The University of Lincoln

The University has representation from more than 90 countries across the globe and has taken steps to support staff and students in understanding what cultural difference means and how we can learn from and with each other.

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln sits at the heart of it all on the picturesque Brayford Pool waterfront, with almost everything you’ll need either on campus or just a short walk away.


We are proud of what we have achieved since we were established in 1996, thanks to the contributions of everyone in our community. Our journey has seen us flourish into a diverse, internationally recognised university which welcomes thousands of students each year from around the world. In November 2023, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the UK’s highest award for universities, to recognise our work supporting the agri-food sector.

Throughout this exciting period of development, we have been guided by a consistent set of principles which remain at the heart of our approach today: excellence in teaching, learning, and quality of student experience; responsiveness to the needs of communities and organisations; and working in partnership to make great things happen. To help us continue on this journey, we have developed an ambitious strategic plan, created collaboratively by staff and students across the University, with the aim of establishing ourselves as a UK top 40 institution.

Why Choose Lincoln?

  • Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2023
  • World top 150 university in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2024
  • Awarded a five-star score overall in the QS Stars rating system of global universities (2023)
  • Awarded Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our Commitment

We know that to be a world-class university, we must be a truly inclusive university. We are proud of our One Community and are committed to working together to create a fully inclusive environment where everyone can achieve their full potential.

Our Approach

We Collaborate, We Challenge, We Transform At Lincoln, we challenge the traditional approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We bring about the changes needed to create a diverse and inclusive environment by adopting transformational and progressive practices. Our approach involves asking questions, challenging norms, seeking solutions, and measuring impact. We take a systems-based approach, working holistically across the whole institution to change the embedded structures and processes that lead to inequalities and isolation.

Eleanor Glanville Institute

At the heart of our work is the Eleanor Glanville Institute, led by Professor Belinda Colston, the University’s strategic lead for EDI. The Institute is a unique hybrid department where academics and EDI practitioners collaborate to underpin our inclusive practices with research, develop new interventions, and evaluate our progress.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters

We know that strength lies in difference, and not in similarity. We know that diverse groups of people, with different cultures, different views, and different perspectives, are more innovative, more creative, and more effective at problem solving. We can build diversity through inclusive policies and practices ─ tapping into the broadest possible pool of talent.

Diversity in our staff and student communities drives creative and innovative research and teaching, enhances our sense of belonging, and leads to a high-quality staff and student experience. Through diversity we are better equipped to solve some of the world’s current and future grand challenges.

Improving Equality and Inclusion

  • Race Equality Project: Since 2016, Lincoln’s Race Equality project has been growing our ethnic minority communities and addressing the ‘attainment gap’ for graduating students in these groups.
  • Gender Equality Project: Lincoln’s commitment to gender equality began in 2008 with the Athena Swan Charter. Our efforts have been gaining momentum ever since.
  • Disability Inclusion Project: We empower staff and students with disabilities, recognizing that not all disabilities are visible. Our aim is to create inclusive environments where everyone feels welcome and valued.
  • LGBT+ Equality Project: We address the intersectionality of gender identities and sexual orientation across all demographics, breaking harmful stereotypes and advocating for necessary changes.

How We Make Change

Eleanor Glanville Institute: We take a holistic approach to making our structures, policies, and practices more inclusive, informed by research and the lived experiences of our community.

EDI Strategy, Priorities, and Governance: Our transformational changes are driven by a strategic framework of governance, policy, and strategy.

Equality of Opportunity: We encourage excellence from all walks of life, strengthening our diverse One Community.

Our Listening Strategy: We provide a platform for those with personal (lived) experience to cause meaningful change at Lincoln.

Our Vision

We are committed to transforming lives and communities by attracting diverse talent from across the globe. To meet this ambition, we embrace difference and create an inclusive environment where all our staff and students can thrive, feel valued, and feel they belong.

Professor Neal Juster, Vice Chancellor Informed by research and led by our EDI specialists at the Eleanor Glanville Institute, we will embrace and embed new inclusive practices, evaluate our systems and processes, and measure our progress. We will continue to create safe spaces for discussion, challenge each other, and ensure all voices are heard.

Our One Community

The University of Lincoln is a vibrant community of scholars from all around the globe. We actively seek to create One Community where everyone is part of our University, safe enough to be challenged and supported to grow. We thrive as a community because of our diversity, and through exploring novel ideas together, we can better understand our world.

Upcoming Events

We host an annual programme of events, from raising awareness of EDI issues to celebrating cultural days across our communities. Our Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series offers public lectures that inspire, motivate, and challenge our attitudes and behaviours.

Get Involved

Our work towards a fully inclusive university involves us all. We will collaborate to co-create our inclusive cultures and environments, challenge inequalities, and transform our systems and practices. If you would like to get involved or make a comment or suggestion, please get in touch.