Edge Hill University continues to buck the national trend by attracting
more applications than ever.

Numbers of UCAS applicants have increased by 11.28%* compared with 2011, compared with a reported sector-wide decline of 7.25%.  Attendance at applicant open days has been at record level across all subjects.

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 teaching and learning experience; and raising our
profile nationally and internationally. Our increase in applications is
testimony to the hard work that we put into achieving these goals.”

The past 12 months have been
one of the most successful in the University’s history, ranking top in the
north-west and in the top four amongst English public universities for graduate employability, top two in England
for students’ personal development in the 2011 National Student Survey and being shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher UK University of the
Year for the third time.

The University is one of the most financially secure institutions
in higher education, reporting a fifth consecutive surplus of £13.8m and providing the capacity for continual investment in the student experience
and teaching and learning facilities. Following the opening of the £13.5m Student
Hub last year, work has commenced on expansion plans worth £55m, which
includes an Olympic-standard sports complex and further on-campus student
accommodation.

*UCAS figures