Key Facts About the University of Lincoln

1. A university working with its city and across the nation

  • The University has invested around £200 million in the stunning Brayford Pool Campus that has transformed a city centre brownfield site, revitalised the area and attracted investment from the retail, leisure and property sectors. We plan to invest a further £130 million in the campus over the next few years.
  • The University of Lincoln is estimated to be worth more than £300 million to the local economy, doubling local economic growth rates, and creating more than 3,000 new jobs.
  • The University’s award-winning business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, has supported more than 300 new and growing businesses to establish themselves in the region and create over 450 new jobs.

2. Supporting UK industry and the economy

  • Lincoln is recognised for leading the way in successful partnerships with business. This was highlighted in the recent reviews into links between industry and academia by Sir Andrew Witty and Sir Tim Wilson.
  • The National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University’s Holbeach campus is a state-of-the-art training facility, sponsored and updated by the multi-billion pound food industry.
  • The University delivers work-based learning for industry and the Ministry of Defence, enhancing workforce skills and saving the UK taxpayer millions of pounds.
  • Lincoln opened the UK’s first purpose-built engineering school in 25 years in collaboration with Siemens plc. This pioneering approach to working with employers has been acknowledged through a series of national awards and accolades, including a Times Higher Education Award and a Lord Stafford Award.
  • The University has created the new city centre Lincoln Science and Innovation Park in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative as a hub for investment in science and technology sectors. The flagship Joseph Banks Laboratories opened in September 2014.
  • The expertise of Lincoln academics and graduates is embedded in national and local companies through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Contract research and consultancy purchased from the University by businesses and the public sector over the past five years is worth almost £16 million.

3. Research with real impact for people and society

  • The University of Lincoln is producing world leading research across many subject areas.
  • More than half (53%) of the research submitted by the University to the national Research Excellence Framework 2014 was rated as internationally excellent or world leading – the highest standards possible.
  • The University’s academic staff includes more than 60 substantive professors, who support a thriving research culture and a high-quality student experience.
  • The University is home to more than 40 research centres and research groups, investigating subjects ranging from Vision Engineering and Autonomous Systems to Conservation and Cultural Heritage.
  • Major research projects from the University benefit society in areas as varied as new vaccine development, agri-food technology, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, anti-terrorist surveillance, conservation of historic buildings, treatment of insomnia and children’s language development.
  • A multi-disciplinary approach ensures many projects involve experts from across the University’s different Schools and Colleges. For example, the Lincoln Institute for Health brings together expertise spanning laboratory-based science to frontline medical interventions.
  • The University is committed to research-engaged teaching across its curriculum, giving undergraduate students opportunities to work with postgraduates and academic staff on research projects through Lincoln’s pioneering Student as Producer initiative.

4. Very satisfied students

  • Lincoln is ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016. In addition, Lincoln has been ranked number one in a range of NSS subject areas including Zoology, Transport and Travel, Design, Biochemistry and Animal Science.
  • The University is committed to developing enterprising graduates, with Lincoln students enjoying good graduate prospects and many going on to start their own successful businesses. Ninety five per cent of our most recent graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their course, with almost three quarters in graduate level roles [Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2014/15, published July 2016]. 
  • Working in partnership with the Students’ Union enables the University of Lincoln to constantly improve a great student experience

5. Commitment to academic excellence

  • In its most recent Quality Assurance Agency review, the University received an excellent result and was commended for the innovative ways in which it gives its students a voice.
  • Lincoln is proud to be accredited by a number of professional bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Health Professions Council, General Social Work Council, British Psychological Society, National Council for the Training of Journalists, Periodical Training Council, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Law Society, Bar Council and Institute of Biomedical Science.

6. Global engagement

  • Around 100 different nationalities are represented among the University of Lincoln’s student population.
  • The University has partnerships with major universities around the world and the International Study Centre is working to extend its global reach.
  • The University of Lincoln supports multinational companies and organisations in their education, training, research and consultancy needs.
  • The University has played a key role in local, national and international celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015, including the creation of – a major new digital arts platform supported by Arts Council England.

7. Driving change in higher education

  • The University led the pioneering Learning Landscapes project to design academic spaces of the future.
  • Lincoln headed the innovative Student as Producer project, a major Higher Education Academy-funded initiative designed to investigate and promote student involvement in research right from the start of their studies.
  • Lincoln's Vice-Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart is a Member of the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Deputy Chair of the University Alliance.

8. Strong community focus

  • The University of Lincoln is a supporter of the Lincoln Book Festival, Lincolnshire Business Awards, Lincolnshire Sports Awards and the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture.
  • The Brayford Campus boasts spectacular arts venues in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, one of the largest theatres in the region, the Engine Shed live music venue and the Project Space Plus art gallery.
  • The University hosts a variety of free-to-attend public lectures, including the Great Lives guest lecture series which brings internationally recognised experts to the stage to share their learning, experience and expertise. Speakers have included Sir John Hurt, Professor Lord Robert Winston, and Baroness Susan Greenfield.
  • The University of Lincoln is a partner in the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership, a body which brings together public and private organisations across the city to support and enhance tourism and the visitor economy.
  • Siren FM, housed in industry-standard studios in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, was the UK’s first full-scale community radio station hosted by a university. It was named East Midlands Radio Station of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
  • Each year, more than 1,500 Lincoln students contribute around 15,000 volunteering hours to valuable community projects in and around the city and wider Lincolnshire region. The total economic value of the volunteering hours undertaken by the University community is estimated at almost £500,000.

9. Social mobility and diversity

  • The University is committed to raising aspirations among 14 to 19-year-olds, and works with schools locally and nationally to promote and assist progression to Higher Education.
  • As part of the Government’s National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) programme, the University of Lincoln leads the Lincolnshire Outreach Network, which encourages and supports more young people from local schools and colleges to access higher education.
  • In 2013 Lincoln joined the Sorrell Foundation Network and the University hosts the National Art and Design Saturday Club. This free programme of events for local secondary school pupils encourages creativity by providing expert tuition in design subjects with access to the University’s industry-leading facilities
  • The University supports students from less advantaged backgrounds by offering a number of bursaries and scholarships. These include the University of Lincoln Scholarship, the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Excellence Scholarship, Lincoln Graduate Scholarship and the Blackburn Bursary. Through its industry partnerships, it also offers Santander Scholarships and Siemens Engineering Bursaries.

10. Quality and success in a few short years

  • The University of Lincoln was the first new city centre campus to be built in 25 years thanks to public and private subscription contributing £32 million.
  • The Lincoln campus was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996. The former University of Lincolnshire and Humberside became the University of Lincoln in 2001.
  • The University now hosts around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff across campuses in Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach.
  • The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union won the title Students' Union of the Year at the National Union of Students (NUS) Awards 2014.
  • The University’s facilities were used as a Pre-Games Training Camp by Paralympic athletes ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Facts & figures*

Full-time undergraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 9,284
Total 9,284
Part-time undergraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 1,657
Holbeach 70
Off Campus 32
Total 1,759
Full-time postgraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 806
Holbeach 3
Total  809
Part-time postgraduates  
Lincoln Brayford Pool 1029
Hull   1
Holbeach 1
Total   1,031
Total number of students on campus 12,883
Academic staff
Lincoln Brayford Pool 698
Lincoln Riseholme 4
Holbeach 15
Off Campus 1
Total 718
Support staff
Lincoln Brayford Pool 739
Lincoln Riseholme Park 8
Holbeach 11
Off Campus 6
Total 764
All Staff  1,482

Includes enrolled students only
Excludes ERASMUS, Exchange, Study Group and DFPC students
Includes both fundable and non-fundable students
Includes both home/EU and overseas students

*Data - 2014/2015 (latest validated figures)
Last updated: March 2015