Located in the heart of a historic city centre, on an award winning campus, the University of Lincoln is home to over 10,000 undergraduate students who consistently rank it amongst the best in the entire United Kingdom for satisfaction. It was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992 although the institution can trace its roots as far back as the mid-1800s.
Lincoln is actually one of two universities in the city, although has been described as “the best thing to happen to Lincoln since the Romans.” The transformation in the university’s prospects over the past decade has also been stark. It has risen over 60 places in the university rankings in what The Times Good University Guide called “the most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times”.
So why has there been such a change in fortunes? What is it that makes Lincoln such a fantastic place to live and study?
Students Come First
There are a number of reasons that Lincoln is consistently rated amongst the best in the country for student satisfaction, but the fact that undergraduates are very much at the centre of the university’s attention is certainly a major factor. This materialises in a number of ways; students can expect lots of contact time with lecturers, there is huge investment in facilities for students (over £150 million in recent years) and the university works closely with Lincoln Student Union to continually make improvements.
The facilities too have all been designed to meet the requirements of undergraduates. A £10 million refurbishment of the Art, Architecture and Design building, a purpose built centre for Engineering and a fantastically equipped Law and Business School are just a few examples of this.
Not only is Lincoln’s state of the at Brayford campus located in a picturesque marina, the university has taken care to ensure everything a student could possibly need is located within walking distance on the lecture theatres. Both university and privately owned halls of residence are located within close proximity of the campus too (a Google search for ‘student accommodation Lincoln ’ will show you just how close) and Lincoln consequently ranks third in the country for students being able to walk to lectures.
Moreover, Lincoln itself is located in a very convenient part of the country. By car the city is a short journey from the M1 motorway and direct connections to Doncaster, Leicester, London, Peterborough and Nottingham are provided by East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains and Northern Rail.
World Class Teaching
The teaching at Lincoln University is also of an exceptional quality, demonstrated by an ‘excellent’ review by the Quality Assurance Agency. There is a real emphasis on enterprising students too, with 93% of graduates finding work within 6 months of leaving, many of who started their own business.
Several of the taught courses are accredited by professional bodies. These include the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Health Professional Council.
Strong Community Spirit
Lincoln University is proud to immerse itself in the local community, and is involved with everything from local business partnerships to contributing thousands of volunteering hours to valuable charity and community projects around the Lincolnshire region. It is estimated that the university contributes some £500,000 worth of volunteering hours every single year.
In addition, there are free public lectures and speaker series, the spectacular Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and a multi-disciplinary approach to research projects that have real and tangible benefits for the local community and beyond.
The community spirit expands beyond the Lincolnshire border too. Lincoln is home to students of around 100 different nationalities and the university is partnered with organisations across the entire world.
The Graduation Ceremony
Finally, of course, completing a degree at Lincoln means you’re able to graduate in one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the United Kingdom. The building dates back to 1088 and was reputedly the tallest building in the world for over 200 years. It is still the third largest in the UK and is renowned for being one of the finest and most precious examples of gothic architecture in the country. It makes for fantastic graduation photos, that’s for sure!