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University of Lincoln

2016 League Table Ranking 51
2016 Overall Score 664
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Entry Standards 334 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.54 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,040 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 475 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 67.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 65.0 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 34.6 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The first University of Lincoln building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996. It was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades.
  • More than £150 million has now been invested in transforming a brownfield site into an award-winning, state-of-the-art learning environment for thousands of students each year, and a dynamic build programme continues to add to this investment.
  • The University is worth more than £250 million to the local economy, doubling local economic growth rates and creating more than 3,000 new jobs.

Location and Transport

  • The University of Lincoln has campuses in Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach in the East Midlands region of England.
  • Lincoln is centrally located in the Midlands, with easy access to the M1, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds and London.
  • The Brayford Campus is in the heart of the city centre, just minutes’ walk away from all amenities including supermarkets, restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • Lincoln railway station is a five minute walk from the campus, with London only an hour and a half away by direct train.

Entry Standards

  • The University of Lincoln accepts a range of qualifications, including A-Levels, GCSEs, the BTEC Diploma, Extended Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas.
  • For individual course entry standards, view our course pages or read our prospectus.


Student Mix

The 13,400 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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  • More than 100 different nationalities represented among the student population. The University has a number of global partnerships with major universities and the International Study Centre is working to extend its global reach.

Course Flexibility

  • The University of Lincoln is committed to excellence in education. Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research and we encourage all our students to engage in their own research, presenting their findings at seminars and conferences.
  • You are taught by academics who are leading experts and at the forefront of developments in their disciplines.
  • Many of our courses offer a broad variety of elective modules in the second and third years, allowing you to tailor your learning to areas of interest.
  • Depending on your course, you may be able to spend a portion of your degree studying or working abroad, expanding your horizons and enhancing your CV as you complete your programme.
  • Programmes at Lincoln are designed with the requirements of employers in mind. Relevant employers inform the content of seminars, group discussions, individual tutorials, team project work, independent research, practicals and field trips.
  • The University’s pioneering approach to working with employers has been acknowledged through a series of national awards and accolades, including a Lord Stafford Award and a Times Higher Education Award.

Teaching Standards

  • Lincoln heads up the innovative Student as Producer project, which is a major Higher Education Academy-funded initiative designed to investigate and promote student involvement in research right from the start of their studies.
  • Students rated a number of Lincoln’s courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey.
  • The University is committed to developing enterprising graduates, with Lincoln students enjoying good graduate prospects and with some choosing to start their own successful businesses.
  • Nine out of ten of Lincoln's most recent (2012–13) graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their course with two thirds in graduate level roles.
  • In its most recent Quality Assurance Agency review, the University received an excellent result and was commended for the innovative ways in which it gives its students a voice.
  • In 2013, the University of Lincoln was nominated for the title of Entrepreneurial University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards.
  • Lincoln is proud to be accredited by a number of professional bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; Health Professions Council; General Social Work Council; British Psychological Society; National Centre for the Training of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Law Society; Bar Council; Institute of Biomedical Health.

Research Standards

  • The University of Lincoln is leading the way in groundbreaking academic research following a 600% increase in national research funding.
  • More than half (53%) of the research submitted by the University to the national Research Excellence Framework 2014 was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • The University of Lincoln has grown its established professoriate to include 65 leading Substantive Professors, who support a thriving research culture and a high-quality student experience.
  • The University is home to more than 40 Research Centres and Research Groups, investigating subjects ranging from Vision Engineering and Autonomous Systems to Conservation and Cultural Heritage, which sit at the heart of a dynamic research agenda.
  • The University conducts contract research and consultancy with major businesses and public sector organisations – almost £16-million worth in the last five years.
  • Lincoln is home to world class researchers who are making profound contributions to their subject areas. Major research projects from the University benefit society in areas as varied as vaccine development, mobile technology, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, anti-terrorist surveillance, conservation of historic buildings, nsomnia treatment and children’s language development.
  • A multi-disciplinary approach ensures many projects involve experts from across the University’s different Schools and Colleges. For example, the Lincoln Institute for Health brings together expertise spanning laboratory based science to frontline medical interventions.

Academic Strengths

  • Lincoln’s Engineering programme has outstanding graduate prospects, with 100% of students in work or further study within six months of completion, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
  • The latest National Student Survey (NSS) ranks a number of our courses in the top 20% nationally for student satisfaction, including Psychology, English, Drama and Sports & Exercise Science. Our Journalism course ranks in the top 10% nationally.
  • The University of Lincoln’s History programmes were ranked in the top 5% nationally for personal development, according to the NSS.
  • Media Production at Lincoln is ranked first in the UK by the Complete University Guide.
  • The University of Lincoln was placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two areas of REF 2014, reflecting substantial investments made in developing science and health research at Lincoln. In the 'Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science' subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions for quality of outputs, and in the 'Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy' sector, Lincoln was placed 10th in the UK out of 94 institutions for the quality of outputs.

Student Facilities

  • We have invested over £150 million in our award-winning Brayford Pool campus, creating a network of innovative, student-centred spaces in a safe, compact and friendly site.
  • The Joseph Banks laboratories, a £14 million redevelopment, will provide research, teaching, laboratory, office and social spaces for Chemistry and Pharmacy students.
  • The University is creating a new city centre Science and Innovation Park in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative as part of a major investment in new research and teaching facilities.
  • The newly extended £10 million Art, Architecture & Design building was opened in 2013. It houses state-of-the-art workshops, studios, lecture theatres and exhibition space for students on courses including Animation, Fine Art and Interactive Design.
  • Siren FM, housed in industry-standard studios in the Lincoln School of Media, was the UK’s first full-scale community radio station hosted by a university. It was named East Midlands Radio Station of the Year in 2013.
  • The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is an innovative performance venue and learning environment for the Lincoln School of Performing Arts. It houses a 450-seat theatre and regularly holds high-profile live performances.
  • The Media, Humanities and Technology building is equipped with media suites and the latest broadcast equipment, television and photographer studios and radio editing suites.
  • The David Chiddick Building is home to the Lincoln Law and Business Schools. It is an innovative, student-centred space with learning lounges, lecture theatres and a moot court for students to practice advocacy.
  • The purpose-built Engineering Hub was the first of its kind in the UK for more than 20 years when it opened in 2011. It is a £37-million development where staff and students work in collaboration with Siemens.
  • The Great Central Warehouse Library is the result of a £5-million restoration of an old railway warehouse into a magnificent learning resource. It offers a wide range of library services, WiFi and an excellent student-to-computer ratio.
  • The Sports and Recreation Centre boasts a large selection of modern, specialist facilities including a double sports hall, squash, badminton and tennis courts, football and outdoor pitches, a gym, dance studio and saunas. It is also home to the Human Performance Centre which provides a Regional Centre of Excellence in sport, coaching and exercise science.
  • The Engine Shed is the largest live music venue in the region, hosting renowned artists, weekly student parties, club nights and special events. Acts that have taken to the stage her include Kings of Leon, Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Jason Manford, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican.
  • Joined to the Engine Shed are the Tower Bars, a focal point of campus social life. A variety of events are hosted here from the Big Student Quiz to live sport screenings on HD and 3D televisions.

Disability Services

  • If you have a disability, a learning difficulty, mental health or medical condition, the University has a specialist department, DART, committed to providing you with advice and a range of specialist services.
  • The services offered by DART include advice and guidance on accessing support for study skills and learning strategies; screening and assisting with obtaining a diagnostic assessment for dyslexia; information of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs); assessments of course-related and IT needs; advice on personal matters relating to your disability.

Students' Union

  • Lincoln’s Student Union looks after the social aspects of your student life. The main SU office is based alongside the Engine Shed and Tower Bars.
  • In 2014, the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union won the title of THE Students’ Union of the Year at the annual National Union of Students (NUS) Awards.
  • The SU offers a range of services to help students get the most out of their time at university, providing students with a voice in political discourse and the chance to be involved in one of our hundreds of societies and sports teams.
  • Every year, you have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student body elections. Four full-time Sabbatical Officers and a team of part-time officers are elected to represent all students.
  • There are currently more than 3,500 students involved in more than 100 sports, clubs and societies art Lincoln.
  • The Students’ Union offers opportunities to volunteer in the community. Recent projects have included Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue training, a clean-up of the Brayford Pool marina and offering support for victims of domestic abuse.


  • The Sports and Recreation Centre boasts a large selection of modern, specialist facilities including a double sports hall, squash, badminton and tennis courts, football and outdoor pitches, a gym, dance studio and saunas.
  • A daily schedule of fitness and exercise classes is held at the Sports and Recreation Centre, including yoga, spinning, running club and kettlebell class.
  • All students are welcome to join sports teams through the Students’ Union. Just a few of the wide variety on offer include American Football, Canoe and Kayak, Dodgeball, Rowing, Skydiving, Tennis and Hockey.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University is creating a new city centre Science and Innovation Park in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative as part of a major investment in new research and teaching facilities. The new Joseph Banks Laboratories and neighbouring Minster House, which opened in September 2014, form the centrepiece of the 11-acre site in the historic industrial heart of Lincoln.
  • The newly extended £10-million Art, Architecture & Design building designed by renowned architect, the late Rick Mather, was opened in 2013. It houses state-of-the-art workshops, studios, lecture theatres and exhibition space for students on courses including Animation, Fine Art and Interactive Design.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Lincoln is a thriving city with ample opportunities for students to seek part-time employment.
  • With campus so centrally located in the city, the vast majority of students are able to find work within a few minutes’ walk of their accommodation.
  • The Job Shop offers help and guidance for you to find work while you study. In partnership with the Students’ Union, it provides a central point on campus for employers to advertise paid positions and work experience opportunities.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers & Employability team is part of Research & Enterprise Services, an innovative department that works closely with academics across the University to support students in preparation for the future whether that be getting on the career ladder or getting further in a current career.
  • The facility is also home to the University’s Engagement and Knowledge Exchange teams, and is the gateway between the University and the business world.


Notable Alumni

  • Mary Parkinson – Television presenter.
  • Martin Vickers – MP for Cleethorpes.
  • Sam Cotton – Fashion designer and co-founder of Agi & Sam, who recently launched debut collection for Topman and was nominated for a British Fashion Award.
  • Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell – Award-winning media producer and YouTube sensation, with more than 2.5 million subscribers.
  • Mark Chambers – Award-winning children’s’ book illustrator.
  • Mike Cuthell – Advertising creative who has worked on commercials for Nike featuring Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres.
  • Juan Watterson – Deputy Minister responsible for the Isle of Man’s financial sector.
  • Joy Blundell – Founder of ACTS Trust.
  • Vicki Phillips – Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Mark Backler – Lead Games Designer at Marmalade (creator of computer games including Call of Duty and Lara Croft).
  • Dave Terris – Executive Producer at Sky News Radio.
  • Sebastian Cox – Award-winning designer and furniture-maker.
  • Nancy Birtwhistle Winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off.
  • Michael French Channel 4 Foreign Producer.

Honorary alumni

  • John Hurt CBE
  • Professor Lord Robert Winston
  • Sir Ian Botham 
  • Nicholas Parsons OBE
  • Loyd Grossman OBE
  • Colin Dexter OBE
  • Dr Jonathan Foyle
  • John Pilger
  • Sir Craig Reedie CBE
  • Richard Reed
  • Professor David Chiddick CBE
  • Dr Robert Price OBE
  • Sir David Tweedie
  • Lord Ian Blair of Boughton
  • John Sergeant
  • Tony Benn
  • Roger Mosey



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