About Us

The University of Lincoln

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln sits at the heart of it all on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, with almost everything you’ll need either on campus or just a short walk away.

We are proud of what we have achieved since we were established in 1996, thanks to the contributions of everyone in our community. Our journey has seen us flourish into a diverse, internationally recognised university which welcomes thousands of students each year from around the world. In November 2023 we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize, the UK's highest award for universities, to recognise our work supporting the agri-food sector. 

Throughout this exciting period of development, we have been guided by a consistent set of principles which remain at the heart of our approach today: excellence in teaching, learning, and quality of student experience; responsiveness to the needs of communities and organisations; and working in partnership to make great things happen. To help us continue on this journey, we have developed an ambitious strategic plan, created collaboratively by staff and students across the University, with the aim of establishing ourselves as a UK top 40 institution.

Why Choose Lincoln?

Winner of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize 2023

World top 150 university in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2024

Awarded a five-star score overall in the QS Stars rating system of global universities (2023)

Awarded Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023

Triple Gold

The University of Lincoln is one of a select group of universities to achieve the top Gold rating overall and in both aspect ratings for student experience and student outcomes in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.

Our History

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Our City

The University was established first and foremost to benefit the lives of local people, and the city of Lincoln has grown alongside us. Lincoln has transformed from a former industrial town into a thriving regional centre with a vibrant cultural economy and active nightlife.

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Our Campus

Our first building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. Since then we have invested around £400 million in the campus and its facilities, creating modern learning and research spaces such as the Isaac Newton Building in 2017 and the Ross Lucas Medical Sciences Building in 2021.

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Our Community

We are building a thriving community of thinkers, researchers, and professionals. As an institution we have grown from around 500 students in 1996, to over 15,000 students today with more than 120,000 graduates across the world.

Financial Position

The University of Lincoln, like universities across the UK, is responding to growing financial pressures facing our higher education sector. Read more about the source of these pressures and the steps we are taking to continue to thrive now and in the future.

Our Financial Position
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Our Academic Colleges

To create an environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration, our subjects are organised into one of two academic Colleges, the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the College of Health and Science. Our academic teams across these Colleges are involved in research at the leading edge of their disciplines, from developing new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments, to tackling the digital divide, and preserving historical artefacts.

Impact and Collaboration

Through our research, we are striving to change society for the better. Working with regional, national, and international partners, our academics are engaged in groundbreaking studies that are challenging the status quo and making a tangible difference to the world around us.

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The Queen's Anniversary Prize

In November 2023, the University was one of just 22 institutions to be awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize. This award recognises the excellent work of the University's Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology in supporting the success and sustainability of the UK's food and farming industries.


The institution-wide project of decolonising at Lincoln aims to reimagine our scholarship, interpersonal relations, teaching, learning, and professional practices by actively including previously marginalised knowledge and ways of knowing.

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Student Futures Manifesto

Creating a Sense of Belonging for Our Students

Our Student Futures Manifesto project has created a set of actions and commitments designed to enhance the student experience at the University of Lincoln. Students consultants were recruited to champion and lead the project, aligning their recommendations to six overarching themes, with the aim of improving the academic, social, and progression opportunities within the University for all students.

About the Project
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Student as Producer

Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

At Lincoln, we emphasise the role of our students as collaborators in the production of knowledge. Our Student as Producer initiate aims to encourage our academics and students to collaborate on research activities during their studies. Our approach is committed to learning through doing and we offer a range of opportunities to put this into practice, including the well-established Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS).

Our Approach
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Student Charter

Our Student Charter sets out the general principles of a partnership between students, the University of Lincoln, and the Students’ Union. It is a statement of mutual expectations and aspirations, setting out our respective responsibilities and what we can expect of each other.

Read more about the Charter
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Our Campuses

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our buildings and facilities as we strive to provide the best learning environment for our students. We understand the importance of giving you the strongest possible foundation to help you achieve your aspirations, and whatever your chosen subject, we aim to ensure that you have access to the latest equipment and resources to support your studies. 

The University of Lincoln has been ranked as a Gold Tier University in the 2023 Uswitch Green Universities Report. This annual study assesses which universities are leading the way in green initiatives and renewable energy. Our accommodation has also been awarded an overall Global Student Living GOLD Certification. This certification is awarded based on assessment of our accommodation's condition and quality, bedrooms, value for money, care and support, recycling and environmental facilities, and overall management and internet.

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Brayford Pool Campus

Our main Brayford Pool Campus is in the heart of the historic city of Lincoln. With around £400 million invested into the site since 1996, it has become an inspiring setting for staff and students to learn and conduct exciting research in our industry standard facilities.

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Holbeach Campus

Our Holbeach Campus is in the south of the county and is home to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing. With its specialist facilities, cutting-edge research, and industry informed apprenticeships, it is at the forefront of helping the sector to innovate.

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Riseholme Campus

Based on the Riseholme Estate, this campus is just outside the city of Lincoln and is the scenic setting of many of our agriculture related courses, as well as where professional services teams are based. It is here that advanced farming techniques are explored and developed to create a more sustainable future for farming.

Sustainability and Net Zero

We were among the first UK universities to declare a Climate Emergency as part of our decade long work to recognise and reduce our carbon emissions. We are working together to create a net-zero university which has sustainability reflected not just in its buildings, but in its culture, with many of our courses embedding sustainability into their modules.

Our Sustainability Commitment
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Press and Media

The Press Office is the first point of contact for members of those with editorial enquiries relating to the University of Lincoln. Alongside our latest press releases, you can find information on getting expert commentary for your stories or how to secure access to our campuses for filming, interviews, or photography.

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