History: Formerly known as Grimsby College, the name change officially took place in conjunction with the organisation's 60th anniversary in 2004.
Address: The main campus at Nun’s Corner, Grimsby, is located on the north-east coast of England, about 30 miles from Hull. There are more than 12 satellite sites with separate faculties including The Humber Institute of Food and Fisheries, East Coast School of Art & Design, Lincolnshire Regional College, Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre and East Coast Media.
Ambience: Grimsby is a vibrant and colourful town, packed with things to see and do. The Institute has a strong sense of community and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Who's the boss? Sue Middlehurst is principal and chief executive.
Prospectus: 0800 315 002 or download it here.
UCAS code: G80
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Varies widely between courses and qualifications, but generally, HE courses ask for between 120 and 200 UCAS points. Applicants with A-levels, advanced GNVQ, BTEC National Diploma or equivalent; and mature students with relevant experience are all welcomed.
Foundation Degrees: Over 40 courses including business and event management; automotive management; early childhood studies; criminological studies; sports coaching;health-related exercise and fitness; applied canine techniques; public sector management; management for beauty industries; food manufacturing management; and refrigeration and air conditioning engineering.
Vital statistics: Around 21,000 students, 1,700 of which are on higher education programmes. As well as running hundreds of further education courses and a sixth form, the Institute runs more than 100 HE courses, ranging from foundation degrees to masters. These are validated by the Universities of Hull, Leeds Metropolitan, York St John and Huddersfield.
Added value: Just down the road is the Lincolnshire coast, with miles of sandy beaches attracting windsurfers, jet skiers and kite surfers. There are also some trendy cafés, restaurants and theme parks.
Teaching: A QAA quality and performance review of HE provision concluded that there was confidence in the Institute, with good practice identified in many areas.
Any accommodation? Yes. Halls of residence are reasonably priced at between £68 and £83 per week with all bills and web access included.
Cheap to live there? Incredibly. Flats are available for as little as £100 per week, so can be very reasonable if you share.
Transport links: Approach from the north and west by the A180 and from the south and Lincoln on the A46. Trains from Grimsby Town station take three hours to London.
Fees: £5,995 per year for full-time Home and EU higher education students starting in 2013.
Bursaries: The college offers the 16-19 Bursary on an individual, means-assessed basis to learners who meet the financial criteria.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: The i-Bar is a popular social centre for entertainment on campus. Nearby Cleethorpes, known as 'the Ibiza of the north-east', has one of the highest densities of pubs and clubs per person in the country.
Sporting reputation: Appears on the BUCS league but has no points registered as yet. Numerous sporting clubs and activities on offer, plus a fitness suite.
Glittering alumni: Actor John Hurt, famed for his 'chest-bursting' scene in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien.