Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby (often Grimsby Institute or GIFHE, formerly Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education and Grimsby College) is a further and higher education University Centre in North East Lincolnshire, England.

Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby
Nuns Corner

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DN34 5BQ

Coordinates53°33′10″N 0°05′38″W
TypeFurther Education and University Centre
Established1944 (1944)
Local authorityNorth East Lincolnshire
Department for Education URN130585 Tables
ChairJonathan Lovelle
PrincipalDebra Gray


Grimsby College of Further Education

It was known as Grimsby Technical College in the 1950s, administered by the County Borough of Grimsby Education Committee, becoming Grimsby College of Further Education in the 1960s, offering three-year HNDs (a higher education qualification) in food science, and also applied chemistry. It was based at Nuns Corner. The food science course involved six months of teaching and six months in industry per year. In 1966 it became Grimsby College of Technology, and was heavily involved with training people for food science careers; which was of considerable importance to the economy of Grimsby.

Grimsby College of Technology

By 1967 it was also offering HNDs in Refrigeration Engineering, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Refrigeration was taught on a site on Weelsby Street. It also offered courses in training for the British Merchant Navy. It hosted food science conferences. By 1968 it was also offering HNDs in Business Studies and Mechanical Engineering (refrigeration or environmental). Its departments included:

  • Food and Fashion
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Management and Business Studies.
  • School of Art
  • Maritime Studies and Fisheries
  • Building
  • General Studies (the humanities)
  • Grimsby School of Nursing

By the early 1970s it was offering four HNDs – Business, Refrigeration Engineering, Food Technology, and Food Science (Applied Chemistry). Its HNC courses also were food or chemical industry based, to train technicians. By 1972 it had a department of Science and Food Technology, as well as Food and Fashion (which looked at catering qualifications, not the chemistry involved). In 1973 it was offering an Applied Biology HND (with options of Nutrition and Biochemistry). In April 1974 administration transferred to Humberside Education Committee, and more HNDs (briefly) included Data Processing and Marketing and Advertising.

By 1989 more arts courses were being offered than science, so the college name became Grimsby College of Technology & Arts (GCTA), then just Grimsby College in 1993. In 2004 in its 60th anniversary year, it became Grimsby Institute.

Connections with Humberside University

By September 1982 it was offering its same set of four food-industry-related HND through Hull College of HE on Inglemore Avenue in Hull. On 1 January 1983, the Humberside College of HE came into existence, through integrating Grimsby's HND courses with the Hull College of HE. At this point, it was becoming a full-fledged HE college. On 11 June 1990, the HE College, at Hull, became Humberside Polytechnic. Three of its thirteen sites were in Grimsby (its food and fisheries site), one being the College of Technology's food-industry-related HE courses. The plan was to reduce the number of sites to four by the mid-1990s: three in Hull and one in Grimsby. The grand plans and vision for expansion of the polytechnic extended as far as Lincoln, York and Scarborough. This would almost actually happen: except (conversely) Lincoln would be the centre, extending as far north as Hull; Grimsby would be jettisoned.

The former Humberside Polytechnic, which became the University of Humberside in 1992[1] (and essentially closed down in Hull when it became the University of Lincoln in 2002), had its Food, Fisheries and Environmental Studies site adjacent to Grimsby College on Bargate, which became the School of Applied Science and Technology with around 500 students. It offered BSc courses in Food Science. It offered a similar range of courses to that of the University of Lincoln's current site in Holbeach.

Grimsby College, as it was known from 1993, was known as an 'Associate College' of the University of Humberside, and offered a wide range of HNDs, not its former range of food-industry courses, although it even offered an HND in Viticulture and Vinification, which became the UK's first degree course in Oenology (wine-making) in 1994, run by Mike Grubb. It offered a Sports Science HND through Nottingham Trent University. The type of degree courses it offered were social science, business, humanities, and marketing & tourism. The former food department was not part of the college.

In 1999 it began to offer Broadcast Journalism and Media Production courses, and in 2000 it branched out to ECE Television, which became East Coast Media, which worked with GTV (owned by Granada).

In 2015, The Media Production Course was renamed from East Coast Media to Estuary Student TV. This was to reflect on the Estuary TV brand which is the Local Television Channel owned by the Grimsby Institute. [2]

Higher education college

In 2004 it became the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education. Its connection (associate college status) with the former University of Lincolnshire and Humberside (formed in 1996) finished when this changed its name to the University of Lincoln in 2002, which rapidly closed most of its main Hull site down (now occupied by the Hull York Medical School), concentrating it all in Lincoln. Grimsby Institute was now separate from any partner university.

In 2006 it sponsored the Pyewipe roundabout on the A180.[3]

The Humber Food School was moved from Grimsby to Lincoln.[4] The Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC)[5] moved to the College in August 2009. Ray Ellis took over as acting principal from Professor Daniel Khan[6] OBE in February 2010, who had been there for nine years. In July 2010 the Institute announced that Sue Middlehurst had accepted the post of Principal.


It is situated at the junction of the A1243 and A46, just north of the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

Main campus

The Institute's main campus is at Nuns Corner in Grimsby, and it has 12 branch sites. In 2006 the Institute had around 23,000 students.[7] The site has its own nursery,[8] and fitness suite[9]

Other sites

  • The East Coast School of Art and Design (former Grimsby Art College) is on Westward Ho, next to Ormiston Maritime Academy (former Hereford Technology School) and Franklin College.
  • The Nunsthorpe Community Campus is in Nunsthorpe – animal care and horticulture.
  • The Skegness Academy[10] on Briar Way in Skegness was created in 2006 in conjunction with Boston College
  • In September 2008, it opened the Windsor House Training Centre on Windsor Road in Louth, which was built with the Monks' Dyke Technology College.
  • The Humber Institute of Food and Fisheries[11] which was opened in 2002 on Alexandra Dock, and moved in May 2008 to the Grimsby Europarc.
  • Estuary TV television station.
  • East Coast Media and the East Coast Music Academy.[12]
  • Humber Business School – on Westside Road, just north of the A180 on Alexandra Dock.
  • ECOSH centre – on Westside Road.[13]
  • Lincolnshire Regional College[14] on Heath Road in the east of Skegness
  • Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre[15] (LRAC) south of Louth at Legbourne, next to the Kenwick Park Hotel.[16]

Higher education

The Institute's higher education degrees are validated by Teesside University, Hull, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Metropolitan, and Huddersfield universities.

Graduation ceremonies are held in October.

College future

The College has plans to achieve University status in the future, possibly to replace what the Humberside Polytechnic formerly offered in the Humber region.

A£16 million university centre opened in 2011. Construction work began on 15 February 2010. Due to a Scarborough further education college's financial problems caused by its small size, the Yorkshire Coast College merged with the Grimsby Institute on 1 January 2010.[17] Merger proposals were first announced in October 2008. Both colleges are administered by the Yorkshire & Humber LSC based in Bradford.

Seafood institute

A new Humber Seafood Institute opened in 2008.[18] The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) moved to the new site.

Notable alumni

Grimsby School of Art

See also


  • Guardian, 13 November 1990, page 25
  • Guardian, 15 November 1994, page B4

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