3rd December 1999




The first ever official higher education league tables published today show the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside performing well in key areas.


The tables, put together by four national newspapers and based on the government’s new official performance indicators, rank universities according to their performance in areas such as student progression, learning efficiency and widening participation.


The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside achieved the following high rankings:


·     The fourth best graduation rate of any ‘new’ university

·     The fifth best drop-out rate of any ‘new’ university

·     The 14th  best learning efficiency score among ‘new’ universities

·     22nd out of 107 universities for intake from state schools

·     26th out of 107 universities for intake from lowest social classes


The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside also appeared in the Second Division in the Daily Telegraph’s table for the percentage of students achieving a degree. The newspaper ranked all universities according to a football-style system in which the best feature in the ‘Premier League’ and the worst appear in the ‘Fourth Division’.


The new performance indicators show how universities are performing against their expected benchmark in areas such as widening access and learning outcomes. The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside performs better than its benchmark figure in 19 out of 20 of the scores published today.


“This university has shown that it is possible to widen access to higher education while at the same time maintaining academic standards and progression rates,” said University of Lincolnshire & Humberside spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“Among the so-called new universities we are a top-five performer in completion rates, even though we attract higher than average numbers of students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.”


“These indicators demonstrate that we are performing well in those areas where the government has asked universities to improve.”


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)