UN Sustainable Development Group 4 - Quality Education

UN SDG 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

SDG Outputs

We had 39 outputs relevant to this SDG in 2022 according to SciVal and 34 in 2021. See for example:

Jerome, L. and Kisby, B. (2022) Lessons in character education: incorporating neoliberal learning in classroom resources. Critical Studies in Education 63  


Liao, Y.-K. et al. (2022) Unveiling the role of entrepreneurial knowledge and cognition as antecedents of entrepreneurial intention: a meta-analytic study.  International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal 18 1623-1652 



The University of Lincoln is listed in the world’s top 150 universities in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings 2024, and hold a five-star score overall in the QS Stars rating system of global universities. We strive to offer teaching underpinned by a vibrant research culture, and we are proud of our Student as Producer approach to teaching, learning, and engagement which emphasises the role of students as collaborators in the production of knowledge.

The University of Lincoln has also been supporting education in Lincolnshire for 20 years and for most of that time we have worked closely with schools on a range of initiatives and many of our staff has worked as governors or trustees of schools. We have shown our strong commitment to education for all across Lincolnshire through our leadership in the development of the University Academy Holbeach the Lincoln University Technical College, and the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology.

University Academy Holbeach

In 2011, the local authority in Lincolnshire asked the University to become a sponsor of the new secondary academy in Holbeach. The academy has merged on the Holbeach site, the existing school in Holbeach with the secondary school in Crowland, which it had been managing for three years.

Our experience of sponsoring the University Academy Holbeach has been extremely positive with the academy growing particularly at sixth form level and providing a very rich and broad curriculum for all students ranging from A Level to apprenticeships, with extended study periods outside normal hours and extensive extra curricular activities. This has produced excellent outcomes with very good student progress through the hard work of a very ambitious and committed group of staff. There are excellent facilities following a £9 million building programme and genuine innovation in the academy, for example all students having iPads to support their learning.

Promoting Excellence in Education

The Lincoln UTC was set up to promote excellent science and technical education to 14-18 year olds in the heart of Lincoln and was set up with the University as an anchor partner providing expertise and facilities alongside Siemens and other engineering businesses in Lincoln. The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (LIOT) is a collaboration between the University, 7 further education colleges across Lincolnshire and industrial partners, and has the aim to provide world-class technical education to meet the needs of industry, focusing specifically on providing training between levels 3 and 5. 

Lincolnshire Learning Lab

Lincolnshire Learning Lab is a group set up to help improve the learning of all children and the working environments for teachers within Lincolnshire. The purpose is to bring academic rigour and evidence-based research into the classroom by engaging the three key stakeholders – teachers, academics, and anyone involved or interested in the education system, such as parents and educational consultants.

Mobile Arts for Peace

The Mobile Arts for Peace Project, led by the University's Professor Ananda Breed, is a four-year international, multidisciplinary project which provides a comparative approach on the use of interdisciplinary arts-based practices for peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal. It is a collaborative project between universities, cultural artists, civil society organisations, and young people across the world.

The PRME Agenda

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) agenda is a global initiative designed advance sustainability and the profile of the SDGs within leading business schools. Lincoln International Business School has been signatories to PRME since 2010, as such it forms a key part of the School’s identity and is closely aligned with the School Vision ‘to develop socially responsible leaders ready to meet the challenges of 21st Century business’. In July 2021, LIBS were privileged to host the PRME UK and Ireland Chapter Conference, bringing together more than 120 delegates for a two-day virtual event. The conference theme, ‘Crises and the Re-thinking of Responsibility’ was an acknowledgement of PRME’s ongoing key role in the shaping of responsible management education.
Lincoln International Business School has published five ‘Sharing Information on Progress’ reports to reflect on progress made under the agenda and set targets for the next time period. The most recent report was published in June 2022. The report entitled Becoming a Responsible Business School in an Age of Disruption discussed areas of strategic progress such as within curriculum and programme development and featured examples from colleagues from across the business school sharing their teaching practice and research with links to PRME and the SDGs. Targets included further curriculum development and SDG mapping activities as well as further consideration and stakeholder consultation about purpose and identity as a responsible business school. 

UN SDG 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.