Welcome to April's Newsletter

Have you taken the Postgraduate Research Survey?
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)
The Postgraduate Research Survey (PRES) is a national survey of postgraduate research students’ satisfaction with their learning and supervision experience whilst at University, as well as the wider support they have received, and the environment of the University.

This survey gives you the chance to have your say about the quality of your supervision; the resources relating to your course; and the research community amongst other things.  It will also ask you about your motivations for studying, and your professional development.

As a postgraduate research student, completing this short survey will provide helpful feedback to the University of Lincoln, which will be used to help to improve its provision for postgraduate research students for years to come. You also have the option to be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 or one of two £50 prizes.

The survey runs from week commencing 20th March 2017. You should have received an invitation by email providing a link for you to complete the survey and to have your say. 

If you haven't received an invitation please contact:
E-mporium - A Call for Contributors
E-mporium has been created to showcase postgraduate research on a publication platform and to offer an experience that will enhance knowledge of academic publishing, providing hands-on professional experience invaluable for a future career in academia.
By getting involved with E-mporium you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of professional and transferable skills. As well as enhancing your research portfolio, E-mporium presents an invaluable opportunity to enrich your postgraduate experience and develop yourself as a researcher.


As a Contributor

  • Present your research to a high academic standards and develop your research portfolio
  • Receive feedback and refine your work through the peer review process
  • Promote your research through the increased readership and a wider target audience provided by this publication
  • Develop your research portfolio
Click here for further information

BFWG Research Presentations Day 2017

Saturday June 10th 2017

4 Mandeville Courtyard,
142 Battersea Park Road,
London SW11 4NB
All welcome,
BFWG holds a Research Presentations Day each year at which women postgraduate students are invited to give short presentations of their research work to a general audience.  A prize of £100 is offered for the presentation judged ‘best’ in terms of quality of presentation and ability to communicate the subject to an educated but general audience.  Those interested in making a presentation should go to to download an abstract submission form.  Abstracts should be submitted to
Closing date for abstracts is Friday April 28th 2017
It may be necessary to make a selection from abstracts submitted if there are too many entries for the time available.  Please note: BFWG is not able to pay travel or other expenses.
All undergraduates, postgraduates, members of BFWG and others who are interested will be very welcome to attend the RPD even if they do not wish to submit a paper.  There is no charge for bona fide students, whether or not they are presenting a paper, but there is a charge of £10 on the door for others.  (A sandwich lunch is provided).  The Research Presentations Day is usually a good opportunity to meet other postgraduate women students and to look objectively at the presentation styles of others.  It can be a useful learning experience and an opportunity for networking. 
If you wish to attend the day please contact: Dr Elizabeth Poskitt: if possible before June 3rd 2017.
A Call for Presenters 

Are you up to the Challenge?

Wednesday 7th June, 2017, 16:00 to 18:00 

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.

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 or would like to join the audience please register using the button below. 

For further information email:
Register here

Life After a PhD; Adjusting to the World Outside of the Ivory Tower

Getting to the end of your doctorate is a fantastic experience. It’s the goal you’ve worked towards for 3+ years. Somewhere along the line you’ve probably thought about the post-PhD world, but the doctorate is all-consuming and thinking about a time where you’ve finished your studies can almost seem like a pipe-dream. In the last few months there’s both the pressure to submit combined with the added pressure of sourcing some form of paid employment. Personally, I never intended on going into academia, so was spared the roll call of detailed applications for competitive post-docs, and was looking forward to the more balanced 9-5 lifestyle outside of academia. However, the transition from spending nearly twelve years in third level education to a more regular working environment was not something I even considered as a potential challenge.

Continue reading on the Pubs and Publications blog
Published Research Papers
Hayley Robinson, Protocol, School of Health and Social Care

Hayley Robinson, Arwel Jones, Veronika Williams, Samuel Cooke, Laura Simmons, Ffion Curtis, Christopher Bridle, ‘Facilitators and barriers to physical activity following pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a systematic review of qualitative research: protocol’, PROSPERO, published March 9th. Available from:

Laura Simmons, Protocol, School of Health and Social Care

Laura Simmons, Christopher Bridle, Ffion Curtis, Arwel Jones, Niro Siriwardena, Samuel Cooke, Hayley Robinson, ‘Interventions to reduce sickness absence within ambulance service staff: a systematic review’, PROSPERO, published 14th March. Available from: 

Samuel Cooke, Protocol, School of Health and Social Care
Samuel Cooke, Ffion Curtis, Chris Bridle, Arwel Jones, Hayley Robinson, Laura Simmons, ‘Investigating the effect of exercise, cognitive, and dual-task interventions upon cognitive function in type 2 diabetes mellitus’, PROSPERO, published 14th March. Available from: 
If you would like to share your published research with the postgraduate community please contact the Graduate School.
Email the Graduate School

ULHT Staff Award Nomination

Helene Markham-Jones, School of Health and Social Care

Congratulations to University of Lincoln PhD student Helene Markham-Jones who was recently shortlisted for the ULHT Staff awards in the Research & Innovation category.
Helene has a background in business and project management within both private and public sectors. In 2015 she took up a role with the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust as a Research Support Officer. Her commitment to health research and clinical trial delivery has led to her taking up the opportunity of a collaborative PhD studentship with the Lincoln Institute of Health and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.
Shortly after taking up her role at ULHT she took on the responsibility to project manage the implementation of EDGE, a new integrated IT platform to support the delivery of clinical research at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust sites in Lincolnshire. The work she has undertaken at ULHT has led to her being shortlisted for the ULHT staff awards 2017 in the Research and Innovation category. She will also be presenting at the Accelerate International Conference in March 2017, a conference hosted by EDGE Clinical Research who are based at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.
For more details on the study or the EDGE conference you can contact Helene by email: 

 Leadership & Teamworking Workshop 

Fri 19th May, 09:30am - 12:30pm, Minerva Building, Room MB3202 

Don't miss our half day workshop designed specifically for postgraduates who are interested in further developing their skill set in order to enhance their employment prospects beyond graduation. When hiring new team members, the professional environment is now increasingly choosing individuals with transferable skills such as leadership, team working, strong communication, negotiation and cooperative working. How an individual perceives their own working style, what their preferences are and how they interact with and manage others is a key part of this, and researchers can benefit from exploring their own personal method of working.
Further information and booking

 Understanding our Unconscious Bias Workshop with Laurence Harvey 

Wed 21st June, 15:00 - 17:00, Minerva Building, Room MB0312 

The session is extremely thought provoking and highly engaging. It is facilitated by Laurence Harvey who has over 25 years of experience in training and advising senior level executives in both the public and private sector, on this and many other organisational behaviour issues. Laurence’s experience and expertise can offer something ‘gritty’ and ‘commercially real’ for our students, providing an invaluable opportunity to gain personal insight and an edge that is as applicable to their study as is to their future employment in a global market where being ‘savvy’ about diversity and its impact is an asset.
Click here to register

Marx Research Seminars 

Tuesday 25th April 2017 in MC 0025
Dr Owen Clayton (University of Lincoln)
'Gay-cats and bindle-stiffs: Jack London's Hobosexuality'.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 in MC 0025
Dr Siân Adiseshiah (University of Lincoln)
'Ageing, Utopia and George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah
For further information please contact Andrew Rowcroft, School of English & Journalism:   

Lincoln School of Film and Media Research Seminars

Wednesday 5th April 2017 in MC3107 1-3pm
Are there video games after death? The rise of algorithmic gaming
Guest Speaker: Dr Paolo Ruffino
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 in MC3107 1-3pm  
The BFG as Holocaust Movie
Guest Speakers: Dr Nigel Morris and Ms Kate Marrison  
For further information please contact Diane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer in Film, Television and Cultural Studies, University of Lincoln.

Competition - Design the new cover for the 2017/18 Finance Guide

The Finance Department is asking for students to submit their creative ideas for a new front cover for the Finance Guide. The winning design will feature on the foldout A5 booklet.

The competition is open to all students of the University of Lincoln and entrants can utilise all styles and media, including illustration, photography, and typography and computer graphics. Please submit your final design in a .JPEG format. 

The deadline for all entries is Friday 30th June 2017.

All final artwork must be submitted to with the subject line ‘Finance Guide competition 17/18’.

You could win: 
  • 1st prize: £50 Amazon voucher, £20 Nandos voucher & Lincoln hoodie
  • 2nd prize: £20 Nandos voucher & Lincoln hoodie
  • 3rd prize: Lincoln hoodie 
For further information view the creative brief document. 
View Creative Brief

PG Picture of the Month Competition

March's Winner 

Congratulations to Peter Alexander, School of Life Sciences, Please contact the Graduate School to claim your prize.  
Thank you to everyone for participating. If you have a great PhD photo get involved! Tag us with #PGPOTM on facebook, twitter  and instagram for your chance to win next month's prize!
#PGPOTM Facebook Gallery


How frustration can make us more creative | Tim Harford
How frustration can make us more creative - Tim Harford
Why genetic research must be more diverse | Keolu Fox
Why genetic research must be more diverse - Keolu Fox
The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | Astro Teller
The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure - Astro Teller
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