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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

PEARL Follow-up survey into attitudes to public engagement

PEARL is running a follow up survey into attitudes amongst University of Lincoln staff and students to public engagement, and need your help by taking a few minutes to complete by 29th November 2019.

In 2017 the University of Lincoln secured two years UKRI funding to enhance its support for public engagement with research through a range of initiatives including a new CPD training programme, a system of annual grants, a new website, a new annual report ‘Discover’ showcasing publicly engaged research from Lincoln and new Vice Chancellor’s Awards for public engagement so that excellence can be rewarded. Now the UKRI funded period is ending, we are repeating the 2017 survey to see how attitudes have been affected and what should be focussed on next. Find out more at [read more].

Discover: Issue 2 – Call for Public Engagement with Research Contributions

The University of Lincoln’s Annual Report on public engagement with research, Discover, is calling for contributions for its second issue. The report showcases inspiring activities in which staff and students have engaged with the world beyond the university.

The publication, available in full-colour publication online and in hard copy, recognises, celebrates and promotes a remarkable range of activity which includes giving talks; contributing to films and exhibitions; running events; staging interactive activities; working with local businesses; organising focus groups; hosting debates; involving members of the public in research and much, much more.

Following its successful launch in 2018, a call is now open for the second issue of Discover with the deadline of 31st October 2019, to be released in 2020. We are looking for features in categories including ‘Publicly Engaged Research Projects’, ‘Regular Events in Spotlight’, ‘Centres and Research Groups in Spotlight’, ‘News’ and ‘Viewpoints’.

We would love to share your project – for more information on format, word count and how to submit, the PEARL Annual Report webpage. Articles should be submitted to by 29th November 2019.

Lincoln Established as a City of Sanctuary

On Monday 3rd June, the official launch of Lincoln as a City of Sanctuary took place, celebrating the work being undertaken in Lincoln and the surrounding region to support those who have come to the UK in search of sanctuary.

Lincoln City of Sanctuary is comprised of individuals, local businesses, organisations, institutions and faith community members, including representatives from the University of Lincoln, working to welcome and support those fleeing conflict, disaster, and similar .

The network will support communities by bringing together and developing activities that support sanctuary seekers, including sharing University research.

50 attendees from community and local organisations, faith groups, the City and County Councils and University of Lincoln, including colleagues from the Justice, Arts and Migration Network, came together to share their inspirational stories and plans for the future; making connections to support and link all of the projects moving forward, inspire others to get involved and start further initiatives that support sanctuary in the region.