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2021 PER Skills Training now open for booking

Booking for our annual programme of Public Engagement with Research skills training is now live! This year, we’ve also added a new module on digital engagement.

1. Introduction to Public Engagement with Research | 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 19th May 2021

2. Audiences and Publics | 1pm-4pm, Thursday 27th May 2021

3. Activity Planning | 1pm-3pm, Thursday 3rd June 2021

4. Digital Approaches to Engagement | 1pm-4pm, Thursday 10th June 2021

5. Evaluation | 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 17th June 2021

For full details of each course and how to book, visit our training page HERE

Grants Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications to our annual Activity Grants scheme has been extended!

The new deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 12th March 2021

We’ve also made additional 1-to-1 and drop-in advice sessions available. 

For full details, visit our grants page, HERE.

APPLY NOW | Activity Grants 2021

Applications are now open for the latest round of PEARL Activity Grants. 

Apply for up to £1,000 to support the development and delivery of projects that engage the public with University of Lincoln research. 

Deadline for submissions: Friday 5th March 2021 

For full details on how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Contribute to Discover: Issue 3

The call for contributions to this year’s annual review of public engagement with research activity is now open! We are keen to receive contributions from across the university, representing a broad range of projects and activity from all Colleges and subject areas.

For full details and to submit your article to Discover: Issue 3, CLICK HERE.

Submission deadline is currently Friday 8th January 2021.

A Virtual Success | Being Human Festival 2020

This year (for obvious reasons) Lincoln’s entire festival programme went digital! We held 5 fantastic, free, interactive events whichtook place online via Zoom. More than 180 attendees joined us from their tablets, phones and computers to get involved in stories of human history, culture, innovation and more; all based on University of Lincoln research.

The PEARL team would like to extend a huge thank-you to all the attendees who got involved in this year’s events; from local Lincolnshire farmers, to curious friends all the way from the USA. We’d also like to congratulate all the speakers and teams who worked so hard to adapt to the new online format to deliver some remarkable and impactful experiences. We can’t to do it all again for Being Human 2021!

We’re going digital! PEARL Conference 2020

This year’s PEARL Conference will be taking a leap into the socially distanced realm of online events and will now be running as a digital event on Thursday 25th June 2020. We will be updating our conference page with more details of our new digital conference programme as and when they become available. Thanks to our speakers and attendees for bearing with us in the meantime.

PEARL Activity Grants 2020-21 Open for Applications

The PEARL Activity Grant programme 2020-21 is now open for applications for new activities which offer the public an opportunity to engage with research. The deadline is Friday 14th February 2020. See: for full details.

Applications of £100-£1000 are welcomed from all staff and postgraduate students.

Activities could include demonstrations or exhibitions somewhere your research might not normally reach (a school, museum, the high street…); opportunities for public participation in research (e.g. sports performance analysis with local athletes, community archaeological excavation, children’s language studies); workshops that share findings from your research or instil new skills; a focus group guiding and shaping research and more. Be as creative as you like! For inspiration take a look at previous successful grant projects.

Visit for to apply by Friday 14th February 2020.

New Manager Post for Public Engagement with Research at Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln seeks to appoint a Manager for PEARL, an initiative supporting Public Engagement with Research, who will work across the university to help maximise the potential of its research to benefit wider society through public engagement.

The PEARL Manager is a key role within the University of Lincoln, leading on the design and delivery of support for PER at Lincoln. The post represents an excellent opportunity for a committed individual with passion and understanding to maximise the potential for research to be shared, relevant and impactful.

This post is now being advertised for open competition, closing date 31st Dec 2019, interviews 20th Jan 2020. Details at