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Professor Jacqui Briggs’ Inaugural Lecture on Young People and Political Participation


We will be hosting our next Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 8th March with Professor Jacqui Briggs, who will be speaking on ‘Shaping politics or shaking politics? Young people and political participation’.

Is the political landscape changing? Are young people becoming more active? What is the reason behind that activity? Professor Jacqui Briggs’ inaugural lecture will focus upon the extent to which young people are becoming politicised – be that on an informal or a formal basis. How do they shape and impact upon the political scenario? On the other hand, do they pose a potential threat or challenge to the political system as we know it; are they shaking it up?

Jacqui Briggs begins by providing a brief autobiographical background in terms of her ‘journey’ regarding her research profile and career trajectory. She then proceeds to examine young people and politics per se before looking specifically at the topical issue of whether or not the voting age should be lowered to 16 years. This then turns to a focus upon the concept of citizenship and political education.

Next, and particularly apposite given the fortuitous timing of international women’s day (8th March), Jacqui discusses the topic of young women and political participation. Could/should young women become a potent political force? Finally, Jacqui postulates as to what the future holds in terms of young people and political participation.

The lecture will take place in the Minerva Building, MB0312 Co-op Lecture Theatre, at the University of Lincoln. Arrival is from 5.30pm for a 6pm start. The presentation will conclude at 7pm with a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking and to continue any discussions arising from the lecture.

The lecture is free to attend but booking is required. To book your place please email

International Women’s Day 2017


The Eleanor Glanville Centre has organised a host of activities to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, including a public lecture series, workshops and exhibitions

You can view the full programme of events here and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Leila Lamoureux on 5437 or

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Healthy Campus and Wellbeing Week 2017

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This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual Healthy Campus and Wellbeing Week, packed with even more events and fun activities for staff and students to take part in.

Our now established and extensive Healthy Campus & Wellbeing Week includes a variety of Sports Centre led activities, bitesize workshops, free fruit and smoothies as well as a whole host of wellbeing-related activities.

To view just some of the events we have on, please click here.

For more information about available activities and events, please visit the official Healthy Campus and Wellbeing website

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Health & Social Care Meet the Graduates


First and second year Health & Social Care students were invited to meet course graduates last night to find out what they are doing now and what they found most valuable during their time at the University of Lincoln. It was fascinating to see that graduates had gone on to pursue a range of different careers from counselling to working in the police force.

Students were invited to ask questions after the presentations and were encouraged to network over drinks after the event.

It was an inspiring and interesting evening and it was great to see so much passion from former and current Health and Social Care students.

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First Reflections on President Trump: A Roundtable

Overnight on Tuesday 8th November 2016 a political earthquake took place in the United States when Donald Trump was successfully elected the 45th President of the United States. His campaign, transition and first days in office have successively forced historians to reflect anew on what we thought were established norms of US politics. In particular, Trump has called into question the legitimacy of such doctrines as a free press, the separation of powers and judicial independence, and equal rights. He has also asserted presidential powers with surprising force given Republican control of Congress and previous reservations about Obama’s exercise of said powers. In rhetoric and reality he challenges principles of racial and gender equality which appeared on their way to becoming norms. Historians can assist in comprehending these shifts by putting Trump into the context of his predecessors.

Join us for first reflections on Trump on Mon 20th Feb 2017, 6pm, David Chiddick Building – DCB1101. Booking not required

Contributions from:

Dr Andrew Defty (University of Lincoln)
Dr Andrew Heath (University of Sheffield)
Dr Sinead McEneaney (University of St Mary’s, Twickenham)
Dr Finn Pollard (University of Lincoln)
Chair: Professor Krista Cowman (University of Lincoln)

Staff, students and members of the public all welcome

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New study looks at the female body from a woman’s perspective


A new study by University of Lincoln Psychology’s Dr Amelia Cundall and Dr Kun Guo looks at the female body from a woman’s perspective, using eye-tracking technology.

The study involved 33 female psychology undergrads who strapped on eye-tracking technology while gazing at multiple female avatars. The computer generated images ranged from size 6 to size 18 based on UK high-street dress sizes and they were either sporting tight-fitting or loose clothing. Subjects were instructed to rate the models on attractiveness and guess their dress size.

The results were found to be consistent with previous research, which is that most women spend more time looking at the waist and hip region of other women’s bodies. After that, the team found that the women spent an equal amount of time looking at the avatar’s head, upper-body and legs, and the least amount was spent gazing at the arms. However, they also discovered that the more a woman was satisfied with a particular area of their body, the less likely they were to gaze at that area on the model.

The full report can be found in the Journal of Psychological Research

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Couples on the rocks find happiness by ‘sticking it out’


Report findings show that over two thirds of parents who were unhappy following the arrival of their first born were content together 10 years on, going against the notion that people put up with unhappy relationships for the sake of their offspring.

Harry Benson of the Marriage Foundation and Steve McKay of the University of Lincoln looked at data from 10,000 parents who participated in the Millennium Cohort Study, and focused on parents who reported being unhappy not long after the birth of their first child during the period around the year 2000. The couples were asked about how they feel again 11 years later, with seven out of 10 still together and only one in 10 of the couples who were still together continuing to feel sadness. Furthermore, over a quarter of the parents who previously felt their relationship was in trouble at the beginning but stayed together later described themselves as “extremely happy”.

From the results, Benson and McKay noted that those pairs who cohabited and were on the brink of splitting up were over twice as likely as married couples to actually break-up. However, they stressed the rewards to come if parents stayed together through the difficult times.

“Contrary to popular belief, staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you ever do,” Benson explained. “Most marriages have their unhappy moments, but apart from the fortunately extremely rare cases where the relationship involves abuse, most couples can work through the difficulties to be happy later on.”

Backing these findings was Marriage Foundation head Sir Paul Coleridge, who describes the results as “myth-busting” as it proves a couple going through a rocky time as they adjust to parenthood doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t make it through to the other end.

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School of Psychology Weekly Update

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  • Evo Devo Meeting on Wednesday 8th February 2017 11am to 12 noon in Room BH0106a (Ground Floor, Bridge House).
  • PAC Meeting on Wednesday 8th February 2017, Room BH1201, Bridge House 3- 4pm.  Patrick Bourke will be discussing Parietal cortex and template formation in visual search
  • ISR Group Meeting on Wednesday 8th February 2017 11am – 12 noon in Room BH1115, Bridge House


  • Dr Julie Van der Vyver, University of Lincoln “The Arts as a Social Psychological Catalyst for Human Prosociality and Cooperation” on Wednesday 8th February 2017 in the Co-op Lecture Theatre 1.30pm to 2.30pm.  (Refreshments will be available outside the lecture theatre at 1.15pm).
  • College of Social Science Lecture Series – Professor Martin Tovee will speak on “Body Image, Eating Disorders and the Media” on Wednesday 8th February 2017, in the David Chiddick Building Lecture Theatre.  Arrival from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.  The presentation will conclude at 7pm with a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking and to continue any discussions arising from the lecture.


  • On Tuesday Roger Bretherton is in London coaching executives in the Stephen James Group (BMW) and meeting with Hintsa Performance.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, Roger is with Jamie Stephenson and Becky Park, he is delivering the fifth of eight sessions in a trial of mindfulness character strengths training to Sixth-Formers at LSST-The Priory.
  • Rachel Bromnick and Ava Horowitz presented a workshop at the HEA STEM conference ‘Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning’ Manchester Conference Centre, 1st/2nd February 2017. Their workshop was delivered to academics across the country and focused on their research findings on how to understand and prevent the potential disruption caused by students packing away at the end of lectures.


  • This week we welcome Aisha Ahmadi, a PhD student from Qatar, for her first formal meeting with me and the supervision team of Julie and Karen. She is investigating Character Strengths and Virtues in Qatari nationals.
  • Frouke Hermens had her 50th journal article accepted: Krucien, N., Ryan, M. & Hermens, F. (in press). Visual attention in multi-attributes choices: what can eye-tracking tell us? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.


  • Ian Brown – Thurs 9th and Fri 10th January 2017


There are none registered for this week.

Coffee morning this week is on Wednesday and will be at 10.30am as usual in Bridge House

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Check out the college’s Facebook page!


The College of Social Science now has a Facebook page! Please follow us to keep up to date with all of the college news and events.

You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

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New year, time for a body MOT?


In partnership with Human Resources, School of Sport and Exercise Science 3rd year undergraduate student Jess Slater is running a small clinic for any member of University staff to receive health screening assessments including height, weight, blood pressure, grip strength and peak flow. Furthermore, recommendations on how to improve your health and lifestyle are also suggested. Jess has received specific training from the academic team in the School prior to running this project and is directly supervised by Geoff Middleton.

We would be delighted if you could support a student project, so if you think you might be able to drop-by please note that the clinic will between the 3rd Feb to the 10th March (for 6 weeks) between the hours of from 11:30am – 1:30pm on Fridays (Wednesday 15th of February is also available between 12 – 2pm).

To organise a personal appointment please email Jess directly in advance

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