Retention in higher education

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A report by the Social Market Foundation has found that the national drop-out rate for university increased from 6.6% in 2011-12 to 7.4% in 2014-15. London is the worst performing region in England with a drop-out rate of 9.3% in 2014-15. What more can be done to help London's students stay in higher and further education?


Answer for Retention in higher education

Answer for Retention in higher education

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The retention rate in London needs to improve, particularly for certain groups. Schools, colleges and universities will play a key role in directly addressing this issue. However, conversely the report recognises that more young Londoners are going to university, including from first generation student families and low income households. My London Ambitions careers' strategy has highlighted the value of quality information, advice and guidance so young people can make informed choices at each stage of their education and training. Social capital also plays a key role and I am pleased that a number of London universities are developing support initiatives in this area.