The School of Life Sciences ranks highly in NSS 2017 Results

Students have rated the University of Lincoln in the top 20 in the UK for academic support, learning resources and learning community and was also ranked in the top third of institutions in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

The School of Life Sciences scored highly, with rankings listed below.

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (NSS subject area – Animal Science) – Animal Sciences at the University of Lincoln ranked number 1 in the UK for academic support, with 100% of students studying BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare stating they are satisfied overall according to the National Student Survey 2017.
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (NSS subject area – Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry) – Biochemistry at the University of Lincoln ranked number 1 in the UK for overall satisfaction and learning resources, second for academic support, and third for learning community according to the National Student Survey 2017.
  • BSc (Hons) Biology (NSS subject area – Biology) – Biology at the University of Lincoln ranked in the top 20% in the UK for academic support and learning opportunities, with 100% of students stating that staff are available when they are needed according to the National Student Survey 2017.
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (NSS subject area – Other subjects allied to Medicine) – 100% of students studying BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at the University of Lincoln agreed the course was intellectually stimulating, and the subject ranked in the top 20% in the UK for academic support according to the National Student Survey 2017.
  • BSc (Hons) Biovetinary Science (NSS subject area – Animal Science) – Animal Sciences at the University of Lincoln ranked number 1 in the UK for academic support, and 100% of students studying BSc (Hons) Biovetinary Science stated they have access to course-specific resources when needed according to the National Student Survey 2017.
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology (NSS subject area – Zoology) – Zoology at the University of Lincoln ranked number 1 in the UK for assessment and feedback, learning opportunities and organisation and management, and second in the UK for academic support, learning community, learning resources and student voice according to the National Student Survey 2017.

Find out more about the School of Life Sciencesor take a look at our Undergraduate Programmes on offer.

Careers Roadshow for Life Sciences

Come along to our Science Careers Roadshow on March 17th, 12-3pm in Joseph Banks Laboratories, First Floor and JBL3c01.

This event is dedicated solely to the Schools of Life Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy and hosted by the University of Lincoln’s Careers & Employability team.

Don’t miss out on information on:

•             Careers & Employability information

•             CV Session – 1-2pm, JBL3Co1

•             Postgraduate Information

•             Latest graduate opportunities

•             Placements and internships

•             Printed careers material


Five paid-for Studentships in Life Sciences on offer! Apply now


We’re offering a variety of PhD projects across biological sciences including: Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Microbiology, Forensic Anthropology, Biology and Zoology.

Of the ten advertised projects, five applicants, on five projects will be selected for funding, contingent upon the strength of the applicants.

Our Studentships are open to UK, EU and Overseas Students, Tuition Fees are included. Students will get a Stipend/Living allowance of £14,296 per annum. You will start 1st October 2016 and the Studentship will last 36 months.

Applications close 1st April – Apply now to not miss out!


Take a look at the projects on offer below.

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1. Linking phenotypes with genotypes for canine chemosensory perception


Dr Malgorzata Pilot


2. Next generation analyses using next-generation DNA sequencing: testing theory for the population genomics of microbes

Contact Dr Matthew Goddard



3.  Protein conformational switches

Contact Dr Enrico Ferrari


4. Evaluating resistance mechanisms of the newly discovered antibacterial Texiobactin

Contact Dr Edward Taylor


5. Cell-to-cell communication in the diabetic kidney – keeping the art of conversation alive

Contact Dr Claire Hills


6. Characterisation of T-cells infiltrating the Type 1 diabetic islet

Contact Dr Michael Christie


7. Using virtual reality to investigate ‘protean’ anti-predator behaviour

Contact Dr Tom Pike


8. Identifying genome-wide transcriptional determinants of Alzheimer’s disease progression

Contact Dr Humberto Gutierrez


9.  State-dependent ageing and senescence across multiple traits

Contact Dr Carl Soulsbury


10.  Genetic basis of Morbillivirus resistance in Mediterranean striped dolphins: a 20 year time series immunogenomic and toxicology analysis, with emphasis on the effect of anthropogenic pollutants

Contact Dr Andre Moura



Candidates must have a good honours degree, or a relevant Masters degree or equivalent. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required, where appropriate.

To apply:

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the named main supervisor for each of these to discuss the details of the project and suitability for application before submitting formal expression of interest.

Formal expressions of interest can be made by emailing your CV and a covering letter to the listed supervisor for that project. Please quote Reference: CS2016LS on all correspondence.


Eye-opening trip to Guatemala inspires PhD student research


University of Lincoln PhD student Ryan Austin went on an enriching and inspirational trip to Guatemala for his MSc Forensic Anthropology course, and is taking his research back in time to make some historic discoveries of the Guatemalan conflict.

Ryan’s research topic is ‘Identifying the missing; Utilising Strontium Isotopes for Geolocation; the voice of Guatemalas forgotten’ and he will be using Inductively Coupled Plasma- Mass Spectrometry to analyse the remains of individuals involved in the Guatemalan conflict of 1960 – 1996. Using strontium isotope ratios, most specifically strontium 87/86, will allow individuals to be separated based on the areas where they spent their lives.

This for the subject area represents a clear example of a scientific project with a clear humanitarian aim. Ryan will be working alongside the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) in the hope of repatriating those who were disappeared during the troubles. The majority of the attacks were aimed at the indigenous Maya with the Historical Clarification Commission (CEH) reporting that out of the 200,000 reported victims 83% were indigenous.

In terms of identification, when DNA fails many of these communities can be recognised by their clothing whose patterns are characteristic to the area of origin. However in many instances clothing has degraded due to the conditions of the burial such as bug activity and moisture.

Isotopes offer an objective method to determine the areas where these individuals lived during their lifetime. This allows ante-mortem data collection (information regarding a missing person) to be focused to these areas and increases the probability of individuals being reunited with their families and communities.

We will keep you up to date on Ryan’s discoveries as his research continues.

If you’re interested in Postgraduate study, click here to see Ryan explaining why Further Education could be the right choice for you.

Looking to go into postgraduate study?

RyanAustinWe spoke to MSc Forensic Anthropology student Ryan Austin who was awarded a Joseph Banks Scholarship to continue his studies here at University of Lincoln.

Ryan boasts the positives, saying: “The Forensic Anthropology course and the lecturers are brilliant; it’s a very hands-on course and the lecturers experience is fundamental.

“We’ve got experts in Forensic Anthropology and Disaster Victim Identification. We can develop the course and make sure it’s for the students and made for them rather than it being stale and the same every year.”

PhDs can be heavily research-based, but Ryan says not to let it put you off, adding: “It’s brilliant and really interesting, but hard work.”

For anyone looking into postgraduate courses, he advised: “Look at the universities interests and see what they’re doing, see what the lecturers are doing and their skills set and what their current research topics are. You can then see if any of your ideas fit in with their current research interests.”

There are a range of scholarships on offer to help fund your postgraduate degree here at Lincoln.

“I did mine through the Joseph Banks Scholarship, which was a very short application where you outline your method and research interests and go through the interview process, and then you find out if you’re accepted.”

Ryan is hoping to get the university interested in his research topics when it comes to the REF 2020 and wants to one day become a lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

See more information on postgraduate scholarships here.