Originally known as Lincoln Diocesan Training School for Mistresses, the academic institution known as Bishop Grosseteste University was first founded in 1862. It was based on the premises of an earlier, unsuccessful training establishment for male teachers, with a chapel, lecture rooms and a school for teaching practice. Later, the establishment was renamed Lincoln Diocesan Training College and, to mark the centenary in 1962, became known as Bishop Grosseteste College.
Named after Robert Grosseteste, a 13th-century statesman, scholastic philosopher, theologian, scientist and one time Bishop of Lincoln, the college began awarding degrees that were first validated by the nearby University of Nottingham. From 1987 onwards, degrees given at Bishop Grosseteste were instead validated by the larger University of Hull.
By 1991, the growing college began to award the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Qualified Teacher Status (BA(Hons)QTS). A further Validation Agreement was then signed with the closer University of Leicester in 2003.
In 2006, the college was finally awarded university college status, becoming Bishop Grosseteste University College (BUGC). In 2012, the law changed in regard to what defined a university, meaning that a number of higher education establishments with more than 1,000 students subsequently applied for university status. BGUC applied and was able to simplify its name and acronym to Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in December 2013.
Despite being a centre of learning for around 150 years, BGU has remained a small and friendly university with a supportive and inclusive community of just over 2,000 students. Among the best teacher training centres in the UK, BGU was awarded a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The portfolio of disciplines now includes an ever-expanding list of undergraduate courses, PGCE teacher training, work-based Foundation Degrees, Masters courses and Doctoral study.
Found in the heart of Lincoln in the East Midlands, BGU is a single-site campus university that boasts green surroundings in a thriving city environment. The campus’s attractive Victorian buildings date back to their original construction in the 1840s and have been complemented by much newer teaching and learning spaces. The campus is just a short walk from the centre of Lincoln, which people can visit the famous Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and Roman ruins.
BGU has a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of the existing student population. Subject-specific facilities such as an Archaeology lab, Business Hub and Human Performance Laboratory are all found among more traditional lecture halls. Onsite there are also cafes, Students’ Union bar, a small cinema and fully equipped sport and fitness centre.
Students at BGU are some of the happiest in the UK, proven by consistently high ratings of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. The Student Union is always looking to broaden the student experience beyond simple studying, organising a wide range of societies and sports clubs for students, as well as a packed calendar of events.
BGU remains proud of its 150 year history, being committed to providing a first-class education and care for student populace. The staff aim to support students all of the way through their studies, from first application to final graduation.