Information for Parents: Learning at University

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What Does a Typical Day at University Look Like?

The course your child chooses will determine how they learn, but a typical day at university will include lectures and seminars, and may also include laboratory work, practical workshops, studio sessions, or talks by visiting industry professionals. A register system is in place for timetabled activities to monitor students’ attendance.

A significant portion of your son or daughter’s time will be spent in independent study, exploring material covered in lectures and seminars. This could involve reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, preparation and revision for coursework, exams and presentations, and individual and group project work.

Studying at university is different to studying at school or college. While there is plenty of support in place to help students connect with their studies - including our personal tutoring system - developing these independent study skills is an important step in the transition to higher education.

Independent study is supported by a range of subject-specific facilities, as well as the University’s Great Central Warehouse Library, which is open 24 hours a day for the majority of the academic year.

Library resources include more than 260,000 books and ebooks, plus approximately 200,000 print and electronic journals, databases and special collections.

Although contact hours vary for each course, students engaging in a full-time undergraduate degree should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time.

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated some adaptations to ensure a safe learning experience for all students and staff. From autumn 2020 we plan to deliver an on-campus experience with appropriate social distancing. It is our intention that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. Find out more here.

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I chose Lincoln because it felt like a home away from home as soon as I visited. The city is beautiful and everything you need is within walking distance of the campus so I rarely need to use public transport.

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Getting Involved in Research

At Lincoln, we are conducting research that makes a real difference to society across a broad range of disciplines. For example, our academics are pioneering a more effective radiotherapy treatment for cancer sufferers, developing robot intelligence for real-world applications and using specialist techniques to uncover and preserve historic buildings and national landmarks.

In addition to taking part in research, your son or daughter can have numerous opportunities to engage in the work of the University. From shadowing senior managers to providing feedback on support services, the student voice influences the direction and development of the University at every level.