Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) is widely recognised for its consistently high employability and student satisfaction rates; its Gold TEF award notes students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes. Located on a single-site campus in the heart of historic Lincoln, it boasts over 150 years experience of excellence in teaching. In case you’re wondering, Grosseteste is pronounced 'gross test'. 


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B38

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 99%

Student gender

  • Male 20%
  • Female 80%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • BGU Library proactively supports and responds to the learning, teaching and research needs of students, providing excellent library services and facilities in an accessible environment.
  • Students have access to high quality print and electronic learning resources and other relevant materials, supported by the advice of library staff.
  • BGU students have access to a wide range of computer facilities, regularly upgraded to the best and most up-to-date technology and systems available. This includes dedicated IT suites attached to particular departments, and a 24-hour suite accessible to all students.

Student jobs

  • A Job+ vacancies board allows students to search for jobs and opportunities posted by companies and businesses – and to create email alerts for fast updates. Jobs include graduate-level jobs, part-time roles such as vacation or term-time employment, and also voluntary opportunities.
  • The BG Futures team have contacts with organisations such as Voluntary Centre Services, the County Council and the NHS where students can find rewarding and mutually beneficial employment.

Careers advice

  • The BG Futures careers, employability and enterprise team strive to support all students during their studies to research and plan their career, and to improve their employability. They provide careers education, guidance and information via a number of services and activities.
  • Current students – and graduates seeking their first job within two years of graduation – have the opportunity to have their CV checked over professionally.
  • Advisers also offer guidance and tips regarding applications, including online application forms.
  • Volunteer placements in the UK and abroad may be eligible for additional funding with the BG Foundation Fund.

Health services

  • BGU's student advice team co-ordinates health awareness campaigns and provides students with all local NHS information such as how to register with a local GP.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Counselling services are available to all students via an independent private practice to ensure confidentiality and discretion.
  • BGU are partnered with Big White Wall, giving students access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online, helping students to explore their feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage their mental health and well-being.

Disability support

  • BGU's student advice team offers advice for students with disabilities, specific learning differences and other access needs.
  • The team works with students throughout their studies to ensure they are receiving the proper care and attention regarding their specific difficulty.
  • Campus accommodation includes accessible bedrooms and bathroom facilities.

Other services and facilities

  • The student advice team are available throughout students' time at BGU (and even before they start) to offer free advice and support in areas including housing, social security benefits, student funding, debt, consumer issues and academic problems. Students also have the support of a learning development team and study skill tutors.
  • Away from studying, students can relax at Curiostea (an Alice in Wonderland themed tearoom) and at the Venue cinema, with special screenings and offers just for students.

Students' Union

  • Bishop Grosseteste Student Union is an independent registered charity; at the centre of the BGU community, it is always on hand to support students and raise awareness of various student welfare issues.
  • Despite being a small union it has big ambitions. There are a wide range of established societies, such as poker, performing arts and psychology, as well as various sports clubs which take part in national and local leagues. Students can easily set up their own club or society if they wish.
  • As well as events and activities, the main role of the SU is representation, aiming to empower students and give them a voice – both within the university itself and at a national level. BGSU isn't afraid to fight for its members.


  • Established in 1862 as a diocesan training college, its name changed to Bishop Grosseteste College in 1962 to mark the centenary year.
  • Awarded university college status in the summer of 2006 and university status in December 2012, becoming Bishop Grosseteste University.
  • Named after Bishop Robert Grosseteste, a 13th-century Bishop of Lincoln.

Fascinating Fact

  • Second World War air-raid shelters are in the foundations of the main building at Bishop Grosseteste University – and medieval and roman archaeology have also been uncovered on its grounds.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Jade Etherington – the most successful female British Winter Paralympian of all time, and the first Briton to win four medals at one Paralympics.
  • David Pugh – a West End and Broadway theatre producer.


Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3DY