11th December 2003


Figures published today place Edge Hill College of Higher Education as one of the top two major providers of higher education opportunities for people from working class backgrounds, with significantly low drop out rates for students taking degree programmes.

The table, published by the Higher Education Funding Council, showed that in 2001-2002 Edge Hill provided proportionately more opportunities for young people from working class backgrounds than almost any other provider in England. Figures also showed the best track record overall for the Lancashire institution, set against benchmarks in recruitment, retention and employment.

Dr John Cater, Chief Executive of Edge Hill said:

” In December 1999 the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Edge Hill as the top higher education provider in the England for ‘adding value’. Statistics published today once again confirm our excellent record of student retention, despite high numbers of students from working class backgrounds, who benefit most from the intensive support that Edge Hill offers.”

The Higher Education Performance Indicators, published today, rate institutions on five measures – the proportion of entrants from low participation neighbourhoods, state schools and social classes IIIM-V, the progress of students through their degree programme and graduates’ employment outcomes.

“I believe our success in retaining students comes as a result of many year’s partnership working with schools and colleges in the region,” said Dr Cater, “as well as our commitment to providing a high quality and supportive learning environment.”

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