9th October 2000




Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to study at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside than many other institutions, according to a newspaper league table.


The Times places ULH 9th on a table of 102 universities with an intake of students from state schools 12% above the national average at 97%.


According to their figures, which were obtained from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the university is above the national average in recruiting students from the poorest areas.


The performance indicators, which were published for the first time last year, monitor universities effectiveness in widening access, non-completion rates and the efficiency of learning and teaching.


ULH performed equal or better than the average in all 20 categories.


The university is rated higher in most categories than all the regional universities including Hull University and De Montfort, with Oxford University at the bottom of the heap.


“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,” said Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager.


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.


Although an average figure is taken, universities are actually compared with a benchmark set by HEFCE for each individual university. These take into account the subjects taught, entry qualifications and the split between young and mature students.


The Times table was published on Friday 6th October 2000.




Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042