What is PEARL?

What is PEARL?

What are our aims?

In 2017, PEARL (Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln) was established, funded by one of 13, two-year UKRI-funded projects as part of the SEE-PER grant scheme, which aimed to support the embedding of a culture of public engagement with research. The PEARL Project aimed to increase support, visibility and resources for public engagement with research across the Unversity of Lincoln. After a successful two years, PEARL is now centrally funded by the University of Lincoln and continues to deliver and expand upon its original aims. Our PEARL SEE-PER report, which details the outcomes of the first two years of the PEARL project, is now available in full.

What does PEARL do?

The PEARL project has established a series of initiatives and platforms that now take place on an annual cycle to enhance the University of Lincoln’s public engagement with research activities, support, resources, recognition, opportunities and strategies so it can fully deliver on its potential to engage, inform, benefit and inspire wider publics, ultimately increasing both research quality and value to society.


  • Continue to develop understanding of what staff, student & members of the public think about public engagement with research & address these needs
  • Offer support for researchers in public engagement with research with new grantsresources, bespoke guidance and training & CPD
  • Reward, recognise, share & celebrate public engagement with research at Lincoln
  • Extend opportunities for staff, students, the public to engage together in research
  • Draw together public engagement with research at Lincoln to ensure people are connected and supported 
  • Enhance visibility of public engagement activities

“Public Engagement is a key development in HE as Universities realise the need to translate the value of their research and engage with our communities both locally and abroad. The University of Lincoln is looking to the future where we serve and develop our local, national and international communities by creating purposeful knowledge and research, confident and creative graduates and a dynamic and engaged workforce.”

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln