5th October 2000




New official figures published tomorrow (Friday 6th October) show that the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is performing better than ever.


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


The performance indicators, introduced last year to monitor universities’ effectiveness, cover three 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


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 or equal to its benchmark in all 20 categories. (Please refer to the separate sheet for details.)


Nationally the data show that UK universities boast some of the best completion rates in the world (80%) and can claim to be the most efficient HE institutions anywhere.


Among major industrialised countries only Japan (at 90%) has a better completion rate than the UK. Rates are much lower in France (55%), Germany (72%) and United States (63%). (Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).


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“Performance indicators broadly reflect both participation in HE from under-represented groups and student progression rates in an increasingly diverse sector,” explained Prof Keith Bardon, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


“All the figures and league tables published recently demonstrate that the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has been able to square the circle of widening access without causing a corresponding increase in non-completion rates.


“We’re very pleased that the government’s official figures on university performance show that we’re ahead of the game in virtually every category.”


Sir Brian Fender, chief executive of HEFCE, commented: “These indicators again show that UK higher education institutions continue to have a very good record compared with other countries, because they enable a higher proportion of students to complete their courses and they generally do so in a shorter time.”


“With the government we are committed to improving access for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These indicators will enable universities and colleges to track their performance in relation to other comparable institutions as they introduce measures to tackle social exclusion in higher education.”


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 sensible comparisons can be made.


Institutions are not compared with a crude average for the sector, but with a benchmark that takes account of the subjects taught, the entry qualifications of the students and the split between young and mature students in the institution.


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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



Of the 20 benchmarked categories, the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside performs better than its benchmark in 17 and equal to its benchmark in three.




Young full-time first degree entrants


97% come from state schools or colleges, against a benchmark of 91%


33% come from social class IIIM, IV and V*, against a benchmark of 30%


15% come from low participation neighbourhoods, against a benchmark of




Mature full-time undergraduate degree entrants


20% come from families with no HE experience and from low participation neighbourhoods, against a benchmark of 14%



Full-time first degree entrants


87% complete their course, against a benchmark of 87%




*          IIIM     skilled manual

IV        partly skilled

V         unskilled