Drop-out rates among university students who give up their studies within 12 months have gone up for the third year in a row, according to official statistics.
Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency [HESA] conclude that 26,000 students in England who began studying for their first degree in 2015 did not make it beyond the first year. According to the Guardian  increases in student numbers and the changing profile of undergraduates not getting adequate support are the key factors fuelling these drop-out increases.
Regardless of the type of university, several common triggers lead to students dropping studies in higher education. These may be individual issues or a mix of problems but there is no doubt retention can be improved if these issues are addressed adequately and promptly. With some inspirational learning and coaching, our ‘Step Up’ programmes develop crucial skills and mindsets to help learners become more resilient in facing their challenges and pressures.