Lincoln Higher Education Research Awards

The Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI) has been established to foster and support existing and new higher education research at Lincoln; providing a platform for excellent and useful research being undertaken at the University (independently or with external partners). As part of LHERI’s aims to develop expertise and impact through support and guidance to colleagues and by facilitating effective internal and external partnerships, LHERI is opening a call for bids for internal research funds for a second time. These funds are intended to support new research that will advance understanding of higher education

LHERA 2018-19 Flyer

Applications for 2018 funds now open
Applications can be made using the online form here or by downloading and emailing to
Deadline for applications midnight 1st October 2018
Please ensure that you view the guidance notes before making your application.

Projects funded by the LHERI in 2017

We are delighted with the quality of the applications received for our first research awards, please follow the links below for more details of the projects’ progress
Keivan Ahmadi, Pharmacy: Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Professional Identity: Can Students’ Reflective Writings Measure Professional Development?
Rachel Bromnick, Psychology: Investigating the lecture experience: A critical comparison of lecturer and students’ perspectives
Ben Walker, LHERI: How can I be an effective personal tutor and what is out there to help me do this?  Staff perceptions of their personal tutor role and the influence of key resources.
Paulina Babuchowska and Becky Sanderson, HR: Let’s talk … investigating academics’ confidence in having conversations about diversity, and in particular race
Mark Hocknull, History and Heritage: The Use of Virtual Reality in Teaching Moral Philosophy
Rachel Spacey, LHERI:Recording and recognising the experiences of estranged students in higher education: a participatory research project using photo-elicitation
Stewart Bibby, Design: BRADLAB 2017 – 18
Paula O’Brien, LIBS: Storying a Sense of Belonging: A Student Perspective
Kirsty Miller, Psychology: “Student as Responsible Learner”: Developing a university-wide strategy to tackle Academic Misconduct
Alexa Mottram, Design: Designing in Partnership: A Live Product Design Project

LHERA 2017-18 Exhibition

To celebrate the work of the above projects funded by the Lincoln Higher Education Research Awards in 2017 an exhibition was held 4th-6th June in the Isaac Newton Building.
Neil Housego and Alexa Mottram of the School of Design, curated this audio visual event, displaying images of each of the projects on pods accompanied by descriptions delivered through headphones for an engaging and immersive experience. We hope to display the pods again in future, check back again for more details.









LHERA Reports

Please find final reports provided by each of the projects below. We are delighted by the success of the first year of the Lincoln Higher Education Research Awards. The reports do highlight a number of areas for improvement and we are working to address these.

Alexa Mottam
Ben Walker
Kirsty Miller
Keivan Ahmadi
Mark Hocknull
Paula OBrien
Paulina Babuchowska & Rebecca Sanderson
Rachel Spacey
Rachel Bromnick
Stewart Bibby & John Murray

In particular, as the project timelines are very short any delays incurred had quite a significant impact. As such we will guide successful applicants through the new centralised ethics system (committee dates to be confirmed). We are also working more closely with Campus Jobs this year to assist successful applicants in recruiting student project partners quickly and efficiently and ensuring that managing their workloads and payments is a smooth process. If you intend to employ students in your project please look at the wealth of resources on the Campus Jobs portal page here.

We will also work closely with finance to make budget allocation, control and management more effective and with project leads to ensure mailing lists include all collaborators and are kept up to date.

The final exhibition was very well received but was produced to a very tight deadline, this will not be the case for the second round now that we have the model for this. Successful applicants will be required to record audio summarising their projects in late May for the exhibition in early June.

We have also received a lot of positive feedback in the reports and look forward to continuing this work in 2018-19. Specifically the drop in sessions with Dr Karin Crawford for potential applicants were found to be beneficial, please note that for the 2018-19 award applications these have been scheduled as follows:

  • 1st August 10-12 noon, One Campus Way
  • 25th September 10-12 noon, One Campus Way


Please see the guidance notes for The Lincoln Higher Education Research Awards 2018 below.