Aberystwyth dubbed safest place to study

Aberystwyth University Old College - Tomos Nolan

Aberystwyth University Old College – Tomos Nolan

ABERYSTWYTH University has been dubbed the safest university in Wales, according to a report published on Tuesday 24th by The Complete University Guide, which was compiled from official police data, ranking crime rates for the communities surrounding almost 140 universities and other higher education institutions in England and Wales.

The report looked at three selected crimes – burglary, robbery and assault – and is based on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months within a three mile radius of the main campus.

Dr. Bernard Kingston, the principal author of The Complete University Guide, credited universities for the various ways they advise students on the precautions they should take to avoid becoming the victims of crime, such as working with local police and others, including student unions, and through measures such as late night buses and advice sessions.

Kingston said that whilst many students from overseas are attracted by the strong academic reputations of UK universities, they are all too often unaware of the level of crime in the areas around their chosen institutions, and that the report can hopefully allow for greater perspective with greater precision.

Best and Worst

Aberystwyth University, along with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Bangor, and South Wales are among the top 20 universities for low levels of student-relevant crime in England and Wales. In Wales, Glyndŵr University fared worst. The report showed King’s College London University, South Bank University and the Courtauld Institute as worst for university students overall, with Buckingham, Winchester, and Harper Adams universities as the top three best overall, with Aberystwyth at fourth. Crime rates in London show more than a fifth higher than in the rest of England and Wales.

Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and Student Experience at Aberystwyth University, said: “We know from our research that the majority of our students chose to study in Aberystwyth because it’s a safe and friendly place.

“We have also found that when we ask our students what they love about the town, they all tend say that it’s the great community spirit in Aberystwyth. Students feel very much a part of that community during their time here.

“I am delighted with the results of this report because it shows and recognises what a wonderful environment we have here, which is vital for student satisfaction and in our business and community relationships.”

It has been estimated that one-third of students become victims of crime, mainly theft and burglary, and about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.

The data showing the best and worst areas for crime most likely to affect student can be found here, and the data showing crime stats in university cities and towns can be found here.