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1 Feb 2014

News: Interesting figures and facts!
We in the Alumni office have received some interesting facts and figures from our student records department recently. The institution has grown dramatically since it was established in 1839 however many of the figures illustrate that despite its rich 175 year history, some trends remain unchanged or very similar over the years.
 
In 2012/13 there were a total of 17,800 students at the University, across all of its sites. There were nine applications to each place with the student population consisting of 65% women and 35% men. This is quite an amazing feat considering the institution began as an all-male college and the first women were only admitted in 1961!
 
In 2012/13, 24% of students were classed as mature students, being aged 21 or older at the start of their course and 32% of students came from the local area, within a 30 mile radius. This is a fact that has remained unchanged since the institution`s establishment; Chester has always been a popular choice with students in the region.
 
The proportion of students studying education was far less than when the institution was a dedicated teacher training college. Just 10% of the student population studied an education related course, with Education and Children`s Services being the University`s sixth largest faculty in 2012/13. Health and Social Care was the largest faculty within the institution with 22% of the student population studying in this area, the second largest faculty was Humanities with 17%.
 
With the University`s eighth faculty, that of Science and Engineering, and a brand new campus at Thornton Science Park due to admit its first cohort of students in September 2014, we`re curious as to how these figures will change in years to come!