Pool campus as part of her constituency surgery.

The visit is an opportunity for both staff and students to meet and engage with Karen Lee, and discuss with her the issues that matter to them.

She will be on campus from 1pm until 4pm, however, meetings are by appointment only. To book your slot, email helena.mair@parliament.uk or calling 01522 420067.

Early booking is advisable as places are limited.

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University of Lincoln secures RCUK SEE-PER grant

The University of Lincoln is among just 12 institutions awarded funding to enhance and embed support for public engagement with research within UK higher education institutes.

The University has been awarded the funding by Research Councils UK (RCUK) through its new Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) grants following a competitive bidding process.

The money will be used to fund the PEARL (Public Engagement for All with research at Lincoln) project which aims to bring the organisation, visibility and impact of Public Engagement with Research (PER) at the University of Lincoln up to a consistently excellent standard, building on its already strong track record in public engagement.

The project will be led by Professor Carenza Lewis,  from the School of History and Heritage, and Professor Timothy Hodgson, from the School of Psychology, from October 2017 to March 2018 with activity thereafter supported by the University.

Professor Carenza Lewis, Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, said: “I am delighted we have been successful in securing this grant as one of the things which attracted me to the University of Lincoln was its commitment to wider communities and the PEARL SEEPER grant will enable us to make the experience of engaging with university research even better for members of the public, staff and students.”

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Chris Packham Wildlife Photography Competition

Chris Packham Wildlife Photography Competition

The challenge

Get your cameras or smartphones ready! From our urban architecture, allotments, parks and commons, out into the woodlands, fields, riverbanks and beaches, there’s an abundance of wildlife out there. It could be a fox, a falcon, a beetle or a badger – we want to see your best photographs that represent the wild creatures, large or small, living around us.

The prize

Shortlisted images will be presented to Visiting Professor Chris Packham via a pop-up exhibition held at the University of Lincoln at the end of October. Four winning photographers will each receive a prize of a £25 Amazon voucher and be invited to join Chris on a visit to the set of a television wildlife production in 2018.

Chris Packham

Chris Packham

 How to enter

Upload your photographs to Instagram using #ULWildlifeComp17 or email them to competitions@lincoln.ac.uk  (Max 4MB as JPEG or JPG). You can enter up to four photographs in your submission.

Deadline for entries is midday on Thursday 26th October. Shortlisted entrants will be notified on Monday 30th October and invited to the pop-up exhibition the following day, where winners will be announced by Chris Packham.

Full terms and conditions can be found below.


Chris Packham Wildlife Photography Competition 2017 Terms & Conditions


The Promoter of this Competition is: the University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, United Kingdom.


There is no entry fee to enter this Competition but to be eligible you must be a student currently enrolled at the University of Lincoln (as at 1st October 2017). University staff, alumni and members of the public are not eligible to enter the competition.


The Competition is open from 00:01hrs BST (one minute past midnight) on Monday 9th October 2017 and the deadline for entries is 12:00hrs (midday) on Thursday 26th October 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

Entries should be submitted by email in JPEG or JPG format of between 100KB and 4MB in file size. Please ensure your image is a minimum of 800 pixels on its shortest side. Send your image by email to: competitions@lincoln.ac.uk and / or upload them to Instagram using the hashtag #ULWildlifeComp17.

If sending via email please include the phrase “Wildlife Photography Competition” in the subject line. Entries should be accompanied by a short caption (up to 100 words in length) describing the image(s), including the subject, location, and date taken.


All entries must be original photographs taken by the named entrant. They must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition.

It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure their submission does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Joint entries are not permitted. Reproduction or digital manipulation of any pre-existing image by another photographer is not acceptable.

Submitted photographs should be authentic representations of a natural scene featuring wildlife in the UK. Composites, double exposures and CGI imagery should not be used. Minor enhancements of raw images using photo editing software (eg. cropping, adjustment of colour levels) are permitted but please avoid heavy use of pre-programmed filters.


Shortlisted entrants and winners will be chosen by a panel of judges appointed by the University. The University’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the Competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Multiple entries are not permitted by the same individual but entrants may supply up to four images within a single submission. These could be a series of images from a single shoot or a small portfolio / collection.

The Prize may be withdrawn or replaced at any time. The Prize is not transferable and no financial alternative will be offered.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email on Monday 30th October and invited to an exhibition at the University on Tuesday 31st October, where four winners will be announced. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.


If your photograph features any person or people, they should be aware that they are being photographed and written permission (model release) should be obtained by the photographer from all involved (or their parent’s/guardian’s permission if under 18). The University reserves the right to disqualify any entry where such permissions are unclear.

Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective photographer. However, each photographer grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the University of Lincoln to feature their submitted image in any of their publications, websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition, including licensing for (non-commercial) editorial use by third party media. The Promoter will always ask third party media to credit photographers where images are used but cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions.

Winners agree to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material associated with the Competition. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.


To the maximum extent permitted by law, the University of Lincoln excludes its liability for any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by entrants, whether directly or indirectly and howsoever caused, in connection with the Competition and use of any prize. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the University’s liability for death or personal injury arising from its own negligence or any other liability that cannot, as a matter of law, be excluded.

By entering this competition you agree to indemnify the University of Lincoln and keep the University of Lincoln indemnified against any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by the University as a result of your entry in the Competition, including (but not limited to) any claim of infringement of intellectual property rights made by any third party.

The University of Lincoln reserves the right to cancel or amend this Competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the Promoter’s control. Any changes to the Competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.


The Competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. Entry into the Competition will be deemed as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.



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Lincoln named among the best for its careers service

The University of Lincoln has been named in a list of the best universities in the UK for career services.

The list has been compiled by StudentCrowd, which carries out student reviews into various aspects of university life, including courses, clubs and societies, student halls and much more.

This survey called on students from every university in the country to review their careers service and over 7,000 responded.

The Careers and Employability team at the University of Lincoln, which has recently been acknowledged by AGCAS and NUE Awards for its innovative approach to employer engagement, came an impressive 20th in the poll.

Read the full story at www.studentcrowd.com/article/20-best-universities-for-career-services-2017.

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