Research at Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is committed to research that responds to, predicts, analyses and creates transformational social change, for the betterment of humankind. We promote research that aligns with key global challenges, and that includes partnerships across disciplines within the University and with regional, national and global partners. Our research extends beyond the laboratory to impact businesses and communities, and is explicitly recognized as part of a spectrum of creativity, innovation and problem solving.

The University has a strong ethos of inclusion, with our students engaging with our research so that they learn by developing new knowledge alongside their teachers

Professor Andrew Hunter, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Research with Real Impact

Research is at the heart of what it means to be a university: it is the process of knowledge creation. It informs the best teaching, drives industrial innovation, tackles global problems and enriches our culture and society.

At the University of Lincoln, academic teams are involved in research at the leading edge of their disciplines, from developing state-of-the-art robotics, to uncovering secrets from our medieval past.

This research is changing the world and its quality and relevance is recognised nationally and internationally. More than half of Lincoln’s research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 - the last major assessment of research standards across UK universities.

Take a look at the varied research being undertaken within our Research Centres.

Student Spotlight on Research

Nigel500x333 Developing Technology for Cancer Treatment

A research team led by Professor Nigel Allinson at the University of Lincoln is developing world-first medical imaging technology to provide more effective radiotherapy treatment for thousands of cancer sufferers. Proton beam therapy has the ability to deliver high doses of radiation just to a tumour site with very little radiation being absorbed in healthy tissue. It is particularly useful in treating cancer in children and tumours that are close to the body's vital structures such as in the head or near the spinal cord. The UK’s first proton therapy centres are due to open by 2020. Find out more about research taking place at the University in the Research Showcase.

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StudentProducerEdit The 'Student as Producer' Ethos

At Lincoln we believe that teaching and research are complementary, not competing, activities. This commitment to a true spirit scholarship is embedded across the University. Through our ground-breaking Student as Producer ethos, which presents students at all levels with opportunities to collaborate on real academic research projects, our students can experience the thrill of academic discovery as they learn. This approach to research-engaged teaching is at the core of our curriculum. It is one of the reasons we were commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for our approach to enhancing student learning opportunities.

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Discover our Expertise

The strength and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln is reflected in the outstanding quality of our academics’ published work.

Discover the expertise of our academics by visiting the individual College Research pages:

College of Arts

College of Social Science

College of Science

Lincoln International Business School

Research News

First Proof a Synthesised Antibiotic is Capable of Treating Superbugs

A "game changing" new antibiotic which is capable of killing superbugs has been successfully synthesised and used to treat an infection for the first time – and could lead to the first new class of antibiotic drug in 30 years.

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New Genetic Research Shows Extent of Cross-Breeding between Wild Wolves and Domestic Dogs

Mating between domesticated dogs and wild wolves over hundreds of years has left a genetic mark on the wolf gene pool, new research has shown. 

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Bush Cricket Research Could Lead to Better Sensors which More Accurately Mimic True Hearing

A new research project which will examine the three steps of hearing in the bush-cricket’s ear could lead to improved miniaturised sensors which more accurately mimic true hearing.


New Report Tackles Gender Diversity in Scottish Parliamentary Committees

A new report examines gender diversity of witnesses to Scottish Parliamentary committees and provides a series of recommendations to improve the diversity of witnesses invited to provide oral evidence.


The Conflict Between Males and Females Could Replace the Evolution of New Species

New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats, challenging long-held theories on the way natural selection drives the evolution of biodiversity.


Dyslexia Does Not Reduce Pass Rates for UK GP Licensing Exam

UK GPs with dyslexia are just as likely to pass the knowledge component of the licensing exam as their counterparts, a new study by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, has found.

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Business Experts Set to Tackle the Rural Digital Divide

A team of researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, have been awarded £200,000 as part of an international project to tackle the digital divide between rural and urban areas in the North Sea region of Europe.

Research Excellence Framework

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment, more than half of Lincoln's research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading.

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