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Discover the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln puts students at the heart of everything we do. Added to that, we are a research-based university with quality teaching and excellent career prospects for our graduates.

Academics and students at the University carry out major research for the benefit of society across areas as varied as mobility technology, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, prevention of community re-offending, anti-terrorist surveillance, food security and water conservation, treatment of insomnia and children’s language development.

A business ethos pervades the entire range of our programmes, from science and technology courses to arts and humanities, with emphasis placed on ensuring that what our students learn is up-to-date, research-informed and relevant to employers. Many of our academic and research programmes are created directly with partners in industry to give employers a competitive edge, thanks to world-leading expertise and work-ready graduates.

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen, the University’s main campus in Lincoln was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades.

This forward-looking, international University is at the heart of a truly thriving, cosmopolitan and friendly city.

Key Facts about the University of Lincoln

A university working with its city and across the nation
  • Worth more than £250m to the local economy (doubling local economic growth rates) and has created more than 3,000 new jobs

  • More than £140 million invested in the stunning Brayford Pool campus that has transformed a city centre brownfield site, revitalised the area and attracted investment from the retail, leisure and property sectors

  • Our award-winning business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, has supported over 100 new and growing businesses to establish themselves in the region and create over 200 new jobs

Supporting UK industry and the economy
  • Leading the way in partnership with business

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach campus, a state-of-the-art training factory sponsored and updated entirely by industry

  • Work-based learning for industry and the armed forces, increasing workforce skills and saving UK taxpaye
  • Opened UK's first purpose-built engineering school in more than 20 years in collaboration with Siemens and emda
  • Embedding expertise of academics and graduates in national and local companies through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Contract research and consultancy purchased from the University by business and the public sector worth over £9.5 million in the last five years (2004-9)
Research with real impact for people and society
  • Major research projects including low carbon technology in aviation, mobility for disabled people, design of successful, liveable cities, pre-hospital care by ambulance services, community re-offending, and anti-terrorist surveillance
  • Increase in national research funding of more than 600 per cent following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
  • Two thirds of research outputs submitted recognised as having world-leading elements and majority rated as internationally excellent
  • A multi-disciplinary approach with many projects involving experts from more than one faculty, for example science and design
Very satisfied students
  • Students rated a number of Lincoln's courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.  Accounting was recently ranked number one nationally for the third year in a row

  • In the top third of the times higher Education's student satisfaction survey

  • Working in partnership with the Students’ Union to constantly improve a great student experience

  • Committed to developing enterprising graduates, many of whom start their own successful businesses
Commitment to academic excellence
  • Highest possible rating in our two latest Quality Assurance Agency inspections
  • Accreditation by a number of professional bodies including Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Health Professions Council, General Social Work Council, British Psychological Society, Broadcast Journalism Training Council, Periodical Training Council, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Law Society, Bar Council and Institute of Biomedical Science
  • School of Journalism first institution in Europe to receive "Recognised for Excellence" accolade from the European Journalism Training Association
  • One of only three universities to be fully accredited by The Forensic Science Society
Global engagement
  • More than 90 different nationalities represented among the student population
  • Partnerships with major universities and colleges in China and India
  • Working in partnership with Study Group to extend our global reach
  • Supporting multinational companies and organisations in their education and training needs
Driving change in higher education
  • Led the pioneering Learning Landscapes project to design academic spaces of the future
  • Heading a major Higher Education Academy-funded project - Student as Producer- to investigate and promote student involvement in research right from the start of their studies
Strong community focus
  • Sponsors of Lincoln City Football Club, Lincoln Grand Prix, Lincoln Book Festival and the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture
  • Development of cultural arts in the city with the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, one of the largest theatres in the region, the Engine Shed live music venue and Lincoln Academy series of public lectures and film
  • Siren FM is the UK’s only full-scale community radio station hosted by a university
  • Engagement of Lincoln students with local residents highlighted in Living Together, Working Together, a national report by Universities UK and the National Union of Students
  • Greater diversity within the Lincoln community, with more than half of our students coming from outside the East Midlands, and a growing number of international students
  • Dedicated volunteering centre – SOAP (student opportunities and participation) - to engage students and staff with the wider community
Social mobility and diversity
  • Raising aspirations among 14 to 19-year-olds
  • Working with schools in the city and region to promote and assist progression to HE (Lincolnshire had one of the lowest university enrolment rates in the country)

Quality and success in a few short years

  • First new city centre campus to be built in 25 years thanks to public and private subscription contributing £32 million
  • Established as University of Lincoln in 2001
  • Now 10,000 students (from 2,000) and 1,200 staff and campuses in Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach
  • Meteoric rise in university league tables including the authoritative Times Good University Guide
  • Riseholme Campus equine facilities included in the 2012 Olympics Training Camp guide



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