2nd December 1999





The first ever official performance indicators for UK universities show that the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is performing well.


The figures, published tomorrow (Friday 3rd December 1999) by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), show ULH performing above the national average in areas such as widening access, completion rates and learning efficiency.


Nationally the data show that UK universities boast some of the best completion rates in the world (82%) and can claim to be the most efficient HE institutions anywhere.


Among major industrialised countries only Japan (at 89%) has a better completion rate than the UK. Rates are much lower in France (55%), the United States (63%) and Germany (72%).


The new performance indicators, introduced for the first time this year to monitor universities’ effectiveness,  cover four broad areas:


·     access - how successful institutions are in recruiting students from disadvantaged backgrounds

·     progression and non-completion rates for students

·     the efficiency of learning and teaching, based on the average time taken for students to obtain a qualification

·     research outputs


The performance indicators show a set of data for each university alongside the national average and against a benchmark figure which gives an indication of how such a university should ideally be performing.


The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside performs better than its benchmark figure in 19 out of 20 of the scores. (Please refer to the separate sheet for details.)


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“These new figures show the tremendous progress this university has made in widening access and participation as a predominantly teaching and learning institution,” said University of Lincolnshire & Humberside spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“They show that we are performing well in important areas such as widening participation, completion rates and learning outcomes - all areas in which the government has asked to see improvements across the sector.”


Sir Brian Fender, chief executive HEFCE, said: “These indicators demonstrate that UK higher education institutions have a very good record compared with countries overseas in enabling students to successfully complete their courses.


“This success has been achieved while student numbers have been increasing rapidly in this country over the past 10 years.


“The indicators provide transparent, open and reliable information about the performance of individual universities. Over the years it will be possible to track changes so that institutions can benchmark and improve their performance, prospective students and employers can make more informed choices, and funding bodies can assess the effectiveness of their policies.”


Performance indicators do not attempt to show who or what is best overall; higher education is too diverse for that. But the tables of indicators do include context statistics and benchmarks to help ensure that like is being compared with like.


Institutions are not compared with a crude average for the sector, but with a benchmark that takes account of the subjects taught and the qualifications on entry of the students.


Further performance indicators are being developed to cover part-time and postgraduate students and the employability of graduates.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042









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A digest of the new performance indicators



Young full-time first degree entrants


93% come from state schools or colleges, against a benchmark of 88%


32% come from social class IIIM, IV and V*, against a benchmark of 30%


16% come from low participation neighbourhoods, against a benchmark of




Mature full-time first degree entrants


18% come from families with no HE experience and from low participation neighbourhoods, against a benchmark of 14%



Full-time first degree entrants


84% complete their course, against a benchmark of 79% and a national average of 82%




*          IIIM     skilled manual

IV        partly skilled

V         unskilled