Reputation and League Table Rankings

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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 17th overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2020, 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 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 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.