Bishop Grosseteste University has chosen today, the annual celebration of the life and work of Robert Grosseteste, a mediaeval scholar, former Bishop of Lincoln and the university’s namesake, to launch its new five-year plan.
The development of the strategy has been led by its Vice Chancellor, the Reverend Professor Peter Neil, in consultation with staff, students and key community and business leaders.
The ambitious strategy will see the university build on its past success in encouraging and supporting students from non-traditional and low-income backgrounds to gain a university level qualification by offering a greater range of courses and subjects, and strengthening its partnerships with local, regional and national business communities to ensure students are prepared for life and employment in a global society. The plans also set out the investment the university is making in research, its buildings and facilities.
“Bishop Grosseteste University is a thriving institution which has achieved a great many successes in recent years.” said Professor Neil. “Like all universities, however, we must always look forward and ensure that we are best placed to fulfil our potential as a 21st-century university. The strategy is both a call to action for our university community and a considered response to the challenges facing students and the higher education sector”.
“Our strategy outlines the steps we will take to ensure that Bishop Grosseteste University remains a major player in UK higher education while staying true to its ethos and building on its already excellent levels of student satisfaction and graduate employability.”
Professor Neil added that while the university wishes to see more students studying at BGU, new courses and new ways of teaching and learning mean that there will be opportunities for undergraduate students new to Lincoln to study alongside mature, part-time, postgraduate and work-based learning students who already live in the locality.
“As a community university, we are committed to ensuring that the balance between ‘town and gown’ is maintained in the city. We intend to develop our existing campus and support the city and county’s economic strategies by creating educational opportunities and employment through the life of this plan.”