Why Work at Lincoln?

Lincoln Campus

Situated on 58 hectares of green space, the University offers modern teaching on this beautiful, established campus. Facilities include a comprehensive library, IT labs, free car parking, large dining hall and function centre, café and bar, a printery, a travel agency, banking services and excellent sporting facilities.

With a student population of 3500, from over 60 different countries, Lincoln University is an easy place to make friends. On-campus accommodation is home to around 600 students during the University year, including catered halls of residence, self-catered residential halls and student housing. For those living off-campus, there are regular bus services to and from central Christchurch.

The campus itself is at the centre of a cluster of research organisations such as Plant & Food Research, Landcare Research, AgResearch, and DairyNZ. These four organisations, plus Lincoln University, have founded the Blinc Innovation.

We actively promote collaborative research projects with these and other organisations, and we involve a host of off-campus organisations in consultation on the design of courses, and in teaching and research.

Our Global Standing

  • For 2015/16 Lincoln's ranking is 373, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Lincoln also has QS Five Stars rating. Lincoln ranks in the top 100 in the field of agriculture and forestry
  • Ranked 13th small university in the world
  • Leading teaching and research institution in New Zealand
  • Lincoln enjoyed the largest net percentage increase in PBRF funding and has one of the highest PBRF funding allocations per staff member
  • Lincoln University is ranked number one in New Zealand for external research PBRF funding per staff member
  • 16 Research centres

Research and Innovation

The University also has a range of research centres and companies on campus. For example Lincoln Agritech Ltd helps apply Lincoln University’s expertise to develop cutting edge technologies, exporting them around the world. It also works with organisations such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asian Development Bank.

Research and innovation are essential to universities. Research enriches the learning environment for our students and delivers new knowledge for society and business. The unique contribution of Lincoln University to the land-based sectors is intimately linked to the quality of our research programmes and their application to ‘real world’ problems.

We comply with strict codes of practice, and relevant research is considered and approved by the Animal Ethics and Human Ethics committees. With the commercialisation of new ideas and knowledge, issues surrounding intellectual property have become extremely important and the University has an Intellectual Property Policy that reflects the needs and rights of both students and staff. Student related matters in the Policy have been agreed between the University and the Students’ Association. The Lincoln University Policy on Environmental Sustainability articulates our commitment to wise and sustainable use and protection of the environment across all parts of campus including teaching, research, operations and commercial activities.

Research Centres

Research Partners

The Blinc Innovation

A collaboration between research institutions, industry groups, private businesses and Lincoln University, working together to transform the productivity and performance of New Zealand’s primary sector. The opportunities this new collaboration presents for postgraduate students have never been more exciting.

The Blinc Innovation concept has been developed by five founding partners: AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research, DairyNZ, and Lincoln University. It is envisaged that the Blinc Innovation will evolve to include a broad range of industry and research organisations with a commitment to land-based productivity and sustainability.

Based at the Lincoln University end of the Lincoln Township in Selwyn, Canterbury, the Blinc Innovation will have a range of dedicated resources and investment in infrastructure and facilities, and will draw on the work of over 900 researchers and industry professionals. Already, the Hub has enabled a new model of collaboration in the research space, opening up opportunities for co-supervision of students and shared research outcomes, all with the aim of solving immediate and future challenges within the primary sector.

The Blinc Innovation is focused on some of the most significant opportunities – and challenges – facing New Zealand’s primary industries, with potential for enormous economic, social and environmental benefit. The long-term growth of the country is dependent on a major lift in the productivity of its land-based sectors. However, increasingly intensive land-use must be balanced against the demand for more sustainable and environmentally acceptable productivity from the country’s land-based resources.

The Blinc Innovation Goal

The overarching goal of the Blinc Innovation is to accelerate the rate of economic development of the land-based sectors while improving their environmental performance. In doing so, the Hub will become a world-class centre for education, research, technology transfer and adoption, and practice change. By supporting industry innovation, the Hub will help build the capability needed for the primary sectors to achieve their potential. The Hub will be fully integrated into the strategies of the primary industries, and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial endeavour by the private sector. It will also draw on and connect with other successful research centres across New Zealand.

Ultimately, the Hub will lead to an increase in quality science outputs, and greater efficiencies with research and knowledge transfer.

Postgraduate students at Lincoln University will have the opportunity to be co-supervised by scientists across the founding Hub partners, thereby tapping into the vast knowledge within this pool of specialists.

World-leading Climate Change Research and Educational Initiatives

  • Lincoln University is a partner in the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), a partnership between leading New Zealand research providers working in the agricultural greenhouse gas area.
  • Lincoln University hosts the National Centre for Nitrous Oxide Measurement, part of the NZAGRC. The Centre can process more than 1000 nitrous oxide samples a day, making it one of the best specialist facilities of its type in the world.
  • Lincoln University contributes to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases which has 46 member countries. The Alliance focuses on research, development and extension of technologies and practices to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lincoln University is involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the farm by exploring the possibility of renewable fuel. The latest excitement is over Japanese grass Miscanthus x giganteus. http://bioprotection.org.nz/news/can-farmers-help-address-climate-change
  • Climate change has the potential to both increase New Zealand’s attractiveness to tourists and undermine some of its core attractions. Lincoln University is involved in research projects around protecting and growing the tourism industry and developing adaptation strategies.
  • Lincoln University has established a nationwide Global Challenges Programme and Scholarships in response to challenges facing the planet today, including climate change, food production and security, depleting resources, urban sprawl, the loss of biodiversity, and pollution.
  • Lincoln University’s academic staff are actively involved in teaching, researching and publication around climate change issues, as well as being involved on committees and boards dedicated to exploring climate change.
  • Lincoln co-hosts the Waterways Centre (with the University of Canterbury) dedicated to improving New Zealand’s waterways. Lincoln undertakes extensive research on Banks Peninsula and elsewhere with respect to species conservation, and we host New Zealand’s only Bio-Protection Research Centre.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offers staff members access to voluntary, confidential, safe and professional counselling assistance. At LU our staff are valuable to us, and we recognise that at times both personal and work-related problems can interfere with our work life. EAP offers a way for individuals to work through and resolve those problems. The EAP service is free (for up to three sessions per issue) and is available to all continuing staff members, and fixed term staff members who are employed for six months or more.

Onsite Gym Facilities

The Lincoln University Recreation Centre is your local gym, health and fitness centre that caters for students, staff and the local community. As a staff member you will enjoy a membership discount.

It has wellness programmes for pre-school, seniors and teenagers as well as full facilities for students. No matter what recreation activity you wish to pursue you can do it here.

The University’s sporting facilities include a modern and very well equipped fitness, group exercise, boxing and circuit and strength and conditioning studios, a sports hall, squash, tennis and netball courts and numerous rugby, football and cricket fields for keeping fit and having fun.

Onsite Healthcare Centre

The nurses and doctor at the Lincoln University Student Health and Support Centre offer a broad range of primary health care clinical skills. They work collaboratively with other members of the team to support your health and well-being whilst attending Lincoln University.

Onsite Café and Bar

The main location for food on our Te Waihora campus is Mrs O’s Café and Bar in Te Kete Ika – Food and Function Centre. As well as a café, there are bar facilities, outdoor garden dining and a dining hall for Halls of Residence students.


Onsite travel agent - There is a full service travel agency on campus, open weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Atlantic Pacific American Express Travel available to all staff and students.


Over 350 computers are available with 24-hour access to the wireless network. The onsite IT services team can assist you with IT issues .Microsoft Office available free to staff

Childcare Centre

The University runs two childcare centres providing high quality, innovative early childhood education right on our doorstep. The centre employs qualified registered teachers with a broad range of skills and experience.

Free Campus Parking

There’s plenty of room to park your car and best of all, it’s free.

University Holidays

In addition to your annual leave entitlement, some staff at LU will also receive five extra days’ leave called University holidays. These days are Easter Tuesday, Christmas Eve and three days between Christmas and New Year.

Parental Leave

In addition to legislative provisions, we also provide a further 6 weeks university paid leave.

Flexible Working

We are committed to helping staff achieve a healthy balance between work and the other important aspects of their lives. This means that the implementation of a flexible working alternative may be a practical solution for both you and the University. Where reasonably practicable, flexible working arrangements may be available such as:

  • Part-time work
  • Changes to hours of work
  • Leave without pay
  • Partial or early retirement
  • Reduced responsibilities
  • Working from home
  • Job sharing

Alumni Membership

As a staff member of Lincoln you are part of our global community of alumni able to connect with current and former staff, students, and friends of Lincoln University. This online space allows alumni, staff and friends of the University to log on and create a dynamic member profile, collaborate on projects, share your ideas and expertise, and most importantly connect with fellow members.


Lincoln University operates a voluntary scheme with Southern Cross.
ASB Bank offers access to advice and insurance cover


In addition to the New Zealand Kiwisaver scheme, we are a participating employer of the New Zealand Universities Superannuation Scheme (NZUSS), which is open to continuing and fixed term employees.

Banking Packages

ASB offer the Lincoln University workplace discount package for staff offering an ongoing banking base discount package with additional specials which will be communicated quarterly.