Essential student news for young academics in Scotland today, as the NUS has commented on the alarming number of students terminating their studies before the end of their course. As Young Academic has discovered, the National Union of Students has labelled these statistics as ‘shameful’ resulting in a defensive response from Universities Scotland.

HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Authority, released these figures yesterday outlining the fact that Scotland does indeed have the worst dropout rate in the United Kingdom. In fact, 9.3% of Scottish based students dropped out during the last academic year, a good one and a half percent higher than the UK average.

“These statistics show that even with fees rightly off the table, the lack of adequate financial support is slamming the door shut on many of our most talented people”

 

The remainder of the findings did not make much better reading for Scottish academia either. Scotland has the lowest amount of students from state school (86.8%), again far lower than any of the other home nations and Republic of Ireland.

President of Scotland’s NUS stated; “For Scotland to be the worst in the UK on fair access and on drop-out rates is nothing less than shameful. These statistics show that even with fees rightly off the table, the lack of adequate financial support is slamming the door shut on many of our most talented people.

“For Scotland to be the worst in the UK on fair access and on drop-out rates is nothing less than shameful. These statistics show that even with fees rightly off the table, the lack of adequate financial support is slamming the door shut on many of our most talented people.

“Ahead of May’s elections we’re calling on every candidate standing to commit to rule out fees, protect numbers going to college and university, and to improve student support,” he continued.

 

 

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