Social Engagement with Parkinson’s community in Lincolnshire

Research within the College of Science is central to our mission. Our research aims to be relevant to the field it relates to, and something that will make a difference to local, national and international communities. Research is not only crucial in underpinning our academic agendas, it is vital to the economic success and social fabric of society. This engagement opportunity has been supported by public engagement for all with research at Lincoln, PEARL

In January, our School of Pharmacy held a research event, which was focused on Parkinson’s Disease (PD). For those who may not have heard of Parkinson’s, it is a degenerative neurological condition, in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over time.

The aim of the event was to explore and improve the health issues amongst the Parkinson’s Community in Lincolnshire. Attending the event was researchers, clinical pharmacists/ health care practitioners, current pharmacy students, and people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their careers.

During the event, attendees had the chance to network, offering them the opportunity to create new friendships and learn about each other’s experiences. The first session allowed individuals to discuss their journey, from the diagnosis to the daily challenges they now face. Following this, an artistic/self-expression activity session which was held, as this is often a form of therapy for people with PD.

We heard from Dr Richard Ngomba, lead PEARL grant recipient within the School of Pharmacy and Honorary clinical research fellow at ULHT, Lincoln County hospital, to hear his thoughts on the event. 

“What was the reason behind holding this event?”

“It’s just a combination of many factors, no doubt yes it’s intellectual curiosity but it seems more like a sort of innate call really, to take care of people and to understand where their needs lie, then to work out with them the best solutions required to improve their wellbeing as they face the various challenges within the system.”

“Following the event, what did we learn?”

“I have to admit that I am still learning all the time, and what I have gathered on this occasion is that communication between patients and healthcare providers is essential. The togetherness of people living with PD, their families and friends are central to ensuring that everybody is well represented and heard throughout all the stages of patients’ care. Health providers need to learn more from the patients and their families.”

We also heard from one of the attendees, who commented on the event.

“I found the session very informative and unlike most social gatherings, which I wouldn’t usually attend because of my PD Symptoms. I didn’t feel uncomfortable amongst strangers. I hope in the future, there will be further opportunities like this as I found it beneficial in many ways.”

For more information on Parkinson’s Disease, please click here. Or if you or someone you know would like to take part in future sessions, please get in touch with our College of Science Marketing Team by emailing,

STEM Christmas Lectures 2022

STEM Christmas Lectures 2022

“I could use a little social interaction” – The Grinch

If you’re feeling a little bit like The Grinch, why not join us the week beginning Monday 12 December, for our annual STEM Christmas Lecture Series?  

This series aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and will showcase our expertise in key STEM subjects.

We will be offering both virtual and in-person lectures across the week streamed via our YouTube channel and on our beautiful Brayford Campus, giving everyone the opportunity to experience a taste of teaching at Lincoln.

So, if you have any interest in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science, then why not come along?

The full schedule of talks can be found below:


Date Time Talk Speaker  Watch
Monday 12 December 1.00 to 1.45pm Santa’s Little Helper – Robots picking, packing and delivering Professor Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems Watch Live
Tuesday 13 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm How to Grow a Moon Dr Phil Sutton, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics Watch Live
Wednesday 14 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm A Pet’s View of Christmas Professor Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine Watch Live
Wednesday 14 December 6.00pm to 7.50pm Fish Tales: The History and Physics of the Goldfish Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics

Professor Anna Marie Roos, Professor of the History of Science and Medicine

Isaac Newton Building

Lecture Theatre INB0114

Thursday 15 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm Fantastic Festive Food National Centre for Food Manufacturing Team Watch Live
Friday 16 December 1.00pm to 1.45pm Santa the High Risk Traveller (Travel Health) Dr Ian Heslop, Acting Head of School of Pharmacy Watch Live


We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Biomedical Science Day 2022

Did you know today is Biomedical Science Day?

No, I hear you say. Well, let me tell you a bit about it. 

Biomedical Science Day is organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for biomedical scientists, laboratory support staff and students. The day is held on the birthday of IBMS founder, Albert Norman (1881-1964), and aims to raise the profile of biomedical science and to show that it is at the heart of patients’ healthcare.

Here at the University of Lincoln, we understand the importance of Biomedical Science and inspiring our next generation of scientists, whether that be through research and/or teaching.

Today we are celebrating by showcasing some of our students and staff. Hear from them and discover why Biomedical Science may be the course for you.

For more information on our BSc (Hons) and MBio Biomedical Science Courses, please visit –

Thank GAMES It’s Friday!

There’s nothing better than that Friday feeling, right? Well, that feeling gets even better on Friday 29 April, if your a lover of everything games computing!

Start your weekend on a high, as you join our academics from the School of Computer Science for their ‘Thank GAMES It’s Friday’ event.

This event aims to give you the opportunity to ask our academics about studying Games Computing at the University of Lincoln, whilst enjoying a game…or two.

There is no need to register, just simply tune into their YouTube channel here, at 5pm on Friday.

So get ready to hang up your ‘CAUTION GAMING IN PROGRESS’ sign and we look forward to welcoming you!

Congratulations to Liam Mason

Last week, Liam Mason, one of our PhD students from our School of Computer Science won the CHI best paper award. Well done Liam!

We spoke to Liam, to get an insight into his best paper titled “Including the Experiences of Physically Disabled Players in Mainstream Guidelines for Movement-Based Games”.

“In this chi paper titled “Including the Experiences of Physically Disabled Players in Mainstream Guidelines for Movement-Based Games”. We highlight how movement-based video games can be entertaining and have the potential to encourage players to be more physically active. However, current design guidelines for such games, are overwhelmingly geared toward non-disabled players, in this work we draw from interviews and an online survey with wheelchair users to contextualize and expand existing guidelines in this field.

This was my last paper submission to a conference as part of my PhD and I have had a very good run with papers being accepted throughout but no awards until this, so it is a really great way to finish my PhD.

This chapter of my work was the most challenging – some of these interviews were nearly 3 hours long! So getting an award for best paper really gives me the confidence for passing! But it’s important to note, I couldn’t do it without the expertise of my co-authors, we went through many many iterations, working all the way through lockdown so I really appreciate the effort they put in too!”

You can watch his favourite video on YouTube here, more information on the award can also be found on the CHI website.


British Science Week 2022

Before we wrap up British Science Week (BSW) for another year, I wanted to just jump on here and reflect on the past 10 days!

Of course, we celebrate everything science all year round here within the College, but BSW gives us the perfect excuse to offer an insight into the future of science and studying in higher education.

Throughout the 10 days, we showcased some of our current students and academics on our social media channels and hosted our own competition! Our competition offered you the chance to win a £50 Amazon gift card and all you had to do was become a ‘scientist’ for a day and create the biggest and brightest salt crystals.

We would like to thank everyone who entered, our judges had a very difficult decision! However, I am happy to announce our two winners were Bella, aged 11 and Erik, aged 12.

On Wednesday, 16 March, we also hosted our British Science Week showcase event. It was lovely to welcome visitors back on campus for an in person event! The event gave visitors the opportunity to get involved in a variety of interactive activities and attend talks from our academics.

If you would like to take a look at what we got up to, feel free to visit our Instagram @uolscience.

Until next year British Science Week…