Key Facts About the University of Lincoln

1. A university working with its city and across the nation

  • The University has invested £170 million 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. We also plan to spend a further £130 million to improve the student experience further over the next few years
  • The University of Lincoln is worth more than £250m to the local economy, doubling local economic growth rates, and has created more than 3,000 new jobs
  • The award-winning business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, has supported more than 230 new and growing businesses to establish themselves in the region and create over 370 new jobs
  • In 2013, the University of Lincoln was nominated for the title of ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ in the Times Higher Education Awards.

2. Supporting UK industry and the economy

  • Lincoln is recognised for leading the way in successful partnerships with business. This was highlighted in the recent reviews into links between industry and academia by Sir Andrew Witty and Sir Tim Wilson
  • The National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University’s Holbeach campus is a state-of-the-art training facility, which is sponsored and updated entirely by industry
  • The University delivers work-based learning for industry and the armed forces, increasing workforce skills and saving the UK taxpayer millions. In 2013 Lincoln secured a new five-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to continue to provide postgraduate courses in Logistics Management for military personnel from across the UK’s Armed Forces
  • Lincoln opened the UK’s first purpose-built engineering school in 25 years in collaboration with Siemens plc. The partnership has won a host of accolades, including the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement and the Lord Stafford Award for Open Collaboration
  • 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 expertise of Lincoln academics and graduates is embedded in national and local companies through a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Contract research and consultancy purchased from the University by businesses and the public sector over the past five years is worth more than £16 million.

3. Research with real impact for people and society

  • The University of Lincoln is producing world leading research across many subject areas
  • 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.
  • Over the past decade, the University has appointed more than 50 top-ranking Substantive Professors and 60 eminent Visiting Professors to support its thriving research culture. The University has more than 40 Research Centres and Research Groups, investigating subjects ranging from Vision Engineering to Conservation and Cultural Heritage, which sit at the heart of a dynamic research agenda
  • Major research projects from the University benefit society in areas as varied as new vaccine development, mobility technology, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, anti-terrorist surveillance, conservation of historic buildings, treatment of insomnia 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
  • The University is committed to research-engaged teaching across its curriculum, giving undergraduate students opportunities to work with postgraduates and academic staff on research projects through Lincoln’s pioneering Student as Producer initiative.
  • 4. Very satisfied students
  • The University of Lincoln has some of the most satisfied students in the UK. Lincoln is in the top third nationally for student satisfaction as ranked by our students, based on the average score for all questions in the National Student Survey 2015. Several of our courses rank in top 20% nationally in NSS 2015, with our Psychology Courses ranking 1st nationally and our Design Courses ranking 3rd
  • Ranked in the top 50 for student satisfaction in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 with several courses ranked in the top 20 for their subject areas
  • Working in partnership with the Students’ Union enables the University of Lincoln to constantly improve a great student experience
  • The University is committed to developing enterprising graduates, with Lincoln students enjoying good graduate prospects and many going on to start their own successful businesses.

5. Commitment to academic excellence

  • 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
  • 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 Council for the Training of Journalists, Periodical Training Council, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Law Society, Bar Council and Institute of Biomedical Science.

6. Global engagement

  • More than 100 different nationalities are represented among the University of Lincoln’s student population
  • The University has partnerships with major universities and the International Study Centre is working to extend its global reach
  • The University of Lincoln supports multinational companies and organisations in their education and training needs.

7. Driving change in higher education

  • The University led the pioneering Learning Landscapes project to design academic spaces of the future
  • 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.

 8. Strong community focus

  • The University sponsors the Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race, Lincoln Book Festival, Lincolnshire Business Awards, Lincolnshire Sports Awards and the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture
  • It supports the development of cultural arts in the city through the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, one of the largest theatres in the region, the Engine Shed live music venue and a variety of public lectures, including the prestigious Lincoln Academy series
  • The University’s Great Minds series also brings internationally recognised experts to the stage to share their learning, experience and expertise with local school children. Speakers have included Oscar-winning actor John Hurt CBE and the sports broadcaster and Olympic medal winner Steve Cram MBE
  • 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 engagement of Lincoln students with local residents was highlighted in ‘Living Together, Working Together’, a national report by Universities UK and the National Union of Students
  • The annual Carholme Community Gala is organised by local residents, the University of Lincoln, the Students’ Union and ward councillors, promoting cohesion in the community.
  • The University encourages greater diversity within the Lincoln community, with a growing number of international students and more than half of the student population coming from outside the East Midlands
  • Hundreds of students and staff engage with the wider community through volunteering each year
  • The University works in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Police 'Contest & Prevent' initiative to ensure a safe environment for all staff and students.

 9. Social mobility and diversity

  • The University is committed to raising aspirations among 14 to 19-year-olds, and works with schools locally and nationally to promote and assist progression to Higher Education
  • In 2013 Lincoln joined the Sorrell Foundation Network and the University now hosts the National Art and Design Saturday Club. This free programme of events for local secondary school pupils encourages creativity by providing expert tuition in design subjects with access to the University’s industry-leading facilities
  • The University supports students from less advantaged backgrounds by offering a number of bursaries and scholarships. These include the University of Lincoln Scholarship, the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Excellence Scholarship, Lincoln Graduate Scholarship and the Blackburn Bursary. Through its industry partnerships, it also offers Santander Scholarships and Siemens Engineering Bursaries.

10. Quality and success in a few short years

  • The University of Lincoln was the first new city centre campus to be built in 25 years thanks to public and private subscription contributing £32 million
  • The Lincoln campus was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996. The former University of Lincolnshire and Humberside became the University of Lincoln in 2001
  • The University now hosts almost 13,000 students and 1,350 staff across campuses in Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach
  • Named among the top 10 modern universities by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and in the top half of all UK universities, having risen more places than almost any other institution over the past six years
  • The University’s facilities were used as a Pre-Games Training Camp by Paralympic athletes ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Facts & figures*

Full-time undergraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 9,352
Lincoln Riseholme Park 121
Off Campus 4
Total 9,477
Part-time undergraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 1,349
Lincoln Riseholme Park 24
Holbeach 90
Off Campus 39
Total 1,502
Full-time postgraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 825
Lincoln Riseholme Park 25
Holbeach 3
Total  853
Part-time postgraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 965
Lincoln Riseholme Park 21
Hull   16
Holbeach 1
Total   1,003
Total number of students on campus 12,835
Academic staff
Lincoln Brayford Pool 640
Lincoln Riseholme 13
Holbeach 17
Off Campus 3
Total 673
Support staff
Lincoln Brayford Pool 657
Lincoln Riseholme Park 16
Holbeach 10
Off Campus 7
Total 690
All Staff  1,363

Includes enrolled students only
Excludes ERASMUS, Exchange, Study Group and DFPC students
Includes both fundable and non-fundable students
Includes both home/EU and overseas students

*Data - 2013/2014 (latest validated figures)
Last updated: 3rd February 2014