9th December 2001




The University of Lincoln is performing better than expected across a range of areas,  figures out today reveal.


Performance indicators published by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) show that the university is performing above the national average in areas such as widening access, completion rates and learning efficiency.


The performance indicators, introduced in 1999 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 Lincoln performs better than its benchmark in 14 out of 18 categories. (Please refer to the separate sheet for details.)


“These official indicators show how universities across the UK are faring when it comes to widening participation and retaining students,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“The figures show that the University of Lincoln is able to successfully widen access to degree courses while at the same time avoiding an increase in non-completion rates.”


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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A digest of the performance indicators



Of the 18 benchmarked categories, the University of Lincoln performs better than its benchmark in 14 and equal to its benchmark in two.




Young full-time first degree entrants


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


34% come from social class IIIM, IV and V*, against a benchmark of 31%


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



*          IIIM     skilled manual

IV        partly skilled

V         unskilled


Mature undergraduate degree entrants


16% come from families with no HE experience and from low participation neighbourhoods, against a benchmark of 13%



Full-time first degree students


82% complete their degree, against a benchmark of 79%