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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: https://pearl.lincoln.ac.uk/2020-21-grants 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 https://pearl.lincoln.ac.uk/2020-21-grants 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 https://jobs.lincoln.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=COA362

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 https://unioflincoln.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26lppQ2oqgPozul 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 pearl@lincoln.ac.uk 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.

Pint of Science 2019 Comes to Lincoln

pint of science logoPint of Science 2019 Comes to Lincoln On May 20th – 22nd 2019. University of Lincoln staff and students took their research to the pubs of Lincoln as Pint of Science came to the city for the first time. 18 talks were given by 20 researchers across 3 evenings in 3 venues.

The Lion & Snake, Caffe Portico and The Pessimist welcomed members of the public to come and explore the discoveries of University of Lincoln researchers.

Talk topics included ‘Being a virtual patient – does it help?’, ‘Promoting optimal experiences in exercise: time to change our approach?’, ‘A byte of music’ and ‘Why does development before birth matter for childhood and adolescence?’.

Attendees rated the experience as a highly enjoyable event, with 97% of evaluation survey respondents saying they had learnt something new, 84% being inspired to find out more about the topics presented, and 99% wanting to attend similar events in the future.

For speakers, the evenings offered a space to explore research with a new audience and discover more about perspectives on their topics in an informal setting where audiences could ask questions. In a survey on the experience 100% of those speaking at the festiva l said they enjoyed the event and would recommend taking part to colleague. Lincoln’ s first ever Pint of Science festiva l took the city by storm, throwing open the doors to research and discovery for all to enjoy.