9th October 2001




Over 500 staff, students and VIPs celebrated the launch of the University of Lincoln yesterday.


The university changed its name yesterday from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and also unveiled its new emblem –Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and learning.


“Our new name reflects the fact that in the future we will have more staff and more students in Lincoln,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry. “We are developing a fantastic waterside campus in the city and this year we have taken over the School of Art and Design and the School of Agriculture from De Montfort University.


“We are also investing £4 million in our city centre campus in Hull, where we hope to increase student numbers from 900 to over 2,000 in areas such as art and design, computing, management and health and social care,” he said.


Five years ago almost to the day the first 500 students enrolled at the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. Today the University of Lincoln hosts 4,500 undergraduate students in Lincoln, where £60m has been spent to date on the Brayford Pool campus.


Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll, Chancellor of the university, led the proceedings in the sports hall yesterday where guests first saw the University of Lincoln’s new logo.


“There are three reasons why we have chosen Minerva as our new emblem,” said Jez Ashberry. “First, education is about people, and we are the only UK university be represented by a person. Second, Lincoln is a Roman city, and the Romans revered Minerva, whose name derives from ‘mens’, the Latin word for mind.


“Third, Minerva was a teacher; she disguised herself as Mentor, a name which has entered our language as a word for a wise and sympathetic guide.”


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For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

Email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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