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One in seven students 'to drop out'
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The UK compares well internationally
One in seven students at UK universities are predicted to drop out of their courses, but there are wide regional variations.

Just over 1% of students at Cambridge are expected to abandon their studies, while at Napier University, Edinburgh, 37% are believed to leave early.

At 14%, Britain has one of the lowest drop-out rates among developed countries. And the number expected not to finish their degrees has fallen, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

For the 2000 intake, the figure was 15% and for 2001 it was 14.1%, although the statistics agency says changes in the way data was collected makes comparisons difficult.

A spokeswoman for Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, said: "Retention rates at UK universities continue to be among the highest in the world, while they continue to work at widening participation."

Among the universities with the lowest predicted drop-out rates for the 2001 intake were many of the oldest institutions, such as Oxford (2.1%), Durham (2.3%) and Nottingham (2.5%).

The best on this score was the Royal Veterinary College, where just 0.9% of students failed to finish their courses.

The statistics are based on a projection by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

At 13 institutions, more than a quarter of students are predicted to drop out.

The highest rates were found at new universities including the Bolton Institute of Higher Education (35.8%), University of Abertay, Dundee (30.3%) and London Metropolitan University (28.1%).

Students in Scotland are the most likely to drop out, with a rate of 16.3%, while the figure for Northern Ireland is 12.2%.

Rates for England and Wales are 13.8% and 14.7% respectively.

The table below shows the percentage of students who began full-time courses on 2001 who were no longer in higher education a year later, and the projected final drop-out rate:

Institution Not in HE Projected
Napier University 17.7 37.0
Bolton Institute of Higher Education 21.8 35.8
University of Abertay Dundee 13.2 30.3
London Metropolitan University 17.6 28.1
The University of East London 14.8 28.0
The University of Sunderland 14.7 26.9
Middlesex University 15.2 26.8
The North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education 15.6 26.8
The University of Central Lancashire 13.5 26.0
Thames Valley University 15.7 25.4
University College Northampton 11.2 25.4
University of Glamorgan 15.7 25.3
University of Luton 11.8 24.8
The University of Wolverhampton 14.1 23.9
Liverpool Hope University College 15.0 23.7
The University of Greenwich 13.6 22.9
Edinburgh College of Art 12.4 22.3
The University of Lincoln 13.4 22.2
University of Wales College, Newport 13.6 22.1
Liverpool John Moores University 12.2 22.0
Trinity College of Music 11.6 21.6
University of Gloucestershire 12.1 21.5
The University of Huddersfield 12.0 21.3
University of the West of England, Bristol 11.1 21.1
University of Derby 12.3 20.6
University of Surrey, Roehampton 15.5 20.5
London South Bank University 13.0 20.3
The University of Paisley 18.8 20.0
The University of Salford 10.4 20.0
University of Central England in Birmingham 8.8 19.8
Royal Northern College of Music 10.0 19.1
Kingston University 9.4 19.0
The University of Westminster 13.1 19.0
Staffordshire University 11.0 18.5
Swansea Institute of Higher Education 13.1 18.3
University College Worcester 15.0 18.3
Heriot-Watt University 11.4 17.9
Glasgow Caledonian University 13.5 17.7
Edge Hill College of Higher Education 13.6 17.6
The Manchester Metropolitan University 11.8 17.4
The University of Dundee 12.7 17.3
University of Wales College of Medicine 11.0 17.2
Harper Adams University College 16.3 17.0
Anglia Polytechnic University 9.1 16.9
Leeds Metropolitan University 9.1 16.9
Trinity College, Carmarthen 10.4 16.9
Writtle College 11.1 16.9
The Robert Gordon University 11.2 16.5
The School of Oriental and African Studies 15.2 16.5
University of Hertfordshire 9.7 16.3
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication 14.0 16.1
Newman College of HE 6.1 16.0
University of Ulster 12.6 16.0
Wimbledon School of Art 8.8 15.9
The University of Portsmouth 9.7 15.5
The University of Strathclyde 10.1 15.2
Royal Academy of Music 11.3 15.1
The University of Bradford 11.0 15.1
Kent Institute of Art & Design 10.9 15.0
Coventry University 9.7 14.9
The University of Glasgow 9.0 14.9
Southampton Institute 11.2 14.8
Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh 9.7 14.7
The University of Essex 10.2 14.7
Cumbria Institute of the Arts 10.0 14.6
Chester College of HE 9.9 14.4
Goldsmiths College 8.1 14.4
The University of Sussex 9.3 14.4
Oxford Brookes University 9.2 14.3
Canterbury Christ Church University College 9.9 14.2
Glasgow School of Art 6.9 14.2
St Mary's College 9.2 14.2
Bournemouth University 8.6 14.0
University College Chichester 12.1 14.0
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle 8.4 13.9
The University of St Andrews 4.2 13.9
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 10.9 13.9
University of Wales, Bangor 8.6 13.8
The University of Brighton 9.2 13.7
Dartington College of Arts 12.3 13.5
The University of Hull 7.9 13.4
The University of Stirling 6.2 13.2
City University 8.7 13.1
The University of Aberdeen 8.6 12.8
The University of Plymouth 7.2 12.6
Sheffield Hallam University 8.8 12.5
The London Institute 7.4 12.5
Bath Spa University College 9.5 12.4
St Martin's College 7.8 12.3
The University of Kent 7.6 12.2
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College 10.6 12.1
Falmouth College of Arts 7.9 11.8
The University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology 5.5 11.8
College of St Mark and St John 8.0 11.4
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 8.6 11.2
York St John College 10.2 11.1
King Alfred's College, Winchester 6.7 10.8
The University of Reading 6.8 10.7
Brunel University 6.7 10.6
University of Wales, Swansea 6.8 10.4
Aston University 5.3 10.3
Central School of Speech and Drama 4.0 10.0
The University of Wales, Lampeter 7.5 9.7
The Nottingham Trent University 6.9 9.6
University of Wales, Aberystwyth 6.7 9.5
Queen Mary and Westfield College 8.7 9.4
Norwich School of Art and Design 7.9 9.1
The University of Surrey 7.0 8.8
The Queen's University of Belfast 6.6 8.7
Cranfield University 5.3 8.5
The University of Liverpool 7.5 8.5
Bishop Grosseteste College 6.2 8.3
St Mary's University College 4.0 8.3
Cardiff University 4.8 8.2
The University of Leicester 7.4 8.2
The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College 8.8 8.1
Trinity and All Saints College 7.6 8.0
The University of Birmingham 5.9 7.3
The University of East Anglia 9.0 7.3
King's College London 5.6 7.0
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 5.1 7.0
Rose Bruford College 4.7 6.9
The University of Edinburgh 4.6 6.8
University of Manchester 5.5 6.8
Loughborough University 4.0 6.5
The University of Sheffield 3.0 6.5
University College London 4.6 6.5
The University of Leeds 4.9 6.4
The University of Lancaster 4.7 5.9
The University of Southampton 5.2 5.4
The University of York 4.3 5.3
The University of Exeter 2.7 4.9
St George's Hospital Medical School 2.5 4.7
The University of Warwick 3.2 4.7
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 4.2 4.6
Stranmillis University College 2.4 4.4
The University of Keele 3.1 4.2
Royal College of Music 3.4 3.7
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine 3.7 3.6
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 5.1 3.6
The University of Bristol 3.0 3.4
The University of Bath 2.3 3.3
London School of Economics and Political Science 5.2 3.2
The School of Pharmacy 2.5 3.1
The University of Nottingham 1.9 2.5
University of Durham 2.0 2.3
The University of Oxford 1.3 2.1
University of London (Institutes and activities) 3.3 1.7
The University of Cambridge 1.8 1.3
The Royal Veterinary College 1.3 0.9
Bell College 28.2 0.0
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 4.8 0.0
Royal Agricultural College 5.1 0.0
The Arts Institute at Bournemouth 9.1 0.0
UHI Millennium Institute 37.2 0.0
De Montfort University 9.6 -
Northern School of Contemporary Dance 22.7 -
The University of Teesside 10.3 -
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