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Great Reasons to Study at Lincoln

There are many great reasons why our students and staff are proud of the University of Lincoln, including our award-winning teaching, excellent graduate prospects, world-class research and close links with industry. Situated in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln is ranked 22nd overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Whether you are thinking about coming to study or undertake research with us, or to join our dedicated and motivated staff, you can be confident that you are joining a University that places the quality of the student experience at the heart of everything it does.

Employers are increasingly looking for individuals who can make a difference in today’s global workplace. With our expert staff, modern facilities, close links with business, and world-leading research we aim to provide the tools you need to achieve your career aspirations. 96% of our most recent graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing their course, with more than 80 per cent working in graduate-level roles, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

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Award-winning Teaching and Learning

We have a reputation for innovative teaching at the highest standard and have been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University of Lincoln was judged by the TEF panel as delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

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The University of Lincoln ranked 7th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018 (out of 127 institutions). Lincoln was placed in the top 10 nationally for student satisfaction for postgraduate and international study in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017. The University has also been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for its approach to enhancing students' learning opportunities.

World-class Research

Lincoln is proud to be home to world-class 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. More than half of Lincoln’s research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Inspiring Guest Speakers

Alongside our academic staff, some of the finest thinkers in their fields come to Lincoln to deliver inspirational talks to our students. Recent guest speakers include best-selling crime writer Ann Cleeves, the Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, scientist Robert Winston, and barrister and campaigner Helena Kennedy QC. The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is a Visiting Artist at the University. Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham is currently a Visiting Professor in Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences while journalist and broadcaster Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School of English and Journalism. Find out more about our Great Lives lecture series.

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Ranked 22nd in the UK

Lincoln is ranked 22nd overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Reputation and Rankings

Great Lives: Chris Packham

TV presenter, naturalist and Visiting Professor Chris Packham talks about the Great Lives (previously name Great Minds) lecture series at the University of Lincoln. 


For further information about our Great Lives lecture series visit our Great Lives page.

Great Industry Links

The University is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in teaching and learning through its pioneering approach to working with industry. Our relationships with companies such as Siemens demonstrate our innovative, industry-engaged approach. This has been acknowledged through
 a series of national awards and accolades, including a Lord Stafford Award (2011) and a Times Higher Education Award (2012).

Real-world Experience

Employers are increasingly looking for individuals who can make a difference in today’s global workplace. The University of Lincoln's excellent links with industry mean that while studying many of our courses you have the opportunity to undertake relevant work placements, get industry-specific career advice, hear from business experts and take part in relevant trips and visits. These insider experiences within your field of study aim to enhance your employability when you graduate.

We Listen to Student Feedback

The University has been recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for the way it works with students to maintain and improve a good quality experience. We have a Student Engagement Team dedicated to working in partnership with students and supporting academics, service teams and managers to improve the quality of what they do by responding to student feedback.

Excellent Graduate Prospects

Ninety-six per cent of our most recent graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing their course, with more than 80 per cent working in graduate-level roles, according to Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17. Lincoln graduates secure jobs at major companies and organisations around the world.  Graduate destinations have included the BBC, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, PwC and Rockstar Games. We pride ouselves on helping our students achieve excellent career prospects.

Specialist Facilities and a Fabulous Location

Lincoln is a fabulous place for students with our main campus located next to the picturesque Brayford Pool marina in the heart of the thriving city centre. Steeped in history, Lincoln is home to one of the finest cathedrals in Europe, a medieval castle and an original 1215 Magna Carta. The city is the only place in the world where Magna Carta can be seen side-by-side with an original 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Based in the heart of the city, accommodation is either on, or a short walk from, the Brayford Pool Campus. High-street shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and sports and leisure facilities are only minutes away. More than three quarters (77%) of our students come into campus on foot, one of the highest ratios of any university in the country [Student Travel Survey 2016, as reported to HESA].

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996, our award-winning Brayford Pool Campus provides a modern, student-centred environment. More than £300million has been invested in our facilities over the past two decades. We have won a number of awards over the years for our campus buildings, including accolades from RIBA and RICS for our Great Central Warehouse Library.

A Global Family

We have an active alumni network, with Lincoln graduates keeping in touch from their roles in major international companies, charities and organisations all over the world. Our global graduate community includes more than 85,000 former Lincoln students across 130 countries. Many of our most successful graduates return to Lincoln to share their knowledge with current students at our annual series of alumni networking events. Our ethos is to provide an education and experience which enables our students to achieve the future they want and that relationship extends long beyond graduation. Our students become part of the Lincoln family for life and we love to hear about their ongoing successes.

Our graduates are changing the world. Among our alumni are notable filmmakers, Members of Parliament, award-winning designers and illustrators, and engineers working for global companies. Recent graduates include the comedian and presenter Jack Howard, who was name-checked by The Hunger Games producer Jon Kilik as one of his inspirations in 2013. Further afield, Lincoln alumni Vicki Phillips is a leading educationalist in the US, having been a director at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Professional Accreditation

Many of our courses are accredited by relevant professional bodies, further strengthening employment prospects for our graduates. Our industry links with professional bodies can mean enhanced opportunities for you to take part in relevant work placements, visit sites of interests and hear from visiting speakers.

A Wealth of Opportunities

It’s not just the academic side of life that our graduates remember so fondly – it’s the activities, sports and events they get involved in outside of the lecture theatres too. Through our Students’ Union there is an eclectic array of clubs and societies (currently 130) students can get involved in – spanning interests from Parkour to Harry Potter. Our sports teams compete in British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions and have enjoyed a number of trophy wins in BUCS competitions in recent years.

Extracurricular activities such as volunteering, work experience or contributing to student clubs and societies are formally recognised through The Lincoln Award, an initiative run jointly by the University and Lincoln Students’ Union to help students develop their skills, knowledge and experience to stand out from the crowd to future employers.

Supporting Communities

Staff and students from the University and Lincoln Students’ Union devote thousands of hours each year to helping their local communities as volunteers. From litter picking to supporting people affected by cancer, this voluntary work is another valuable contribution the University makes to the wider community. Graduate Alice Carter won the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award in 2014 after dedicating more than 2,500 volunteer hours to community sports projects.

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