Liverpool have been ranked one of the worst unis for attending lectures

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A study looking into lecture attendance habits of university students has found that those who live on campus are three times more likely to miss lectures compared to those who live at home with parents. The biggest excuses are lack of sleep, hangovers and early morning lectures.

The worst offenders have been found to be Southampton, Newcastle and Sheffield Hallam with Liverpool shortly behind.

The study conducted by the team at polled 5,089 students, aged 18-22, on their living habits and attendance levels. Half of these lived at uni either on campus or in a house locally and the other half lived at home with parents meaning they travel to and from uni. The research was undertaken to coincide with the recent launch of The Student Sleep Calculator, aimed to ensure students get a full night’s sleep despite busy schedules.

Students at the University of Liverpool were found to miss an average of three lectures a month, this was averaged per student. The laziest students were those at University of Southampton missing an average of 10 lectures per month, followed by Newcastle with an average of 10 and Sheffield Hallam University with an average of nine.

All students were initially asked to state how many compulsory lectures each month they didn’t attend at university. The average number of lectures missed by those living on campus emerged as six, compared to just two for those still living at home with parents.

The Student Sleep Calculator, designed to help students struggling with late nights and early morning lectures, asks students to input what time their lecture is the next morning as well as how long it takes them to travel to their university buildings. You also need to input how long on average you take to get ready in order to eat breakfast and look presentable. The tool then suggests four different times users can go to bed in order to avoid waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle.

The Student Sleep Calculator can be found here:

Melissa Benedict, spokesperson for, said: “With all the excitement surrounding university life, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly why you are there, especially if you are living away from home for the first time. We understand how the change associated with a university lifestyle can affect a student’s ability to make those early morning lectures, which is why we created the calculator to help them get an idea of healthy sleep patterns and ensure that they wake up for lectures on time and as alert as possible!”