Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) is one of two public universities in the city of Lincoln, England (the other being the University of Lincoln). BGU was established as a teacher training college for the Diocese of Lincoln in 1862. It gained taught degree awarding powers in 2012 and was granted full university status on 3 December 2012. It has around 2,300 full-time students enrolled on a variety of programmes and courses.

Academic Profile

National rankings
Complete (2022) 119
Times / Sunday Times (2022) 95
Global rankings
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework Gold

Bishop Grosseteste University offers foundation and honours degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes multiple routes into teaching such as BA, BSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). As well as joint honours options, many subjects can be studied as major/minor combinations. Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and work-related placements. The university awards foundation degrees in education, childhood and youthwork, BA degrees in 17 subjects, including primary education, SEN and early childhood studies, and BSc degrees in 4 subjects. As well as degrees with QTS, the university awards PGCEs, MA degrees in 8 subjects and doctorates. Doctoral study (conducted in partnership with the University of Leicester) leads to either a PhD or an EdD.

The university is engaged with an Initial Teacher Education partnership with New College Stamford and Lincoln College, in which students are trained to teach whilst teaching in the maintained sector. The provision was branded Good by Ofsted in all four judgements (Overall effectiveness; Outcomes for trainees; Quality of training; Quality of leadership and management.)

As part of its five-year growth plan, BGU set out a number of interrelated ambitions in 2014. These include expanding its student base to around 4,500 students by 2019; developing its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (including the introduction of archaeology, business (team entrepreneurship), counselling, health and social care, psychology and sociology BA or BSc degrees), and widening access to its courses locally, nationally and internationally.