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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: Computer Science, Animal Behaviour, Biotechnology,  Engineering, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, 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.

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

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

Coding crash course for techie youngsters

UTC workshop 2Young people who will be studying at Lincoln’s new University Technical College were given a crash course in computer programming from experts at the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science.

During the workshop on Monday, 17th February, the pupils completed a set of programming challenges using a Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-sized computer developed with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

Dr John Murray, senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science, taught the young people how the Raspberry Pi can be used to develop real-world applications.

Tasks included creating a WiiPi, attaching sensors to the Raspberry Pi to allow it to function in much the same way as the popular Wii games controller.

Dr Murray said: “This kind of activity shows young people that by using fairly simple technology and learning a small amount of programming they can create things, such as a basic computer game. It’s important the pupils see how this technology can be used in day to day life.


“Getting them involved in sessions like this makes them realise that science is not as complicated as they think it is and it can actually be fun.”

Students will return in a few weeks’ time to further develop their skills and demonstrate their new skills in programming to members of the School of Computer Science.

The Lincoln University Technical College (UTC), which is jointly supported by Lincoln College, the University of Lincoln and Siemens in Lincoln, will specialise in engineering and core science.

A new concept in education, UTCs offer 14-19-year-olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full-time, technically-oriented course of study.

They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and employers to offer clear progress

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ion routes into higher education or further learning in work.

The Lincoln UTC will enrol its first intake of pupils in September 2014.

Andrew Wright, Vice Principal of the Lincoln UTC, said: Students had a fantastic time getting their teeth into the applications of computing and cannot wait to get through the doors of the UTC in September.”


Robots ERWIN and MARC appear on ITV news

Erwin sadThe robots, created for research aimed at understanding how more realistic long-term relationships might be developed between humans and androids, featured on three news bulletins for ITV news.
ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network) and 3D printed MARC (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion) were both created by Dr John Murray from the School of Computer Science.
They are currently being used in a study by PhD student Mriganka Biswas to find out how some of the human-like thought biases in robot characteristics affect the human-robot relationship.
The bulletins are not available on ITV Player.

Research network to attend creative showcase

A new research network, which will bring together games developers, performance practitioners and academics, has been invited to attend a national Research Council showcase event.

The Videogames Research Network has been set up by the Games Research Group at the University of Lincoln, UK, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is part of a wider initiative to develop the creative industries and put Britain back at the forefront of creative technology.

Members of the network including Patrick Dickinson, Duncan Rowland, Kate Sicchio and Grethe Mitchell from Lincoln, will be attending the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase at King’s Place Conference Centre, London, on 12th March, 2014.

Targeted at policy-makers and business leaders in the creative industries, the conference will highlight the vital relationship between the arts and humanities research base and the UK’s creative economy, and raise the profile of the creative and cultural sector.

Keynote speakers will include the Rt Hon David Willetts, the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey, Sebastian Conran (designer), Professor Judy Simons (Emeritus Professor, De Montfort University), Dr David Docherty (CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business) and Professor Rick Rylance (CEO, AHRC).

Dr Patrick Dickinson, project leader and senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science, said: “The concept of performance in videogames is something that has not been fully explored in terms of innovative mechanics in a commercial setting. We want to take a fresh look at this from the perspective of performing arts research and practice, using them to develop new game design ideas. The Creative Economy Showcase will be a great opportunity for us to engage with relevant organisations and introduce the network, which officially starts on 17th March.” 

There will be three inter-disciplinary workshops in Lincoln and Nottingham in the UK and Brisbane, Australia, where researchers working in games studies, human computer interaction and technical aspects of game development will work with developers and performance researchers/practitioners to prototype new collaborative game ideas.

The Lincoln workshop is taking place on 25th and 26th March.