The University of Lincoln is an English university founded in 1992, with origins tracing back to the foundation and association with the Hull School of Art 1861.
Queen Elizabeth II founded the university’s main campus at Brayford Pool in 1996, providing economic revitalisation and elevation to Lincoln. The Independent described the university as “the best thing to happen to Lincoln since the Romans”. There are further campuses in Riseholme,Holbeach and Hull. The University of Lincoln is the younger of the two Higher Education institutions in Lincoln, the older being Bishop Grosseteste University. The University of Lincoln still remains the older university however.
The University of Lincoln has rapidly moved up in the university rankings, having risen 60 places in 4 years. The Sundays Times Newspaper, responsible for The Times ‘Good University Guide’, recently described the university’s progression as ‘The most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times’. In 2012, the university ranked in the top 50 of the Guardian University Guide for the first time.
The University of Lincoln has also proved successful in the National Student Surveys (2010), which rank 10 current degrees in the top 10 nationally when considering student satisfaction.
It is the University of Lincoln’s annual tradition for student graduation ceremonies to take place at the medieval Lincoln Cathedral
In Lincoln, the university’s on-campus student accommodation, “The Student Village”, is a waterfront complex situated near the university’s academic buildings on the Brayford campus. There are 17 blocks of self-catering apartments, each apartment housing 5 to 8 students. Some apartments have specifically designed rooms for students with disabilities. The site has a range of facilities with a total of 1,037 bedrooms available.
In 2005, theUniversity of Lincoln halls of residence were leased to a charitable trust for a premium of £30 million. As part of the deal the university would forego the rent that they would have ordinarily received. Part of the £30m will be used to fund the future development plans.
At Riseholme the university has three separate halls of residence.
Located in the Great Central Warehouse (“GCW”) building, a renovated former industrial railway goods warehouse, the University Library was opened in December 2004 on the Brayford campus. In total, the university’s libraries house more than a third of a million items.
The GCW was constructed in 1907 by the Great Central Railway. It spent the second half of the twentieth century as a builder’s warehouse before falling in to disrepair in 1998. It was converted into a library (designed by the University’s in-house team of architects) and was formally opened in 2004 by the chief executive of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
In 2005, the conversion won gold and silver for conservation and regeneration at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Regional Awards in Leicester. It has also gained awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
The University of Lincoln Sports Centre is primarily used to accommodate the needs of both students and staff of the University of Lincoln, providing them with opportunities to participate in fitness classes and many sports based activities. Facilities include: Double sports hall, 4 squash courts, Synthetic pitches, Fitness suite, Dance studio, 8 Badminton / short tennis courts, 2 Basketball courts, 2 Volleyball courts, 2 Netball courts, 2 five-a-side football pitches and a seven-a-side football pitch. A number of UL’s sports teams operate in the national BUCS’ leagues competing nationally against other institutions.
The University of Lincoln has expanded rapidly on the Brayford site since its opening in 1996. Buildings on the Brayford now include a School of Architecture designed by Rick Mather, a science laboratory facility, a sports centre, and a university library.
- Brayford (Main Campus)
- The Main Administration Building (MAB)
- The Business And Law Building (B&L)
- The Media, Humanities and Technology Building (MHT)
- Minerva Productions
- Siren FM (107.3FM Radio Station)
- The Science Building
- The Architecture Building
- The Engineering Hub
- The East Midlands Media and Technology Centre (EMMTEC)
- Great Central Warehouse Library (GCW Library)
- The Engine Shed
- Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC)
- Enterprise@Lincoln Building
- Sparkhouse Studios
- The Sports Centre and Human Performance Centre
- The Think Tank
- Cathedral Quarter
- The Lincoln School of Art & Design
- The National Centre for Food Technology
- Holbeach Technology Campus
- Riseholme Park
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Riseholme College
The main administration building at the Brayford campus was initially designed with the proposed function of a showroom. The large, open atrium space is surrounded by balconies on several floors, with lecture halls on the ground floor with classrooms and support departments on the higher floors.
The University of Lincoln also maintains several buildings of historic interest in uphill Lincoln (the “Cathedral” campus), including a building named after Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans. At Riseholme, set amongst a 2.4 square kilometres (0.93 sq mi) estate and working farm is the former residence of the Bishop of Lincoln. The main building at the much-reduced campus in Hull has been renamed in honour of the late Professor Derek Crothall, a former Pro Vice Chancellor of the University.
The University of Lincoln continues to have a presence on the University of Hull’s campus, until the final cohort of the Hull-based students graduates in the summer of 2013. After the summer of 2013, the Health and Social Care and Professional development provision will be located at the University’s Brayford Campus in Lincoln. From here, the University will continue to offer support to part time, employment-based and post qualifying students in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.