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Lincoln Criminology Case Study

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Background

I have graduated for a degree in Criminology which was based on extensive research methods, projects, presentations and conferences. The degree provided me with excellent foundation of knowledge and expertise on subjects such as Social Inequality, Penal Policy and the Criminal Justice System. The Criminology degree has significantly contributed to my work transferable skills. During my second year of studies I have started to volunteer for Victim Support as I wanted to put my Criminology degree to good use and gain some experience. I was always passionate about helping people, especially the most vulnerable people in our society. By volunteering for Victim support I have developed essential creativity and integrity skills.

Employment Experience

In my current role I am responsible for undertaking comprehensive assessments of clients and to commission a range of services to support identified needs. I am trained to support complex cases including Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. Since I have worked for Victim Support I supported a number of Domestic Violence clients whose English is not the first language. I have been able to communicate with clients in both English and Polish language.

Victim Support provides access to excellent inductions and learning opportunities to help you develop and grow in your role.

Best Career Advice

My best advice is to get as much experience as you can before you graduate. This will allow you to acquire and develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed for your dream job. I would also suggest choosing something that you are interested in. There are a lot of websites which can be used in helping you to find the right voluntary role, placement or work experience.

Victim Support is always looking to recruit new volunteers who would be fully trained before going to the new role. All new volunteers are expected to take 5 days core training. After completing the core training you may choose to go on further training such as ; Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Hate Crime as well as supporting children and young people.

You can learn more about Lincolnshire Victim Support, including information about how to volunteer on their website

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Principal Lecturer in Psychology Dr Garry Wilson Elected Dean of LALT

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The first elected Dean of the Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT) will be Dr Garry Wilson, Principal Lecturer in Psychology.

Garry was successfully elected following an open vote within the teaching and learning community at Lincoln and will serve an 18-month-term as Dean. Garry will take up his new position later this summer.

Dr Garry Wilson said: “To have been shortlisted alongside colleagues of the standing and expertise as the other candidates was a great honour, so you can imagine my delight to have been elected as the inaugural Dean of LALT. This role is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to bring together colleagues’ expertise and views on Learning and Teaching in the University and I look forward to working with you all over the 18 months of my tenure.”

Four candidates were selected for the election which was led through Academic Board – these were Ms Lisa Gaughan, Dr Kirsty Miller, Dr John C Murray and Dr Garry Wilson. More than 250 colleagues voted in the election, the highest turn out for an Academic Board election to date.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Sue Rigby said: “I would like to congratulate Garry and his fellow candidates for an outstanding election. The calibre of the four candidates was exceptional, and a true reflection of the teaching quality at Lincoln. It was a closely fought contest, and I would like to thank every colleague who engaged in the election process.

“Garry brings significant experience of teaching at Lincoln and exemplifies the importance of student engagement in his work. As LALT continues to embed within the University community, we look forward to working closely with Garry and his team to continue to build our reputation for teaching innovation and good practice.”

On behalf of the College we’d like to congratulate Garry on his new post and we wish him the very best of luck

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Linc On Staff Rewards Stand in the Atrium

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University of Lincoln Rewards team have a stand in the Atrium today to promote the new Linc On scheme, which offers various discounts and benefits for University staff. There will be plenty of freebies up for grabs as well as a chance to win in their competition.

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For more information about Linc On and to register, just go to the website

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University of Lincoln Ranked in Top 50 by Complete University Guide 2018!

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We are delighted to see that the University of Lincoln has been ranked in the top 50 by the Complete University Guide 2018, which rates universities on quality measures important to students, including overall student satisfaction and graduate prospects.

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The ranking recognises individual courses, taking into account, among other things, student-staff ratio, research quality/intensity and facilities spend. We were particularly excited to see that the School of Sport and Exercise Science had jumped a massive 13 places since last year to be ranked 19th in the UK! A huge achievement of which we are all incredibly proud.

You can view the full rankings at the Complete University Guide website.

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Lincoln Law Graduate Case Study

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Background

I came to the University of Lincoln in September 2006 having lived in Lincolnshire since the age of ten. Whilst at University, I took an active role in the Law Clinic and the Law Society, although from what I can see of the current Law Society things have grown vastly since I graduated.

During University I was offered a fortnight’s placement at a law firm where my parents lived in Sutton on Sea called Grange Wintringham. I worked mostly in the conveyancing and private client departments and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the end of my placement I asked whether it would be possible for me to come back and they offered me a paid position to do holiday cover whenever I wasn’t at University. I did this for three years.

After University I went to Nottingham Law School where I completed my LPC. In the summer of 2010 I was offered a permanent position with Grange Wintringham initially as their receptionist and branch cashier. I then went on to pick up dictations for the conveyancing and private client departments when the reception was quiet. This progressed to me dealing with all registrations for all properties that the office completed.

Around Easter of 2011 (almost a year after finishing my LPC) I received a telephone call from a firm called Frearsons based in Skegness asking if I would like to come in to discuss a training contract. Traditionally Frearson’s didn’t take on Trainees, but when I was 16, my school organized a week’s work experience with them. Not long after starting my LPC, I sent my CV (noting this work experience) and a covering letter to the managing partner enquiring as to a training contract anyway. As I didn’t hear from them, I thought that the letter had been unsuccessful until I received this phone call almost two years later out of the blue.

I initially started with Frearsons on a three month probationary period with my training contract being signed at the end of it.

I had six months’ time to count towards my training contract so 18 months later I qualified as a solicitor. Unfortunately Frearsons were making redundancies at the time so they were unable to offer me a position as a qualified solicitor.

I duly signed up to an agency who managed to procure me three interviews for newly qualified private client solicitor positions and I got two job offers on the back of it. I chose to come to Chattertons where I am now.

I have worked for Chattertons for four years now and last year received a promotion to Associate Solicitor

Employment Experience

My current role is heavily client facing. It is usual for me to meet with at least 3 or 4 clients a day. My main role is to deal with Private Client enquiries, this includes, Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Trusts and Tax. Every client who comes in has different requirements and so every day is different. I may think a client is coming in to talk to me about a simple Will and it turns out that they actually need to have advice about inheritance tax planning, or they need help with a complicated trust arrangement.

As part of my job I do a lot of home and hospital visits.

As a solicitor I am expected to do a certain level of marketing and networking. This is incorporated into my job role and can be anything from attending a structured networking event, to a country show, to taking a contact out for lunch. As I have progressed in my career, my marketing strategy has changed. When I first came to Chattertons, I did much more structured networking to get my name out and to meet contacts. Now that I am established in the firm, I concentrate on much more personal one to one networking and getting to know contacts over a coffee or lunch. I also write articles for the firm’s website.

I absolutely love working for Chattertons, there are lots of benefits to working for them. I have found that they are extremely flexible and appreciate that you need a work/life balance. They have recently introduced benefits for all staff including BUPA Private Health Cover and Death in Service Benefit that just gives some reassurance that my family would be looked after if I wasn’t here.

Using University of Lincoln’s Career Services

Careers Services used: Assistance with CV Writing; Interviewing Practice; Attendance at Law Fairs

I found the assistance invaluable to ensure that my CV was set out correctly. A CV is usually the first thing that a prospective employer sees and it is important that it is right.

It is also key that you practice for an interview. You need to make sure that you come across as confident and the only way to do that is through practice!

When I was at the University, they put on trips to various law fairs and I would recommend that you take them up on that. You will get to learn about the different types of practices that are out there and see what type of practice is for you. For me, I wanted to be able to enjoy family life as well as have a career, so it was fairly obvious early on that I wasn’t going to go to London and work for a city firm. You will also be able to hone those networking skills as you start to meet new people, that will become invaluable for your career going forward.

Best Career Advice

My best advice is to never give up. You may think that all of the applications are going to come to nothing, but you never know when an employer will pick up your CV and covering letter and give you a call.

I also recommend that you apply for any job in a solicitor’s office just to get some experience of what it is like to work for them. It doesn’t matter in the job is not what you envisage doing forever. This will give you invaluable insight into the workings of a law firm and it might open up other opportunities for you such as internal positions that may become available. Chattertons do take on trainees on a regular basis, but they are also keen to promote their paralegals to trainees if they show an aptitude for the job.

Find more information about the University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service here

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A Carnival of Connectedness: Lincoln Psychology Undergraduate Visits the Edinburgh Science Festival

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University of Lincoln psychology undergraduate, Maddi Pownall explores the concept of ‘connectedness’ and life and death in an online world at the  Edinburgh Science Festival. During her three day taster, Maddi attended talks and exhibitions and took part in sessions which invited her to explore taste and smell.

You can read Maddi’s full article here in the Psychologist

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Happy Easter!

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We hope that everyone has a lovely and relaxing Easter break. The college office will be closed from Friday 14th – Tuesday 18th April but we will respond to any enquires when we return on Wednesday.

Eye movement research could hold the key to early Parkinson’s diagnosis

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The way people with Parkinson’s use their eyes to complete simple tasks in both the real world and working at computers is being investigated by neuroscientists – and the findings could help early diagnosis and improve their quality of life.

Neuroscientists at the University of Lincoln have been investigating markers specific to Parkinson’s, including jerky movements of the eyes – termed “multi-stepping”.

Using specialist software to monitor tiny but significant eye movements when sat at a computer, they found that people with Parkinson’s are more easily distracted, and do not organise their eye movements as efficiently as people without the condition during problem solving and memory tasks.

Researchers are now also using portable eye trackers to examine natural eye movements in real world tasks to improve understanding of how the condition affects day-to-day life.

The ongoing research is being highlighted as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week (10th – 16th April 2017), which aims to shine a light on the progressive neurological condition. One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s – or around 127,000 people in the UK.

Parkinson’s has no known cause and currently there is no cure. Symptoms are controlled using a combination of drugs, therapies and occasionally surgery. What is known is that people with Parkinson’s do not produce enough of the chemical dopamine because nerve cells in their brain have died; without dopamine, movements become slower, and the loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear.

Lead researcher, Professor Tim Hodgson, who has just been appointed Branch President for the Lincoln and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK for 2017-18, said the findings have the potential to help in the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s and the assessment of cognitive impairments. Such diagnosis tools could also help those with the condition understand the subtle ways symptoms might affect them.

Professor Hodgson, Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln has led the research over the past four years with help from the Lincoln and District branch of the charity Parkinson’s UK.

“Many everyday tasks require us to make links between what we see and where we look with our eyes, so that we are able to switch between different tasks, such as making a cup of tea, reading the newspaper and then answering the telephone,” said Professor Hodgson.
“We also have to use these visual skills to learn new things, such as preparing a new recipe or learning a new game. Because of the changes to the way the brain works in someone with Parkinson’s, they may have problems learning new visuo-spatial tasks over and above the obvious difficulties – for example shaking – the condition causes with movement.

“This has been a long standing research interest off and on since my days as a post-doctoral research fellow at Charing Cross Hospital in London.”

Participants with and without Parkinson’s were asked to perform a computerised eye movement task where they were given a series of rules such as looking to the left when a black dot appeared on the screen, or centralising their gaze when presented with a red stimulus. The eye tracker equipment then monitored how closely they were able to follow the rules, and how much their eyes moved.

The study showed that people with Parkinson’s were slower to learn a new instructions compared with participants without the disease, suggesting that the brain circuits and chemicals affected in people with Parkinson’s play a role in this ability. The study is now also using portable devises to monitor how the eyes work in the real world.

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Lincoln Sport & Exercise Science Student Becomes Powerlifting Medallist!

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Congratulations to Alex Jackson who took third place in a very competitive 72-kg class at the recent British University Powerlifting Championships. Alex achieved personal bests in all three lifts (Squat, Bench and Deadlift) including a British junior record of 178 kg in the Deadlift!

Alex, who is in her first year of the BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning in Sport programme, is also a Sports Scholar at the University and is coached by Senior Lecturer Tom Gee:
“My experience at the British University Championships was a positive one: I was able to compete against athletes of varying abilities and ages and did so successfully with the help of Tom Gee. To be able to compete through the University with a high-level coach at my side enabled me to produce a competitive performance that placed me third overall.”

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Lincoln Professor talking Sustainable Development in South Africa

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Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School and Professor of International Law, has recently attended the third meeting of the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development seminar organised by the Regional African Law and Human Security Programme (RALHUS).

Professor French presented a paper on contemporary case-law on sustainable development, including both international jurisprudence and domestic decisions. He reflected on the significant developments in the case-law, in the field of domestic courts holding States to account on the issue of climate change and, internationally, in developments on the legal principle of due diligence.

Nevertheless, Professor French cautioned against a wholesale endorsement of recent case-law, noting the recent decision of the International Court in the joined cases of Costa Rica v Nicaragua / Nicaragua v Costa Rica (2015) and creeping legal formalism. Thus he left the workshop with a question; are we seeing a maturity in the environmental jurisprudence or is there risk of sterility in the guise of meeting specified procedural steps?

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