Our History

A City of Significance

Brayford Pool, the site of the University of Lincoln's main campus, has always been an important location in the city.

As far back as the Iron Age, the Celts are thought to have named the town 'Lindon', meaning 'the pool', as it was the source of all water, trade and transport in the area. The Romans too chose the city because of its inland marina, building their fortress high up on the hill to protect the pool.

Lincoln became one of the most important Roman, and then Viking, settlements in England. When the Cathedral was first built in the 11th Century, it overtook the Great Pyramids to become the tallest man-made structure in the world. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of neighbouring Lincoln Castle shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. It was the site of some of the most pivotal battles in English history. 

A Royal Opening

The University of Lincoln can trace the roots of its predecessors back to the formation in 1861 of the Hull School of Art. Her Majesty the Queen opened the first building at the Brayford Pool Campus in Lincoln in 1996.

Lincoln was a university forged by the will of a community, not by a government directive, and the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades. The Times Good University Guide described it as "the most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times."

In the decades since, more than £375 million has been invested in the Brayford campus, transforming what was once a brownfield site into an award-winning, state-of-the-art learning environment for thousands of students. Recent additions include a £21 million Lincoln Medical School building, completed in spring 2021, which will train future generations of doctors in the heart of the city.

Education and Innovation

Professor Mary Stuart's arrival in late 2009 as Vice Chancellor marked a new phase in the University's development. Over the next decade, the University greatly expanded its provision of STEM subjects, opening new schools and academic buildings.

Today, the University of Lincoln has established an international reputation as a research-driven, pioneering institution. It was named The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2021.

Just as Brayford Pool made Lincoln the city of choice for the Celts, Romans and Vikings, today the university that sits on the site draws students and academics from around the world to join an institution that is leading the way in Higher Education.

Professor Neal Juster succeeded Professor Stuart as Lincoln's Vice Chancellor in 2021.