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University Drop-out Rates

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the official drop-out rate is for (a) the University of East Anglia and (b) Cambridge University in the last five years, broken down by department or faculty. (113100)

The latest available non-completion rates for the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Proportion of entrants to full-time first degree courses who are projected to neither obtain an award nor transfer

Percentage

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

University of Cambridge

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.0

1.8

Against benchmark1:

3.5

3.3

3.5

3.4

3.5

University of East Anglia

9.6

11.5

7.3

12.7

5.3

Against benchmark1:

13.8

13.0

12.0

11.7

11.2

1 The benchmark is a sector average which is adjusted for each institution to take into account the following factors: subject of study, qualifications on entry and age on entry. The benchmarks can be used to show how a university is performing compared to the sector as a whole, and also helps to determine whether a meaningful comparison can be drawn between two or more universities. Source: Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The non-completion rates tabled are not broken down by department or faculty. However, a sector-wide non-continuation rate is provided for each year, which is broken down by subject of study. The non-continuation rate is the proportion of entrants to full-time first degree courses who are no longer in higher education after one year of study. The rates for young entrants are shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Proportion of young entrants to full-time first degree courses who are no longer in higher education after one year of study

Percentage

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

Medicine, dentistry and veterinary science

2.0

2

2.4

1.8

2.0

Subjects allied to medicine

6.3

6

5.9

6.4

7.7

Biological sciences1

86.9

86

86.1

87.1

7.3

Physical sciences1

8

8

8

8

6.1

Agriculture and related subjects

6.8

7

11.4

7.5

8.3

Mathematical sciences2

99.8

98

98.4

99.4

5.5

Computer sciences2

9

9

9

9

10.3

Engineering and technology

10.1

9

8.9

10.0

10.1

Architecture, building, planning

9.6

8

10.2

11.1

10.0

Social studies3

106.9

106

106.4

107.0

7.2

Law3

10

10

10

10

6.2

Librarianship, information sciences4

116.9

118

118.2

n/a

n/a

Business and administrative studies4, 5

11

11

11

128.8

8.8

Mass communications and documentation5

n/a

n/a

n/a

12

8.5

Humanities6

135.9

135

135.7

n/a

n/a

Languages6, 7

13

13

13

146.3

6.3

Historical and philosophical studies7

n/a

n/a

n/a

14

5.9

Creative arts and design

8.7

8

8.3

8.2

8.4

Education

8.6

8

8.1

8.0

7.5

Combined subjects

8.8

8

8.2

14.3

13.5

All subjects

7.8

7

7.3

7.8

7.7

n/a = not applicable. 1 One figure was provided for Biological and Physical Sciences until 2003/04. 2 One figure was provided for Mathematical and Computer Sciences until 2003/04. 3 One figure was provided for Social Studies and Law until 2003/04. 4 One figure was provided for Librarianship, information Sciences and Business and administrative studies until 2002/03. 5 One figure was provided for Business and administrative studies and Mass communications and documentation in 2002/03. 6 One figure was provided for Languages and Humanities until 2002/03. 7 One figure was provided for Languages and Historical and Philosophical Studies in 2002/03. Notes: 1. Figures for 2000/01 are available only to the nearest integer. 2. There is a break in the time series between academic years 2001/02 and 2002/03 because the subjects' JACS codings were changed in 2002/03. Source: Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).