Professor’s article in Telegraph on ancient treasure laws

Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln writes in today’s Daily Telegraph on the ancient laws governing treasure finds in Britain.

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Carenza, one of the country’s best-known archaeologists and Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at Lincoln, leads the new RCUK-funded project Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln (PEARL), which is investigating how the University can improve its public engagement with research.

To read the Telegraph article in full see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/hunting-buried-treasure-part-britains-rich-history-course/

 

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Graham Law | 30th Jan

glawThe College of Social Science will be hosting the next Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Tuesday 30th January 2018. This series of lectures are an opportunity to hear about the research work of some of our newest Professors in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln.

In this lecture, Professor Graham Law will speak on “Sleep, Sugar and Statistics”, presenting some of his research over the past 25 years, having looked at where disease occurs, how it is caused and what may be done to reduce its burden on our society.

Much of his research has focused on diabetes, with a more recent interest in sleep and its consequences. He has pioneered the development and application of complicated methods. Professor Law will discuss where he thinks research into chronic disease may be heading and how this may impact. Particularly the recent developments in an understanding of ‘Type 3 Diabetes’, or Alzheimer’s as it is also known.

The lecture will take place in the Minerva Building at the University of Lincoln. Arrival is from 5.30pm for a 6pm start. The presentation will conclude at 7pm with a drinks reception offering an opportunity for networking, and to continue any discussions arising from the lecture.

This evening lecture is free to attend but booking is required. Please confirm booking or direct queries to collegesocialscience@lincoln.ac.uk

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Uni Imps Tickets | 13th Jan

Lincoln City FC New LogoTickets for the Lincoln City vs Notts County match on Saturday 13th January (3pm kick off) will be on sale from Wednesday 10th January 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.

Tickets will be located in the University family and friends stand.

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University Gym Offers for New Year

The University Sports Centre is offering a number of student membership deals for new starters this month. 

 

Term Time Offers

Membership Ends 31st May 2018

Student Gym, Classes & Swim Membership January to May 2018 = £80 (£16pm)

Student Gym & Classes Membership January to May 2018 = £60 (£12pm)

Savers Membership Gym Only January to May 2018 access between 7am to 3pm = £40 (£8pm)

 

Annual Memberships (Calendar Year)

Student Gym & Classes Annual = £130 (12mths = £10.83pm)

Student Gym, Classes & Swim = £155

Student Swim Only = £50

 

These limited offers end 28th February 2018.

For more information and to set up your membership, drop into the Sports Centre.

 

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Be Inspired Lecture: Off the ‘Sticky Floor’ | 23rd Jan

Looking for a little inspiration to kick start 2018? The Eleanor Glanville Centre is holding first Be Inspired! Lecture of the year.

Off the ‘Sticky Floor’ – Make Room for yourself!
7 Learnings that bring ‘Experience to Life’
Presented by Ruchi Aggarwal from the Lincoln International Business School

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There is much to learn and get inspired by in our journey of our careers – for whatever we choose to do. This talk, the first in the series, by a woman leader, will focus on her experiences with that journey and will offer 7 practical learnings that we can consider, towards the outcomes we want to achieve. Women have made great advances in leadership roles over the past decade; however, there are still many challenges to be faced and overcome. While we are all too familiar with the metaphor of a glass ceiling that puts the onus on others, the ‘sticky floor’ puts the ball straight back in our court. The talk will offer seven practical learnings that will give you some inspiration of the power that lies in our own hands, to create our own success.

Ruchi has worked with diverse industry sectors – Sports @ Scottish Rugby at Edinburgh; Telecom @ Vodafone in India; IT @ Microsoft, in India – before joining the Higher Education sector with us at the University of Lincoln in September 2016. She currently is the Director for Business Development at the Lincoln International Business School and is keenly involved in our strategy of expanding into India.

The lecture takes place at 5.15pm on Tuesday 23rd January in the Co-Op Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, and will be followed by a wine reception.

This lecture is free to attend but prior booking is essential. Please book your place online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-inspired-lecture-ruchi-aggarwal-tickets-41830177186

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Royal Society editorship for Lincoln historian

Dr Anna Marie Roos from the University of Lincoln has been appointed editor of a prestigious journal of the Royal Society.

Anna Marie, a Reader in Lincoln’s School and History & Heritage, is the new Editor of ‘Notes and Records of the Royal Society’, an international journal which publishes original research in the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Its past presidents include Lincolnshire’s Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Joseph Banks.

For more details, visit: http://blogs.royalsociety.org/publishing/notes-and-records-new-editor/

 

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Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards

PEARLEnsuring members of the public can explore, understand, value and gain from research is vital to universities today. Public engagement makes university research and researchers more accessible to wider society, increasing public support for research and opening up new partnerships and ideas. Public engagement supports recruitment and research excellence, with 47% of REF2014 university impact case studies including public engagement.

The University of Lincoln is launching the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research awards to recognise staff and students who have made outstanding contributions to engaging people and communities beyond the university with knowledge, invention and discovery.

Members of the public, and staff and students at the University of Lincoln are strongly encouraged to nominate individuals and/or teams for awards using the forms and guidelines available on the PEARL website. Completed forms should be submitted to Rosie Damarell in HR by email rdamarell@lincoln.ac.uk.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email the PEARL team pearl@lincoln.ac.uk or Rosie Damarell rdamarell@lincoln.ac.uk.

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Free lunch-time sports | 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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PEARL News | Survey 1 Summary

PEARLThank you to everyone who answered the ‘Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln’ (PEARL) Survey in October. An impressive 277 staff and students answered (our target was 250), providing invaluable insight into the university’s perceived performance in the different areas required to produce great Public Engagement with Research (PER). This allowed identification of areas where the additional effort provided by RCUK’s 2017-18 PEARL grant can most usefully be deployed.

Questions in the survey were taken directly from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and covered aspects of the university’s PER effectiveness in 3 broad areas: (1) how effectively it communicates its purpose regarding public engagement, (2) how effectively it supports the process of public engagement and (3) how effectively it provides opportunities for people. There were three questions in each category, and respondents could select one of four answers to each question describing the university’s performance for that area.

Overall, one of the questions which received the most responses in the top category was in respect of ‘leadership’, with 26% of respondents agreeing with the top-ranked answer to Question 2 “The VC acts as a champion for public engagement and a senior leader takes formal responsibility. All senior leaders have an understanding of the importance and value of public engagement to the institution’s agenda”.  In the survey overall, the ‘Purpose’ section scored best, with 454 responses in the top half of the table, compared with 345 and 332 for the ‘Process’ and ‘People’ sections respectively, which is in line with trends found across UK Universities (RCUK 2016).

In the ‘Process’ section ‘Recognition’ (Question 6) in particular was identified as lacking (or patchy) with 69% of respondents placing it in the bottom two categories, perceiving  either absence of reward or recognition for PER (27% of responses), or a very ad hoc system for this in some departments only (42% of responses).  However, just over 30% of responses did rate ‘recognition’ in one of the two top answer categories, confirming that formal recognition/reward of PER activity is noted in some areas. This suggests that while the university has support in place for PER, it should look to further develop this through increased CPD opportunities and reward for PER.

The responses in the ‘People’ section were also mixed, with the majority feeling that public needs and interests regarding engaging with the university had not been effectively assessed, and nearly the same rating opportunities for staff to get involved in PER in the bottom half of the table. Views regarding opportunities for students to get involved were much more positive, with this question receiving the joint-highest number of top-rated responses, 26% of respondents agreeing that “All students have the opportunity to get involved in public engagement, and are encouraged and supported to do so. The institution offers both formal and informal ways to recognize and reward their involvement.”

There were no major trends or significant differences between colleges in their answers to questions, but analysing the data by occupation suggested that students’ responses were on average most positive and academics’ views were least positive (Figure 1). Overall, the picture which emerges is one of a university community strongly aware of the need to engage with wider publics and appreciative of senior management’s commitment to this, but also aware of the need for greater support and formal recognition for staff (in particular) to fulfil these ambitions within already busy professional lives. The picture at Lincoln reflects the national one in which PER often happens in fragmented pockets and constant pressure on academics’ time leaves little room for PER especially when this is often not necessarily recognised and rewarded. The PEARL grant for 2017-18 will help address these issues at Lincoln, running a second survey to identify precisely what training and CPD university members would like to have available, bringing in new reward systems for PER and finding out more about how wider publics would like to engage with the university.

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What happens next?

Survey results will inform PEARL as it adds support, visibility and opportunities for PER at Lincoln.  A follow-up survey coming soon will look to further identify how staff and students would like to see PER change e.g. training/CPD, and begin to link up PER activities at the university by asking you to tell us about any PER work you are doing.

Beyond this, you will very soon see additional PER opportunities will start to become available; to join our Public Engagement Researcher Directory, receive PER training and apply for funding. You can follow us on; Facebook (@UniLincolnPublicEngagement)Twitter (@UniLincolnPEARL) and our new website (http://pearl.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk) to keep up to date with all the latest.

If you have any questions or if you’d like more information, please email on pearl@lincoln.ac.uk, and we can provide further information. If you’d like to get involved or would like to join our newsletter, we would love to hear from you on the email above.

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Lincolnshire Crime & Policing Survey

The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner is running a survey looking into crime and policing in the county.

Open to all residents of Lincolnshire, including students living in on campus and off campus accommodation and housing, the survey will take no more than ten minutes to complete.

To complete the survey visit: https://youtu.be/pdz5kCaCRFM

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