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The Ethics of Environmental Lawyers: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Dr Steven Vaughan, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London, is giving the first annual Weeramantry Environmental Law and Justice lecture on Wednesday 7th March 2018 entitled: “The Ethics of Environmental Lawyers”. It will take place in the moot court, Bridge House, 5pm.

The lecture is named after His Hon. Christopher Weeramantry, former judge of the International Court of Justice, who opened the Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law and Justice in 2015, and sadly passed away in 2017.

This lecture is free to attend but space will be limited.

Rob Goemans and Nigel Horner give talk on the history of Lincoln’s Asylum


Rob Goemans (Senior Lecturer) and Nigel Horner (Head of School) from the School of Health and Social Care were invited by Stokes to give a talk on the history of the building at The Lawns that Stokes have now moved their coffee business into. The University’s Lincoln Lunatic Asylum Project, led by Rob, is carrying out research analysing the original documents seeking to understand how identity and madness was constructed and understood in Lincoln’s asylum. The Lincoln Lunatic Asylum (LLA) opened in 1820 and, in 1837, became the first asylum in the country to achieve total abolition of mechanical restraint.

The talk, which focussed on the establishment of the asylum, and the factors which influenced the abolition of mechanical restraint, proved highly popular, with attendees filling the old asylum’s ballroom to capacity, around 120 people.

The university will be working with Stokes to develop information boards and leaflets to inform visitors of the history of the building. Anyone wishing for further information about the project may contact Rob via

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Graduating Students: Sign Up For The Employability Bootcamp

When: Date: 30th-31st May 2017
Where: David Chiddick Building, University of Lincoln

The annual Employability Bootcamp is an event aimed at third year and Masters students who are about to graduate from the College of Social Science.

The aim of the conference is to allow you to pick up some extra skills to enhance your CV and support you in the best way possible before you go on to work or further study.

You can attend as many sessions as you want – you can treat the even like a conference and attend everything we offer, or you can simply drop-in to the sessions you feel would benefit you the most.

Best of all… it’s completely free!

If that sounds good to you, head over to the website to have a look at some of the sessions we will be offering, and then fill out the simple form on the Registration page to book your place.

Don’t forget to check out the video below for more information.



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Capabilities pathway questions for service user / carers

Mo Ray, the Research Director for the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln, is conducting a study and would like the feedback of members of the public who are service users or carers for older people. Attached is a feedback form containing a few very short series of questions for the completion of service users / carers in relation to the capabilities for social work with older people. If you are able to spend a few moments of your time to read the attached sheet which details the study, followed by just a few questions we would be very grateful. The deadline for any responses is 25th March 2017.

“My name is Mo Ray and I am the Research Director for the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. I am a member of a special interest group which has been trying to raise the profile and importance of high-quality social work with older people. The Chief Social Worker for Adults has now asked the British Association of Social Work (BASW) to develop a set of capabilities for social work with older people. They will be developed in conjunction with older citizens, older people who use services, carers and other people such as social workers. 
We have been asked to comment on a number of questions and very much hope that you will be able to take a few minutes to answer them, based on your experiences and views. There are no right or wrong answers. They will be used to inform the initial development of the capabilities.
We are hopeful that BASW will host a forum event in Lincolnshire to launch the draft capabilities in the summer and we will hope to invite interested members to come along to that event.”
We welcome your feedback via email, by either writing your response to the questions on the sheet provided or by sending an email stating the question you are responding to. Responses should be directed to either . If you would prefer to print off the attached and write your response, a freepost return address is available by popping NEA936 on the address line.
Please download the questionnaire here:

Lincoln Psychology academic published by The Conversation


Dr Kay Ritchie, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, has recently had an article published by, looking at the challenges faced by facial recognition technology.

The article, “The trouble with facial recognition technology (in the real world)”, which can be read HERE, was written in collaboration with Robin Kramer of the University of York and highlights both the shortcomings of current facial recognition technology as well as the general difficulties humans have in recognizing unfamiliar faces.

 “In general, passport officers are no better than university students when matching unfamiliar people – and research shows that training in this area doesn’t seem to make a difference – you’ve either got it or you haven’t.”

To read the article in full, please visit The Conversation website.

Dr Ritchie can be found on Twitter @kayritchiepsych, as well as on ReasearchGate.

[The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.]

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Lincoln psychology representitives win prize for RAISE workshop

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The RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement) annual two-day conference was held at Loughborough University in September 2016. There was a strong representation from staff and students from the College of Social Science, making presentations on a variety of teaching and learning research pertaining to student engagement.

Dr Rachel Bromnick, Dr Ava Horowitz and former student Megan Kemp from the School of Psychology, ran a workshop based on their SEED funded project looking at the problem of students packing away their belongings before their university lecturer has finished talking. Their research applied Conversation Analysis as a way into understanding why this behaviour occurs, what triggers it and how it might be managed.

Their lively workshop was well attended and their presentation went on to win the prize for the best presentation of the conference, as voted for by delegates. The RAISE committee congratulated the team and said that delegates were fulsome in their praise about how good the workshop was.

The college would like to extend their congratulations to Dr Rachel Bromnick, Dr Ava Horowitz and Megan Kemp on their prize winning workshop, as well as our thanks to all the Social Science staff and students who attended the conference to present their hard work.

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College Online Media Team Blog

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The online Media Development Team for the College of Social Science have launched a blog site with the mission of providing a one-stop shop for staff enquiries.

The site will see the inclusion of helpful tips and tricks for the use of online tools such as social media and blogs, as well as quick start video guides, a central repository of help guides, and useful contacts and links.

The team can be contacted directly through the contact form on the ‘About The Team’ page, and new posts will be going up over the following weeks. Please have a look through the ‘FAQ’ page, as well as the rest of the content on there, and if you have any suggestions about other guides you’d want to see featured, please let them know.

The site can be found HERE – please make sure you add it to your favourites / bookmarks.

Sarah Swift Building Update, Nov 2016

Following on from last month’s topping out ceremony the new £19 million Sarah Swift Building has seen more rapid progress. Through all weathers, the construction company has forged ahead with the project which will provide a new state-of-the-art home for the schools of Psychology and Health & Social Care, each of them being brought together under one roof for the first time.

There is still lots to be done, but so far the progress made has been remarkable, and we are all looking forward to its completion next year. The roof is in place, external walls are going on, glass is being delivered, and the internal structure is beginning to take shape. The building is beginning to look more whole, but if you can’t wait until next year to see it completed you can get a feel for what the finished building will look like in the short animated video below.

The new building is named after Dame Sarah Swift GBE RRC, nurse and founder of the College of Nursing (now the Royal College of Nursing), born in Kirton Skeldyke in south Lincolnshire. It will be located next to the David Chiddick building – the current home of the College Executive Office, School of Law, and Lincoln International Business School – and will be accessible via Brayford Wharf E, as well as connecting to St Marks Street via Brayford Way and the High Street.

Below is a short gallery of recent photos provided by the Estates team, more of which can be viewed on their website HERE.

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Second Year Student Published by The Psychologist

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Second year psychology student and blogger, Maddi Pownall has had an article published by the British Psychological Society’s publication The Psychologist.

The article titled “New voices: Slam science”, published on The Psychologist blog page, looks at the language of slam poetry and its appeal to both literary academics and psychologists with Maddi stating:

“The psychological mechanisms at play in the act of slam poetry are vast. Self-expression, emotional capacity and the pursuit of meaning in contemporary culture are all in force when enacting a slam poem.”

Maddi had previously had a letter relating to the topic of School Skirt Bans published in the August edition of the Magazine, and republished on their website. It is a fantastic achievement from one of our students for which the School of Psychology as well as the College of Social Science would like to congratulate her.

To read the article in full please visit The Psychologist website.

Maddi can be found on Twitter @maddi_pow, and on her own blog Thought Bubbles (Twitter: @1thoughbubbles). She will also have another article published in PsychTalk Magazine’s January edition, and hopefully many more to come.

College of Social Science Graduate Prize Giving


September saw another great graduation week for the University, but as with every graduation the college also took the time to recognise the excellent efforts of those students who have gone above and beyond while studying for their degrees.

The prize giving ceremonies took place on Tuesday 6th, and Wednesday 7th September, with students from the schools of Law, Psychology, Health & Social Care, Social & Political Science, Sport & Exercise Science being honoured.

The events were well attended by staff and family and were a brilliant addition to an already exciting and busy week for the College.

We would once again like to thank the members of staff who nominated the students, and to congratulate the students themselves who received their prizes.

You can see more pictures from the events in the gallery below.


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