YES18 Competition! Enter today!

Unleash your ingenuity – Yes18!

YES is designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship in UK postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. This goal is achieved through a competition in which those participating prepare a business plan for a hypothetical company. All disciplines are involved.

YES is designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship in UK postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. This goal is achieved through a competition in which those participating prepare a business plan for a hypothetical company.

YES will be taking place this autumn. There are themed workshops covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, energy and environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

YES is organised jointly by The University of Nottingham’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), the  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

For more information and to enter please visit

2018 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey – Get involved


The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a survey run via the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Launched in 2007, PRES is a sector wide survey to gather insight from postgraduate research students about their learning, provision, and supervision experience.

The survey is the opportunity for Postgraduate Research students to tell us of their experiences as a researcher at the University of Lincoln, whether they are new or have nearly completed, are studying part- or full-time, for a Masters by Research, a PhD, or a professional doctorate.

Your views matter to us and are crucial in ensuring that the University provides the experience postgraduate research students need, and to improve provision for current and future PGRs.

All students will receive an email invitation to complete the survey which contains a password. You can then log on to to complete the survey.

For further information or queries please contact

Closing Date: Friday 27th April 2018

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Part-Time Researcher-Beginners Workshop Event


Part-time Researcher – Beginnings Workshop
Act One, Scene Two! How to keep going once you have started.

This workshop is open to all students attending universities within the Midland Hub, 10 places are currently available with a view to open more if the uptake is increased.

The workshop will be held at the Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, on Monday 18 June 2018, 09.30 – 16.30:
Venue: Christodoulou CMR 15.

The event will be subsidised by the Open University, but you will be expected to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs if required.

Target Audience: This course is aimed at Research Students at the start of their research journey (6-18months PT). They are likely to have attended some element of university or department induction course and perhaps some research specific skills.

Overview: This programme has been designed to help part-time researchers navigate some of the practical issues of their early days from a self-management perspective as they start to organise themselves and their research and think about how their supervisor relationship will develop.
Participants work with other doctoral researchers from different disciplines through a series of
activities specific to this stage in their research. The purpose is to give consideration to skills and practices that they already have in their repertoire and to consider new ways to use these skills and the new skills that they will need to acquire.
By sharing social time and informal discussions over lunch and during break times, we hope to foster informal networks and personal contacts which are helpful in sustaining enthusiasm and focus during the mid- stages of your Ph.D. research. Students usually find this aspect of workshops a real boost to motivation.
During this workshop participants will:
– build awareness of current skills applicable to their doctorate and areas for further development
through acknowledging the progress already made.
– identify and apply practical tools and techniques for self-management and time management of research activities.
– understand the supervisor role in their research and how to manage this relationship through
identifying techniques to effectively communicate and develop this relationship now and in the
– recognise the difference between PT study and FT study to ensure progress is measured
realistically and rewardingly by creating an action plan to take productive steps forward to complete their doctorate

Dr Katy R Mahoney is an independent professional development coach, trainer and consultant. She specialises in project coaching, supporting researchers who want improve their productivity, self-confidence and communication skills in order deliver successful research projects on time and on budget.
If you would like to attend please contact: Academic Professional Development Team by emailing:

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 2018 East Midlands Doctoral Network Conference

The EMDOC 2018 conference is taking pace on Wednesday 19th September, at Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln).

This interdisciplinary conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with peers from across the region from all 9 university members of EMDOC as well as engage with research outside of Lincoln.

Further information will follow shortly regarding the call for papers and how to book as a delegate, please note this conference is free to attend and transport will be provided by the Doctoral School.

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EVENT: British Library’s Digital Content, Data and Services

downloadWorking with the British Library’s Digital Content, Data and Services in your Research and Teaching (University of Lincoln)

Organised by British Library Labs, History UK, and the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2018).

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio programmes, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how institutions like the British Library support the research and teaching needs of their users. Will people discover new information when they no longer have the restriction of viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the British Library build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless of whether it is a televised news report or a unique signature drawn in the margins of a map? How can we use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to evaluate and interpret the context of the item? How can we exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information found in our holdings? This is the research space that British Library Labs explores and we want to encourage researchers to work with us and share their research questions and innovative ideas around this.

This event will include a series of presentations exploring the digital collections – at the British Library and elsewhere. Presenters will examine how they have been used in various subject areas such as the Humanities, Computer Science and Social Sciences and the lessons we have learned by working with researchers who want to use them. This will be followed by discussions and feedback around potential ideas of working with the British Library’s data. The Roadshow will showcase examples of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it, and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards.

The BL Labs team is keen to learn about the services researchers, teachers and others would like to see developed at the British Library to support Digital Scholarship and there will be a presentation around some ideas that we have been developing. Delegates will be invited to discuss and give feedback, suggest improvements and present their own ideas.

Date and Time: Wednesday 16 May 2018, 12:00-17:00

Cost: Free

Location: Room AAD2W18, Art, Architecture and Design Building, University of Lincoln, 


12.00: Lunch

12:30: Kate Hill (Lincoln) – Introduction and Welcome

12:40: Mahendra Mahey (Manager, British Library Labs) – What is British Library Labs? How have we engaged researchers, artists, entrepreneurs and educators in using our digital collections –

13:00: Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill) – Remixing Digital Archives

13:30: Eleni Kotoula (Lincoln) – Digital Heritage at the Crossroads: Visualization, Virtualization & Fabrication

14:00: Sharon Webb (Sussex) – The Sussex Humanities Lab and Extending DH into the Classroom

14:30: Break

14:45: M. H. Beals (Loughborough) – Oceanic Exchanges: Building a Transnational Understanding of Digitised Newspapers

15:15: Hazel Sadler (Lincoln) – Digital technology in museums and the communication of research and exhibitions to the public

15:45: Jennifer Batt (Bristol) – When what you’re looking for isn’t there: working with digitized collections of historic newspapers

16:15: Discussion – developing Services for BL Labs at the British Library

16.45: Conclusion and wrap up

17:00: Finish and wine reception sponsored by History UK

Speaker Biographies

  • Jennifer Batt is Lecturer in Eighteenth Century English Literature at the University of Bristol; her current research focuses on the poetic cultures of periodicals.
  • M. H. Beals is a lecturer in Digital History at Loughborough University, specialising in the interaction between migration and media. Her research concentrates on the practice of scissors-and-paste journalism, an unofficial process of viral news dissemination in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and her website,, allows users to track textual reuse across an expanding number of online databases. Her current project is Oceanic Exchanges, which explores how newspapers transformed the international into the local by linking digital newspaper collections from around the world and exploring the role of digital curation in historical research.
  • Eleni Kotoula specialises in digital heritage, mainly in advanced computer visualization, digital imaging, 3D recording and modelling, virtual reconstruction and 3D fabrication, with an emphasis on the development of novel computational approaches for restoration, preventive conservation, investigation, analysis and display of artefacts. Eleni holds a BSC in Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art from the Athens University of Applied Sciences, MSc and PhD in Archaeological Computing from the University of Southampton.  Prior to her current research fellowship at the School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln, Eleni completed postdoctoral research at the University of Central Lancashire and Yale University.
  • Bob Nicholson is a historian of Victorian popular culture and a Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University. He works on the history of jokes, journalism, and transatlantic relations. He tweets @Digivictorian and @VictorianHumour.
  • Hazel Sadler is an MA student at the University of Lincoln, studying for the MA in Historical Studies. She has been designing an app that aims to encourage further on-site and off-site engagement the Imperial War Museums’ research and collections.
  • Sharon Webb is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities Lecturer in the Sussex Humanities Lab and the School of History, Art History and Philosophy. She is a historian of Irish associational culture and nationalism (eighteenth and nineteenth century) but has also studied computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Sharon has practical experience with digital archiving and digital preservation, and has contributed to the successful development of a major national digital infrastructure. Sharon’s current research interests include community archives and identity, social network analysis (method and theory), and research data management.