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About the University

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) offers undergraduate, postgraduate and work based foundation degree courses, with an emphasis on enriching the lives of its students, staff and the community it serves.

A Church of England foundation with over 2000 students, BGU awards degrees up to taught Masters Level and works in partnership with the University of Leicester to offer research degree opportunities, including an EdD programme.  With a strong tradition of applied learning, its two academic schools focus respectively on professional development for teachers and on a broad range of education, creative and children’s services related programmes.  All programmes include work placements.   A flexible portfolio of combined degrees is offered in the School of Culture, Education and Innovation whilst the school of Teacher Development is at the forefront of school-led approaches to initial teacher education in the area, offering a range of professional and academic awards with Qualified Teacher Status.  An increasingly diverse and successful range of “third stream” activities ranging from conferences and events to a digital cinema and commercial standard bed and breakfast generate income and profile in support of BG’s core academic endeavour.

BGU celebrated 150 years since its foundation in 2012 having come into being as a Church teacher training college for women. The student body has been mixed in gender since the late 1960s. BGU has a diverse student body in terms of age and mode of study, including a significant number of mature work-based students and many students of all ages who commute daily or weekly to attend.

Until the mid 1990s the University specialised in teacher training. However the University diversified more than ten years ago and now offers a varied and growing portfolio of degree level qualifications in the education-related, cultural and creative arts and humanities.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers were secured in 2006 but BGU’s small size precluded full University title until Government reduced the size threshold. BGU was one of the first institutions to benefit from this change, becoming Bishop Grosseteste University in December 2012.

Drawing more than half its students from a 50 mile radius of Lincoln, BGU is the 2nd highest ranked university in the UK for graduate employment levels (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2011-12). Primary phase teacher education at BGU is graded Ofsted outstanding with secondary teacher education rated “good with outstanding features”. Widening participation is at the heart of BGU’s mission with more than half of undergraduate students being the first in their families to attend university.  

Our Vision

Bishop Grosseteste University is committed to being a leader in learning, to inspire excellence, and to enrich the lives of its students and staff and the communities it serves.

Our Mission

Inspired by the University’s Church of England foundation our mission is to:

  • Excel at teaching, learning and research
  • Enable all students to achieve in the highest possible standard in their chosen field of study
  • Provide life-enriching opportunities for our students
  • Recognise aspiration and achievements and provide opportunities for self-development
  • Foster an ethos in which individuals are valued and diversity is celebrated
  • Develop productive partnerships to extend and deepen our external contribution regionally, nationally and internationally

Our Values

  • We aim to be an inclusive community which fosters an ethos of mutual respect, trust and care
  • We seek to take an ethical approach to all activity and policy-making
  • We recognise the place of faith within the human experience and provide for its practice, nurture and exploration
  • We believe in education, learning and the facilitation of personal development, placing high value upon the academic quality of the courses we offer
  • We want to make a positive impact on the societies in which we live and work and this includes supporting sustainable development and fair trade

Our Ethos

We are for life in all its fullness:

  • Valuing Faith
  • Creating Community
  • Inspiring Trust
  • Informing Conscience
  • Attaining Wisdom 

Research at BGU

The University’s mission commits it to excel at teaching, learning and research. BGU could be described as teaching-led and research-informed with the majority of academic staff supporting their teaching through scholarship and professional practice. While it does not have research-degree awarding powers, BGU benefits from a good and long-standing relationship with the University of Leicester for research awards. The Corporate Plan specifies as a key performance indicator the proportion of staff who are research active.  Eight staff were submitted to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in two units of assessment (Education and English Language & Literature).  The University’s Arts and Humanities research also extends to history and theology. Preparations are underway for submission to the Research Excellence Framework. The University has received HEFCE QR research funding and uses funding from the Leadership Foundation’s MASHEIN project which is based at the University, to support work relevant to research and professional development.  Two of the University’s professors are based in the Centre for Educational Development and Research leading and supporting the development of research while in the two academic Schools there is a growing number of staff holding doctorates or working towards them. The professional doctorate (EdD) programme is moving successfully into its second year of operation with some fifteen candidates now registered.  

The Senior Leadership Team

Chaired by the Vice Chancellor and bringing together the leaders of each of the six hubs into which the University is organised, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) share responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the University. Each SLT member also has responsibility for leadership and direction of specific activities within the University. The six hubs are:

  • Strategy and Performance;
  • The two academic Schools, each with their Dean as Hub lead;
  • Academic Engagement which includes research, learning and teaching strategy, recruitment, admissions, Library services, student advice and learning support.
  • Resources, which includes Finance, HR, Estates and IT
  • Enterprise, which includes business development, catering and other income-generating activity together with careers, volunteering and fundraising

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