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|The University of Lincoln|
|Motto||Latin: Libertas per Sapientiam|
|Motto in English||Freedom through wisdom|
|Established||1861 – Hull School of Art
1976 – Hull College of Higher Education
1983 – Humberside College of Higher Education
1992 – University of Humberside
1996 – University of Lincolnshire and Humberside
2001 – University of Lincoln
|Chancellor||Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale|
|Location||Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
|Affiliations||University Alliance, ACU, East Midlands Universities Association, LiSN, Yorkshire Universities|
|Website||Official Website of the University of Lincoln|
The University of Lincoln is a British university in the city of Lincoln, England. The university has origins tracing back to 1861, and after gaining university status in 1992, was known as the University of Humberside until 1996 and the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside until 2001, when it adopted its present name.
Lincoln is one of two universities in the city, alongside Bishop Grosseteste University. Lincoln's main campus is adjacent to Brayford Pool, the site of urban regeneration in the city since the 1990s; further campuses are located in Riseholme and Holbeach.
The Independent described the university as "the best thing to happen to Lincoln since the Romans". Lincoln has rapidly moved up in the university rankings, having risen 60 places in 4 years. The Sunday 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.
It is the University of Lincoln's annual tradition for student graduation ceremonies to take place at the medieval Lincoln Cathedral.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Academic profile
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
The cathedral city of Lincoln was without its own university, so the University of Humberside was approached to develop a new campus to the south west of the city centre, overlooking the Brayford Pool. The University was renamed the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside in January 1996, taking in its first 500 Lincoln students in September 1996, intending to grow to about 4,000 Lincoln based students within four years.
With another change of name to the University of Lincoln in October 2001, a new campus was built in Lincoln. The University moved its main campus from Hull to Lincoln in 2002.
Opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the University's main campus in Lincoln was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades. More than £150 million has been invested in the Brayford Pool campus, transforming a city centre brownfield site, revitalising the area and attracting investment from the retail, leisure and property sectors. Economists estimate that the University has created at least 3,000 new jobs within Lincoln and that it generates more than £250 million every year for the local economy – doubling previous local economic growth rates.
The consolidation involved the University acquiring Leicester-based De Montfort University's schools in Lincolnshire: the Lincoln School of Art and Design in uphill Lincoln, and the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture's sites at Riseholme, Caythorpe and Holbeach. Caythorpe was later closed permanently and its activities moved to Riseholme. Courses held in Grimsby were also moved to Lincoln around this time. In 2012 All Further Education Provision was transferred from Risholme College to Bishop Burton College. Bishop Burton College are now responsible for the Riseholme College.
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 campus at Holbeach was reopened by John Henry Hayes, the Member of Parliament for South Holland and the Deepings.
More recently the University's Forensic Science department has been one of only four Universities in the UK accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the department's BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course is accredited by the Forensic Science Society. The Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The Lincoln school of Journalism is also accredited by the BJTC, making it a nationally recognised course among leading broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News.
The Lincoln School of Media has acquired a good reputation in league tables for its BA and MA Media Production Degrees. It recently upgraded its television studios to High Definition. The Lincoln Sound Theatre was opened in 2010 by Visiting Professor Trevor Dann
Recently the BA Hons Audio Production course has received JAMES Accreditation (Joint Audio Media Education Support) 
In 2011, the building on the Engineering Hub was complete housing the new School of Engineering, a collaboration between the University and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd. It was the UK's first purpose-built Engineering School for more than 20 years and is based at the Brayford campus.
The University 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, an Engineering Hub 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)
- Siren FM (107.3FM Radio Station)
- Brayford Radio (Online Student 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
- The Lincoln School of Art & Design
- The National Centre for Food Technology
- Holbeach Technology Campus
The main administration building at the Brayford campus has a 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 also maintains several buildings of historic interest in uphill Lincoln (the "Cathedral" campus), including a building named after Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans.
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, the university's 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.
The University of Lincoln operates a number of catering outlets. The main outlet is situated in the Main Admin Building on the Brayford campus. There are additional outlets in LPAC, Engine Shed in the form of The Tower Bar, Architecture Building, Enterprise@Lincoln building and also in the Business & Law building.
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.
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 into 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 Engine Shed
Constructed in 1874 by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, the Engine Shed was the only surviving, four-track, dead end railway building in Lincolnshire. Refitted as an entertainment venue and opened in September 2006, the Engine Shed is now the region's largest live music venue.
The main venue consists of four bars – The Upper Tower Bar, The Engine Shed bar, The Mezzanine bar and the Lower Tower Bar – space for up to 2,000 people on any given night.
The Engine Shed has also played host to a number of high profile artists, including Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bloc Party, Dizzee Rascal, The Ting Tings, Bowling For Soup, The Charlatans, Chase & Status, The Zutons, Embrace, The Cooper Temple Clause, Deftones, The Beautiful South, Dirty Pretty Things, Babyshambles, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Reverend and the Makers, The Kooks, The Guillemots, The Human League, Supergrass, The Courteeners, Marina and the Diamonds, Editors and The Cribs.
Recent months have seen the Engine Shed open their doors to the Year 11 Proms, the Gay Pride Festival, the Lincoln Comedy Festival, and to the general public for hire.
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) houses a 450-seat multipurpose auditorium designed for live arts performances, conferences, and film screenings. The theatre's programme of events is designed to complement, rather than compete with, those of its neighbouring venues.
LPAC also does educational and outreach arts work with local communities. The £6 million centre is also home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts (LSPA) where around 240 students study for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in drama and dance. LSPA includes the new Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts.
The building is home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts. Arranged around the theatre are studios for dance, drama and music, as well as office spaces and control and dimming rooms designed to enable instruction of students during live performance. The centrepiece of the new building is the 450-seat theatre which hosts professional touring theatre, music and dance productions in addition to providing a platform for showcasing work within the professional programme from students of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts.
The International Study Centre
The International Study Centre is located in the Main Administrative Building of the Brayford Campus, and provides specialist degree and postgraduate degree preparation courses for international students. Students at the ISC are considered a part of the University, and have access to the same University facilities as other students. Students who join the ISC are guaranteed a place at the University of Lincoln, providing they meet the required entry standards.
Students’ progress is monitored at all times to ensure they are on track to successfully complete the programme. They are taught in university-style classes such as tutorials, seminar-style classes and group lectures.
Programmes that are available for the 2011/12 semester are: International Year One (the first year of a three-year degree programme), and Pre-Master’s (a one-year course leading directly to a master’s degree). International Year One programmes are available in Business Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Media Studies and Journalism. On completion of the degree, students progress to a variety degrees associated with the pathway they took.
The Engineering Hub is the first purpose-built School of Engineering to be created in the U.K. for more than 20 years and contains everything which could be expected from a top-quality school of engineering. Undergraduate and Postgraduate lecture theatres, seminar rooms, teaching and project laboratories are all here. In addition, research laboratories, engine and gas turbine testing facilities and workshops, all fully equipped, and designed for industrial engagement.
The building, designed by London Architects Allies and Morrison is the result of a long standing collaborative effort between the University of Lincoln, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Lincoln, and the Founding Head of the Lincoln School of Engineering, Paul Stewart. Siemens have co-located their product training facility in custom designed locations within the build. This has cemented links between Siemens and the University of Lincoln for both teaching and research in many fields of Engineering.
The university has plans to complete the physical development of the Brayford campus. These plans are detailed in the university's Brayford campus masterplan, and include:
- A new science building, Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House
- An extension to the Great Central Warehouse Library
- Additional catering outlets
- A new social sciences building
- A new law and education building
In 2011 The University moved form a faculty based academic structure to a college based structure
There are three Colleges of study:
- College of Social Sciences
- Centre for Education Research & Development (CERD)
- Lincoln Business School
- Lincoln School of Health and Social Care
- Lincoln Law School
- Lincoln School of Psychology
- Lincoln School of Social & Political Sciences
- Lincoln School of Sport and Exercise Science
- College of Arts
- Lincoln School of Art & Design
- Lincoln School of Architecture
- Lincoln School of Humanities
- Lincoln School of Journalism
- Lincoln School of Media
- Lincoln School of Performing Arts
- College of Science
- Lincoln School of Chemistry
- Lincoln School of Computer Science
- Lincoln School of Engineering
- Lincoln School of Life Sciences
- Department of Agriculture
- Lincoln School of Mathematics
- Lincoln School of Pharmacy
- National Centre for Food Manufacturing
As of December 2011, there are 644 academic staff across all the campuses, and 687 support staff.
Chancellor and Vice Chancellor
The founding vice-chancellor of the University in Lincoln was Roger King. David Chiddick was Vice Chancellor when the university was renamed from The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside to The University of Lincoln. Chiddick's name is reflected in the David Chiddick Building, formerly the Lincolnshire Echo building.
The current Vice Chancellor is Mary Stuart who was appointed in 2009 following Chiddick's retirement. Stuart is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focused on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.
The university's second chancellor since the university's title change in 2001, Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale, was installed in 2008. Previous chancellors have included Harry Hooper CBE and Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll.
The University of Lincoln's official logo from 2001 to 2012 was the head of Minerva, the Ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and knowledge. From July 2012 the logo was changed to incorporate the university's coat of arms, which features swans, fleur de lys and books.
Reputation and rankings
The foundation of a university for the City of Lincoln was predicted in the 1962 film The Wild and the Willing (called Kilminster University in the film). The city featured extensively and addressed the pre-occupations of a group of students in post-war England whilst studying at a provincial university. The steaminess of some of the storyline, a student having an affair with his professor's wife, catapulted Ian McShane to public view and the film also featured John Hurt and Virginia Maskell (BAFTA nominated for this role). The film was retitled for the American market The Young and the Willing because the original name was felt too risqué. The people of Lincoln queued on release to see the film and are reported to have laughed aloud at the apparent geographical continuity errors.
In August 2000, the university's Learning Resources Centre (now the Media, Humanities & Technology building) was the location for some of Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart's scenes in Possession, the 2002 adaptation of A. S. Byatt's novel. The film tells the story of a university academic based at the then fictional University of Lincoln and weaves contemporary university life with fictional reconstructions from the Victorian era. The story is held that when the film company were searching for locations for the fictional University of Lincoln they were surprised to find that it had been built since the novel had been written. Several staff gained work as extras in the film, and some walk-on roles made it through the cutting room to the final version of the film. Locations around Lincoln were also featured including Lincoln Central Railway Station, Lincoln Cathedral, historic Bailgate and James Street where Gwyneth Paltrow's character's home was based.
In 2009, in Series 5, Week 10 of The Apprentice, apprentices were posted to the Ideal World shopping channel by Lord Sugar and tasked with selling as much product on TV as possible. One apprentice, in a break, when describing it as such a difficult task said, "It's not as if we have been to the University of Lincoln where they learn how to do all this stuff..." . Several graduates from the Media Production degree at Lincoln had gone on to work at Ideal World and the apprentices had learnt of this during their visit.
The BBC has used the University's facilities over the years to record programmes such as BBC1's Question Time, BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute and recording the Lincolnshire Chamber Music Festival for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
According to the University, more than a 100 different nationalities are represented among the student population on the Brayford Pool campus. Based on the available 2011/2012 academic year data, the total student population was 10,367 undergraduates and 1,355 postgraduates. The University releases the independent student newspaper The Linc, founded in 2007.
The University of Lincoln Students' Union, (ULSU) dates back to 2001, along with the University. In 2007, the Union was reconstituted as a company limited by guarantee, and registered as a charity, introducing a more conventional governance structure.
The Students’ Union supports and represents the students of the University of Lincoln, sabbatical officer are elected by the student body and supported by the staff expertise to deliver services and represent student needs to enhance the experience of all students at the University of Lincoln.
In 2014, ownership of the on campus pub 'The Shed' was transferred to the Students' Union following the acquisition of the University from Greene King.
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