Edge Hill University has been named University of the Year for Student Retention by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The Guide praises the University for its work enabling a wide range of students to successfully complete their courses, and for its low dropout rate.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said:

“The University is firmly establishing itself among the top post-1992 universities after a rise of 14 places in three years. It has invested more than £250m in its 160-acre campus at Ormskirk, which has helped the university to reach the top three for its facilities and campus environment in the Times Higher Education magazine’s 2016 survey.

It’s easy to see students through to the end of their degree when you play safe with your admissions policy, much less so when you take your social responsibility seriously….The dropout rate is considerably below the expected level.

An award-winning finance support package rewards achievement as well as encouraging students to complete their studies, rather than simply offering incentives for enrolling. This is just one of the measures that made Edge Hill the stand out candidate this year for our University of the Year for Student Retention award.”

Over many years Edge Hill has worked hard to widen participation and attract students from non-traditional backgrounds into higher education such as those from disadvantaged areas and minority groups.

The University strives to retain as many students as possibly through a range of measures including its popular Student Opportunity Fund which offers financial support to students to take part in activities which enhance employability and develop their transferable skills.

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, said:

“The University is delighted to receive such a prestigious award from two global newspapers.  It recognises that we have further improved our student retention rates significantly over the past few years, meaning that a student who comes to Edge Hill to study is statistically-significantly more likely to stay at University, graduate and find their place in the labour market.  We will continue to work hard to ensure that our increasingly impressive track record is both sustained and developed in the years ahead.”