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TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk releases new data on crime likely to affect students in the East Midlands #cugcrime16

Tom Allingham
19 September 2016

Nottingham (East Midlands release)
Students at the University of Nottingham face
the lowest levels of crime in the East Midlands

The East Midlands’ safest and higher-risk university neighbourhoods for student-relevant crimes are revealed today (Monday, September 19) by the Complete University Guide.

Compiled from official police data, the Complete University Guide's ranking gives the most authoritative picture possible of the crime rates for the most common offences affecting students at almost 130 universities and other higher education institutions in England and Wales.

The Complete University Guide has taken professional advice on the crimes most relevant to students. It uses three offences: burglary, robbery and violence and sexual crimes. Universities are then ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months in those areas where students live in term-time. While these offences are the three of greatest relevant to students, the figures themselves are based on all victims in the locality, not just students.

For 2016, the Complete University Guide has significantly revised its methodology so that comparisons with earlier years are not significant. They no longer relate to areas within three miles of the designated main campus. Instead they are derived from the term-time addresses given by students themselves.

As official data for crimes affecting students are not available, and universities do not publish any data on a comparable basis, the figures relate to all crimes within the three categories. They are not a direct measure of these crimes against students.

Students at the University of Nottingham face the lowest crime levels in the East Midlands, with those at Bishop Grosseteste University and Loughborough University only just behind. Student neighbourhoods at the University of Northampton have the highest levels of crime in the region, while areas where students studying at De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln live are not far behind. 

None of the universities in the East Midlands feature in the national Top Ten for low crime levels in the areas their students live, but none feature in the national Top Ten for high levels of crime either. This is reflected in the region’s national rank, which places it close to the median for student-relevant crimes in England and Wales. 

RegionBurglaryRobberyViolence and
sexual offences
CUG Total
South East 6.37 0.78 22.21 29.36
South West 7.09 0.70 23.21 31.00
West Midlands 7.52 1.92 22.50 31.93
East of England 6.95 1.09 26.91 34.96
Wales 7.16 0.57 28.32 36.05
London 8.24 2.77 29.95 36.97
East Midlands 10.77 1.76 26.38 38.92
Yorkshire and the Humber 11.11 1.53 26.73 39.36
North West 10.84 2.01 30.10 42.95
North East 9.16 1.09 33.25 43.51

This year’s release also sees the Complete University Guide drill down to show the rates for student residential areas close to the individual campuses of each university. A number of universities have vastly different scores depending on the campus measured, with Nottingham Trent being one such example. Among its three campuses, students based at its Nottingham City campus face the second highest level of crime in the region (52.34 incidents per 1,000 residents), while another (Brackenhurst) has the second lowest (18.63 incidents per 1,000 residents).

Others see less variation, such as Nottingham, which accounts for six of the nine campuses with the lowest East Midlands crime level for their students’ place of term time residence.

Other key findings:

  • The rate for the three student-relevant crimes in the areas where students live in England and Wales is 36.5 per 1,000 residents
  • Burglary rates are lowest in the South East (3.37) and highest in Yorkshire and the Humber (11.11), the North West (10.84) and the East Midlands (10.77)
  • Robbery rates are below two incidents per 1,000 residents in every region except for the North West (2.01) and London (2.77)
  • Violence and sexual violence rates are lowest in the South East (22.21) and the West Midlands (22.50), and highest in the North West (30.1) and North East (33.25)

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said: “In contrast with the United States where the Clery Act requires universities in receipt of federal funds to disclose campus crime statistics, UK universities do not have to collect and publish data for crimes against students on and near their campuses.

“Regrettably, in the UK, universities are either unable or unwilling to disclose the rates of crime directly affecting their students on campus, let alone off campus, a matter of considerable interest to potential applicants and their parents.

“Our data accurately reflect the levels of crime of greatest relevance to students in the streets where they live while studying at university. They provide information that is not available to students from their prospective choices of university and which, alongside other advice, assist them to make informed decisions about where to live and study.

“We have refined our methodology to reflect the level of crime where students live while studying. This is fairer to universities in city centres or with multiple campuses.”