Rise in UK university dropout rates.

‘Six per cent of first degree entrants aged under 21 who enrolled in 2013-14 did not continue their studies beyond their first year, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

This is an increase on the previous year’s non-continuation rate of 5.7 per cent, and follows a series of falls from a recent high of 7.2 per cent for the 2009-10 intake.

Les Ebdon, the director of fair access to higher education, said that he was “disappointed” by the figures.

He highlighted that the dropout rate for young students from disadvantaged backgrounds was rising even more rapidly. It stood at 8.2 per cent for the 2013-14 cohort, up 0.5 percentage point year-on-year.’ – Times Higher Education

Some of the worse dropout rates are in Scottish universities.

‘Some of the highest drop-out rates are concentrated in newer universities which take greater numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The figures have prompted concerns that moves to widen access in Scotland are not being accompanied by sufficient support.

Students from non-traditional backgrounds are more likely to drop out because of financial concerns and lack of support from families who have little experience of university.

In England students are charged tuition fees and leave with more debt, but there are much clearer guidelines to universities about the level of bursaries they are expected to provide.’ – Herald Scotland

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