Inspiring look into life after University of Lincoln

We held a School of Life Sciences ‘Meet the Graduates’ event at the University of Lincoln to give our students an insight into what post-university life is really like.

From going onto a Masters, a Masters-in research, a PhD or starting up your own business, this MtG event left everyone feeling motivated and inspired.


•  MPhil/PhD student Joseph Brown

•  Masters by Research student Benedict Chivers

•  MSc Biotechnology student Deborah Hart

•  PhD student Karen Hornigold

•  Sandra Murphy owns her own business, Equidiet



Be your own boss

IMG_1358Sandra Murphy had a great idea for a product in the beginning of her career, took the idea to Dragon’s Den and was unsuccessful and ‘lost everything’. But what she did come out with, was learning experience. She knew she needed to go back to school, so she did.

Sandra says: “Life is like a river, why paddle up stream and make it harder for yourself when you can go down stream and fgo with the flow.”

She learned her trade, got the credibility with her degree, made sure it was her passion and loves what she does.

Sandra now owns her own company Equidiet and is selling her product, EquidGel. A must-have in any horses diet.

“I learned by falling over and getting back up again. It’s all about trial and error. Be confident in yourself and what you want to do, you are the one who can bring yourself out, and you have to be bold.

“Things come to you if you go down the route you’re supposed too.

“If you’re passionate about what you do, it gives you the energy. It is hard, you have to work hard in the beginning. You need to stand out, ask questions, write things down and do the research. You can’t sit back and wait for it all to come to you.”

Looking at a PhD?


Joseph found out that research plans and ideas can fall through. But he is now looking at chicken environments, it has been taken up by a paid-for scheme and he has travelled all over the world for conferences. He is now working in collaboration with London Imperial College.




IMG_5948Get as much experience you can

Ben is working with an academic on his Masters by research and through his established work in the lab and experience he gained during his time as a student, he was chosen to work on key projects within the School of Life Sciences.

It’s not too late

Deborah didn’t have an easy student experience when she broke her jaw as an undergraduate and had a lot of time out of university. She applied herself in other ways, making up the time by volunteering in university projects and she says it is the best thing that could have happened. Two days after graduating, she was teaching A-Level Chemistry due to her involvement in demonstrations throughout the year.



If you can, you will

Karen Hornigold took on conservation projects when she left university, which then lead to a staff position in Honduras. She did a research Masters and took on a European Volunteer Service 12-months scheme on a Bear and Wolf Project. Karen was able to go back there as a staff member to work on other projects and has completed a PhD, been to world-wide conferences and released work in publications and also helps in demonstrator teaching.


With the introduction of Postgraduate Loans for 2016/17, a Postgraduate degree is more attainable than ever. Find out how you can study your Masters or Masters by Research at the University of Lincoln.

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.”