Here’s another statistic, according to HESA; 4 out every 10 students never fully complete their course – many transfer to a different uni or end up with a lesser qualification. That’snot good.
According to HESA’s stats, one of the worst universities is Bolton with 21.4% of undergraduates quitting after just a year, begging the question, why? According to Whatuni user
Someone (it’s not an anonymous quote, that’s actually their username), “Staff have a college staff mentality - if you have a problem, it's ‘too bad, quit the course’, instead of the university mentality of ‘don't quit, we'll do what we can to help you’…Hardly any books in the library, and most of them are reference-only…There are hardly any clubs or societies.” So maybe it’s that, because of the increased pressure on universities to balance top class education whilst remaining accessible to those not born with privilege there’s a lack of support and lack of resources. It’s not all doom and gloom at Bolton, however, as user N states, “Overall, I loved being a student at Bolton! The uni is smaller than others, but don't let this put you off. I've had the best time at Bolton Uni and would highly recommend it!” Do you go to Bolton, who do you agree with? Tell us what it’s like.
Nationwide, drop-out rates are on the up - according to the HESA statistics, by nearly 13% -rising from 28,210 in 2008/9 to 31,755 in 2009/10. So what is it, could it be rising tuition fees, increased living costs or is there something else? At Whatuni our aim is to ensure everyone chooses the right uni to suit them, helping them get the education they deserve, so, if you are thinking about leaving your uni, or you find yourself with considerably fewer friends now than when you started your degree (no, it doesn’t count if you’ve annoyed all of your friends away) then you need to speak out by
reviewing your uni.
According to Prof John Hughes, Higher Education Wales chair and Bangor University vice-chancellor,
speaking to the BBC recently, it’s all about money, or rather a lack, thereof, “The current economic climate I would think is a factor across the UK…A lot of students struggle financially and if their parents are in financial difficulties it can lead to them dropping out.”
Despite the increasing national quitting trend, the statistics hailed good news for Liverpool; the percentage of students dropping out for all three Liverpool universites has fallen by at least 1%, which is great news for students studying there. Do you study in Liverpool?
Have your say.
According to a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, cited in
The Telegraph, the government are attempting to address the issue, "Although our student completion rates compare well internationally, we want to reduce the number of students who don’t complete their studies…We are improving information for prospective students so that they can make more informed choices and we are committee to a better overall student experience." Guess where you can get hold of that type of information? That’s it, Whatuni!
How do you feel, is your uni awesome, do you want to tell the world the drop out rates are not the fault of the uni? And is the increase in dropout rate is, indeed, due to increasing costs? Or, maybe, you hated your university so much you couldn’t cope with the full three years. Either way,
have your say, help prospective students make the right choice and help the universities provide a better service to their students review your uni.