HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINCOLN CAMPUS!

 

3rd October 2006

 

Next week staff and students at the University of Lincoln will celebrate ten years since Her Majesty the Queen opened the Brayford Pool campus.

 

The Queen visited Lincoln on 11th October 1996 to officially unveil the first city-centre university campus to be built in the UK for a quarter of a century.

 

A decade later over £100 million has been invested in the campus and now 8,000 students choose to come to Lincoln to study.

 

The university employs around 1,000 people in Lincoln and economists estimate that it generates an extra £50 million per year for the local economy.

 

The Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, will be available for a tenth anniversary photo opportunity at 2pm on Wednesday 11th October at the East Midlands Media and Technology Enterprise Centre (EMMTEC) at the Brayford Pool campus.

 

The university was the brainchild of a group of business people and community leaders who understood the economic and cultural benefits of a university for the city.

 

The catalyst for the creation of the project company for a university was a report by the CBI which blamed the lack of a university for the county’s poor economic performance.

 

In a unique self-help effort the city and county raised £32 million to get the university project off the ground.

 

Tenth birthday celebrations have been under way since the beginning of the new academic year.

 

The Vice Chancellor hosted a dinner for those who have supported the university over the years and staff enjoyed a celebration which doubled as the opening of the Engine Shed student centre.