This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Number of student drop outs in the past two academic years'.

4 March 2021 
The University of Edinburgh 
File ref:  T3/43/179 
Old College 
South Bridge 
Raph Boyd 
Edinburgh EH8 9YL 
Direct Dial  0131 651 4099 
Sent by email: request-699638-
Switchboard  0131 650 1000  
Email  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xx.xx.xx 
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 
normal operations. 
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. 
Student Withdrawals 
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 
Scholarship 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 
estranged students. Further information about widening access and enhancing the 
student experience 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 available to 
students is available on our website. 
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. 
Student Numbers 
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 
an appeal 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 
The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes how we use the 
information you have supplied about yourself and your request, is published on the 
University website. 


Yours sincerely 
Records Management Section 
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