University of Lincoln
The Lincoln Story: A city of significance
One of the world’s great historic cities, Lincoln is an eclectic mix of old and new; where stunning Gothic architecture blends seamlessly with modern living. Situated at the top of Lincoln’s Steep Hill is the city’s old quarter, home to the thousand year-old Cathedral and medieval castle. Independent businesses line its cobbled streets, including art galleries, delicatessens, vintage boutiques and antique bookshops.
Brayford Pool, the site of the University of Lincoln’s main campus, is found in the heart of the city. As far back as the Iron Age, the Celts are thought to have named the town ‘Lindon’, meaning ‘the pool’, as it was the source of all water, trade and transport in the area. The Romans, too, chose the city because of its inland marina, building their fortress high up on the hill to protect the pool. Lincoln became one of the most important Roman, and then Viking, settlements in the country. When the Cathedral was first built in the 11th century, it surpassed the Great Pyramids to be the tallest man-made structure in the world.
The city has some fascinating connections with iconic figures such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Sir Isaac Newton, who were both born in the wider Lincolnshire area. Lincoln’s history of aviation and engineering is well documented and is probably most notable for its invention of the tank.
Just as Brayford Pool made Lincoln the city of choice for the Celts, Romans and Vikings, today the world-class university that sits on the site draws students and academics from around the world to join an institution that is leading the way in Higher Education.
Her majesty the Queen opened the first University of Lincoln building on the Brayford Campus in 1996. It was a University forged by the will of a community, not by a government directive, and the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades. The Times Good University Guide described it as “the most dramatic transformation of a university in recent times.”
£170 million has now been invested in the campus, transforming a brownfield site into an award-winning, state-of-the-art learning environment for the thousands of students who pass through its doors every year. A further £130 million is planning to be spent over the next few years to improve the student experience.
Today, the University of Lincoln has established an international reputation as a research-driven, pioneering institution.