Take the next step with a postgraduate masterclass

The University of Lincoln is offering a series of free masterclasses in more than 20 different subject areas, giving visitors the chance to get a flavour of postgraduate study.

If you have ever considered undertaking a Master’s level qualification to enhance your skills, build your knowledge or to boost your career, the event on Saturday, 8th March is an excellent opportunity to find out more.

The series of free taster workshops and seminars will span subjects across the arts, sciences and social sciences.

Claire Mann, University of Lincoln Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for people to come and see what the University of Lincoln offers in terms of postgraduate study, and how it could progress their career. Postgraduate learning is the next step in education and is open to anyone whatever their age.”

The full list of workshops and seminars cover the following subject areas: Architecture, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Design, Graphic Design, Historical Studies, Journalism, Medieval Studies, Photography, Playwriting, Business, Child Psychology, Finance, Forensic Psychology, Global Human Rights, Social Research, Social Work, Sport Science, Animal Behaviour, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science.

The masterclass run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 8th March at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

For more information go to www.lincoln.ac.uk/pgevents

To book your place, call 01522 886644 or email pgevents@lincoln.ac.uk with your name, mobile telephone number and which subject session you would like to attend.

New courses create even more career options

Students in a labStudents interested in wildlife management, medical research, animal ecology, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine have now even more options when it comes to degree courses.

To satisfy an increased demand in science-related subjects three new BSc (Hons) degrees in Biochemistry, Zoology and Pharmaceutical Sciences are being introduced at the University of Lincoln as of September 2013.

Biochemistry is at the cutting edge of the biological sciences and has made a significant contribution to all fields of science allied to medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology.

There is a constant need for graduates with expertise in this area, who can apply their skills to problems in medicine, plus the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnological industries.

The degree examines fundamental principles relating to the chemistry of life on earth. Extensive research expertise will support the teaching of the degree.

Graduates can look forward to working in various research areas, from forensic to biomedical science, plus academic publishing and scientific sales.

Zoology is the fascinating exploration of how animals function and interact with their environment.

The degree builds on the world-leading expertise in animal science at Lincoln. Students will be taught by research-active staff at the forefront of their fields and benefit from well-equipped laboratories and frequent opportunities for field work to study animals in their natural habitat.

The School of Life Sciences also has strong links with local zoos and animal welfare organisations.

During the course students will develop key scientific skills in research methods and gain an in-depth understanding of how animals function and interact with their environment.

Career opportunities for zoology graduates include a wide array of animal-related industries such as the veterinary sciences, animal ecology and behaviour, and even science journalism.

Libby John, Head of School of Life Sciences, said: “There is a real buzz within the School about offering these degrees that allow us to build on our world-class expertise in areas of core science. We are passionate about our teaching and research in these sciences and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of zoologists and biochemists.”

The School is home to some of the most exciting and innovative research work and will be relocating to the new, multi-million pound Science andInnovationParkin 2014, which will also include the newSchoolofPharmacy.

Currently on offer for September 2013 intake is the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science. The course will introduce students to the exciting world of drug discovery, development and vigilance, ensuring graduates are ready to enter the pharmaceutical and associated industries in theUKand across the globe.

Further information on all three courses is available. To request a prospectus or to arrange to speak to an academic please call Michelle Mortimer, Marketing Intelligence and Recruitment Officer for the School of Life Sciences, on 01522 837949 or e-mail mmortimer@lincoln.ac.uk

To book a place on our next open day on 12th December visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/opendays/

 

Measuring and understanding mood in animals

Dr Oliver Burman with Riley
Dr Oliver Burman with Riley

As our knowledge of animal behaviour and cognition grows, we are becoming more effective at assessing animal welfare.

Dr Oliver Burman, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, was recently awarded a substantial grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to develop a new approach that will advance understanding in the field, particularly in respect to how we measure the moods and emotions of animals.Dr Burman is examining how animals respond to unexpected changes in the quality or quantity of rewards. Through this research, Dr Burman hopes to demonstrate that the way in which animals respond to unexpected changes can be influenced by their affective state, with animals with a more ‘positive outlook’ being faster to recover from surprising decreases in reward quantity.

The project is funded for three years, with a research team lead by Dr Burman including a post-doctoral research fellow (Dr Sarah Ellis) and a research technician.

Multi-million pound science and innovation park announced

Lincoln is to become home to some of the finest scientific minds and most innovative high-tech businesses in the UK, thanks to ambitious plans announced today (Thursday 2nd August 2012).

The University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire Co-operative are joining forces to transform a disused 10-acre site in the heart of the city into a world-class science and innovation park.

The multi-million pound project will see a substantial plot of land and buildings on Green Lane (off Tritton Road) becoming a hub of science and technology expertise and home to a mix of university and commercial enterprises in what is a first for the city.

Part of the development of the park, which is owned by Lincolnshire Co-op, is the University’s plan to locate its School of Life Sciences and the proposed new School of Pharmacy in Becor House.

Significant refurbishment of this landmark building by the University will create state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces for disciplines such as biology, biomedical science and bioveterinary science.

In addition, the University as the anchor tenant would create spin-out businesses and attract onto the site high-tech companies in the fields of pharmaceutical science and biotechnology as well as other areas of scientific and industrial development and engineering.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University, said: “This is a tremendously exciting step for the University as we strengthen and grow our science provision, and one which will bring massive benefits to the city in terms of employment and inward investment.

“Highly skilled professionals who have previously looked outside Lincolnshire for career opportunities will be attracted to the area or be encouraged to stay, and the potential to bring in new investors and high-tech businesses to boost the local economy is enormous.

“Our shared vision with Lincolnshire Co-operative is to build a vibrant and successful community of knowledge creators and businesses, working together creatively to promote enterprise, employment, investment and education in Lincoln.”

Co-locating academia and commerce will bring benefits for both, and investment in the site by the University and the Co-op could reach £14 million.

There is a range of similar successful projects nationally. Cambridge Science Park was founded in 1970 by Trinity College, Cambridge, and hosts businesses such as Toshiba and Bayer CropScience Ltd.  Biopark, near Welwyn Garden City, features companies working in various fields including the development of oncology drugs, supplying advanced medical equipment and researching new innovations in electronics.

Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Co-op Ursula Lidbetter said: “We think there’s a huge opportunity to turn this underused site into a stimulating place to work and study. It’s an ideal location for a science park as it’s so close to the University campus and Lincoln city centre.

“As a co-operative, we share our profits with our members and their communities and we want to be involved with developments like this which will bring employment opportunities and investment to the city.

“We also run 47 pharmacies across our trading area and are keen to support the proposed new School of Pharmacy. We’ll be able to offer placements to students during their courses, and then potentially job opportunities. Our pharmacists will be able to take advantage of the facilities for their professional development.”

Initial work on the complex will be completed by the end of 2013, with between 1,200 and 1,500 science students based there, along with around 100 academic and research staff.

Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor for the University’s College of Science, added: “The University is in the process of recruiting more than 20 new high profile life and pharmaceutical scientists who need access to good laboratories and offices. But alongside the academic spaces will be industrial developments and we will be looking for other organisations to partner with, following a similar model to our highly successful engineering collaboration with Siemens.”