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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 rated among the top 20 UK universities overall in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and in the top 20 for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.

We are listed in the world's top 150 in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings 2020 and hold a maximum five-star score overall in the QS Stars ratings system of global universities. We feature in the QS World University Rankings 2021 of the world's top 1,000 universities.

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. 

Graduates of the University of Lincoln enjoy career prospects above the national average with 96% 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 2016/17).

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.