4 March 2021
RECORDS MANAGEMENT SECTION
The University of Edinburgh
File ref: T3/43/179
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Direct Dial 0131 651 4099
Sent by email: request-699638-
Switchboard 0131 650 1000
Dear Mr Boyd
Freedom of information request
Thank you for your email of 16 October 2020. We apologise for the delay in responding
to your request. This is due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the University’s
The University of Edinburgh is a global university, rooted in Scotland. We are globally
recognised for our research, development and innovation and we have provided world-
class teaching to our students for more than 430 years. We are the largest university in
Scotland and in 2019/20 our annual revenue was £1.12 billion, of which £296 million was
research income. We have over 44,000 students and over 15,000 staff. We are a
founding member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading research universities and a
member of the League of European Research Universities.
The University aims to ensure that all of our students have an exceptional and distinctive
experience whilst studying with us. We have invested significantly in direct student
support, for example all students have a personal tutor to help them get the most from
their academic studies, and student support officers to assist with pastoral issues. The
University has also invested in student facilities, including the development of student
information points, enhanced pre-arrival and induction support, and improved online
facilities to help students make the most of their time with us. Furthermore, as part of our
commitment to widening access, the University of Edinburgh's new Access Edinburgh
for all UK-domiciled undergraduate students treats those from Scotland the
same ways as those from the rest of the UK and increases the financial support for
Further information about widening access
and enhancing the
and is available on the University's website.
The University has a long tradition of offering support to talented students who may be
deterred from studying due to lack of necessary financial resources. Eligible students are
able to access financial assistance from a number of sources including discretionary,
childcare and hardship funds. Information about the financial assistance
students is available on our website.
UNIVERSITY SECRETARY Ms Sarah Smith
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336
You may also be interested to note that HESA publish UK Performance Indicators
(UKPIs) which include information about non-continuation rates
for whole institutions.
Additionally, Unistats publish continuation rate statistics by course at with the full
underlying data for Unistats
being available to download from their website. However,
Unistats continuation rates are calculated slightly differently from the UKPIs, and are not
published, or calculable, for the whole institution.
You have asked for data pertaining to student withdrawals, please note that students who
withdraw do so for a variety of reasons, including to take up employment, or to transfer to
another higher education institution.
I have interpreted your request to refer to all undergraduate and postgraduate students in
the specific academic years you have enquired about.
Number of Students “dropping out” 2019-2020 Academic Year (Question 1)
You asked for details of the number of students who had withdrawn from the University in
academic year 2019 -2020.
In academic year 2019-2020 there were 757 student withdrawals.
Number of Students “dropping out” 2020-2021 Academic Year (Question 2)
You requested details of the number of students who have withdrawn from the University
so far this academic year.
Given your request was made in October 2020 we have provided data from the start of
academic year 2020-2021 to 31 October 2020. As of 31 October 2020, 226 students had
withdrawn from the University.
Right to review
If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to conduct a review
of this decision by contacting the University's Records Management Section in writing
(e.g. by letter or email) or in some other recorded form (e.g. audio or video tape). You
should describe the original request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include
an address for correspondence. You have 40 working days from receipt of this letter to
submit a review request. The contact details for the Records Management Section are at
the top of this letter. When the review process has been completed, if you are stil
dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance on making
to make an appeal to the Commissioner. If you do not have access to the
Internet, please let me know and I wil provide a copy of the relevant web pages.
Privacy notice for information request applicants
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which describes how we use the
information you have supplied about yourself and your request, is published on the
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