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A high-quality student experience

Situated in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln has established an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Lincoln is ranked 22nd overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019, and is a top 50 UK university in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Lincoln was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017, an independent assessment of teaching quality in UK higher education. This award reflects our exciting teaching methods, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes.

In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018, students rated the University of Lincoln among the best in the country for overall student satisfaction, placing the University 7th in the UK. Lincoln was also named in the UK’s top ten for postgraduate and international student satisfaction in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017.

In our last institutional review by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency, we were commended for our approach to enhancing students' learning opportunities through our ground-breaking Student as Producer initiative, which engages all students in real academic research.



Graduates of the University of Lincoln enjoy career prospects above the national average with 95% of our most recent graduates in work or further study six months after finishing their course and more than three quarters in graduate level roles (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16).

Lincoln is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in teaching and learning through our pioneering approach to working with industry. We have unique relationships with companies such as Siemens and the Lincolnshire Co-op, and our innovative industry engagement strategy has been acknowledged through a series of national awards and accolades, including a Lord Stafford Award and a Times Higher Education Award. Our industry links were highlighted in national reviews into the relationships between businesses and universities by Sir Andrew Witty and Sir Tim Wilson.

The University of Lincoln is home to world-leading researchers who are making profound contributions to their subject areas. From developing new medical technologies to preserving rare architectural treasures, the work of Lincoln’s academics and students makes a real difference to society. The quality and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln was highlighted in the national Research Excellence Framework 2014, where more than half of the University’s submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

Since the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996, more than £300million has been invested to create a modern, student-centred environment with two major academic buildings and new on-campus student accommodation opened in 2017. Our buildings have won numerous awards, including honours from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The University of Lincoln has revitalised the waterfront area of the city of Lincoln, attracting significant investment from retail, leisure and property sectors. The University is now estimated to contribute more than £400million to the national economy as one of the fastest growing universities in the UK.