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Crime rates in university cities and towns

Student safety is important. See the rates for crimes most likely to affect students in the areas they live during term time.

Crime Heat Map - Bristol 2016

Crime heat maps are published on every university profile.

The table below shows the crimes that are most likely to impact students in England and Wales – robbery, burglary, and violence and sexual offences. Official data for crime specifically against students is not available. 

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Crime statistics – England and Wales 2018

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Incidents per 1000 residents
Institution Robbery Burglary Violence & Sexual Offences Total
Royal Agricultural University 6.9 0.3 11.3 18.5
Cirencester 6.9 0.3 11.3 18.5
Falmouth 2.5 0.1 18.2 20.8
Penryn 2.0 0.1 13.3 15.4
Falmouth 2.8 0.1 21.9 24.8
Buckingham 4.8 0.7 16.8 22.3
Buckingham 4.8 0.7 16.8 22.3
York 4.2 0.5 17.7 22.4
York 4.2 0.5 17.7 22.4
Harper Adams 5.4 0.2 16.9 22.4
Telford 5.4 0.2 16.9 22.4
Rose Bruford College 6.7 1.1 16.6 24.4
Sidcup 6.7 1.1 16.6 24.4
Reading 5.0 1.0 20.0 25.9
Reading 5.0 1.0 20.0 25.9
Royal Holloway 7.5 0.8 19.8 28.1
Egham 7.5 0.8 19.8 28.1
Oxford Brookes 6.4 0.9 21.1 28.4
Oxford 6.4 0.9 21.0 28.4
Swindon 6.3 0.6 22.4 29.3
Surrey 4.9 0.6 23.2 28.7
Guildford 4.9 0.6 23.2 28.7
Warwick 8.3 1.0 20.4 29.7
Warwick 8.3 1.0 20.4 29.7
St Mary's 7.3 1.9 21.4 30.6
Twickenham 7.3 1.9 21.4 30.6
Winchester 4.8 0.5 25.6 30.9
Winchester (King Alfred) 4.8 0.5 25.6 30.9
Bath 7.2 0.7 23.8 31.7
Bath 7.1 0.6 23.5 31.2
Warminster (Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies) 9.7 4.1 33.0 46.8
East Anglia 4.9 0.8 26.1 31.8
Norwich 4.9 0.8 26.1 31.8
Bucks New 6.0 1.5 25.6 33.1
Aylesbury Vale 4.7 0.6 19.2 24.5
High Wycombe 5.0 0.8 25.3 31.1
Langley Campus, East Berkshire College 6.5 1.1 26.3 33.9
Uxbridge 7.9 3.0 28.1 39.0
Writtle University College 8.3 0.8 24.6 33.7
Writtle College 8.3 0.8 24.6 33.7
Worcester 5.7 0.9 27.1 33.8
Worcester 5.7 0.9 27.1 33.8
Bath Spa 6.5 0.8 26.7 34.0
Bath (Newton Park) 4.8 0.6 20.8 26.2
Bath (Sion Hill) 8.1 0.8 26.3 35.1
Bath (The Circus) 6.8 0.9 29.0 36.6
Bishop Grosseteste 9.5 0.7 23.9 34.0
Lincoln 9.5 0.7 23.9 34.0
Edge Hill 6.3 0.7 27.4 34.4
Ormskirk 6.1 0.6 26.5 33.2
Manchester (Armstrong House) 9.5 1.5 37.3 48.4
Keele 5.1 1.1 28.2 34.4
Keele 5.1 1.1 28.2 34.4
Cambridge 6.2 1.6 26.8 34.6
Cambridge 6.2 1.6 26.8 34.6
Chichester 5.3 0.5 28.9 34.7
Chichester (Bishop Otter) 5.6 0.3 28.3 34.3
Bognor Regis 4.4 0.9 30.6 35.9
Hertfordshire 6.0 1.7 27.3 35.0
Hatfield 6.0 1.7 27.3 35.0
Kingston 7.0 2.5 25.4 35.0
Kingston 7.0 2.5 25.4 35.0
Sheffield 10.5 1.8 22.8 35.1
Sheffield 10.5 1.8 22.8 35.1
Anglia Ruskin 6.9 1.8 26.8 35.4
Cambridge 5.9 1.0 20.7 27.5
Peterborough (Guild House) 6.1 1.1 22.0 29.2
Cambridge (College of West Anglia) 4.9 0.6 26.0 31.5
Peterborough 6.1 1.0 24.8 31.8
Chelmsford 6.3 0.7 28.5 35.6
London School of Osteopathy 7.7 3.5 28.4 39.5
ARU London Campus 9.1 3.6 27.0 39.6
Renew Counselling 7.8 1.5 42.1 51.3
Aberystwyth 4.0 0.3 31.8 36.1
Aberystwyth 4.0 0.3 31.8 36.1
Roehampton 7.4 2.4 27.1 36.9
Roehampton 7.4 2.4 27.1 36.9
Gloucestershire 8.3 1.3 27.4 37.1
Cheltenham 8.4 1.1 22.8 32.3
Gloucester 8.3 2.0 38.1 48.3
St George's, University of London 8.5 3.1 26.6 38.3
Tooting 8.5 3.1 26.6 38.3
University of Wales Trinity Saint David 5.5 0.7 32.3 38.5
Lampeter 3.5 0.2 19.4 23.2
Coleg Sir Gar 3.5 0.3 25.0 28.7
Cardiff 5.8 0.6 29.2 35.5
London 7.8 2.8 26.8 37.4
Carmarthen 4.3 0.3 36.9 41.5
Swansea 6.6 0.9 35.6 43.1
Swansea 6.8 0.8 30.9 38.6
Bay Campus 5.4 0.4 28.2 33.9
Swansea (Singleton) 7.2 1.0 31.8 40.0
Middlesex 9.0 3.7 26.1 38.8
Tayside Aviation 3.5 0.4 15.3 19.2
Allianz Park 8.8 1.8 19.1 29.7
College of Animal Welfare 7.7 1.8 24.1 33.6
Helicentre Aviation 6.4 0.7 26.7 33.8
Hendon 8.4 3.1 23.4 34.8
CTC Aviation 7.2 0.9 33.9 42.0
Royal Free Hospital 9.7 4.9 29.6 44.3
Newman 10.0 2.8 26.0 38.8
Birmingham 10.0 2.8 26.0 38.8
Exeter 3.6 0.8 34.6 39.0
Penryn (Cornwall) 2.3 0.1 17.7 20.2
Exeter 3.7 0.9 37.0 41.7
Loughborough 13.0 0.9 25.4 39.3
Loughborough 13.0 0.9 25.4 39.3
West London 8.8 3.0 27.9 39.6
Reading 5.9 1.2 27.1 34.2
Ealing/Brentford 9.2 3.2 28.0 40.3
Royal Veterinary College 8.6 4.3 27.0 39.8
Hawkshead 6.5 0.8 17.6 24.9
Camden 10.6 7.7 36.1 54.4
Bedfordshire 9.0 2.4 28.6 40.1
Bedford College 5.6 0.4 17.3 23.4
Bedford 6.9 1.3 23.1 31.4
Milton Keynes 5.6 0.9 25.6 32.1
New Stamford College 7.3 1.1 26.6 35.1
London School of Commerce Birmingham 8.2 2.0 30.2 40.3
London School of Commerce 8.6 4.1 28.8 41.4
Central Bedfordshire College 6.9 1.1 35.1 43.1
Luton 11.0 2.4 31.5 44.9
Birmingham 12.7 4.1 23.4 40.3
Edgbaston 12.7 4.1 23.4 40.3
Royal College of Music 11.1 3.8 25.7 40.6
Prince Consort Road 11.1 3.8 25.7 40.6
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 10.9 4.7 25.1 40.6
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 10.9 4.7 25.1 40.6
Brunel 7.9 2.7 30.2 40.9
Uxbridge 7.9 2.7 30.2 40.9
East London 8.3 4.2 28.6 41.0
Docklands 7.3 3.3 26.8 37.3
Stratford 9.0 4.8 29.8 43.6
University for the Creative Arts 6.9 1.2 33.1 41.2
Farnham 6.0 0.3 19.2 25.5
Epsom 7.2 1.7 25.1 34.0
Maidstone Studios 5.5 0.7 37.7 43.9
Canterbury 6.9 1.3 48.7 56.8
Rochester 8.2 2.1 61.9 72.2
Brighton 5.5 1.4 34.5 41.4
Moulsecoomb 3.6 0.5 21.6 25.8
Falmer 5.3 1.3 24.0 30.6
Eastbourne 5.6 1.0 34.7 41.3
Hastings 7.1 1.3 41.4 49.9
Brighton (Grand Parade) 6.2 2.1 44.3 52.6
Guildhall School of Music and Drama 10.1 5.0 26.6 41.7
Guildhall School of Music and Drama 10.1 5.0 26.6 41.7
Sussex 5.1 1.4 35.3 41.8
Falmer 5.1 1.4 35.3 41.8
Lancaster 7.5 0.5 34.4 42.3
Bailrigg 7.5 0.5 34.4 42.3
Bournemouth 9.9 0.9 31.6 42.4
Yeovil Campus 4.7 0.5 24.2 29.4
St Mary's Community Health Campus, Portsmouth 6.5 1.2 28.6 36.3
Bournemouth 10.4 0.9 32.2 43.5
Suffolk 6.7 1.2 34.6 42.5
Ipswich 6.7 1.2 34.6 42.5
Liverpool Hope 10.3 1.4 30.9 42.6
Liverpool (Hope Park) 9.9 0.6 21.9 32.4
Liverpool (Creative) 11.0 2.5 45.2 58.7
Ravensbourne 9.0 3.5 30.1 42.6
Ravensbourne 9.0 3.5 30.1 42.6
Trinity Laban 9.8 3.8 29.4 43.0
Greenwich 9.8 3.8 29.4 43.0
Derby 10.0 2.1 31.2 43.4
Buxton 8.1 0.8 20.6 29.6
Chesterfield 6.5 0.7 24.1 31.3
Leek 4.7 0.7 28.1 33.5
Derby 10.6 2.3 32.6 45.5
Nottingham 10.2 2.2 31.5 43.9
Sutton Bonington 6.6 0.6 17.6 24.8
Royal Derby Hospital 8.5 1.7 26.2 36.3
Nottingham City Hospital 6.4 1.0 29.4 36.8
Nottingham 10.7 2.3 32.6 45.7
Wolverhampton 9.5 2.7 31.9 44.1
Burton Hospital Centre 6.9 1.1 27.8 35.8
Telford 6.4 0.6 31.3 38.4
Walsall 10.0 3.4 28.5 41.9
Wolverhampton (City) 9.6 2.4 36.5 48.4
London Metropolitan 9.4 4.7 30.1 44.2
Holloway 9.9 4.7 28.7 43.3
Moorgate 9.1 4.9 29.6 43.5
Aldgate 9.2 4.5 31.5 45.2
Cumbria 7.0 0.7 36.7 44.4
Carlisle (Brampton Road) 2.9 0.2 14.2 17.3
Ambleside 6.9 0.0 19.7 26.7
At Energus, Workington 4.9 0.3 28.9 34.1
London 8.5 4.0 28.2 40.6
Barrow-in-Furness 4.1 0.4 36.6 41.1
Lancaster 8.6 0.6 35.4 44.6
Carlisle (Paternoster Row) 6.6 0.6 48.9 56.1
Carlisle (Fusehill Street) 6.9 0.5 51.0 58.5
West of England, Bristol 8.3 1.8 34.5 44.6
Gloucester 6.7 1.1 22.8 30.6
(Bristol) Glenside 6.6 1.0 26.6 34.2
(Bristol) Frenchay 9.0 0.9 25.8 35.8
Bristol (City) 11.4 3.7 55.5 70.6
South Wales 6.4 0.8 37.4 44.7
Newport 7.0 1.1 30.0 38.1
Treforest 5.2 0.4 34.5 40.1
Cardiff 7.8 1.4 44.4 53.5
Greenwich 8.7 3.0 33.2 44.9
Avery Hill 8.0 1.5 25.4 34.9
Greenwich 9.3 4.0 29.2 42.5
Medway 8.2 2.2 62.1 72.5
Goldsmiths 9.7 4.9 30.4 45.0
New Cross 9.7 4.9 30.4 45.0
Westminster 9.7 5.0 30.6 45.3
Harrow 7.3 3.8 26.5 37.6
Marylebone 12.5 5.4 27.8 45.7
Regent 10.1 5.3 31.7 47.0
Law School 9.9 4.7 35.3 49.9
Cavendish 10.5 5.7 34.3 50.5
Birkbeck 10.2 4.9 30.8 45.9
Stratford 8.2 3.9 29.0 41.0
Bloomsbury 11.2 5.3 31.7 48.3
York St John 8.4 1.2 36.4 46.0
York 8.4 1.2 36.4 46.0
Birmingham City 10.1 4.7 31.5 46.2
Birmingham (City North) 9.6 2.7 26.7 39.0
Birmingham (City South) 11.4 4.0 28.6 44.0
Birmingham (City Centre) 9.4 6.7 37.5 53.6
Coventry 10.7 5.4 30.4 46.5
East London Campus 7.7 3.0 28.9 39.7
Scarborough 6.0 0.6 36.5 43.1
Coventry 10.4 5.3 28.8 44.4
London 17.8 8.3 63.0 89.1
London South Bank 10.1 4.7 32.3 47.1
Havering 7.9 2.5 28.9 39.3
Southwark 10.5 5.1 33.0 48.7
Lincoln 9.7 1.2 36.5 47.5
Lincoln 9.7 1.2 36.5 47.5
Leeds Trinity University 14.2 1.3 32.1 47.6
Leeds 14.2 1.3 32.1 47.6
Essex 7.0 1.3 39.4 47.8
Loughton 9.2 2.6 27.6 39.4
Colchester 6.5 1.0 37.4 44.9
Southend 9.8 3.2 66.3 79.3
Oxford 5.6 1.7 40.7 48.0
Oxford 5.6 1.7 40.7 48.0
Southampton 8.9 1.4 37.9 48.2
Winchester 5.9 0.7 27.6 34.3
Southampton 9.1 1.4 38.6 49.1
Cardiff Metropolitan 7.7 1.1 39.4 48.2
Llandaff 7.2 0.8 32.0 40.1
Cyncoed 8.0 1.3 44.4 53.7
Queen Mary 10.7 5.0 32.7 48.3
Mile End 9.3 4.6 28.8 42.7
Whitechapel 12.5 5.5 37.9 56.0
Hull 12.5 1.3 34.6 48.4
Hull 12.5 1.3 34.6 48.4
Imperial College London 12.4 5.8 30.4 48.6
South Kensington 12.4 5.8 30.4 48.6
Royal Academy of Music 12.6 6.1 30.1 48.8
Royal Academy of Music 12.6 6.1 30.1 48.8
Arts University Bournemouth 11.3 1.2 37.7 50.2
Bournemouth 11.3 1.2 37.7 50.2
Durham 7.6 0.7 41.9 50.3
Durham 6.5 0.5 40.0 47.0
Stockton (Queen's) 14.2 1.7 52.5 68.5
Chester 5.5 0.7 44.4 50.6
Leighton Hospital, Crewe 4.2 0.4 29.6 34.2
Thornton 4.4 0.5 31.0 35.9
Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington 7.5 0.7 32.4 40.6
Warrington 6.4 1.0 33.9 41.3
Shrewsbury 7.0 0.8 35.9 43.6
Parkgate Road/Kingsway/Riverside/Queen's Park Campus 5.2 0.6 51.3 57.1
City, University of London 11.5 5.7 33.8 51.0
Northampton Square 11.5 5.7 33.8 51.0
Staffordshire 7.9 1.8 42.0 51.8
Stafford 5.4 0.6 23.5 29.5
Oasis College 7.0 1.7 23.4 32.2
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Campus 5.4 0.4 27.8 33.7
National Design Academy 7.9 1.1 26.0 35.1
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site 7.5 1.3 26.7 35.6
South Staffordshire College - Lichfield Site 8.4 2.5 26.2 37.1
Stoke on Trent 8.2 2.0 46.8 56.9
Kent 6.1 1.6 44.2 51.9
Canterbury 5.7 1.4 42.9 50.1
Medway 7.5 2.2 49.2 58.9
Norwich University of the Arts 7.5 2.2 43.3 53.0
Norwich 7.5 2.2 43.3 53.0
Plymouth 6.8 0.9 45.5 53.2
Peninsula Allied Health Centre 2.6 0.1 21.5 24.2
Truro (Knowledge Spa) 3.3 0.2 23.0 26.4
The Exeter School of Nursing 4.4 0.6 27.0 31.9
University of Plymouth Campus 7.6 1.1 50.9 59.6
Northumbria 8.1 1.1 44.2 53.4
Newcastle 8.1 1.1 44.2 53.4
SOAS University of London 12.1 6.7 34.8 53.6
Bloomsbury 12.1 6.7 34.8 53.6
Sheffield Hallam 10.8 3.3 40.0 54.1
Sheffield (Collegiate Crescent) 10.3 1.2 19.1 30.7
Sheffield (City) 11.0 4.2 49.1 64.3
University of the Arts London 12.1 6.2 36.3 54.6
Wimbledon College of Arts 7.2 1.9 20.8 29.9
Camberwell 8.9 4.2 28.2 41.3
Chelsea College of Arts 9.4 5.2 34.7 49.3
Central Saint Martins 12.2 7.1 33.9 53.2
London College of Fashion 14.3 7.5 37.5 59.3
London College of Communication 18.5 8.7 63.4 90.6
Northampton 9.9 2.6 42.4 54.9
Northampton (Park) 8.2 1.3 27.1 36.6
University of Northampton Waterside Campus 7.7 1.6 33.6 42.9
Northampton (Avenue) 10.2 2.9 45.2 58.4
University of Northampton Innovation Centre 12.8 3.9 60.2 76.9
Bangor 8.6 0.2 46.1 55.0
Wrexham 6.5 0.5 38.0 45.1
Bangor 8.8 0.2 46.8 55.8
Newcastle 8.4 1.3 46.6 56.2
London 7.3 1.6 22.8 31.7
Newcastle 8.4 1.3 46.7 56.4
Aston 10.0 7.1 39.3 56.4
Aston 10.0 7.1 39.3 56.4
Canterbury Christ Church 7.0 1.5 48.2 56.6
Medway 6.6 1.6 37.7 45.8
Canterbury 7.1 1.4 52.2 60.7
King's College London 12.4 6.5 38.0 56.9
Denmark Hill Campus 8.4 3.4 27.0 38.8
The Strand 13.6 7.2 37.6 58.4
Guy's Campus 13.4 7.3 43.7 64.5
Sunderland 9.4 1.4 47.1 57.8
London 8.6 4.2 29.2 42.1
University of Sunderland 9.5 0.9 50.0 60.4
Wrexham Glyndŵr 8.5 0.9 48.4 57.8
Northop 5.3 0.4 33.7 39.4
Wrexham 9.6 1.0 53.2 63.8
Leicester 13.1 2.6 42.3 58.0
Leicester 13.1 2.6 42.3 58.0
Huddersfield 9.8 2.1 46.8 58.7
Huddersfield (Queensgate) 9.8 2.1 46.8 58.7
Nottingham Trent 9.1 3.6 46.1 58.8
Brackenhurst 5.3 0.5 21.3 27.0
Clifton 6.1 1.2 25.1 32.4
Confetti Institute of Creative Technology 6.3 2.8 51.5 60.5
Nottingham (City) 11.5 5.0 53.1 69.6
Bristol 12.4 3.1 43.9 59.4
Bristol 12.4 3.1 43.9 59.4
Cardiff 8.1 1.5 50.0 59.6
Cardiff 8.1 1.5 50.0 59.6
Portsmouth 9.0 1.4 49.3 59.6
Portsmouth 9.0 1.4 49.3 59.6
Liverpool 11.2 2.9 46.3 60.4
Birkenhead Sixth Form College 5.7 0.4 21.8 27.8
Carmel College 7.9 1.4 33.0 42.3
Liverpool 11.6 3.1 47.9 62.6
University College London 14.1 9.0 39.4 62.5
Bloomsbury 14.1 9.0 39.4 62.5
Salford 11.5 3.9 47.2 62.5
Salford (Media City) 9.3 1.7 36.8 47.8
Salford 12.3 4.8 51.3 68.3
Liverpool John Moores 10.6 3.1 49.4 63.0
Liverpool (IM Marsh) 6.8 0.9 28.2 35.9
Liverpool (Greenbank) 10.3 0.9 28.7 39.9
Liverpool (City) 11.2 3.8 56.8 71.8
Leeds 16.4 4.1 42.8 63.3
Leeds 16.4 4.1 42.8 63.3
Leeds Beckett 16.3 3.1 44.1 63.5
Leeds (Headingley) 17.6 1.4 34.4 53.4
Leeds (City) 15.4 4.3 51.0 70.7
Manchester Metropolitan 13.9 6.2 43.7 63.8
Crewe (Cheshire) 4.5 0.6 30.1 35.2
Manchester City FC Etihad Campus 11.0 2.4 44.4 57.8
University of Manchester/MMU 15.9 7.0 35.2 58.0
Manchester 14.8 10.8 81.4 106.9
De Montfort 14.9 2.8 48.9 66.5
Leicester 14.9 2.8 48.9 66.5
Bolton 12.7 2.9 53.0 68.5
Bolton 12.7 2.9 53.0 68.5
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 10.8 4.0 56.2 70.9
Liverpool 10.8 4.0 56.2 70.9
Central Lancashire 13.1 1.7 57.4 72.2
Moor Row (Westlakes) 4.2 0.3 33.8 38.3
SSR London 10.0 4.8 34.8 49.6
Burnley 11.7 1.6 43.7 57.0
Preston 13.5 1.7 60.3 75.5
Teesside 15.0 2.1 55.2 72.3
Teesside 15.0 2.1 55.2 72.3
Royal Northern College of Music 14.3 9.1 50.3 73.6
Manchester 14.3 9.1 50.3 73.6
Manchester 19.2 9.4 50.9 79.6
Xaverian College 20.3 7.3 31.2 58.7
Manchester 17.1 13.8 91.4 122.3
Leeds Arts University 18.5 4.9 59.1 82.5
Leeds (Blenheim Walk) 18.5 4.9 59.1 82.5
London School of Economics 19.2 11.2 53.5 83.9
Westminster 19.2 11.2 53.5 83.9
Bradford 13.9 4.5 72.2 90.5
Dewsbury Hospital 10.9 1.9 45.5 58.2
Bradford 14.5 5.0 77.6 97.0
Courtauld Institute of Art 16.2 11.0 64.8 92.0
Vernon Square 16.2 11.0 64.8 92.0

More information about crime and safety

How we compile the crime table

  • In light of professional advice, the data presented is of the crimes most relevant to students: robbery, burglary, and violence and sexual crimes.
  • The universities are ranked on the combined rate of all three crimes occurring in the past 12 months, in areas where students live in term-time.
  • The official data for crime specifically against students are not available – these figures are based on all the victims in the vicinity, not just students.
  • These data aim to assist students with the university decision process, when their prospective universities cannot provide the relevant information.

Notes

  • These statistics are derived from data produced by police.uk, Ordnance Survey and the Office for National Statistics, and used under Open Government Licence v3. Student term-time accommodation data, HESA 2016–17.
  • The ranking is based on the relative levels of crimes of relevance to students. It does not record crimes in which students are themselves involved.
  • We calculated the annual reported incidents per thousand residents for the period September 2017–August 2018 by each ward or electoral division in England and Wales. For each institution, these crime rates were then combined using a weighting derived from the proportion of the institution's students who lived in each ward.
  • Where universities have multiple campuses, the figures relate to the aggregate for the institution. Crime heat maps around universities can be found in the university profiles, on the Living Here tab.
  • Because they are based on resident populations and therefore take no account of short-stay visitors and commuters, the figures may over-represent crime levels. However, this reporting problem is a common issue and the relative crime rates remain valid.
  • Comparable data for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not available. Rankings for cities and towns in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with two or more universities are available – see how safe is your city?

The police.uk definitions of the three selected crimes are:

  • Burglary includes offences where a person enters a house or other building with the intention of stealing;
  • Robbery includes offences where a person uses force or threat of force to steal;
  • Violence & Sexual Crime includes offences against the person such as common assaults, Grievous Bodily Harm and sexual offences.

Updated November 2018.