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    26,000 students (6.4% of home students in England) dropped out of their university within 12 months of starting their studies in 2015/16. This is the third year in a row to see an increase. Experts are indicating the increase in tuition fees may be a contributory factor.

    However the drop-out rate has improved for students coming from the most disadvantaged backgrounds from 8.8% in 2014/15 to 8.6% in 2015/16.

    And, as reported by THE:
    "They also reveal widespread variation in institutional performance: the highest dropout rate was reported at London Metropolitan University, where nearly one in five (19.5 per cent) young UK undergraduates did not progress into the second year.

    "This was followed by the University of Bolton (17 per cent), Wrexham Glyndwr University and Middlesex University (both 16.4 per cent). These four institutions were among 12 providers to have a dropout rate significantly above what would be expected according to their Hesa benchmark, which reflects the UK average, adjusted for each institution’s specific characteristics, such as location or students’ background.

    "The lowest dropout rates were reported by the universities of Cambridge (0.8 per cent) and Oxford (1.1. per cent)."

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...ise-third-year

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com...third-year-row
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    26,000 students (6.4% of home students in England) dropped out of their university within 12 months of starting their studies in 2015/16. This is the third year in a row to see an increase. Experts are indicating the increase in tuition fees may be a contributory factor.

    However the drop-out rate has improved for students coming from the most disadvantaged backgrounds from 8.8% in 2014/15 to 8.6% in 2015/16.

    And, as reported by THE:
    "They also reveal widespread variation in institutional performance: the highest dropout rate was reported at London Metropolitan University, where nearly one in five (19.5 per cent) young UK undergraduates did not progress into the second year.

    "This was followed by the University of Bolton (17 per cent), Wrexham Glyndwr University and Middlesex University (both 16.4 per cent). These four institutions were among 12 providers to have a dropout rate significantly above what would be expected according to their Hesa benchmark, which reflects the UK average, adjusted for each institution’s specific characteristics, such as location or students’ background.

    "The lowest dropout rates were reported by the universities of Cambridge (0.8 per cent) and Oxford (1.1. per cent)."

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...ise-third-year

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com...third-year-row


    TBF the Times article shows that the rate is much lower now than in previous years, so a small rise is no big deal.

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    As for the unis with the highest drop out rates, then dont read too much into it as part of it will be to do with the students coming from the poorest backgrounds, with lower grades and expectations. Students are ging to fight a lot harder to stay in oxbridge, will be wealthier, better supported and more able.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    TBF the Times article shows that the rate is much lower now than in previous years, so a small rise is no big deal.
    Yes but it's a definite reverse to the prior trend.

    As for the unis with the highest drop out rates, then dont read too much into it as part of it will be to do with the students coming from the poorest backgrounds, with lower grades and expectations.
    Hmm... surely those students are also the ones that see education as way to improve their situation.
 
 
 
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