Video: Queen opened University of Lincoln 20 years ago today

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The University of Lincoln has grown exponentially since Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the campus in 1996.

Watching a video of the grand event on the institution’s 20th birthday gives a sense of the sale of the campus’ place in the city and county.

At the time, the university was the first new campus to be built in the UK for decades and has been forged by the will of the community rather than by government directive.

It started life as the University of Humberside and gained university status in 1992 as the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.

The brownfield Brayford Pool site has been transformed with around £200 million of investment, revitalising the area and attracting new businesses.

New and expanding schools have also continued to see thousands of students through their studies at the Riseholme and Holbeach campuses.

Plans will see a further £130 million invested into the campuses over the next few years.

The university, is estimated to be worth around £300 million to the local economy and responsible for the creation of more than 3,000 jobs.

In 2012, the university ranked in the top 50 of the Guardian University Guide and in 2016, it has been ranked among the top 40 English universities for the first time by the Complete University Guide.