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Region's universities increase number of firsts awarded

Here is a full list of the proportion of degrees awarded as firsts by higher education institutions in the academic year 2015/16.

The institutions are ranked according to the change in the proportion of degrees awarded between 2010/11 and 2015/16, starting with the biggest increase.

The table reads, from left to right: name of institution; proportion of degrees awarded as firsts in 2010/11; proportion of degrees awarded as first in 2015/16; change in percentage points.

All figures have been rounded to one decimal place and the calculations exclude degrees that were rated as unclassified.

The list includes only those institutions for which comparable figures are available.All data has been compiled from information supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 14.6% 37% 22.3
  • University of Salford 16% 30.4% 14.3
  • University of Central Lancashire 10.1% 22.2% 12.1
  • Edge Hill University 15.8% 25.5% 9.7
  • University of Manchester 17.1% 26.8% 9.7
  • Liverpool John Moores University 12.6% 22.2% 9.6
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 14.7% 23.6% 8.8
  • University of Liverpool 18% 26.8% 8.8
  • University of Chester 11.2% 15.2% 4
  • University of Bolton 12.3% 16% 3.8
  • Liverpool Hope University 16.5% 15.3% minus 1.2



University staff walk out over job cuts

Manchester Metropolitan University where staff are going out on strike Credit: PA

Staff at Manchester Metropolitan University are picketing both its Manchester and Crewe campuses in a dispute over job losses.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) claim job cuts are being 'rushed through' when the university has 'healthy reserves in the bank'.

On Wednesday in Manchester striking staff plan to picket parents and prospective students as they attend the University's Open Day.

The row centres on the loss of up to 160 academic staff job losses with the closure of the Crewe campus.

UCU regional official Martyn Moss said:

'Strike action is always a last resort, but members at Manchester Metropolitan University have made it quite clear they are prepared to take action to defend jobs.

'We have made a number of attempts to try and resolve this dispute at the negotiating table, including suggesting we get outside help from the specialist conciliation service ACAS but the university has refused.'

Four-fifths of members who voted in the recent ballot (79%) backed strike action. Two days' strike action were originally planned for 24 and 25 May, but were cancelled after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena.

Open Days provide a great experience for prospective students and their parents and guardians and they are important in helping to inspire one of the biggest decisions in students’ lives.

"They are an opportunity to showcase our facilities, learning resources and, importantly, the fantastic experience that students get from Manchester Metropolitan.

“We are deeply disappointed that the University and College Union (UCU) has chosen to target a University Open Day for its proposed strike action.

"However, we expect there to be minimal impact on the event, which will go ahead as planned.

"Staff and student ambassadors will be on hand to showcase the University’s many fantastic attributes, and the full range of teaching, learning and social facilities on offer at the University will be open to help our visitors experience the University as they hope and anticipate.”

– Manchester Metropolitan University spokesperson

Manchester City's class of 2017 go back to school

Players from Manchester City’s men’s and women’s teams joined Year 5 students from E-ACT Blackley Academy to mark a new literacy project designed to bring learning to life through a series of football-themed activities.

John Stones, Kelechi Iheanacho and Manchester City Women’s Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Karen Bardsley joined students as they reviewed match day footage before helping to write up reports. The students then had the opportunity to ask the players questions using their upskilled vocabulary.

The ‘City Stars’ project was created to build children’s confidence in reading, writing and spoken language using examples from the world of football. It is supported by Etihad Airways, along with the Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association.

During the six-week project, youngsters are encouraged to write match reports for the City in the Community Gazette, use descriptive words in their City commentary sessions and take part in a specially designed quiz on the Etihad Stadium tour.

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