Edge Hill University has been ranked one of the safest campuses in the country, according to new survey results.

Results published by the independent Complete University Guide show that Edge Hill is the university in the north-west with the lowest crime rates and the fifth most crime-free university in England and Wales.

Compiled from official police data, the ranking gives the clearest picture possible of local crime rates for 103 universities in England and Wales.

Vice-Chancellor John Cater said: “Edge Hill University offers a safe and secure environment in which to live and study and many new students appreciate the supportive, sociable and secure atmosphere that we offer here.

“The safety of our students is of paramount importance to us and we work closely with partners including the police to ensure that crime remains at an all-time low. We’re always getting crime safety messages out to students and we also encourage them to respect the needs of the local community. In addition we have designed the campus in a way that makes our students feel safe, with security officers on campus, night wardens and an excellent student support team on hand. I’m delighted that our work in this area has been recognised.”

The University’s Students’ Union has recently joined forces with Lancashire Constabulary, whereby teams teams of dedicated students walk up and down local roads between the peak hours of 10.30pm and 3am in a bid to ensure the areas around the campus are quiet and safe.

Dr Cater added: “It is initiatives like these which show that our students are committed to working with other agencies to ensure the campus is safe and secure and we will continue to work hard to ensure this is part of the best university experience for all of our students.”

Bernard Kingston, founder of The Complete University Guide, says: “Quality of tuition and the prospects for employment after graduation are key elements in choosing a university course, but it is important not to overlook other aspects of the environment in which the student will be living for three or more years. Our university cities do not exist in isolation from the communities within which they are located, and, regrettably, crime is a constant presence.”