IMPact e-journal

IMPact is the University of Lincoln’s peer-reviewed, open access and multi-disciplinary journal of Higher Education.  Established in 2017, IMPact invites colleagues from across the university, including postgraduate and undergraduate students, to submit their work for publication in the form of research papers in the conventional sense, as well as shorter reviews, research notices, accounts of work in progress and other forms of output of interest to the journal and its readership, with the express intention of informing, challenging and influencing. 

The journal is committed to representing a wide variety of perspectives while promoting a research environment that encourages participation and collaboration.  The journal is also open to studies that draw on empirical, theoretical, conceptual or practice-based work and may include literature reviews and papers which focus on methodology.

ISSN: 2516-7561

Instructions for authors

Editorial Board

IMPact Journal – Social Media Policy 

List of issues

  • Volume 5 (Issue 3) 2022
  • Volume 5 (Issue 2) 2022 UROS project reports (Student edition)
  • Volume 5 (Issue 1) 2022 Festival of Learning (Student edition)
  • Volume 4 (Issue 3) 2021 Future of Blended Learning Conference
  • Volume 4 (Issue 2) 2021 Race matters: Towards an anti-racist praxis in higher education
  • Volume 4 (Issue 1) 2021
  • Volume 3 (Issue 1) 2020
  • Volume 2 (Issue 2) 2019 Anniversary edition
  • Volume 2 (Issue 1) 2019 Student edition
  • Volume 1 (Issue 2) 2018
  • Volume 1 (Issue 1) 2018

Scholarly research notices

Instructions for authors

IMPact encourages submissions on a wide range of topics from all colleagues across the university, including postgraduate and undergraduate students.  Contributions that seek to promote new knowledge or enhance the understanding of any aspect of Higher Education and its practice are particularly welcomed.  In addition to the publication of manuscripts relating to research and scholarship in the conventional sense, the journal also welcomes shorter reviews, research notices, accounts of work in progress, and so on.

Conventional manuscripts should not normally exceed 5000 words in length and be accompanied by an abstract of up to 250 words.  Keywords should also be included.  Authors should submit their work as a simple Word document (avoiding complex formatting) using an Arial, 12-point font (line spacing set to 1.5).  Footnotes should be avoided wherever possible.  Reference lists should adopt a simple Harvard System (non-numerical) and be presented by author (surname) in alphabetical order (unless your discipline specifically requires a different citation system).  Long quotations of more than 20 words should be indented from the left-hand margin with one-line space above and below and set in italics.  No quotation marks are required.  If any portion of the quote is omitted, indicated the omitted section by the inclusion of an ellipsis in square brackets […] in the appropriate part of the quote.  For short quotes of less than 20 words embedded within the main text of the manuscript use single curved quotation marks.  Double quotation marks should be used for quotation marks within another quotation.

All relevant submissions to the journal will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Board drawn from a different area of work to the authors, with anonymous feedback provided within two months or less.  Once accepted for publication, authors will be asked to cut, paste and format their manuscripts into the standardised journal template.  IMPact subscribes to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Practice which can be viewed at:

All manuscripts or enquiries for IMPact should be submitted to which is monitored by the LHERI team for content regularly.  IMPact is an open access journal, so all contributors retain copyright over any work appearing in its volumes without restriction.  The names and email addresses appearing within the journal will be used exclusively for attribution and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other person.  While the University of Lincoln makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all published information contained within its volumes (the ‘Content’), all views expressed within the journal are the views of the authors themselves and not necessarily the views of the Editorial Board.


Editorial Board

John Sharp, Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (joint Editor-in-Chief)
Katie Strudwick, School of Social and Political Sciences (joint Editor-in-Chief)
Anita Backhouse, School of Education
Dan Bishop, School of Sport and Exercise Science
Rob Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts
Beatrix Fahnert, School of Life Sciences
Jessica Hodgson, Lincoln Medical School
Jennifer Johnson, School of Health and Social Care
Janice Kearns, School of Film and Media
Kirsty Miller, School of Psychology
Catherine Redpath, School of English and Journalism
Kelly Sisson, School of Health and Social Care
Rachel Spacey, Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
John Stocker, School of Art and Design
Tracey White, Lincoln International Business School
Jamie Wood, School of History and Heritage


Volume 5 (Issue 3) 2022

The challenges of evaluating teaching practice in Higher Education: An analysis using Brookfield’s Lenses of Critical Reflection
Nicola DeVeaux

Initiating Conversations about the ‘Authentic’ Nature of Assessment
Dr Mark F. Smith

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): A snapshot review of relevant literature and current developments incorporating learning gain
Professor John G. Sharp and Dr Emma Young

Volume 5 (Issue 2) 2022 UROS project reports (Student edition)

Dr Kate Strudwick, Clare Cotton and Josie Horner-Timmins

Invisible Agents: Networks of Learning in Late Antiquity
Annabelle Mansell

To improve the understanding of the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance and its impact on humans from imported edible shrimp
Dr Ron Dixon and Ciara Robinson 

Family ties for prisoners: A consultation
Eloise Quayle and Angela Harwood 

Volume 5 (Issue 1) 2022 Festival of Learning (Student edition)

Dr Kate Strudwick and Clare Cotton

Evaluation of a student-led session on medieval medicine
Tina Lesley Jessica Holt

Common misconceptions in dog training and behaviour
Charlotte Page

Offering alternative pathways of intellectual production
Sean Smart

A reflection on planning a Summer Festival of Learning session to support students to develop their confidence and capabilities using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques
Hollie Louise Walsh

Volume 4 (Issue 3) 2021 Future of Blended Learning Conference

Editors Foreword
Andy Beggan

Engaging and assessing students through the development of digital content
Dr Dan Bishop

Co-ordinated priorities: Developing digital practice and ensuring inclusive practice
Dr Elizabeth Bailey

From telehealth to telelearning: Physical assessment teaching in a virtual world
Sean Morton

Improved engagement in online peer-review activities supporting assessment
Ellie Davison

Does lecture format matter?
Dr Helen Nichols

Policy, insight and advice: Leveraging digital availability and competence?
Catriona Hyde

Youth justice live! Transporting professional partnerships into blended learning spaces
Dr Sue Bond-Taylor

Reflecting upon lessons of ‘what works’: Developing student engagement and partnerships
Dr Kate Strudwick

How should marketing be taught in the age of agile marketing?
Chang Ge, Katie Syson, Mark Faulkner and Saif Al-Derzi 

Social media enabled digital journey through a University of Lincoln 4.0 challenge-based project
Chang Ge and Hanna Pimanava

Volume 4 (Issue 2) 2021 Race matters: Towards an Anti-racist praxis in higher education

Race matters: Towards an anti-racist praxis in higher education
Rebecca Sanderson

Prefiguring the anti-racist university: A systems change approach to the Race Equality Charter
Dr. Pathik Pathak

Embedding ‘Black Lives Matter’: A self-directed, research-informed, staff development programme
Pete Crowson

‘Training by any other name would be as problematic’: Thinking about unconscious bias and unconscious bias training
John Bird

Critical reflections and collaborative approaches to the University of Lincoln’s decolonising projects: A library perspective
Oonagh Monaghan and Hope Williard

First-year transition, mental health and the attainment of undergraduate students at a UK university: A pilot study to understand the role played by ethnicity
Dr Xiaotong Zhu, Cate Neal, Isabella Chu and Ciera McKenzie

Volume 4 (Issue 1) 2021

Engaging students without family support with university support services: A systematic review of the literature
Rebecca Sanderson and Dr Rachel Spacey

‘No one size fits all’: Academic experiences of blended learning
Dr Kate Strudwick, Dave Prichard, Andy Beggan and Professor John G. Sharp

Preventative Emergency Response (PER) Project 2020-2021: University of Lincoln Students and Covid-19
James Cronin, Hannah Beech and Clare Cotton

Student as Author: Mapping the field of undergraduate research publications in the UK in Social Sciences
Dr Kate Strudwick

Blended learning: A review and source reference for the development of strategy, course design and practitioner use
Professor John G. Sharp

Virtual peer mentoring: A partnership between two UK Medical Schools
Dr. Deborah Merrick, Dr. Jessica Hodgson, Professor Pamela Hagan & Dr. Yvonne Mbaki

The attitudes of teachers, pupils and their parents towards Tamazight language teaching and learning in Algeria: A mixed-methods ethnographic case study in two public schools in Oran
Nawel Hamane

Embedding Gender Justice in Higher Education: An Example from Sports Business Management
Dr. Hanya Pielichaty

Widening access to higher education for BAME students and students from lower socio-economic groups: A review of literature
Rebecca Sanderson and Dr. Rachel Spacey


Volume 3 (Issue 1) 2020

Raising aspirations for non-traditional students through Higher Education outreach activities: A review of literature relevant to the Uni Connect programme
Dr. Anthea Rose and Lucy Mallinson

PhD researchers, pedagogy and primary education: A perspective piece on breaking barriers to Higher Education
Amber Smith

On the development and initial validation of the Brazilian Lecturer Self-Efficacy Scale (BLSES)
Mayara da Mota Matos, Roberto T. Iaochite and Professor John G. Sharp

Anonymous marking in Higher Education: A review of literature for practitioners
Professor John G. Sharp and Dr. Xiaotong Zhu

“It’s not like I’m on my own”: Recognising and recording the experiences of estranged students in Higher Education
Dr. Rachel Spacey

Digital Learning Ecosystems: Discussing the outcomes of a principle led investigation into an alternative VLE
Andy Beggan


Volume 2 (Issue 2) 2019 Anniversary edition

Learning about research by doing research: Developing student researchers
Ashley Compton, Emma Rogers, Christopher Johnstone and Dan Wait

The application of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) within sport science education: An exploratory approach
Mark F. Smith

“It’s my sort of new life so to speak” – Students’ experiences of transition to higher education in the Long First Year project
Dr. Rachel Spacey and Professor Liz Mossop


Volume 2 (Issue 1) 2019 Student edition

Dr. Katie Strudwick

Student as producer and the democratisation of science
Mike Neary

Improving educational achievement among working-class students: Evaluating a student-mentoring scheme
Elena Maria Gaschino

A perspective piece on my Undergraduate Research Opportunity Scheme experience
Amy Gibbons

Peer-based teaching and learning
Christopher William Ross, Dave Prichard and Dr. Christopher Headleand

Fitting-In whilst standing-out In the academy
Marianne Lou Keeler


Volume 1 (Issue 2) 2018

Student as digital producer: Learning new(old) skills through an agency-led project
Hanya Pielichaty

‘Partnership’ versus ‘collaboration’: A student perspective
Madeleine Pownall

‘An A to Z of creative teaching in Higher Education’
Thomas George

Teaching creativity?
Jim Shorthose


Volume 1 (Issue 1) 2018

Dr. Katie Strudwick

Shifting sands: Why pedagogical Research In Higher Education matters to us all
Gyles Lingwood, Mark Clements, Deborah Lock and Mark F. Smith

Disruptions, interventions and liminalities: Reconfiguring the art seminar in response to Daniel Buren’s The Function of the Studio (1979) as a site to (re)articulate creative pedagogic risk-taking and power relations
Lee Campbell

‘Building respect and changing cultures in the university community’: An account of research in progress
Katy Brookfield

Critiquing the crit: The influence of technology and creative professional practice on the 21st Century peer learning environment.
Gyles Lingwood

Motivating students to access support services In Higher Education: A self-determination theory perspective
Lynn Pickerell

More than just listening: The role of student voice in higher education, an academic perspective
Daniel C. Bishop

When is a leader not a leader? Experiences of programme leadership in a post-92 university.
Rebecca Sanderson

A defining moment for personal tutoring: Reflections on personal tutor definitions and their implications
Ben W. Walker


Scholarly research notices

January to December 2022

Who Cares? Identifying, understanding, and supporting the work-life balance and wellbeing of students with caring responsibilities
Dr. Rachel Spacey, Rebecca Sanderson and Amy Zile

January to December 2021

Preventative Emergency Response (PER) Covid-19 Project 2021: Annotated bibliography (revisited)
Hannah Beech and James Cronin

Reflecting back to move forward … Student as Producer in practice in Social Sciences
Dr. Kate Strudwick

Covid-19 Preventative Emergency Response (PER) Project 2020-2021: Initial Survey Report
Professor John G. Sharp, Tom Wright, Clare Cotton & Aaron Good

Our White Assessment: Minimising inequality in higher education for international students
Kudrat Khuda and Dr. Palash Kamruzzaman

Covid-19 and the mental health and wellbeing of university students: An annotated bibliography
Professor John G. Sharp


January to December 2020

Living on the edge: The impact of COVID-19 on under-represented student groups in English Higher Education
Dr. Rachel Spacey, Dr. Xiaotong Zhu, Rebecca Sanderson and Rhianne-Ebony Sterling-Morris

Maximising School Outreach: Content, resources, their provision and effectiveness
Zoe Mills

From acorns to … oaks: Getting started in Higher Education research
Dr. Kelly Sisson and Dr. Patricia Jackman

Explaining the Gaps: Using Lincolnshire-specific data from the national Uni Connect learner survey for targeted outreach
Lucy Mallinson

“Alexa, Where’s my Timetable?” Chinese Students’ Perceptions of the Personal Tutoring Role
Alison Raby

Collecting Data: Using Focus Groups
Dr. Anthea Rose

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) Phase 2: An overview of literature, theoretical frameworks and evaluation design
Dr. Anthea Rose

Transitioning Students Effectively: Student Led Approach to Mental Health Support
Cate Neal

University of Lincoln’s OfS funded Transitional Mental Health project evolves in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
Cate Neal

Mark Scaling: A Brief Overview and Synthesis of Sector Perspectives
Professor John G. Sharp

The use of student dashboards as early and ongoing warning and alert systems for identifying ‘at risk’ students
Professor John G. Sharp and Mayara da Mota Matos

Explaining the Gaps: A National Collaborative Outreach Project
Lucy Mallinson

Understanding the Impact of the Access Covenant: The Access and Participation Plan Evaluation Project 2018/19
Dr. Rachel Spacey and Rebecca Sanderson

The Lincoln Equality of Attainment Project (LEAP)
Dr. Xiaotong Zhu