University of Lincoln
The University of Lincoln is an English university founded in 1992, with origins tracing back to the foundation and association with the Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull , usually referred to as Hull, is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles inland from the North Sea. Hull has a resident population of...

 School of Art
Hull School of Art
The Hull School of Art was founded in 1861 by a group of 'working men' as a response to a British government circular. The circular was issued by the British Government's Department of Science and Art...


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II founded the university's main campus at Brayford Pool in 1996, providing economic revitalisation and elevation to Lincoln
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Lincoln is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, England.The non-metropolitan district of Lincoln has a population of 85,595; the 2001 census gave the entire area of Lincoln a population of 120,779....

. The Independent described the university as "the best thing to happen to Lincoln since the Romans". There are further campuses in Riseholme
Riseholme, Lincolnshire
Riseholme is a small village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, about a mile north of the city of Lincoln.In addition to the village, Riseholme is the site of the rural science campus of the University of Lincoln , and the home of Riseholme College, the University of Lincoln's...

, Holbeach
Holbeach is a fenland market town with in the South Holland district of southern Lincolnshire, England. The town lies from Spalding; from Boston; from King's Lynn; from Peterborough; and a by road from the county town of Lincoln. It is on the junction of the A151 and A17...

 and Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull , usually referred to as Hull, is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles inland from the North Sea. Hull has a resident population of...

The University of Lincoln is the younger of the two Higher Education institutions in Lincoln, the older being Bishop Grosseteste University College.

The university in recent years has established itself as a progressive institution, with large movement in official university rankings; having risen 60 places in 4 years. The Sundays Times Newspaper, responsible for The Times 'Good University Guide', recently described UL's progression as 'The most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times'.

UL has also proved successful in the National Student Surveys (2010), which rank 10 current degrees in the top 10 nationally when considering student satisfaction.
The University of Lincoln's official crest bears the head of Minerva
Minerva was the Roman goddess whom Romans from the 2nd century BC onwards equated with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic...

, the Ancient Roman
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that grew on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to one of the largest empires in the ancient world....

 goddess of wisdom and knowledge. It is UL's annual tradition for student graduation ceremonies to take place at Lincoln's medieval cathedral.


The University of Lincoln's roots can be traced back to 1861. These can be traced back to a number of higher educational institutions in Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull , usually referred to as Hull, is a city and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles inland from the North Sea. Hull has a resident population of...

, including the Hull School of Art (1861), the Hull Technical Institute (1893), Endsleigh College (1905), Hull School of Fishermen (1912), Hull Training College (1913) and the Hull Central College of Commerce (1930).

The higher educational institutions north of the Humber
The Humber is a large tidal estuary on the east coast of Northern England. It is formed at Trent Falls, Faxfleet, by the confluence of the tidal River Ouse and the tidal River Trent. From here to the North Sea, it forms part of the boundary between the East Riding of Yorkshire on the north bank...

, namely the Hull School of Art (1861), the Hull Technical Institute (1893), the Roman Catholic teacher training Endsleigh College (1905), Hull Central College of Commerce (1930) and Kingston upon Hull College of Education
Kingston upon Hull College of Education
Kingston upon Hull College of Education was founded in 1913 as "Hull Municipal Training College".It changed its names many times, up till September 1976 when it merged into Hull College of Higher Education, which ultimately formed part of the University of Lincoln.The stimulus for its founding was...

 were merged in September 1976 to form the Hull College of Higher Education. In 1983 this institution became the Humberside College of Higher Education (HCHE) when it absorbed several courses in fishing, food and manufacturing which were running in Grimsby
Grimsby is a seaport on the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire, England. It has been the administrative centre of the unitary authority area of North East Lincolnshire since 1996...



The college gained polytechnic
Polytechnic (United Kingdom)
A polytechnic was a type of tertiary education teaching institution in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. After the passage of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 they became universities which meant they could award their own degrees. The comparable institutions in Scotland were...

 status in 1990 as Humberside Polytechnic, when it had 7,500 students, two-thirds full-time. In 1992 it was one of the many polytechnics in the UK to become full universities as the University of Humberside, growing to 13,000 students by 1993.

The cathedral city of Lincoln was without its own university, so the University of Humberside was approached to develop a new campus to the south west of the city centre, overlooking the Brayford Pool
Brayford Pool
The Brayford Pool is a natural lake formed from a widening of the River Witham in the centre of the city of Lincoln in England. It was used as a port by the Romans - who connected it to the River Trent by constructing the Foss Dyke - and has a long industrial heritage.-History:The Pool has been the...

. The University was renamed the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside in January 1996, taking in its first 500 Lincoln students in September 1996, intending to grow to about 4,000 Lincoln based students within four years.

21st century

With another change of name to the University of Lincoln in October 2001, a new campus was built in Lincoln. The University moved its main campus from Hull to Lincoln in 2002.

The consolidation involved the University acquiring Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

-based De Montfort University
De Montfort University
De Montfort University is a public research and teaching university situated in the medieval Old Town of Leicester, England, adjacent to the River Soar and the Leicester Castle Gardens...

's schools in Lincolnshire: the Lincoln School of Art and Design in uphill Lincoln, and the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture's sites at Riseholme, Caythorpe and Holbeach. Caythorpe was later closed permanently and its activities moved to Riseholme. Courses held in Grimsby
Grimsby is a seaport on the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire, England. It has been the administrative centre of the unitary authority area of North East Lincolnshire since 1996...

 were also moved to Lincoln around this time.

Throughout the late-1990s, the University's sites in Hull were considerably scaled down as the focus shifted towards Lincoln. In 2001 this process was taken a step further when the decision was made to move the administrative headquarters and management to Lincoln and to sell the Cottingham Road campus in Hull, the former main campus, to its neighbour, the University of Hull
University of Hull
The University of Hull, known informally as Hull University, is an English university, founded in 1927, located in Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire...

 – The site is now the home of the Hull York Medical School
Hull York Medical School
The Hull York Medical School , is a medical school in England which took its first intake of students in 2003. The school was opened as a part of the British Government's attempts to train more doctors, which also saw Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Peninsula Medical School and University of...

. The University still maintains a smaller campus, the Derek Crothall Building, in Hull city centre. A smaller campus and student halls on Beverley Road, Hull, were also sold for redevelopment.

On 28 October 2004, following its redevelopment as a specialist Food science
Food science
Food science is a study concerned with all technical aspects of foods, beginning with harvesting or slaughtering, and ending with its cooking and consumption, an ideology commonly referred to as "from field to fork"...

 technology park, the campus at Holbeach was reopened by John Henry Hayes
John Henry Hayes
John Henry Hayes FRSA is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament for South Holland and The Deepings, and a member of the socially conservative Cornerstone Group...

, the Member of Parliament for South Holland and the Deepings
South Holland and The Deepings
South Holland and The Deepings is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election.-Boundaries:...


More recently the University's Forensic Science department has been one of only four Universities in the UK accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry is a learned society in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences." It was formed in 1980 from the merger of the Chemical Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry with a new...

, and the department's BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course is accredited by the Forensic Science Society. The Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
The Lincoln school of Journalism is also accredited by the BJTC, making it a nationally recognised course among leading broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News.


The University has expanded rapidly on the Brayford site since its opening in 1996. Buildings on the Brayford now include a School of Architecture designed by Rick Mather
Rick Mather
Rick Mather is an American-born architect working in England. Born in Portland, Oregon and awarded a B.arch. at the University of Oregon in 1961, he came to London in 1963 where he founded his own practice, Rick Mather Architects, a decade later....

, a science laboratory facility, a sports centre, and a university library.
  • Brayford (Main Campus)
    • The Main Administration Building (MAB)
    • The Business And Law Building
    • The Media, Humanities and Technology Building (MHT Building)
      • Minerva Productions
      • Siren FM (107.3FM Radio Station)
    • The Science Building
    • The Architecture Building
    • The East Midlands Media and Technology Centre (EMMTEC)
    • Great Central Warehouse Library (GCW Library)
    • The Engine Shed
    • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC)
    • Enterprise@Lincoln Building
    • Sparkhouse Studios
    • The Sports Centre
  • Cathedral Quarter
    • The Lincoln School of Art & Design (LSAD)
  • Holbeach
    • The National Centre for Food Technology
    • Holbeach Technology Campus
  • Hull
    • Hull Centre for Management Development
    • Hull School of Health and Social Care
  • Riseholme Park
    • Department of Biological Sciences (DBS)
    • Riseholme College

The main administration building at the Brayford campus was initially designed with the proposed function of a showroom. The large, open atrium
Atrium (architecture)
In modern architecture, an atrium is a large open space, often several stories high and having a glazed roof and/or large windows, often situated within a larger multistory building and often located immediately beyond the main entrance doors...

 space is surrounded by balconies on several floors, with lecture halls on the ground floor with classrooms and support departments on the higher floors.

The University also maintains several buildings of historic interest in uphill Lincoln (the "Cathedral" campus), including a building named after Chad Varah
Chad Varah
Reverend Prebendary Edward Chad Varah, CH, CBE was a British Anglican priest. He is best remembered as the founder of The Samaritans, established in 1953 as the world's first crisis hotline organisation, offering non-religious telephone support to those contemplating suicide.-Life:Varah was born...

, founder of the Samaritans
Samaritans (charity)
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline. The name comes from the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, though the organisation...

. At Riseholme, set amongst a 2.4 square kilometre (0.926645180622084 sq mi) estate and working farm is the former residence of the Bishop of Lincoln
Bishop of Lincoln
The Bishop of Lincoln is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Lincoln in the Province of Canterbury.The present diocese covers the county of Lincolnshire and the unitary authority areas of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The Bishop's seat is located in the Cathedral...

. The main building at the much-reduced campus in Hull has been renamed in honour of the late Professor Derek Crothall, a former Pro Vice Chancellor of the University.

Student accommodation

In Lincoln, the university's on-campus student accommodation, "The Student Village", is a waterfront complex situated near the university's academic buildings on the Brayford campus. There are 17 blocks of self-catering apartments, each apartment housing 5 to 8 students. Some apartments have specifically designed rooms for students with disabilities. The site has a range of facilities with a total of 1,037 bedrooms available.

In 2005, the university's halls of residence were leased to a charitable trust for a premium of £30 million. As part of the deal the university would forego the rent that they would have ordinarily received. Part of the £30m will be used to fund the future development plans.

At Riseholme the university has three separate halls of residence.


The University of Lincoln operates a number of catering outlets. The main outlet is situated in the Main Admin Building on the Brayford campus. There are additional outlets in Hull, Greestone, Chad Varah, Thomas Parker House, Riseholme, LPAC, Engine Shed, Architecture Building, Enterprise@Lincoln building and also in the newly opened Business & Law building.

Sports Centre

The University of Lincoln Sports Centre is primarily used to accommodate the needs of both students and staff of the University of Lincoln, providing them with opportunities to participate in fitness classes and many sports based activities. Facilities include:
Double sports hall, 4 squash courts, Synthetic pitches, Fitness suite, Dance studio, 8 Badminton / short tennis courts, 2 Basketball courts, 2 Volleyball courts, 2 Netball courts, 2 five-a-side football pitches and a seven-a-side football pitch. A number of UL's sports teams operate in the national BUCS' leagues competing nationally against other institutions.


Located in the Great Central Warehouse ("GCW") building, a renovated former industrial railway goods warehouse
A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, etc. They are usually large plain buildings in industrial areas of cities and towns. They usually have loading docks to load and unload...

, the University Library was opened in December 2004 on the Brayford campus. There are smaller libraries at the university's three branch campuses, Holbeach, Kingston-upon-Hull and Riseholme. In total, the university's four libraries house more than a third of a million items.

The GCW was constructed in 1907 by the Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway
The Great Central Railway was a railway company in England which came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London Extension . On 1 January 1923, it was grouped into the London and North Eastern...

. It spent the second half of the twentieth century as a builder's warehouse before falling in to disrepair in 1998. It was converted into a library (designed by the University's in-house team of architects) and was formally opened in 2004 by the chief executive of the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Established in 1997, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education works to ensure that higher education qualifications in the United Kingdom are of a sound standard. It protects the public interest by checking how universities and colleges maintain their academic standards and quality...


In 2005, the conversion won gold and silver for conservation and regeneration at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is an independent, representative professional body which regulates property professionals and surveyors in the United Kingdom and other sovereign nations....

 (RICS) Regional Awards in Leicester. It has also gained awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects
The Royal Institute of British Architects is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally.-History:...


Riseholme Park

Riseholme Park is the university's agricultural campus. It is in the countryside a few miles from Lincoln and has extensive equine, agricultural, horticultural and animal learning facilities. The Old Hall, a 1744 building in front of the lake is the landmark of the 200 hectare grounds of broadleaf woodland and agricultural land.

The Equine unit was opened in 2002 and its facilities include two indoor American barns housing up to 30 horses, two outdoor arenas, an indoor arena, horse walker, AI facilities and a do-it-yourself yard for students. The campus also has a successful Cleveland Bay breeding programme, their main stallion being home-bred Lindon Principle, whom two of the Queen's mares have been put in foal to.

The Engine Shed

Constructed in 1874 by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, the Engine Shed was the only surviving, four-track, dead end railway building in Lincolnshire. Refitted as an entertainment venue and opened in September 2006, the Engine Shed is now the region's largest live music venue.

The main venue consists of four bars – The Upper Tower Bar, The Engine Shed bar, The Mezzanine bar and the Lower Tower Bar – space for up to 2,000 people on any given night.

The Engine Shed has also played host to a number of high profile artists, including 30 Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1998. Since 2007, the band has consisted of actor Jared Leto , Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević...

, Bloc Party
Bloc Party
Bloc Party are a British Indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke , Russell Lissack , Gordon Moakes , and Matt Tong...

, Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
Dylan Kwabena Mills , better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, is a Ghanaian British rapper, songwriter and record producer. His music is a blend of garage, hip hop, grime, ragga, pop and electronic music, with eclectic samples and more exotic styles...

, The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings are an English music duo comprising Jules de Martino and Katie White . They formed in December 2007 while based at Islington Mill Studios in Salford...

, Bowling For Soup
Bowling for Soup
Bowling for Soup is an American pop-punk band which originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994...

, The Charlatans
The Charlatans (British band)
The Charlatans are an English alternative rock band. The band's line-up currently comprises Tim Burgess , Mark Collins , Martin Blunt , Tony Rogers and Jon Brookes .Former members of the band include guitarist Jon Day , vocalist Baz Ketley...

, Chase & Status
Chase & Status
Chase & Status are an electronic music production duo from London consisting of Saul Milton and Will Kennard. MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen also make up the live band.-2003-2005:...

, The Zutons
The Zutons
The Zutons are an English indie rock band from Liverpool. They were formed in 2001 but did not release their first album, Who Killed...... The Zutons?, until May 2004. They achieved their biggest hits with "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" and "Valerie", both taken from their second studio album...

, Embrace
Embrace (UK band)
Embrace are an English post-Britpop band from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire. To date they have released five studio albums, one singles album and one B-sides compilation. The band consists of brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth,...

, The Cooper Temple Clause
The Cooper Temple Clause
The Cooper Temple Clause were an English six-piece alternative rock band originating from Wokingham, Berkshire. Formed in 1998, the band quickly gained a following through their live concerts, and have produced three albums, the latest being Make This Your Own...

, Deftones
Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno , Stephen Carpenter , Chi Cheng , Frank Delgado , and Abe Cunningham . Currently Sergio Vega is standing in on bass while Cheng recovers from a car accident...

, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South were an English alternative rock group formed at the end of the 1980s by two former members of Hull group The Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. The duo were initially joined by Sean Welch , Dave Stead and Dave Rotheray , all of whom stayed with the group throughout...

, Dirty Pretty Things
Dirty Pretty Things (band)
Dirty Pretty Things were an English band fronted by Carl Barât, a member of The Libertines. The formation of the band was announced in September 2005, after a dispute between Barât and Pete Doherty led to the breakup of The Libertines in 2004. Barât had worked with Vertigo Records and had...

, Babyshambles
Babyshambles are an English indie rock band established in London. The band was formed by Pete Doherty during a hiatus from his former band The Libertines, but Babyshambles has since become his main project . Babyshambles has released two albums, three EPs and a number of singles...

, Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that originated in Albion, Oklahoma but formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill , Ivan Nathan Followill and Michael Jared Followill Kings of Leon is an American rock band that originated in Albion,...

, Stereophonics
The Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band now living in turners x that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in Cynon Valley, Wales. The band currently comprises lead vocalist and guitarist Kelly Jones, bassist and backing vocalist Richard Jones, drummer Javier Weyler, guitarist and backing...

, Reverend And The Makers
Reverend and The Makers
Reverend and The Makers are an indie pop band based in Sheffield, England and signed to Wall of Sound. The band is fronted by Jon McClure, nicknamed "The Reverend"...

, The Kooks
The Kooks
The Kooks are an English indie rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2001. Formed by Luke Pritchard , Hugh Harris , Paul Garred , and Max Rafferty , the lineup of the band remained constant until 2008 and the departure of Rafferty...

, The Guillemots, The Human League
The Human League
The Human League are an English electronic New Wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977. They achieved popularity after a key change in line-up in the early 1980s and have continued recording and performing with moderate commercial success throughout the 1980s up to the present day.The only constant...

, Supergrass
Supergrass was an English alternative rock band from Oxford. The band consisted of brothers Gaz and Rob Coombes , Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey ....

, The Courteeners
The Courteeners
The Courteeners are a rock band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, England in 2006 by Liam Fray , Michael Campbell , Daniel Conan Moores , Mark Cuppello -Formation:...

, Editors and The Cribs
The Cribs
The Cribs are an English three-piece indie rock band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was made a formal member of the group...


Recent months have seen the Engine Shed open their doors to the Year 11 Proms, the Gay Pride Festival, the Lincoln Comedy Festival, and to the general public for hire.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) (opened in January 2008) houses a 450-seat multipurpose auditorium designed for live arts performances, conferences, and film screenings. The theatre's programme of events is designed to complement, rather than compete with, those of its neighbouring venues.

LPAC also does educational and outreach arts work with local communities. The £6 million centre is also home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts (LSPA) where around 240 students study for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in drama and dance. LSPA includes the new Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts.

The building is home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts. Arranged around the theatre are studios for dance, drama and music, as well as office spaces and control and dimming rooms designed to enable instruction of students during live performance. The centrepiece of the new building is the 450-seat theatre which hosts professional touring theatre, music and dance productions in addition to providing a platform for showcasing work within the professional programme from students of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts.

The International Study Centre

The International Study Centre is located in the Main Administrative Building of the Brayford Campus, and provides specialist degree and postgraduate degree preparation courses for international students. Students at the ISC are considered a part of the university, and have access to the same university facilities as other students. Students who join the ISC are guaranteed a place at the University of Lincoln, providing they meet the required entry standards.

Students’ progress is monitored at all times to ensure they are on track to successfully complete the programme. They are taught in university-style classes such as tutorials, seminar-style classes and group lectures.

Programmes that are available for the 2011/12 semester are: International Year One (the first year of a three-year degree programme), and Pre-Master’s (a one-year course leading directly to a master’s degree). International Year One programmes are available in Business Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Media Studies and Journalism. On completion of the degree, students progress to a variety degrees associated with the pathway they took.

Future plans

The university has plans to complete the physical development of the Brayford campus. These plans are detailed in the university's Brayford campus masterplan, and include:
  • A second science building
  • An extension to the Great Central Warehouse University Library
  • Additional catering outlets


There are six faculties of study:
  • Agriculture, Food & Animal Sciences
    • Department of Biological Sciences
    • Riseholme College
    • National Centre for Food Manufacture, Holbeach
  • Art, Architecture & Design
    • Lincoln School of Art & Design
    • Lincoln School of Architecture
  • Business & Law
    • Lincoln Business School
    • Lincoln Law School
    • Hull Centre for Management Development
    • Centre for Management and Business Research
  • Health, Life & Social Sciences
    • School of Natural & Applied Sciences
    • School of Social Sciences
    • School of Psychology
    • Department of Sport, Coaching & Exercise Science
    • Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI)
    • Lincoln School of Health and Social Care
    • Hull School of Health and Social Care
  • Media, Humanities & Technology
    • Lincoln School of Computer Science
    • Department of Humanities
    • Lincoln School of Media
    • Lincoln School of Performing Arts
    • Lincoln School of Journalism
  • Lincoln School of Engineering

There are also extra-faculty academic departments:
  • The Centre for Health Improvement and Leadership in Lincoln (CHILL)
  • The Centre for Education Research & Development (CERD)
  • The School of Theology & Ministry Studies


As of April 2011, there are 606 academic staff across all the campuses, and 670 support staff.

Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

The founding Vice-Chancellor of the University in Lincoln was Professor Roger King. Professor David Chiddick was Vice-chancellor when the university was renamed from The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside to The University of Lincoln. Chiddick's name is reflected in the Faculty of Business & Law's new Chiddick Building, formerly the Lincolnshire Echo building. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Mary Stuart who was appointed in 2009 following Chiddick's retirement. Professor Stuart previously held the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University
Kingston University
Kingston University is a public research university located in Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, United Kingdom. It was originally founded in 1899 as Kingston Technical Institute, a polytechnic, and became a university in 1992....

. The university's second Chancellor
Chancellor (education)
A chancellor or vice-chancellor is the chief executive of a university. Other titles are sometimes used, such as president or rector....

, Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale
Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale
Victor Olufemi Adebowale, Baron Adebowale, CBE is the Chief Executive of the social care enterprise Turning Point and was one of the first to become a People's Peer. In 2000 he received the CBE in the New Year’s Honour List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people...

, was installed in 2008.

Reputation & Rankings

UK University Rankings
League tables of British universities
Rankings of universities in the United Kingdom are published annually by The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Times...

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
Times Good University Guide 55nd 62nd 86th 103rd= 109th 104th 80th= 70th 92nd 91st 88th 96th 96th 97th 95th 96th
Guardian University Guide 57th 72nd 89th 101st 117th 108th 114th 100th 101st
Sunday Times University Guide 71st 74th 87th= 103rd 108th= 110th 105th 104th 96th 99th 81st 94th 85th
The Complete University Guide 67th 71st 78th 99th= 108th
The Daily Telegraph 109th 94th
FT Good University Guide 96th 89th 94th 89th

Cultural references

In August 2000, the university's Learning Resources Centre (now the Media, Humanities & Technology building) was the location for some of Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress and singer. She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. After appearing in several films throughout the decade, Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as Se7en and Emma...

 and Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Edward Eckhart is an American film and stage actor. Born in California, he moved to England at the age of 13, when his father relocated the family. Several years later, he began his acting career by performing in school plays, before moving to Sydney, Australia, for his high school senior year...

's scenes in Possession, the 2002 adaptation of A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt
Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner...

's novel.

In the 2010 episode of E4 comedy The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom which aired for three series from 2008 to 2010 on E4. Created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the show follows the life of suburban teenager Will , and three of his friends at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. The Inbetweeners Movie was...

entitled Home Alone, teacher Phil Gilbert (Greg Davies
Greg Davies
Greg Davies is a British stand-up comedian, actor, and former teacher, best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang and Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners. He has performed on the BBC's Live at the Apollo series....

) forces Will (Simon Bird
Simon Bird
Simon Antony Bird is an actor, writer and comedian. He is best known for playing Will McKenzie in E4’s BAFTA-winning TV comedy The Inbetweeners.-Early life:...

) to discover the identities of some students who have vandalised a Council flower display. Unless Will finds the culprits, Mr Gilbert says "It'll be goodbye first-class education, hello University of Lincoln."

Student life

According to the university, more than 50 different nationalities are represented among the student population on the Brayford Pool campus.

Based on the available 2010/2011 academic year data, the total student population (on campus) was 10,774, (9,665) undergraduates
Undergraduate education
Undergraduate education is an education level taken prior to gaining a first degree . Hence, in many subjects in many educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a bachelor's degree, such as in the United States, where a university entry level is...

 and (1,109) postgraduates
Postgraduate education
Postgraduate education involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and is normally considered to be part of higher education...


The university releases the independent student newspaper The Linc
The Linc
The Linc may refer to:* Lincoln Financial Field* Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway...

, founded in 2007.

A social network for University of Lincoln students Lincoln Yooni gives a comprehensive guide to all events happening in the city, a detailed city guide with maps and other resources, latest news stories, an accommodation/flat mate finder section, and an answers section allowing current students and prospective students to interact.

University of Lincoln Students' Union

The University of Lincoln Students' Union, (ULSU), was refounded in 2001, along with the university. It was formed as a "students' union co-operative", the first of its kind in the UK. All students were required to buy into the membership of the Union, and following a pledge of alliance, were bestowed by the Union a far greater say in the decision-making process. Regular member meetings were held, across the various campuses; all student members could, in theory, speak and present motions to be voted on, which would be accepted by the Union, if they were constitutional.

However, various legislative changes in the UK – as well as more practical problems (such as the cost of insuring the Union) – meant that the co-operative structure was not viable in the longer term. Accordingly, in 2007, the Union was reconstituted as a company limited by guarantee
Company limited by guarantee
In British and Irish company law, a private company limited by guarantee is an alternative type of corporation used primarily for non-profit organisations that require legal personality. A guarantee company does not usually have a share capital or shareholders, but instead has members who act as...

, and registered as a charity, introducing a more conventional governance structure. The Students' Union publishes Bullet Magazine six times a year

ULSU's All Student Meeting passed a motion in November 2009 to replace the officer structure with four full-time paid sabbatical officers and nine part-time unpaid officers, from July 2010.

The Engine Shed is home to Students' Union offices and the Student Opportunities, Activity & Participation (SOAP) Centre, the Athletic Union (AU), the UL Careers Centre and the Lincoln University Volunteers Centre ("LUV Shack").


Notable alumni
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 include Mary Parkinson
Mary Parkinson
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, television presenter and the wife of fellow television presenter Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson
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 and Martin Vickers
Martin Vickers
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, MP
Member of Parliament
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 for Cleethorpes
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. Sir Ian Botham was awarded with an honorary degree titled Doctor of Science
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 in 2010. Animator and visual artist David Firth
David Firth
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also went to the University of Lincoln.

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