Decrease in Postgrad drop out rates

4608963722_7c88e503f8_bBy Emmi Bowles – Editor-in-Chief

The percentage of students that have dropped out of UCLan postgraduate courses has decreased where undergraduate drop outs have increased.

In the academic year 2013/14 5.4% of postgraduate students did not finish their course compared to the 4.5% in 2014/15. But undergraduate drop outs have increased from 6.3% to 6.6% in the past year.

Data collected by UCLan shows that main reason students gave for dropping out of university was due to personal situations.

With the change in maintenance grants in this year’s budget more students will have to rely on other forms of income to help fund their studies and living costs.

Over the past year there has been an increase in students dropping out of university for financial reasons. 14.69% of the 4.5% of postgraduates who left their course in 2014/15 said it was down to financial issues, with 3.53% of undergraduate drop outs also stating this for being their main reason.

Health reasons is also another explanation for drop outs but there has been a decrease postgraduates leaving for this reason. But the use of health reasons in Undergraduate drop outs has increased from 4.40% to 5.64% in 2014/15.

More postgraduates are however successfully completing their course with the drop of academic failure as a reason for leaving university, but this has risen for undergraduates from 6.85% in 2013/14 to 9.01% in 2014/15.

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*The 2014/15 year has not yet finished therefore figures are liable to change.

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