Local Community and Economy

Bishop Grosseteste University plays a significant community role and contributes to the economy locally and regionally. In 2018-19 income of over £24m was generated, primarily from student fees and accommodation – many students were employed locally on a part-time basis as well as spending on housing, travel, food, hospitality, and entertainment.

The University is a large employer with a workforce of over 360 staff investing in the regions goods and services, and during 2018-19 we invested £3m in the University’s estate through the development of the Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre.

Over the last three years our careers, employability and enterprise centre, BG Futures, has worked with over 1,000 businesses in Greater Lincolnshire. Outward-facing projects also include our support for the long-term unemployed through the MOVE Project and the Lincoln Teenage Market.

The recent Graduate Outcomes Survey for 2020 showed that 93% of BGU’s graduates in 2018-19 had secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduating, the majority of whom remained within Greater Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

In collaboration with City of Lincoln Council and the University of Lincoln, BGU is a signatory to the Civic University Agreement – a clear commitment to the people of Lincoln and builds on our deserved reputation as a ‘community university’. Through it, we will continue to work with local stakeholders to deliver its Action Plan which includes five linked pillars of civic engagement: education and skills; growth and the economy; health and wellbeing; housing and social cohesion; and responding to the climate emergency.