The University of Lincoln has submitted a joint bid with the University of Nottingham for a new medical school in Lincolnshire.
If successful, the bid from the two university to the Higher Education Funding Council for England would see medical students studying locally rather than having to move out of the county.
It is believed this will help increase the number of doctors and nurses in the county.
A University of Lincoln spokesperson said: “The University of Nottingham in partnership with the University of Lincoln has submitted a bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England to offer first class medical education in Lincolnshire
“It is proposed that in the future, students will be able to apply to study for the University of Nottingham BMBS degree based in a new building on the Lincoln campus.
“This will offer important opportunities to widen access to medicine targeting local students and grow a high quality medical workforce in the Lincolnshire community.
“This is a national bidding process and it will be several months before we hear the result.
“Both universities are very grateful for the enormous support we have had from the community in our bid to establish medical training in Lincolnshire.”
MP for Lincoln and former nurse Karen Lee is in support of the campaign to bring a medical school to the county.
She told The Lincolnite: “I have long been a supporter of the campaign to bring a medical school to Lincoln.
“We have a first-class university in Lincoln and it would be hugely beneficial to our local health services.
“I have already offered any support that I can give and look forward to working with those who have submitted the bid.”