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Public engagement shares the benefits of transformative research with wider society. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, participation and learning.

Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln (PEARL), is a new RCUK-funded project investigating how the university can improve its public engagement with research, and putting new strategies in place to do so. This project will be looking to find out more about what you think of public engagement with research, and what you’d like to see more of. In response to this there will be exciting new opportunities, a conference, grants, awards training, support, opportunities to join up with other researchers – explore this website for more about the project and the opportunities available.

Public Engagement with Research – Survey

Untitled design (5)PEARL Survey – What do members of the public think of opportunities available getting involved with research?
PEARL is running a survey asking about what members of the public think of the opportunities available for people beyond the university to get involved in its research. The University wants to know what you think, and what you’d like to see more of. Find out more & take part.

If you have colleagues, friends or family who may be interested in taking this survey and letting us know their thoughts, please share it far and wide, as the feedback really will help shape how public engagement with research happens at Lincoln, and beyond.


 The Public House in the Rural Community – seminar success! Bar

On 27th September Dr Claire Markham ran her second in a series of two seminars on what pubs mean to rural communities, the services they deliver and her findings on how villages might go about aiding the sustainability of their local. The seminar was a resounding success. Her talk inspired new ideas of strategies communities might take to keep their pub going. Key messages included the importance of ‘knowing your pub’s audience’ and catering for this group, and how much it matters having a locally-knowledgeable, warm and friendly landlord and staff team hosting the venue. Interested in attending this seminar? Claire can also be contacted directly on .

UoL Research GardenUniversity of Lincoln Research Garden at the Lincolnshire Show 2018 – On 20th & 21st July 2018, The Doctoral School ran the University’s first Research Garden, sharing the University’s research and inspiring the next generation of innovators. More info…


Heritage Dot – Conference Launch success & Call for Participation – On September 5th an exciting evening event launched the new ‘Heritage Dot‘ conference and International Bomber Command Centre Archive. Heritage Dot will create a platform for ‘sharing, challenging, disrupting, and interrogating what digital heritage is and does across professional, academic and community sectors with interests in heritage’. In 2019, the University of Lincoln is hosting the Heritage Dot inaugural conference exploring how fusion of the digital and cultural heritage worlds can create new relationships between past and future, tradition and innovation. The launch saw speakers including Darren Henley (Chief Executive of Arts Council England), Dr Clare Watson (MACE) and Eilish McGuinness (Heritage Lottery) discussing their insights around digital technology, tools and cultural heritage, and what the challenges and opportunities will be. The conference will take place on 3rd-4th June 2019, and a call for participation has been released for practitioners, professionals, researchers and anyone with an interest in digital cultural heritage to present their work.




Being Human Festival Pop-Up Exhibition: Really? A Dig on a Council Estate

Sat-17th-NovSaturday 17th November 10am-4pm | Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln

Members of the public are welcomed to a pop-up exhibition run by Professor Carenza Lewis and Dr Ian Waites in Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre. The exhibition offers the chance to explore the surprising discoveries made by residents taking part in an archaeological dig on a post-war council estate at Middlefield Lane, Gainsborough. This event takes place as part of ‘Being Human’, a national festival celebrating humanities research from across the UK. All are welcome to go along and talk to dig participants to find out what the ‘Middlefield Dig‘ revealed about the estate’s history and why it matters; examine the finds, or contribute their own memories of childhood play and ideas about social housing. There’s also the chance to take part in lots of fun activities including a hands-on mock excavation, archaeological bingo and a table-top test-pit dig with prizes available for winners. Contact or visit the Being Human event page for further information.

UL PhilUniversity of Lincoln Distinguished Public Philosophy Lecture Series 2017-18 (in association with the Lincoln Philosophy Salon)

Cardinal’s Hat – All welcome – No booking required.

  • November 20th 7pm – Mr. C’Zar Bernstein – ‘Moral Responsibility and Abortion’
  • November 27th 7pm – Dr. Mark Hocknull, ‘Evil And The Myths We Live By’
  • December 3rd 5.15pm-7pm – Ed Winters (‘Earthling Ed’) – Veganism and Animal Rights

More information and full list of Philosophy Lecture series events



Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Carenza Lewis – Publicly Engaged Research in Action: Two Millennia of Discovery Through Archaeology with and Within Contemporary Communities

22nd November 5.30 (for 6pm) | University of Lincoln | Registration & further details here

Members of the public are welcomed to Professor Lewis’ inaugural professorial lecture on 22nd November. The towns, cities and villages we all inhabit today were shaped over centuries, but most evidence for this has been obliterated by modern habitation. Professor Lewis’ research encompassing academia, media, national heritage organisations and thousands of members of the public has shown how these lost histories can be recovered through excavation squeezed into such unlikely places as back gardens, revealing the impact of major historical phenomena as diverse as the Roman Conquest, the Black Death and World War Two while also enhancing peoples’ lives today.

Booking recommended – click here for more information.


Get Involved with Research

Can visual images improve emotions in older adults?

Researchers at the School of Life Sciences and Psychology are recruiting participants to take part in a Nestlé-funded study on how looking at images might impact people’s emotions. With your help, researchers hope to understand whether looking at specific images can affect the production of hormones and the way people feel, and how this knowledge can be used to help improve feelings of loneliness in older people.

 Participants will be asked to 1) observe varied images (e.g. animals, objects, abstract) on a screen, while a camera records their eye movements; 2) provide saliva samples into a vial for hormone measurements only; 3) reply to questionnaires on life views; 4) wear a heart rate monitor around their chest; 5) play a decision-making game on a tablet.

Participants requirements; aged 60 years or older; able to visit the University for a session of up to 1 hour 30 minutes; able to produce saliva into a vial; no uncorrected vision problems.

To book a place or ask a question contact Catia Caeiro at or 07581269930.

Participant call: older people and self funded care – Do you pay for your own care, and live in Lincolnshire?

Do you know somebody who pays for their own care, and who lives in Lincolnshire? Are they over 65? Do they have carers that help them at home? Do they pay for care themselves?

Researchers want to find out how easy or difficult it is to find the right kind of help. We would like to interview partcipants on three occasions and there will be about six months between each conversation. Interviews can take place at the participants home or at a location close to them and will be asking people to talk about their experiences of finding and paying for care.

After we have collected people’s experiences and views we will produce a report which local agencies can use to gain a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of paying for your own care and help.

To find out more please get in touch with Claire Markham on 01522 886121 | or Mo Ray 01522 886289 |