Welcome to January's Newsletter

What is the Images of Research competition?

The Images of Research Competition showcases the research taking place at the University of Lincoln. Participants are asked to submit a unique image, along with an abstract of 150 words describing how the image reflects their research.

All entries will be exhibited throughout the academic year within the University and throughout the local community.

Who can participate?

Any staff member or student can participate who is undertaking research at the University of Lincoln.


The winning entries will be decided by a panel of Staff and Students representative of the University.

  • Overall winner receives £100 amazon voucher
  • People Choice Winner £100 amazon voucher
  • All entries will be part of the exhibition with winner and runner up images developed into posters for display

How to enter:

Visit to download the checklist and Application form. Return the completed application form with your image to before the closing date Friday 10th March 2017

For further information or any questions please contact


Competition Timeline:

Launch Date: 9th January 2017
Closing date: 10th March 2017
Panel selection Process – 13th to 24th March 2017
People’s Choice Vote – 13th to 24th March 2017
Winner’s announcement – 31st March 2017
UoL Exhibition – 3rd to 7th July 2017

Three Minute Thesis Competition launches on Monday 16th January

What is the Three Minute Thesis competition?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is active in a PhD (including thesis under submission) are eligible to participate. Graduates will not be permitted to enter.
Anyone who is undertaking a professional/named/higher doctorate is not eligible.

How does it work?

The Graduate School will organise and host the University of Lincoln Final on the 10th May 2017. Two awards will be presented at the final, Panel Winner and People’s Choice winner both will receive £100 voucher and the panel winner of the University of Lincoln final will then go forward to the UK Online Semi-final on 14th July hosted by Vitae as well as represent the University of Lincoln at the EMDoc regional final.
The top six contestants at the Semi-Final will go on to the UK final which will take place during the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in September 2017.

Competition rules

• A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
• No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
• No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
• Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
• Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
• Presentations are to commence from the stage.
• Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
• The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

The closing date is Friday 31st March 2017 
Click here to book your place in the audience for the #3MT final

A Call for Presenters - 5 Slides in 5 Minutes

When: Wednesday 15th February, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:30pm

Five slides in 5 minutes gives you the opportunity to present your research in an innovative way. You will have just 5 minutes and 5 slides to deliver your presentation to a lay audience which will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is an informal environment in which you can practice your presentation skills, fine tune your presentation for a future conference and also gain constructive feedback.

If you are interested in presenting at 5 slides please follow the registration link below, if you would like to be part of the audience you can also register using this link: 
Register for 5 Slides 5 minutes

SU Postgraduate Research Award 

Nominations for the annual Students’ Union Awards are now open! The awards are a great opportunity to recognise the important contributions made by staff and students across the University.
The Postgraduate Research Award

This Award has been introduced to reflect the University’s strong interest in and commitment to research, and in particular the significance of our Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Lincoln. Nominees will be those who improve the Postgraduate learning environment and encourage collaborative, inter-disciplinary work. This may include representing the University nationally and internationally at conferences and major events, playing a significant role in innovative research or demonstrating good ideas using public engagement.

Staff can nominate by following this link: 

Students can submit their nominations here: 

Nominations will close at 12pm on Friday 10th February 2017. If you have any questions, please email

Published & Accepted Postgraduate Research Papers

The Graduate School would like to hear from all postgraduate research students who have had their research work published or accepted into a conference, journal, or academic site from September 2016.

Your work will then feature in our new ‘Published/Accepted Papers’ section on the Graduate School Newsletter, to celebrate your success and accomplishment, and also raise the profile of your research work.
If you would like your work celebrated and shared with the postgraduate community at the University of Lincoln, please email with the following information:
  • Your full name
  • Your school
  • Title of your accepted work
  • Place of acceptance (journal name, conference title, etc.)
  • Date of acceptance
  • A link to your accepted content

Heather Shaw, Paper, School of Psychology

‘Predicting Smartphone Operating System from Personality and Individual Differences’, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Published November 16th 2016, 

Elizabeth Stamp, Paper, School of Sport and Exercise Science

'Relationships between mental toughness, barriers to exercise, and exercise behaviour in undergraduate students, International Journal of Sports Psychology (Mental Toughness Special Edition), Accepted November 14th 2016

Laura Martinez-Ingio, Poster, School of Psychology and School of Life Sciences

'Lethal intergroup aggression in wild crested black macaques (Macaca nigra) in Tangkoko Nature Reserve (North Sulawesi, Indonesia)', Primatological Society of Great Britain Winter Meeting 2016, Accepted November 25th 2016

Jack Lampkin, Conference Paper, Lincoln Law School 

'Green Criminology and Fracking in the UK: An Application of Utilitarian Ethics', Papers from the British Conference 2016, 
This month's featured blog:

Seven Steps to your First Article Submission to an Academic Journal 

If you are on the brink of submitting your first article to an academic journal, congratulations! This is an exciting step in your career. In this post, I will go through the steps of submitting your first article.
  1. Find a suitable journal. This is the most important step and one you should seek advice on from knowledgeable experts. Ask at least one person who has read the latest version of your manuscript if the journal you have selected is appropriate. If you are still unsure, you can send a brief (two or three sentence) query letter to the journal editor to inquire about fit.
  2. Follow the submission instructions. Once you have selected your target journal, go to their webpage and look for instructions on how to submit. That page will have specific guidelines you must follow. These guidelines range from font to format to references to length. Follow all of the guidelines exactly. If the website has a document that says “Guidelines for authors,” read it.
  3. Get your article in the best shape you can. Review your article several times to make sure that there are no errors. Double check all in-text citations to make sure they are properly cited in the reference section. Make sure you have spelled all proper nouns (author and university names) properly.
  4. De-identify yourself in the manuscript. Most journals prefer that if you cite yourself, you don’t name yourself. Instead, you will write (Author 2012) and omit that entry from the bibliography during the submission process.
  5. Write a brief and courteous cover letter. Your cover letter should be on letterhead. Address the Editor by name. (You can find their name on the website.) Provide the title of the article, the word count, and a brief statement of fit with the journal. Thank the Editor for their consideration.
  6. Submit your article to the journal and wait for a response.
  7. Wait some more. Journal review processes take time. You should be able to find out the norms in your discipline. In my discipline, after three months, it is acceptable to send a brief inquiry to the managing editor to inquire about the status of the manuscript. If you submit this inquiry, be polite.

Call for Book Reviews

The Graduate School are always on the look-out for innovative and applicable literature which can aid PhD study and we want to ensure that we recommend the best, and most appropriate, resources to help you improve your research. In our newsletter we are looking to include critical book reviews examining recent literature intended to improve PhD study, and we are currently seeking postgraduate research students who would like to undertake the role of a book reviewer. 

Not only does this provide a great opportunity to investigate the latest words of advice regarding postgraduate research—which may in turn assist your own work—but it also allows the opportunity to engage critically with the current academic discussion of PhD study and share your thoughts with your postgraduate peers. Your reviews may also have the opportunity to be published in our upcoming postgraduate e-journal, E-mporium. 

The literature available for review shall be provided by the Graduate School. This month’s suggested books are:
How to Write a Better Thesis, Paul Gruba, David Evans & Justin Zobel
This concise guide emphasizes clear and logical structure as the key to a well-written thesis. The book uses a direct and conversational tone while offering concrete examples of common structural problems and the numerous devices, tricks, and tests for avoiding them. It proves that the astute researcher must no longer regard writing as the last chore but rather as a crucial part of the research process. This updated edition demonstrates how computer software can be advantageous and includes a checklist to keep students organised.
How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page, Suzanne Conklin Akbar, et al.
This collection is not about how TO write, but how WE write: unlike a prescriptive manual that promises to unlock the secret to efficient productivity, the contributors talk about their own writing processes, in all their messy, frustrated, exuberant, and awkward dis/order. The contributors range from graduate students and recent PhDs to senior scholars working in the fields of medieval studies, art history, English literature, poetics, early modern studies, musicology, and geography. 

If you are interested in completing a book review or getting involved, please email 

Competition: #PG Picture of the Month

December's lucky winner is ...

Congratulations to Nicole Sheanon,  please email the Graduate School to claim your prize!
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