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Should we be worried about our students?

In recent news, Universities are responding to the rise in unconditional offers given to perspective students (see previous article on the Yorkie). It is estimated that a third of applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland received unconditional offers from universities.

Five years ago 3,000 unconditional offers were received by hopeful students, this has risen 70,000 in the last academic year. Following this, universities are now aware of the impact an unconditional offer can have on a student.

2018/19, 70,000 unconditional offers were received

However, this is one of the many pressures that university students must handle, prior to and completing their degree. From work pressure, money pressure to peer pressure, there is no wonder there are numerous student drop outs.

A Freedom of Information Request revealed that around 6% of students per academic year drop out of higher education, the below data highlights these leavers over the last few years.

For many students, dropping out is a viable option which around 6% each year taken the route of. However, this isn’t always the route students take. Data from the previous Freedom of Information Request revealed that around 95 students commit suicide each year.

4.7 per 100,000 Students commit suicide

The research into these deaths is of vital importance according to Sarah Caul, Senior Research Officer “Today’s (June 2018) analysis will help develop policies and initiatives for those for those at greater suicide risk.”

These figures show a dramatic number of students who felt their only option was suicide. Something must be changed. But is the change to offers, reducing pressure, a start?

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