Cathedral and rainbow

The Lincoln Story

A city of significance

Brayford Pool, the site of the University of Lincoln's main campus, has always been an important spot in the city.

As far back as the Iron Age, the Celts are thought to have named the town 'Lindon', meaning 'the pool', as it was the source of all water, trade and transport in the area.

The Romans, too, chose the city because of its inland marina, building their fortress high up on the hill to protect the pool.

Lincoln became one of the most important Roman, and then Viking, settlements in the country. When the Cathedral was first built in the 11th century, it pipped the Great Pyramids to be the tallest man-made structure in the world.

Origins of a university

Although the origins of the modern University can be traced back as far as 1861, a university actually in the city of Lincoln was still 150 years away at this time.

It was in 1995 that the Lincolnshire Foundation was born, a charitable trust that was determined to bring a university to the city.

Through tireless campaigning, over £30 million was raised, and the university that The Independent would go on to call "the best thing to happen to Lincoln since the Romans" was born.

A very royal opening

Her Majesty the Queen opened the first University of Lincoln building on the Brayford Campus in 1996.

It was a University forged by the will of a community, not by a government directive, and the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades.

More than £140 million has now been invested in the campus, transforming a brownfield site into an award-winning, state-of-the-art learning environment for the thousands of students who pass through its doors every year.

Education and innovation

Professor Mary Stuart's arrival in late 2009 as Vice Chancellor marked a new phase in the University's development.

It was enjoying an unprecedented rise up the league tables; The Times Good University Guide described it as "the most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times."

Today, the University of Lincoln has established an international reputation as a research-driven, pioneering institution.

Just as Brayford Pool made Lincoln the city of choice for the Celts, Romans and Vikings, today the world-class university that sits on the site draws students and academics from around the world to join an institution that is leading the way in Higher Education.