About Us

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The Medieval Studies Research Group, directed by Professor Philippa Hoskin, brings together academics with interdisciplinary interests both in the medieval period itself and in the later interpretation and representation of the medieval past. We have a strong relationship with the wider scholarly and professional community including Lincoln cathedral archives with whom we collaborate in our teaching and research. We foster academic links beyond the University of Lincoln through hosting external speakers; organising the annual Lincoln medieval lecture; hosting international conferences and contributing to national and international research networks and projects.

The Medieval Studies Research Group aims are:

  • To support bids for research funding by group members
  • To  help postgraduate students and staff reach their research potential
  • To further knowledge by identifying common research interests and exploiting synergies
  • To develop an outward looking research culture making use of Lincoln’s medieval records
  • To develop and maintain links with the national and international medieval research community
  • To identify and pursue opportunities for impact beyond the academic community

Over the next 2-4 years the Medieval Studies Research Group aims to achieve the following:

  • Encourage research publication amongst group members to achieve full 3* and above research submissions for REF2020
  • Make use of the unique medieval resources available within Lincoln, in the cathedral and city archive, in research by members of academic staff and PGR students.
  • To further the impact agenda, in particular by supporting work around Lincoln’s copy of the Magna Carta in the 800th anniversary celebrations of 2015.
  • Raise the profile of medieval studies at the University of Lincoln through involvement in national and international conferences.


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The group will pursue the research agenda of the College of Arts including the School of History and Heritage and the School of Film and Media by:

  • Continuing to support each other in the production of high-quality, innovative research by using peer review to encourage publication of monographs, scholarly editions of texts and articles in internationally-recognised journals
  • Developing the impact of our research by supporting opportunities to explain and use their research outside Higher Education to the widest possible range of audiences and user groups
  • Seeking to increase our income from research activities by encouraging research grant bidding activity through collaborative projects, both within the group and with national and international partners, and encouraging inter-disciplinary research
  • Increasing our participation in external research networks and collaborations to further enhance the group’s research profile
  • Continue to develop links between staff research interests and our UG and PG taught portfolios with all research-active staff engaged in teaching
  • Supporting the career progression of PGR students by integrating them into national and international research networks, and encouraging appropriate publication.

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