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26th November 2014, 3:46pm
Walk this way: Lincoln among top five for students walking to campus
Walking in Lincoln The University of Lincoln has been ranked among the top five universities in the UK for the proportion of students who can enjoy a cost-free stroll into campus.

In a new league table published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Lincoln is ranked fourth in the UK, and third in England, for the percentage of students who commute to university on foot.

More than three quarters (77%) of Lincoln’s students walk to university each day. By contrast, for students in other areas of the country the cost of travel can be as much £15.10 per week in London and £12.50 per week in Brighton. The average cost of weekly travel for students nationwide is £6.50.

According to The Complete University Guide 2014, Lincoln is also ranked among the safest universities in the East Midlands, with the second lowest student-relevant crime rates in the region.

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at Lincoln, said: “We are proud to offer an exciting student experience in a safe, welcoming and historic city. Lincoln is one of the safest and friendliest cities in the UK, and our city-centre location means that its main attractions and amenities are within a short walk for our students. This accessibility ensures a lower cost of living, and the combination of a vibrant atmosphere and warm community feel makes the city of Lincoln a great place to be a student.”

Earlier this month, the University of Lincoln received a Green Award – the highest level of accreditation from the nationwide Investors in the Environment (iiE) scheme – in recognition of its commitment to reducing environmental impact.

Dan Clayton, Environment and Sustainability Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “At the University of Lincoln, we have implemented a comprehensive Travel Plan which focuses on delivering efficient travel for our staff and students and supports sustainable transport options and active travel, such as cycling and walking. Our campus Master Plan is also designed to ensure the Brayford Pool campus is accessible to all, offers a welcoming environment and forms an integral part of the city centre.

“We have been working hard to reduce our energy consumption, energy costs and carbon emissions. We are now aiming to develop an Environmental Management System and our iiE accreditation is a significant step towards this goal.”

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