The safest universities in England and Wales

The Complete University Guide has revealed the universities with the lowest and highest crime rates in England and Wales

December 12 2017
The safest universities in England and Wales

The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester has been named the safest university in England and Wales, according to the latest research by the Complete University Guide. 

The Complete University Guide compiled the list by considering and taking professional advice on which crimes would be the most relevant to students.

Looking at the three offences that were deemed the most relevant – burglary, robbery, and violent and sexual crimes – universities were ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months. They were recorded in the areas where students live during term-time, based on official police data, at almost 130 universities and higher education institutions in England and Wales.

It is important to note that although the crimes are those considered the most relevant to students, the figures themselves are based on all victims in the local area, not just students. 

It was found that the South West was the safest region in the UK, according to the data, with the lowest number of incidents across all three categories per 1,000 residents. 

The South East was the second-safest region and the West Midlands, East of England and Wales were all above the national average for safety.

The North West and North East were at the bottom of the ranking as the least safe regions. 

The analysis revealed that burglary rates were lowest in the South East and highest in the East Midlands. Violence and sexual violence rates were the lowest in the West Midlands and South West and highest in the North West and the North East. 

Robbery rates were below two incidents per 1,000 residents in every region except for London, the North West and the West Midlands. 


Top 10 universities and colleges for low crime levels

 

Institution

City/Town

Robbery

Burglary

Violence & Sexual Offences

Total

1

Royal Agricultural University

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

0.4

6.1

10.6

17.1

2

University of York

York

0.2

3.3

13.9

17.4

3

Falmouth University

Falmouth

0.2

2.2

16.2

18.6

4

University of Buckingham

Buckingham

0.7

4.2

14.4

19.3

5

Rose Bruford College

Sidcup 

1.4

5.7

15.2

22.3

6

University of Reading

Reading

0.6

6.5

15.6

22.7

7

University of Winchester

Winchester

0.4

4.8

18

23.2

8=

Harper Adams University

Newport

0.2

6.2

17

23.4

8=

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford

0.6

6.6

16.2

23.4

10

University of Bath

Bath

0.9

5.8

19.3

26

Top 10 universities with the highest levels or relevant crimes

 

Institution

City/Town

Robbery

Burglary

Violence & Sexual Offences

Total

 

126

Courtauld Institute of Art

London

9.9

15.8

56.6

82.2

125

University of Manchester

Manchester

6.7

18.2

48.6

73.5

124

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Liverpool

4.1

15.1

53.8

73.1

123

University of Bradford

Bradford

2.5

14.3

56.2

73

122=

London School of Economics and Political Science

London

8.8

17.2

43.9

70

122=

Royal Northern College of Music

Manchester

7.6

14.5

47.9

70

121

Teesside University

Teesside

1.8

14.2

50.3

66.4

120

Southampton Solent University

Southampton

3.1

15.4

47.1

65.6

119

Leeds Arts University

Leeds

3

16.6

45.9

65.5

118

University of Bolton

Bolton

2.6

13.7

45.4

61.8

Read more: Student Experience Survey 2017: the safest UK universities

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