Scotland’s university cities by far the safest places to send your children


I’ve just reported on falling domestic violence in Scotland and the increasingly inaccurate nature of the stereotypical view of Scots and Scotland as violent. The Complete University Guide has published some shocking data which was too large to fit into the previous report and which reveals a shocking difference between the level, in particular, of the risk of violence against the person in Scottish, English, Welsh and N Ireland city-based universities. The tables show the three-year rolling average of crime per 1 000 population.

Here’s the table for England and Wales:


Here’s the table for Northern Ireland:


Here’s the table for Scotland:


These are quite remarkable differences with the risk of violence against university students in Scottish cities significantly lower than in all the other UK cities. Even Glasgow, has a far lower rate than the least violent of the English cities


5 thoughts on “Scotland’s university cities by far the safest places to send your children

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. January 16, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    These are quite astonishing data, if the comparisons are, indeed, like-for-like. Given the legendary reputation of Glasgow for violence, the level is less than 1/3 of the figures for the least violent English towns and cities.

    In recent years both Glasgow and Strathclyde have been rated on a variety of factors by students as the best university experiences in the UK.

    Were there no data for St Andrews, since it is seen as ‘the next best thing’ after Oxbridge? What about Paisley, Ayr, Inverness?


    • johnrobertson834 January 16, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      No sign of smaller town or campus unis other than Stirling, strangely.


  2. Ludo Thierry January 16, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Hi John – WOW – you are identifying some quite remarkable prima facie comparative figures in your articles today. This set of figures in particular. Quite remarkable. I well remember the crap that has been hurled at Justice Secretaries Kenny McAskill and Michael Mathieson, at each of the Chief Constables and the SNP Scottish Govt for continuing to push forward with Scotland’s knife-crime initiatives. I wonder whether that action is really starting to pay dividends and is involved as a partial element in these, most encouraging, comparative figures? Hopefully the Minimum Pricing due to come on stream pretty soon will encourage even lower levels of violent crime (and general aggression) on our streets (and in our homes).

    You fairly find some interesting stuff for us John!


    • johnrobertson834 January 16, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks Ludo. Some days it all pops up with little effort on my part


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