Bishop Grosseteste University
|Bishop Grosseteste University|
2006: power to award own degrees
2012: full university status
|Campus||Urban and Suburban|
Established in 1862 as a teacher training college for the Diocese of Lincoln, it only gained full degree awarding powers in 2006. It attracts mature and local students, with 27% of the undergraduate body aged 21 or above at the start of their course, and 50% from a 30 mile radius. The courses often include a vocational element and many, but not all, engage with teaching and education subjects – of four foundation and nine honours degrees, eight include education-related studies or teaching.
Before 2006, the University of Hull and later the University of Leicester validated its qualifications. It was originally known as the 'Diocesan Training School for Mistresses', then 'Lincoln Diocesan Training College' and then 'Bishop Grosseteste College' before becoming a university college in 2006, finally becoming Bishop Grosseteste University in 2012. The college initially occupied the premises of an earlier, unsuccessful training establishment for male teachers, built in 1842 and still in use.
In 2008 Dame Judith Mayhew was made Provost of Bishop Grosseteste University College.
2012 has seen a change in Government legislation regarding the use of the university title meaning that higher education establishments with more than 1,000 students can apply for the title. Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln applied for the University title in June 2012 and has now been approved to be renamed 'Bishop Grosseteste University'.
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The university is on a single campus on the outskirts of Lincoln.
An extension to the Library (the Cornerstone building) has recently been completed and has doubled study space available to students and incorporating Student Support services.
Student accommodation 
There are only 180 places in halls of residence. although since there is a high proportion of mature students and local students, few first years actually need to live in. Those that do tend to live in private houses. No second or third years live in halls.
The three halls are within a few minutes' walk of each other and the campus.
A new hall of residence, Crosstrend House, a short walk from the University, was refurbished in the summer of 2012, ready for the September 2012 new intake.
|Sex Ratio (M:F): 14:86|
|Applications per place: 3||Points range: 140-220|
|Non-continuation rate: 8%||Unemployed after 6 months: 7%|
|Av. debt per year: £9,212||Access fund: £1,330|
Teaching and courses 
Bishop Grosseteste offers Foundation and Honours degrees and Education and Subject courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Courses on offer include: Undergraduate Level Foundation degrees
- Foundation Degree in Children's Services
- Foundation Degree in Learning Practitioners
- BA (Hons) Drama in the Community
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
- BA (Hons) English Literature
- BA (Hons) Heritage Studies
- BA (Hons) Primary Education (QTS)
- BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Primary Education (QTS)
- BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Education (non-QTS)
- BA (Hons) Theology and Ethics in Society
- BA/BSc (Hons) Education and Subject Studies
- Education Studies and Art and Design
- Education Studies and Drama
- Education Studies and English
- Education Studies and Geography
- Education Studies and History
- Education Studies and Mathematics
- Education Studies and Special Educational Needs & Inclusion (SENI)
- Education Studies and Sport
- Education Studies and Theology
- MA in Community Archaeology (subject to validation)
- MA in Heritage Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary)
- Graduate Teacher Programme
- MA in Education
- Masters level awards
- Continuing professional development
- International projects
Many students combine education studies with another specialist subject, allowing them to gain degree level knowledge of a subject. Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and work-related placements.
Social life 
Despite having limited funding, Bishop Grosseteste Students' Union has expanded its entertainment and activities provision over the last few years, having Comedy Dave from BBC Radio 1 DJ at Graduation Ball 2011 and The Loveable Rogues performing with support from I am Titch and Rita Payne the following year.
Current Clubs on offer:
- Men's Football (1st & 2nd Team)
- Women's Football
- Rugby Union
Current Societies on offer:
- Christian Union
- Debate Society
The BG Football Club has three teams, two male and one female, all participating in BUCS. Netball are an established team in BUCS. Rugby Union and badminton will enter their inaugural BUCS season of 2012/13. The new sports centre is free but fairly basic: a couple of acres with football pitch, hockey pitch, tennis and netball courts and a gym.
Students' Union 
The University has a very active Students' Union, which has recently gone under major redevelopment. with two sabbatical officers, an SU Manager and a part-time executive of 11 students, they provide a variety of academic support, entertainment and activities throughout the year.
The current Welfare and Campaigns Officer provides students with a strong student based support network and along with their confidential listening service, aim to support students throughout their studies at Bishop Grosseteste. The Welfare team provide a number of awareness campaigns during the year, promoting various sexual health issues and other contemporary issues prominent in today's society.
The whole Students' Union team provide students with regular entertainment chosen by students in various committees, ranging from live music, live comedy, quizzes, karaoke, themed pub crawls and their new annual charity music and arts festival, 'The BG Fringe'.
The union has a well established RAG officer (Previously a team) who have raised money for charities for over 35 years, Bishop Grosseteste Students' Union RAG Teams raise on average £10,000 a year for their four chosen charities, which considering Bishop Grosseteste's student numbers, is very impressive.
The current Students' Union President is Robert Thorpe, who took over from Stephen Illidge who was incumbent from 2011-12. The current Students' Union Vice-President is Aaron Smith, who took over from Elizabeth Clarvis who was incumbert from 2010-12.
Notable alumni 
- David Pugh - West End Theatre Producer
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