Edge Hill University is bucking the national trend by attracting more applicants to study at the campus.

Although the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) have reported a fall in applications for higher education for 2012/13, the pattern in West Lancashire is very different. 

The Ormskirk-based University has attracted 16.1% more applicants than at the same time last year.

Commenting on these figures, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Cater, said: “These figures are very pleasing and demonstrate strong demand across the full range of our degree programmes. Despite the continually changing nature of the higher education sector, the things that are important to Edge Hill remain constant: providing a high quality learning experience; being an excellent employer; ensuring financial security and raising our profile nationally and internationally. Our increase in applications is testimony to the hard work that we put into achieving these goals.”

One of the reasons why applicants are keen to study at Edge Hill University is in the top four for its excellent graduate employment record, coming top in the north-west and fourth in England in the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency survey. Its success rate is down to a combination of providing opportunities for students to boost their employability throughout their degree, practical, industry-focused programmes and excellent links with employers.

The University is continually implementing ambitions plans to improve the student experience. The latest has been the opening of the £13.5 million Hub, which provides outstanding social, dining opportunities plus dedicated student space for the record 80 plus student clubs and societies running this year. Other initiatives include a multi-faith chaplaincy, a drop in dentist, a specialist programme to help with the transition to higher education, as well as further improvements in learning and teaching, such as feedback and assessment, designed to further improve students’ learning experience.