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University of Lincoln

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Based in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln is proud of its reputation for providing a high-quality student experience underpinned by inspirational teaching.

Rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework - the highest possible standard - students can benefit from great support, exciting teaching, and excellent employment outcomes.

The University is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence with its pioneering approach to working with industry. Unique relationships with companies such as Siemens, the Lincolnshire Co-operative, and Santander showcase our industry-engaged approach, and have also been acknowledged through a series of national awards over the past decade, including a prestigious Lord Stafford Award (2011). Our innovative strategy provides students with enhanced opportunities for work experience, networking, and access to latest industry trends.

96% of the University’s most recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of finishing their course according to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Fantastic course, nightlife, clubs, and societies. I feel the experience has significantly improved my ability to learn and made me more employable. 100% recommend going.”

“It has been more than I could have asked for. The University of Lincoln has given me so many opportunities to become more independent and confident as a person. I have loved every aspect of my course and feel fully prepared to go on to what is next. I have been fully engaged with my course and feel like I have got the most out of it which I would recommend for any incoming students. The support here has been neverending.”

“Excellent. The tutors make it for me, they are 100% behind you and guide you to achieve the best you can.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The University has a dedicated employability and careers professional team to help you develop the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience you need to kickstart your chosen career.

The University’s Careers and Employability team has been acknowledged nationally for its innovative approach to careers education and guidance, winning the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Award for Excellence in Employer Engagement.

The advisors offer individual support and advice through one-to-one appointments, group sessions, and workshops. Daily drop-in sessions with the Careers Clinic are also available. The team is on hand to answer your queries and help you develop practical skills, such as building your CV and preparing for interviews.

A range of employment advice and skills development workshops are delivered throughout the year as part of a calendar of careers events which features our ‘Find Your Feet’ annual careers fair, bringing big name employers onto campus. This complements a series of ‘How to Get a Graduate Job with...’ events, giving students the opportunity to engage with some of the UK’s top 300 graduate recruiters.

Students can sign up to our CareerLinc service to receive updates on student employment, work placement, and graduate-level opportunities with a range of regional, national, and global organisations. There is a Campus Jobs service which you can use to help you find part-time work to fit around your studies. This can form part of our unique Lincoln Award scheme which recognises the work and experience you engage in at Lincoln. You can use this award to demonstrate your wider skill set to employers.

Our Careers and Employability team will strive to help you find relevant work experience aligned to your career aspirations.  Some students choose to take a break from their studies to undertake a full-time work placement year during their undergraduate course to gain direct industry experience and apply their knowledge in a professional setting. At the University of Lincoln, no fees are charged for a work placement year, although students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs during these placements.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Employability modules really help to enhance interview and CV building skills.”

“There are a lot of good careers events throughout the year alongside guest speakers from different companies. There is also a good careers team and advisers in the Lincoln International Business School and the wider University.”

“There are plenty of resources, tutorials, and help with placements and supporting statements.”


Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

During your studies you will have the support of your personal tutor. They offer mentoring, guidance, and encouragement to help you get the most out of your university experience.

The innovative teaching at Lincoln is all about hands-on learning, developing transferable skills and acquiring knowledge which can be used in real-world scenarios. As a result, students are encouraged to work collaboratively with staff to generate ideas and solve problems in a creative way.

Many of their courses offer students the option to influence the direction of their own learning by pursuing topics that are of particular interest to them or align with their specific career goals.

Ultimately, the Lincoln experience aims to ensure that graduates are equipped with the confidence, skills, and knowledge they need to make a positive difference to society, and to achieve the future they want.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“The teaching on our course is wonderful. The academic staff are very intrested in the students and really want us to succeed. We have lectures, small group seminars, and practicals. The practicals are my favourite. The demonstrators are all very helpful in making sure you understand everything about what you are doing and why you are doing it.”

“The seminars are focused on debate and discussion and we are always encouraged to share our ideas and opinions. The use of case studies and current topical events are a great way for us to put theory into practice.”

“All of my lecturers are so  approachable, we have office hours but all of my tutors operate an 'open door' policy.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The University of Lincoln Students’ Union is an independent organisation run by elected officers on behalf of students at Lincoln. They are here to help students make their time at Lincoln a truly unforgettable experience. Run by student leaders, the SU offers a range of opportunities and support for members of the student community.

There are a wide range of sporting activities to get involved in at Lincoln, be it competitively or just for fun. The SU is a member of British University and College Sport (BUCS), and eligible teams compete against other universities from across the country during tournaments and weekly fixtures.

For students who may need help or support during their studies, the SU runs its own Advice Centre, offering free independent and impartial advice on academic, financial, housing, and welfare issues. It also engages in campaigns throughout the year, helping to support BAME, LGBTQ+, women’s, disabled, environmental, student-led, and community projects, tackling important topical issues.

Lincoln’s SU venues have been named among the safest in the country, receiving the Best Bar None Gold standard. The Tower Barand The Swan provide a relaxed space for both daytime and evening get-togethers. In contrast, The Engine Shed, one of the region’s largest live venues, hosts live acts including the  Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, and Rudimental, as well as comedians including Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, and Katherine Ryan.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Always lots of events and well organised.”

“The Students’ Union here is very involved in student life. I am a School Representative through the Students’ Union and I thoroughly enjoy making a difference on the courses within my School. Taking students’ feedback and making the university experience better. Which is exactly what our Students’ Union does. There are more than 150 sports and societies that you can join through the SU. Not to mention the Engine Shed which is an amazing venue for live music and club nights, Tower Bar, and the Swan (pub). Great fun.”

“The Students' Union is dynamic and enthusiastic. They offer a lot of activities for students. They are quick to response and fulfil students' comments.”



The University offers a variety of housing options to suit diverse student needs and budgets. Students can live in on-campus accommodation within the Student Village, university-managed developments, and third party halls of residence just off-campus.

Alongside accommodation, Lincoln has on-campus bike storage areas, security on site 24- hours a day, and laundry facilities. Within University accommodation, internet and bill are included within housing costs.

Student Village:
The University of Lincoln Student Village comprises the University’s on-campus accommodation and is made up of two purpose-built waterfront complexes: Lincoln Courts and the University’s latest on-campus residential development, Cygnet Wharf.

 Both developments place students close to the University’s academic buildings, Student Services, and Students’ Union, while the city’s high street is only a short walk away. The buildings are made up of furnished, self-catering apartments. These house between three and twelve students, and most include bedrooms with en-suite facilities. Rental costs for these complexes include utilities, personal possessions insurance, and WiFi internet access.

The Student Village is owned and managed by the University, and our dedicated Accommodation Services team is there to help you make the most of your experience. As well as 24-hour on-campus security, students can access the card-operated launderette and bicycle storage.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Very nice, close to Uni, bills included.”

“I live in Courts - one of the University’s on-site accommodation options. The halls range from 5-8 people in a flat with newly furbished kitchens and lounge area. The shared area is spacious and very homely; the kitchen also came equipped with the majority of things we needed to cook with (i.e. kettle and microwave. I also really love the size of my room. I have an en-suite, single bed, and desk area.”

“It's good. The accommodation staff are very helpful.”



The University of Lincoln aims to support its students by ensuring they have access to the latest equipment and resources required for their studies. The University was awarded Gold by EcoCampus for its work in creating a more sustainable environmental management practice across the campus.

Over the past two decades the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with ongoing investments on additional facilities and refurbishments to its existing buildings.

With faciltities designed for subject-specific student needs, Lincoln’s buildings blend modern and innovative learning spaces with social areas for group work and collaborations. At the heart of the University’s student life is the Great Central Warehouse Library, offering students access to more than 200,000 journals, 600,000 print and electronic books, as well as a database and specialist collections.

The University of Lincoln Students’ Union operates several major on-campus venues which are popular hotspots for students during the day and at night. These venues were named as some of the safest in the country in the Best Bar None Awards in 2017.

The Students’ Union’s Tower Bar and The Swan provide relaxed daytime and evening hangouts, while The Engine Shed is one of the region’s biggest live music venues. It has hosted acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, and Rudimental, as well as comedians Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, and Katherine Ryan.

A short walk away from campus you will find a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that overlook the marina area, while the city’s high street and side streets offer a mix of independent and boutique stores and national brands and chains. Quirky speakeasy bars, cosy pubs, and bustling live music venues add to the vibrant and varied nightlife.

There are plenty of societies and sports clubs that students can get involved in. The University’s on-campus Sports Centre provides many of the facilities used by the Students’ Union sports clubs, including five-a-side football pitches, squash courts, basketball courts, hockey pitches, and trampolines. The Centre also offers a mix of fitness classes and a well-equipped gym.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Excellent.” “Fantastic. Labs are very well geared up to demonstrate various techniques in conservation.”

City life
City life

City life

WUSCA Local life ranking The Local life ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

Lincoln is renowned for its fusion of old and new, and is known as one of the world’s great historic cities.

With a winning combination of a welcoming and vibrant city centre, as well as a historic Cathedral Quarter offering a rich variety of attractions, activities and amenities, Lincoln is a fantastic place in which to live and study.

The University’s campus is based at the heart of it all. Located on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, it provides a modern student-centered community with almost everything students need either on campus or a short walk away.

When students are not studying, there are plenty of activities and amenities for them to enjoy on campus and in the city. The University of Lincoln Students’ Union operates several major on-campus venues which are popular hotspots for students during the day and at night.

There are plenty of places and events to keep you entertained while at Lincoln. The city boasts a range of museums and public art galleries, giving visitors the chance to explore and experience both local and national culture. There is a lively programme of theatre events in the city’s New Theatre Royal, Drill Hall, and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and a variety of festivals are hosted in the city, including the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln Book Festival, and the Indie-Lincs international film festival.

The wider county has plenty to offer as well. The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside, ready to be explored through country walks and cycle routes. You can find quaint market towns, stunning scenery, and fascinating heritage. A visit to one of Lincolnshire’s seaside resorts is a great way to spend a sunny day with friends.

Student reviewers say they feel safe while going out in the city, and enjoy the nightlife on offer, ranging from live music venues to pubs, clubs and bars, all in close proximity to each other.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“The campus is very close to town and there always seems like there is something to do.”

 “Nice historical city.”

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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

The University’s clubs and societies are certainly popular, with more than 3,500 students currently involved in them. There’s more than 150 to choose from, including debating, film, Harry Potter, cheerleading, and comedy.

For sports fans, there is a range of clubs to choose from including golf, rugby, football, badminton, rowing, tennis and cricket. Some students have even gone on to compete in inter-university British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) tournaments.

If students can’t find a society to suit their interests, they can always set one up themselves by asking the SU.

Student reviewers find joining a new group is an invaluable way to meet new friends and praise the variety of societies on offer.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Very well organised. Lots of participation opportunities.”

“I joined the Photography, and Fashion and Design societies. Both societies have weekly activities and they are good.They have different sessions each week so I am not bored and I have chances to socialise.”

“Great range, something for everyone.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

During their studies students have the support of their personal tutor who can offer mentoring, guidance, and encouragement to help students get the most out of their university experience. The University also offers a wide range of support and advice services for both personal and academic matters to meet the needs of our student community.

 Situated at the heart of the Brayford Pool Campus, the Student Support Centre brings many key services together, providing a central point of contact that can link students with the appropriate team. The University’s specialist teams offer free, impartial, and confidential advice and information on an array of topics, from fees, funding, and making payments, to housing, visas, and legal advice.

Students are happy with the support on offer from the team as well as their academic tutors, and said they’re helpful and quick at responding to emails.

University of Lincoln students on Whatuni say:

“Lots of personal and professional development offered.”

“- Academic: The individual tutors and tutorials are good. My tutor is very supportive and he encourages me a lot while I am doing my project. - Personal: The Student Support Centre is helpful and quick to response to students. I can come there to ask anything.”

“Excellent in my opinion and experience.”



The University of Lincoln’s Advice Service is here to help applicants understand the costs involved in going to university and the funding options available.

For the most up to date fees information visit the University of Lincoln website.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For the full terms and conditions, including eligibility criteria, of all scholarships and bursaries available at the University of Lincoln, please visit our scholarship page on our website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

The University of Lincoln prides itself on the quality of its teaching, which is reflected in our Gold award in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. In addition to the expertise of our academic teams, students at the University also get the chance to learn from visiting staff who are wellknown and respected in their industries and professions. The former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy is currently a Visiting Artist at the University, while naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham CBE is a Visiting Professor, as is TV presenter and technology writer Jason Bradbury.

 Each year the University of Lincoln welcomes a range of guest speakers who deliver inspirational talks in their respective fields as part of our Great Lives lecture series. These free events give students the chance to hear from experts outside of their subject areas and broaden their horizons. Past speakers have included award-winning health and science journalist Dr Michael Mosley, the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation Sir Mark Walport, and comedian, writer, and director Stewart Lee.

At Lincoln, we strive to offer teaching underpinned by a vibrant research culture, and we are particularly proud of our Student as Producer initiative for teaching, learning, and engagement. This emphasises the role of students as collaborators in the production of knowledge.

 Students have the opportunity to work alongside experienced academics on research that can make a tangible difference to society. This hands-on approach encourages students to solve problems and generate new ideas.

 For those who want to take their research further, the University offers an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme, where students can work with an academic on a funded research project over the summer. Students from the scheme have gone on to present their work at national conferences and publish findings in academic journals.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications, and will accept UCAS points for many qualifications including General Studies, Critical Thinking, and the Extended Project. Students will need at least a C grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications including A Levels, T Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. They also consider applicants with extensive, relevant work experience.

Entry requirements for individual courses can be found on the University of Lincoln website.


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

28th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2021

50th / 130

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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