What You Need to Know

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Making an Informed Decision

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need.

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln. 

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students’ safety is our primary concern. 

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students’ learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace. 

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better. 

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible – obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE. 

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community. 

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644. 

Modules

The modules listed on our website course pages may include current modules and modules that are intended to run and are subject to change. In addition to the core modules all students on the course must study, there may be a range of optional modules which enable you to tailor your degree to your interests.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and may be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Validation/Revalidation

We want to ensure that the programmes we offer are relevant and reflect changes in subject areas and developments in industry. To do this, we may introduce new courses or update existing ones. The process of approving the new or updated content is known as ‘validation’ or ‘revalidation’. You may see “Subject to Validation” or "Subject to Revalidation" on some course pages on our website. Please see the indivdual course pages to find out the current validation status of a course.

Contact Hours

Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.

Methods of Assessment

The way in which you will be assessed will depend on your chosen course. It may include coursework, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work, or presentations. A full breakdown of current assessment methods can be found on the individual course pages of this website. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Staffing

During your studies you may be taught by a range of academics, including lecturers, demonstrators, technicians, senior lecturers, professors, practitioners, and visiting experts. You may also be supported in your learning by other students.

Additional Costs

Depending on your course, there may be additional costs for purchasing specific clothing, materials, or equipment, undertaking fieldwork or field trips, or gaining experience through work placements. Where trips are part of an assessed core module, the cost of travel and accommodation is usually included in your fee and will be covered by the University. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation, and general living costs. This also applies to placements in the UK or overseas, and studying abroad. 

With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either physical or virtual versions of core texts that you may be required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Erasmus+

Many of our students take the option to study abroad during their degree. The University of Lincoln is committed to continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, however, participation in future years is dependent on the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. More information can be found at www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Contact Us

If you have an questions about your course or studying at Lincoln, please contact our Enquiries team.

Enquiries

T: +44 (0)1522 886644 

E: enquiries@lincoln.ac.uk