University of Lincoln

Since being opened by Her Majesty the Queen, the University of Lincoln has put students and the public at the heart of everything we do, while climbing more places in university league tables than almost any other institution.

About the University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln’s award-winning campus provides a modern, student-centred environment on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, where everything you need is either on campus or just a short walk away in the city centre. With its medieval castle and one of the finest cathedrals in Europe, Lincoln is steeped in history and home to galleries, cinemas, shopping, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

The University has established an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research, with academics, students and the public working together on major projects across areas as varied as cancer treatment and water conservation. 

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.

The University of Lincoln has some of the most satisfied students in the UK. Lincoln is in the top third nationally for student satisfaction as ranked by our students, based on the average score for all questions in the National Student Survey 2015. Several of our courses rank in top 20% nationally in NSS 2015, including Psychology and Sport & Exercise.

Teaching and Learning

If you choose to study at the University of Lincoln, you will be joining a university at the forefront of research-engaged teaching.

Our hands-on approach involves students in all aspects of teaching and learning and you will discover and share knowledge by working in collaboration with your fellow students and academics. We call this approach to teaching, Student as Producer, and it makes the Lincoln experience unique.

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, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and Institute of Biomedical Science.

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.


The University hosts a variety of free-to-attend public lectures, including the Great Minds 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.

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.

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.

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.

The University of Lincoln supports multinational companies and organisations in their education, training, research and consultancy needs and has partnerships with major universities around the world with the International Study Centre is working to extend its global reach. Around 100 different nationalities are represented among the University of Lincoln’s student population.


The University of Lincoln is producing world-leading research across many subject areas including health and social care. Major research projects from the University benefit society in areas as varied as new vaccine development, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, 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.

A major focus of the School of Health and Social Care's research strategy lies in developing partnerships with a wide range of communities, services and researchers in order to design and deliver projects which are beneficial to service users and which influence policy, practice and procedures in health and social care services.

Current research within the School includes partnerships with the following:

  • a range of local and national partners to support the development of social work practice and social work education. Locally-funded evaluations of service provision and service enhancement are being developed and carried out, with the goal of enhancing practice delivery.
  • the National Health Service (NHS), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) network and other academic institutions linking closely with key external contexts such as Best Research for Best Health, the NIHR and the Cooksey Review of health research funding. Additionally, collaborative research funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF; budget-held elsewhere) is being revised currently prior to a programme of national dissemination.
  • an innovative and large scale international education and practice development project funded by the European Union.
  • The Community and Health Research Unit conducts research on quality and improvement in health and social care, focusing on primary care, prehospital care and older... Read More
  • Student as Producer - Higher education’s core activities of teaching and research are being reconnected in a ground-breaking project which is transforming how undergraduate students see their place in the academic community. Click on the link to find out more -
  • Social Science Research Showcase - Research by the College of Social Science explores a diverse range of issues relevant to our society, from spearheading improvements in emergency healthcare to understanding the intricacies of regional economies.

Click on the link to find out more through a selection of case studies from researchers in the College of Social Science:

If you would like further information or to get involved, please use the contacts below

Quality improvement (Education and research) - Professor Niro Siriwardena
Patient and public involvement – Paul Mansfield
Deploment of technologies – Andy Hagyard