Bishop Grosseteste University



Overall ranking: 118th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Named after the thirteenth century Bishop of Lincoln, it was established as an independent Anglican HE institution in 1862. It received full university college status in 2006 and was renamed Bishop Grosseteste University in 2012.

Address: Lincoln city centre.

Ambience: The university’s mission statement recognises ‘the place of faith within the human experience’ and provides for its practice, nurture and exploration. It prides itself on its encouragement of diversity and opening access to higher education. Lincoln is a peaceful town with two thousand years of history behind it, evident by the city’s spectacular architecture.

Who's the boss? Rev Professor Peter Neil is vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: 01522 527 347 or request one here.

UCAS code: B38

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Most foundation degrees require one year’s experience in the relevant field. All other undergraduate degrees ask for 240 UCAS points, apart from Primary Education with QTS, which requires 280 points, and also asks for GCSEs at C or above in maths, English language and a science, and a test before entry. Some undergrad courses have extra requirements, such as music, where they request applicants have a certain grade in at least one instrument.

Vital statistics: Around 1,500 full-time undergrads and almost 750 postgrads, with a high proportion of mature students. Having been a former teacher training college, the university offers a wide-range of education-related degrees and progression routes, including PGCE and Masters postgraduate options, as well as a number of single- and joint- honours degrees in other subject areas.

Added value: It is a church university, so the chaplaincy plays an important role in the pastoral care of students, always available to any who seek support or a listening ear. The university works closely alongside the local community, and drama students are given the opportunity to be part of the BG Touring Theatre Company. Employability is central to all BGU courses with most incorporating work placements and live projects. There are also opportunities for overseas travel as part of your studies. Recently refurbished and extended library plus the BG Futures building embracing sustainability.

Teaching: 16th out of 123 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 55th out of 123 with 66.4 per cent finding graduate level employment after completing their degrees.

Any accommodation? There are 217 rooms, 126 of which are en-suite, located on campus and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Rent is either £3,135 (shared facilities) or £4,011 (en-suite) for the year. Prices for accommodation are revised annually and include bills and internet.

Cheap to live there? Pretty inexpensive- private rents start at around £50 per week, excluding bills.

Transport links: It is just off the A46 and is a half hour (up-hill!) walk away from the train station, which links to London in 2 hours. East Midlands Airport is an hour and a half by car. You can take a taxi from campus to the train station for as little as £4.

Fees: Tuition for full-time home and EU undergrads is £9,000 for 2015 entry.

Bursaries: The BGU Learning Grant of £350 is available to full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less, who are not in receipt of a National Scholarship Programme award. Students with children and care leavers may be able to access a slightly higher amount of money through this grant. In 2015/16 the NSP will be abolished for undergraduates and full-time students will be able to apply for higher amounts of support via a BGU Bursary, subject to BGU’s Access Agreement being approved by OFFA. Prospective students can contact the Student Advice team for more information on

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Old-fashioned real ale pubs and vibrant modern nightclubs are on offer in the city. There is also a bowling alley, cinema and a number of theatres. A recent addition to the BGU campus is its own cinema, The Venue, which is popular with students and local residents alike.

Price of a pint: £2.90 in Lincoln on average, with cheaper deals available at the union.

Sporting reputation: Not great - ranked 141st out of 145 universities and colleges in the 2013/14 BUCS league table.

Notable societies: Tons of scope to create new ones of your own to fit your interests. Not a huge range at present, but strong dance and drama groups.

Glittering alumni: Honorary graduates include: award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, TV presenter Johnny Ball, astronaut Dr Michael Foale, composer Howard Goodall, actor Colin McFarlane and rights activist Doreen Lawrence.

Alternative prospectus: Read more about Bishop Grosseteste on The Student Room to chat with current and prospective students.

Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
Life and Style
Researchers have said it could take only two questions to identify a problem with alcohol
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
A still from Duncan Campbell's hour-long film 'It for Others'
Turner Prize 2014
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hadley in a scene from ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’
musicSpandau Ballet are back together - on stage and screen
Arts and Entertainment
From left to right: Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein, Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Elliott Cowan as George Martin in 'Cilla'
tvCilla review: A poignant ending to mini-series
Life and Style
Bearing up: Sebastian Flyte with his teddy Aloysius in Brideshead Revisited
lifePhilippa Perry explains why a third of students take a bear to uni
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Alan Sugar appearing in a shot from Apprentice which was used in a Cassette Boy mashup
artsA judge will rule if pieces are funny enough to be classed as parodies

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style