University of Lincoln


The first University of Lincoln building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996. It was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades.

The University of Lincoln developed from a number of educational institutions in Hull including the Hull School of Art (1861), the Hull Technical Institute (1893), the Roman Catholic teacher-training Endsleigh College (1905), the Hull Central College of Commerce (1930), and Kingston upon Hull College of Education (1913). These institutions merged in 1976 to form Hull College of Higher Education, with a change of name to Humberside College of Higher Education in 1983 when it absorbed several courses in fishing, food and manufacturing based in Grimsby. In 1992 it was one of the many institutions in the UK to become full universities as, briefly, the University of Humberside, growing to 13,000 students by 1993.

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; the site is now the home of the Hull York Medical School. Until 2012 the university maintained 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 technology park, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach was reopened by John Hayes, the Member of Parliament for South Holland and the Deepings.


The university is structured as a college based system with each college led by a Pro Vice Chancellor. There are three colleges of study, each comprising schools, institutes and research centres.

College of Arts

  • School of Architecture & Design
  • School of English & Journalism
  • School of Film & Media
  • School of Fine & Performing Arts
  • School of History & Heritage

College of Science

  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematics & Physics
  • School of Pharmacy
  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing
  • Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
  • Lincoln Institute for Health

 College of Social Science

  • Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Health & Social Care
  • Law School
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Social & Political Sciences
  • School of Sport & Exercise Science


Some courses require students to have certain GCSEs at grade C or above. See individual course pages on the university’s website or the prospectus for subject-specific entry requirements. The University of Lincoln accepts a range of qualifications, including A levels, GCSEs, BTEC Level 3 Awards and the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas.

The university’s Admissions Policy is available on their website.


Psychology courses at the University of Lincoln rank number one for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015, out of 111 institutions offering the subject. Biology at Lincoln is ranked second out of 78 universities and Lincoln’s Design courses, which include degree programmes such as Creative Advertising, Graphic Design and Fashion, are ranked third out of 72 institutions.

In science and engineering subjects, the University of Lincoln’s unique relationships with companies such as Siemens and the Lincolnshire Co-op demonstrate their industry-engaged approach to curriculum development. They are one of only a handful of top universities to hold Global Principal Partner status with Siemens. Alongside their world class academic staff, some of the finest thinkers in their fields come to Lincoln to deliver inspirational talks to their students. Guest speakers include award-winning actor John Hurt, Olympian and sports presenter Steve Cram, scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston, and barrister and campaigner Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham is a Visiting Professor in Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences while technology expert Jason Bradbury teaches Product Design and Computer Science students as a Visiting Lecturer. Journalist Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School of English & Journalism.

The University of Lincoln was placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two areas of REF 2014, reflecting substantial investments made in developing science and health research at Lincoln. In the ‘Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science’ subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions for quality of outputs, and in the ‘Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy’ sector, Lincoln was placed 10th in the UK out of 94 institutions for the quality of outputs.


Lincoln headed the innovative Student as Producer project, a major Higher Education Academy-funded initiative, and an ethos of research-engaged teaching underpins the curriculum at Lincoln. Students rated a number of Lincoln’s courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey with Psychology ranked number one

The university is committed to developing enterprising graduates, with Lincoln students enjoying good graduate prospects and with some choosing to start their own successful businesses. Nine out of ten of Lincoln’s most recent (2013–14) graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their course with two thirds of those employed in graduate level roles. 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 Centre for the Training of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Law Society; Bar Council; Institute of Biomedical Health.


The University of Lincoln has its own bespoke Careers and Employability team who offer a range of central and subject specific educational programmes and activities. The team offer a vast array of services and opportunities for students including opportunities for students to meet with professionally trained, and qualified Advisers who are able to support students in both a group work, individual and virtual capacity through their advice and guidance services. An extensive central events programme which focuses on offering students the opportunity to explore the wide ranging opportunities available to them and preparing them effectively to reach their full potential. Professionally produced and informed information resources and a careers virtual learning platform to enable students to prepare for their career, understand their stages of career development and the expectations of graduate recruiters. Access to 1000s of graduate level vacancies and opportunities, as well as opportunities during students’ studies. Access to a vast network of local, regional, national and international employers who are also engaged in supporting the teams Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance services. Opportunities to network with employers throughout their studies through events, competitions, curriculum lectures and modules, mentoring and mock interviews. The Careers & Employability team are there to support students on all programmes and at all levels of study and proactively encourage students to consider their career planning from the start of their student journey with them.

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