Bishop Grosseteste University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.07 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    1.96 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.17 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    67.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    67.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    90.0 / 100.0


  • Established in 1862 as a Diocesan Training College and changed name 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 2013, becoming Bishop Grosseteste University.
  • Named after Bishop Robert Grosseteste, a 13th-century Bishop of Lincoln. In case you’re wondering, Grosseteste is pronounced "gross test".

Location and Transport

  • Based in a single site campus in the heart of historic Lincoln.
  • All of Lincoln's major facilities are within walking distance of the University campus.
  • Lincoln has good rail links throughout the country, along with easy access to the A1.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the particular course chosen. The UCAS tariff points system is used for undergraduate entry, but we welcome students with a range of qualifications and make every effort to personalise each entry offer. Entry requirements for each course are available on our website.
  • Please contact our admissions team by email or telephone for specific requirements or to find out more information.

Student Mix

The 2,290 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%


  • UK 100%

Student gender

  • Male 15%
  • Female 85%

Course Flexibility

  • We offer many courses on a part-time basis.
  • Our Foundation Degrees are a flexible form of full-time study and are also a great option for those wanting to study without having to give up work, as they fit in around your normal working week.
  • Many of our Foundation Degrees begin in January as an option for those who are working.
  • You can find out more about part-time study options on our website,, or by contacting our admissions team on 01522 583658 or
  • All courses offer a placement programme where students can combine their studies with hands on experience within local communities, companies and businesses.
  • We offer the opportunity to all our students to volunteer abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • BGU is the 5th highest ranked university in England for graduate employment levels. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2012–13).

Academic Strengths

  • Specialists in Education, offering Teacher Training for over 150 years.
  • Education, Drama and overall student satisfaction all rank highly in various university league tables.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Dedicated IT suites attached to particular departments, as well as 24-hour suite accessible to all students.
  • Brand new and upgraded accommodation during 2013.
  • Newly extended and refurbished library building, which also houses our dedicated Student Advice and Learning Development teams.
  • Great facilities for individual subject areas, such as a fully-equipped 230-seat theatre and psychology laboratory.
  • On-campus cinema with regular screenings of new and classic films.
  • Unique places to eat and drink, including an Alice in Wonderland themed coffee shop.
  • Newly-updated sport and fitness centre with gym and acres of sports fields.
  • Free wi-fi access across campus and in all halls of residence.

Disability Services

  • BGU's Student Advice Team offers advice for students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and other access needs.
  • We work with students throughout their studies to ensure they are receiving the proper care and attention regarding their specific difficulty.
  • We are able to offer bedrooms with wheelchair access and the use of disabled bathroom facilities.
  • We aim to provide accommodation to disabled students throughout their studies, wherever it is reasonable to do so.
  • Telephone 01522 583600, email, or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Dedicated SU team who organise events year-round, including comedians, live bands and trips in the UK and abroad. There’s something for everyone, from on-campus laser quest to fundraising for charity.
  • Students' Union Welfare Service are on hand to support students, as well as raising awareness of various student welfare issues.
  • Our SU is now a registered charity and offers the opportunity for students and staff alike to get involved with raising money for charities both locally and nationally through RAG (Raise and Give).
  • Wide range of established societies, such as poker, musicals and games, as well as various sports clubs which take part in national leagues. If there is something you like doing and there isn't a society or club for that activity, then you can easily set up your own for other people to join.
  • As well as events and activities, the main role of the SU is representation, aiming to empower you and your fellow students, and give you a voice – both within the university itself and at a national level.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team are available throughout students’ time here at BGU and this support continues two years after they have graduated.
  • They can offer advice and tips on job applications, interview techniques and CV formatting skills.
  • Our Networking Club is available to all students and is a chance to meet with local business and companies – see what your future career is like from the people who are living it. Make connections and set a goal.
  • Our Resource Centre houses a range of up-to-date careers, employability and enterprise information within magazines, books and fact-sheets. Here students will find specific information relating to their options and career choices.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team are available throughout students’ time here at BGU and this support continues two years after they have graduated.
  • The team are able to offer help and support on a number of issues and concerns students might have from CV and application advice, one-on-one discussions, business enterprise guidance and volunteering tips and links.
  • Get more information on how our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team can help you, or email

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • During the summer of 2013 we made a lot of changes around our campus to provide some excellent new facilities. Prime amongst these was the upgrading of our accommodation. This included a brand new en-suite accommodation block, Wickham Hall (to replace older accommodation), and modernisation of our existing Constance Stewart Hall. The extensive project has provided new self-catering facilities for all residents, and contemporary study bedrooms that are fully equipped with all the furniture and storage space you’ll need in your first year at BGU.
  • We’ve also built a new restaurant, Refectory, which serves a range of food and drinks – from quick snacks and hot drinks, to freshly cooked curries and roast dinners. It’s designed to perfectly complement Curiositea, our quirky Alice in Wonderland-themed coffee shop.
  • Spring 2012 saw the opening of our new Cornerstone Building, which houses our Library Services, Student Advice and Learning Development teams. Completed in the autumn of 2012, our £2.5-million extension and refurbishment project makes our library a state-of-the-art resource at the heart of the BGU campus.
  • New for 2011–12, the BG Futures building embraces sustainable building and energy technologies, providing 15 business incubator units for students, graduates and the wider community – together with conferencing and support facilities.

Notable Alumni

  • Winter Paralympic skiing medallist, Jade Etherington, was a graduate of BGU in 2012 with a degree in Education Studies and Geography.
  • She then went on to win three silver medals and 1 bronze during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
  • Jade received an honorary fellowship from the university in 2014, during that year’s graduation services.

Further Details

Address Bishop Grosseteste University
UCAS Code B38