10th December 2003




Embargoed until 0001 on Thursday 11 December


The University of Lincoln is performing better than expected across a range of areas,  figures published tomorrow (Thursday) 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 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

·     employability of graduates


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’s performance is equal to or above its benchmark in 23 out of 25 categories. (Please refer to the separate sheet for details.)


“These official indicators show how universities are performing across a range of criteria,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“Our figures show that we are able to widen access to degree courses to those with disadvantaged backgrounds while avoiding an increase in non-completion rates.”


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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A digest of the performance indicators



Of the 25 benchmarked categories, the University of Lincoln’s performance is equal to or better than its benchmark in 23.




Widening access


(Young full-time first degree entrants)


98% come from state schools or colleges, against a benchmark of 91%


35% come from social class IIIM, IV and V*, against a benchmark of 30%


17% 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%



Completion rates


(Full-time first degree students)


83% complete their degree, against a benchmark of 79%



Disabled students


(Full-time undergraduate students)


4% are in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance, against a benchmark of 2.6%