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Bishop Grosseteste University

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1862
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Longdales Road, Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441522527347
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of the Bishop Grosseteste University

Lincoln Diocesan Training School for Mistresses was founded in 1862. It occupied the premises of an earlier, unsuccessful training establishment for male teachers, which had been built in 1842 with a chapel, lecture rooms, and a school for teaching practice. It was later renamed Lincoln Diocesan Training College and, to mark the centenary in 1962, was renamed, Bishop Grosseteste College.

The college took its name from Robert Grosseteste, a 13th-century statesman, scholastic philosopher, theologian, scientist and Bishop of Lincoln. The college began awarded degrees of Bachelor of Education (BEd), originally validated by the University of Nottingham. From 1987, degrees were validated by the University of Hull and BEd students spent one of the four years of their course reading their main subject at Hull. In 1991, the college stopped awarding BEd degrees and began instead to award the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Qualified Teacher Status (BA(Hons)QTS). In 2003, a Validation Agreement was signed with the University of Leicester.

In 2006, the college was awarded university college status. In 2008, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas was named Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University College. 2012 saw a change in legislation regarding the use of the title university, allowing higher education establishments with more than 1,000 students to apply for university status. BGUC applied for the University title in June 2012 and was renamed Bishop Grosseteste University in December 2013.

Academic Highlights

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 judgments (Overall effectiveness; Outcomes for trainees; Quality of training; Quality of leadership and management.)

Life in the Bishop Grosseteste University

The University has an active Students' Union, commonly referred to as BGSU. There are two full-time sabbatical officers, a SU Manager, and a part-time executive of 12 students, as well as Senior and Junior Administrators.They provide academic and pastoral support, entertainment and activities throughout the year. A key function of the union is to provide representational services to the students of BGU, with a Student Representation Scheme, consisting of over 100 representatives, representing student opinion at all levels of the institution.

Bishop Grosseteste Students' Union represents the students in the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues, as well as offering training for participation. All the current sport clubs compete in their respective BUCS leagues. The netball team has won successive promotions since its inauguration, while the rugby union and badminton teams made their débuts in the 2012 – 13 season. The university has a sport and fitness center, consisting of a non-standard dimension sports hall, a gym with cardio and resistance machines as well as a weights area, and a field with two football pitches.

School Ranking

In 2019 the university ranked 1st in the UK for acceptance rates on a University review platform StudentCrowd.


Undergraduate Courses

High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 plus at least one of the following: SAT post-2016: overall score of 1180 with a minimum of 570 in Maths and 610 in evidence-based reading and writing. SAT pre-2016: overall score of 1800 with a minimum of 550 in each element. ACT score of 25+

Notable Alumni

David Pugh: West End theatre producer. Jade Etherington: Paralympic ski silver medalist

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