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Educational Research PhD Student Video

Theresa Marriott is an Educational Research PhD student here at the University of Lincoln and she is currently writing up her final thesis, which focuses on the perceptions and identities of FE teachers. Theresa also delivers PGCE classes to teacher training students. A big thank you to Theresa for taking time out of her busy schedule to record this snapshot video for us and we wish her every success in her career.

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Lincoln Law Professor, Matthew Hall on the Sentencing of Oxford University Student, Lavinia Woodward

Teacher Training Information Drop-in Event

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The School of Education, in partnership with the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA) and St George’s Academy Partnership are hosting a Teacher Training information drop-in event for any students interested in primary and/or secondary teaching on Wednesday 4th October from 16.30 -18.00 in the Atrium, Minerva Building (MB) at the University of Lincoln.

Teaching Information Event flyer 4th October 2017 4.30-6.00

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Macmillan Cake Sale

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Staff from the College of Social Science have managed to raise £74.26 for Macmillan Cancer Care from the cake sale held in Bridge House on Wednesday 27th September. There was a variety of delights including sponge cake, scones and cheese straws. A huge thank you to everyone who baked, bought and contributed to this fantastic cause.

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New Study Shows That People Who Attend Concerts Are More Likely To Give To Charity

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A new study conducted by the University of Lincoln and the University of Kent indicates that those who attend cultural events, including concerts are more likely to participate in charity campaigns through either donating or volunteering, regardless of social background and income.

Dr. Julie Van de Vyver, the author of the study, stated that the statistical strength of their findings surprised them. She added that the role of the arts and its influence in society was significant enough to develop prosocial behavior.

She also added that if the arts has the power to influence and promote prosocial behaviour in people, its contribution to society should be recognised.

According to Dr. Van de Vyver, one of the probable causes of this prosocial behaviour is the shared meaning created by art among people involved in artistic events and activities. This shared meaning is able then to develop into compassion and empathy for others.

According to the co-author of the research Professor Dominic Abrams from the University of Kent, this shared meaning and experience is easy to accomplish because anyone can engage in artistic activities, regardless of where they are in the world, either directly or by observing the works of others.

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Lincoln Graduation September 2017

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As our new students are arriving it has been wonderful to reflect on how far our graduates have come and all that they have achieved in their time with us. We hope that everyone had a magical and truly memorable graduation day and that you all stay in touch and keep us up to date with your progress.

Lincoln Professor Steve McKay Wins Trip To Princeton University

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Lincoln School of Social and Political Sciences, Professor Steve McKay has been awarded a progress prize for his top-scoring submission to the Fragile Families Challenge, a mass collaboration that combines predictive modeling, causal inference, and in-depth interviews to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the US. The competition received over 3,000 submissions from more than 150 teams across the world and prize winners are invited to attend a scientific workshop at Princeton University this November.

Congratulations to Steve and we hope that he has a safe and worthwhile trip.

You can read more about the Fragile Families Challenge on their blog

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Lincoln Law Professor Duncan French Discussing Environmental Crime at UN

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Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, has recently been in Rome to attend a 2 day Experts Group Meeting organised by UN Environment (UNEP) and UN Interegional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) on combatting environmental crime.

As a member of the technical advisory group, Professor French has been involved since the beginning of the project and led conversations during the experts meeting.

The next stage is for the group to revise the document on which the project has been working, for preparation for the UN Environment Assembly, the most senior political body in the UN System exclusively focused on environmental matters.

Professor French notes: “it has been a huge honour to be involved in this process, and to develop relations not only with UN colleagues but other experts and intergovernmental officials seeking to tackle environmental crime”.

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Children Aged Three To Ten Become Latest ‘Summer Scientists’

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More than 240 children were given a taste of scientific research when they became ‘Summer Scientists’, helped by staff and students as part of a major public research event.

The annual University of Lincoln event, now in its seventh year, was held for the first time in the newly opened £19million Sarah Swift Building, which is home to the Schools of Psychology and Health and Social Care.

Children aged between three and ten years old participated in a series of accessible games and activities which explored different aspects of cognitive development, from testing visual perception, impulsive behaviour and coordination, to recognising emotion and altruism. A total of nine research games were delivered by experienced academic staff, supported by a team of around 30 student volunteers.

One game examined if there are links between how a child interprets sounds and their approach to taking risks, while another, which was a collaboration between the School of Psychology and the School of Computer Science, used a small humanoid robot called Nao to interact with children in a study which aims to improve the lives of people with autism.

Alongside the carefully structured research activities, the event featured a fun zone with face painting, science discovery games, and hook-a-duck among others.

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The popular Summer Scientist programme took place at the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool Campus between Monday and Friday last week (21st – 25th August 2017).

Organiser Dr Niko Kargas said the week had been a huge success. “Summer Scientist is a chance to show children that science can be fun, and inspire the next generation of scientists through interactive games, and also a way for us to involve our local community in the work we do as a university.

“There is also a real academic value to the week-long activities; we are collecting data through a series of research ‘games’ which will give us valuable information about a child’s cognitive and developmental psychology; why would one child respond to something one way, and another child behave differently?

“It’s also a chance for students to take an active role in research activities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, which is vital to help build their understanding of academic research as they progress through their degree – something we pride ourselves on at Lincoln.

“We were oversubscribed in just a few hours of opening bookings this year, with quite a few children who have previously participated in the event joining us again. We suspect we will have the same interest next year.”

The findings from the research games will be used to inform real academic research and be used for papers published in academic journals.

To find out more about Psychology courses at the University of Lincoln, visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/psychology

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Lincoln Psychology Research into Gambling Addiction and the Link to Childhood Trauma

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Men with problem and pathological gambling addictions are more likely to have suffered childhood traumas including physical abuse or witnessing violence in the home, according to new research.

Psychologists examined responses in a survey of more than 3,000 men on a variety of life factors, and found that just over a quarter who had probable pathological gambling problems had witnessed violence in the home as a child. Ten per cent also reported being physically abused in childhood, and a further seven per cent said they had suffered a life-threatening injury.

Problem gamblers – those who have not yet escalated to a pathological problem, but are deemed to have a more serious addiction than non-problem gamblers – also reported higher rates of childhood trauma, with just under 23 per cent saying they had witnessed violence at home, and nine per cent experiencing physical abuse. In comparison, just eight per cent of non-problem gamblers witnessed domestic violence when they were a child, and less than four per cent had suffered abuse.

The study, led by the University of Lincoln, UK, also found that 35 per cent of pathological gamblers had suffered serious money problems as adults, 29 per cent had been convicted of a criminal offence, and almost 20 per cent had experienced relationship breakdowns. In comparison, for non-problem gamblers the figures came in at just 12, 9, and 10 per cent respectively.

The pattern of people who had previously suffered traumas in childhood or stressful events as an adult becoming pathological and problem gamblers remained even when other associated risk factors, such as substance abuse and homelessness, were accounted for. Interestingly, the more serious the gambling problem, the higher the percentage of reported childhood trauma or life stressors as an adult in all but two questions.

Researchers say the findings highlight a need for gambling treatment services to include routine screening for traumatic life events or substance abuse, so that treatments can be better tailored.

Forensic psychologist Dr Amanda Roberts, from the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology, led the study. She said: “The links between gambling problems, trauma and life stressors have been known to exist for some time, but understanding the extent of these relationships will help early intervention and better treatment.

“We have found that among men in the United Kingdom, disordered gambling remains uniquely associated with trauma and life stressors in childhood and adulthood after adjusting for alcohol and drug dependence.

“Probable pathological gamblers and problem gamblers reported injuries, marital difficulties, homelessness, money problems and criminality more often than non/non-problem gamblers.  Taken as a whole, this suggests that disordered gambling does not occur on its own, but that it is perhaps symptomatic of other social, behavioural and psychological problems of some individuals.

“General experiences of stressful life events, such as job loss or homelessness in adulthood are not usually characterised by the same extreme psychological responses; this distinction is important, since associations with traumatic events might indicate increased vulnerability to developing gambling problems, while associations with other types of stressful life event, such as job loss, might indicate consequential harms associated with gambling.¡

The results build on Dr Roberts previous study which found that men who gamble are more likely to act violently towards others, with the most addicted gamblers the most prone to serious violence.

The new findings have been published in the journal Addictive Behaviours.

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