Welcome to the University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)


UCNL are proud to introduce you to our new website and hope that you will be inspired by the range of courses and insight into our facilities. It might just lead you to join our learning community, make an application today.

Here at UCNL, we have established a highly successful reputation for the quality of our higher education provision. Working in partnership with regional universities promotes widening participation and meeting employer and student needs. We have around 1,200 students participating in full and part time programmes, the majority of whom live or work within a 6 mile radius of Scunthorpe.

About UCNL

We pride ourselves on being passionate about our students and maximising their successes.

Student satisfaction rates, published in the National Student Survey (NSS), consistently exceed national averages. The NSS Teaching on my course score was 89% in 2019. Our Teaching Excellence Framework panel identified ‘an institutional culture that recognises and rewards excellent teaching, enabled by innovative approaches to the development and dissemination of good practice’ (TEF 2017).

The student experience is enriched by over 50 subject specialist members of academic staff along with experienced administrative and professional support staff.

Our students’ votes in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020, saw us achieve first place nationally in the College-based Higher Education category for the second year running.

Significant capital investment in UCNL has resulted in an excellent learning environment in a spacious building. This includes library, high quality teaching rooms, informal social learning spaces and state of the art Industry 4.0 simulation facilities. Our campus is situated on the edge of the scenic Central Park in Scunthorpe.

We look forward to welcoming you into our learning community.

Our Partners

We have long-established partnerships with the University of Lincoln, University of HullUniversity of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University who validate our courses.  Students attend the Graduation Ceremony of the relevant University.  We work with Pearson as the awarding organisation for the HNC and HND courses.  We are an approved Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre.  

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Statement from the University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL), part of the DN Colleges Group – 28 July 2020

“As previously communicated, DN Colleges Group and our higher education provision at UCNL and University Centre Doncaster are adapting our learning and teaching strategies to comply with social distancing protocols. We want to ensure that your higher education experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible in light of COVID-19.

As you will appreciate, we need to consider new ways of working to ensure that both students and staff feel safe in their learning and teaching environments.

We want to confirm, that despite these alterations to the way in which we communicate, support, share knowledge and develop skills, the resulting value of your qualification will not be compromised. You will still be working towards the same desired learning outcomes and rigour of assessment. We are in no doubt that this challenging experience will develop us all and we will embrace the opportunity to develop our students as agile, innovative and creative individuals who can make valuable contributions to the future workforce.

This experience has challenged us all to rethink our approaches towards learning, teaching and assessment and we have benefitted significantly from the various forms of student consultation we have conducted over the last 4 months; thank you for your support with this. Each programme has been able to consider your thoughts and feedback and consider the best fit approach towards the next academic year.

Our intention is that where conducive and safe to do so, teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions – all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students’ safety is our primary concern.

Developing relationships with our students is one of our key strengths and we will ensure that this is maintained going forward. We will still take the opportunity to get to know you as a person, understand your strengths, areas for development and future aspirations. Yes, this might need to be achieved in slightly different ways, but we know that this can happen. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths.

The relationships you develop with others while you are studying are also fundamental to your enjoyment and success; again, we will enable and encourage continued focus on the development and maintenance of these valuable relationships. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

We are all very proud of the student satisfaction received from our students and the WhatUni awards received in 2019 and 2020. The values and behaviours which have been so valuable in helping us to achieve these standards will continue to form the basis and execution of new ways of supporting our students to succeed.

Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances and government guidelines/instructions as they arise, to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each

course will be shared during August 2020. This information will be shared on each programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle, Canvas, Google Classroom).

Of course, as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you to provide support and assurance along the way. We look forward to welcoming you back into to our learning community this Autumn.”

Maxina Butler-Holmes, Executive Director for Higher Education

Steven Johnstone, Director of Higher Education UCNL