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 will involve reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, preparation and revision for coursework, exams and presentations, and individual and group project work.

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.

Beyond Lectures

Outside of the classroom, an array of social, cultural and sporting activities are on offer. The campus is small and friendly, with a number of student-centred cafés and places to meet with friends.

The Students’ Union brings together people with common interests through sports teams and societies, offering opportunities to try something new and meet like-minded people.

Students have access to the University’s Sports and Recreation Centre and can use the fitness facilities and sports pitches, as well as take part in a range of pay-as-you-go exercise classes.

The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and The Engine Shed are both situated on campus and host live music, dance, theatre and comedy performances throughout the year.

A day in the life of a Media Production student

Zoology Testimonial

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.

Jorge Sobral, MBio Zoology
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.